Paddles with an Anas acuta...... unashamedly biased toward the sea kayak of that name (actually the voyages of two boats, one 'traffic over gold', one 'quill')

Saturday, 5 April 2014

First of the summer evening paddles

Our first summer evening paddle was not very different from our evening paddles throughout the winter. However, at least we set off in daylight; our definition of summer being the start of British Summer Time.

From the Sally Port we crossed to Spitbank Fort and then recrossed the channel at Spit Refuge. It was dead low tide and the ferries were passing south of Spitbank since the Swashway was too shallow. I confidently asserted that they would join the channel south of Spit Refuge, but Liz urged caution. She was right of course, they cut inside the buoy. We headed out to Horsesands Fort where it was getting choppier. A quick circuit of the fort and it was very dark. Impossible to see the sea, but lovely to feel the pitch and roll with the occasional wash of white water over the deck. The Normandie was steaming alongside as we made our way back.

Matt took a short video. QHM comes on the radio with a weather update.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Sunny Sunday Afternoon

 Liz, 'rolling along on the crest of a wave and the sun is in the sky'
Pompey skyline from the Warner Buoy, the light sea movement gave some volume to its normal asthmatic wheeze and there were hints of deeper baritone.
 Portsmouth's secret play spot; playing the pipe.

 This was on a neap tide, so very friendly and I was able to take some photographs drifting 'no hands'. On a large spring tide it gives a couple of hours of spirited fun. Once my balance is good enough I'll attempt some pictures. I suppose I should invest in a headcam. Always a perfect end to the day to loosen up with some edging and braces.