Chasing Rainbows


Having spent most of the week indoors, either working or decorating, I was going stir-crazy and just needed to get out on the water.  Although the forecast was for ‘sunshine and showers’ it seemed that the showers were winning and far outweighing the former…

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…and as I left the shore and headed North into the Sound of Shuna the rain pored down. The sea flattened off, wind with tide, and I was carried swiftly past the marina at Dallens Bay.

With the sun briefly on my back I chased the end of the rainbow, sadly no gold this time…

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On leaving the wind shadow and protection offered by Shuna Island I could see the sea state starting to deteriorate. I’d been hoping to cross to Rubha Mòr via Eilean Balnagowan (planning on getting out at Kentallen Bay) but as I crossed towards Eilean Balnagowan I lost my nerve and decided to hug the coast instead.  Paddling solo is always a committing experience.

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A couple of kilometers after this photo (Eilean Balnagowan, left horizon in shaddow) I found myself surfing on the quartering sea. In some areas Clapotis was forming and it became a bumpy ride.  By the time I reached Cuil Bay I’d had enough and pulled up on the beach.  Time to call for my ride home and a hot meal…

Trip Odom : 10.5Km
Max Speed : 11.6Kph
Moving Time : 01h29min
Moving Avg : 7.0Kph

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About Andy Harpur

Interests : The Scottish Highlands, The Pennine Alps, The Milky Way, Abbot Ale, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Astronomy, Guitar, Penny Whistle. I live and breath for the outdoor lifestyle. New places, new faces, new adventures....
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