My sea kayak has lain dormant throughout the Winter and I’ve been soooooo looking forward to getting some use from it as Spring approached. Jim Krawicki arranged last weekends meet with North West Sea Kayakers on Anglesey and I managed to get in and book my place while there was still space available.
I was just so excited about getting away last week and the weather forecast for the weekend was superb and lived up to it’s word. Phil and I travelled up Friday night. Simon hitched a lift to our climbing hut as he wanted to attend the Tremadog Revival climbing festival. Phil and I made it to the Paddlers Return for 10pm on Friday to find Paul and Mel already chilling out. They’d independently decided to head that way for some wild camping. The beer and single malt flowed freely and we finally crawled into bed at 2am…
Saturday and those attending split into 3 groups, the majority split between an adventurous trip around “the stacks” on the North of Holy Island and a second party doing a tour on the SW side of Anglesey to St Cwyfan’s Church. That left 5 of us for an easy paddle between Sandy and Church Bay, about 6 miles round trip.
The sun was out, and it felt like Summer. As we left the beach a seal popped his head out of the water spying on his “visitors”. We paddled North with a breeze in our faces, eventually landing near Church Bay for lunch. The temptation to lye and sunbath was just too much to resist and we had an extended lunch sitting in a suntrap on the beach.
The forecast for Sunday was for a deterioration in the weather. Thankfully it was wrong and we enjoyed sunny skies once more, though with a strong breeze. The whole group paddled from Porth Dafarch to a natural arch near Rhoscolyn head. 21 kayaks on the water all playing follow the leader and rockhopping on the journey south. A nice picnic lunch followed by a more direct route with a blast back. I found the return quite an effort to keep up with the faster paddlers pace. I guess I’m lacking some technique, or just need to hit the gym…
Anyway, a really superb weekend and one I hope to be able to repeat throughout the Summer.