Paddlers: Tony, Mark, Ed, Phil, Sarah, Fiona, Margarita, Duck
We met on a windy, but dry day at Poole Harbour. There were six of us in sea kayaks or touring boats and Mark came in his open canoe fitted with mast, rigging and sail.
We all arrived at West Hook Farm at the same time – to be greeted by an ice-cream van. (They must have seen us coming.) Next morning, up at 6.30am and on the sea at Martin’s Haven at 8.10am. Weather forecast looked promising – light winds to start increasing to f4 later, cloudy and warm. The Haven was deserted. Once launched, we ferry glided across the top of Jack Sound towards Middle Island. The waves were white and a bit confusing, causing Phil to shout and swear to himself whilst crossing – to the amusement of Ralph and Mark. Thankfully we all made it!
With a change of weekend away from August, it worked out well with reasonable weather although the sea temperature had not really warmed up yet. With some new faces coming I decided that people should enjoy the trip and experience three different aspects of sea kayaking.
Solva was the starting point for this trip. One of the snags with sea kayaking is that at times it can be a walk to the sea, this was one of those days. Thankfully a small stream runs through Solva and into the estuary. The kayaks were floated to a point where it became deep enough to paddle. Here the intrepid group gathered looking out to a bright sky and calm sea, from here we headed west, enjoying the scenery as we hopped from headland to headland until we reached Ramsey sound. At this time it was around 'slack' water. I pointed out a gap called 'suicide gap' by the locals as it has an unusual flow pattern renowned for catching people out, this was the point to head for. Once we reached that destination, through we go to see a small section of the western side of Ramsey. Chance to go through a cave, see a few seals and then find a secluded beach for lunch.
Why waste time on a summers morning in July. Why not get up and go paddling. After meeting by the SARA slipway at Beachley we set off at 0720 heading upstream with the flow. Without much effort we are cruising at about 10mph. We pass Oldbury power station at about the same time as a sailing dingy from the local club there. As we pass the cardinal marker you can get a real feel for the speed of the current. Between Oldbury and Berkeley we can see a ship coming up towards Sharpness.
Paddlers: Nigel + Jack, Stew + Judy, Mark, Margarita + Paul, Richard + Bee, Sarah, Holly, Tom, Ken, Phil
Route: River Lugg from Upper Lye to Lugg Green, 6 miles
The river Lugg is a small, scenic, very windy river with several weirs and quite a lot of trees. This provided plenty of entertainment on this trip.