Last weekend the Portsmouth and District Canoe Club celebrated 30 years of paddling with a trip over to the Isle of Wight, on the way over we had to wait for a ferry near the Horse Elbow buoy.The bivouac was on the HW mark near Culver Cliff, stretching a tarp between the boats when it came on to rain in the night. However, we woke to a cloudless sky. A gentle surf was breaking on the ledges giving a tropical feel, further enhanced by several herons out on the ledges, for all the world like tropical reef herons.
On the return we rested in the lee of No Man's Land Fort for a while as a force 4 headwind had sprung up.
Then paddled on across the channel 'between the forts' landing at Eastney to meet some other club members who had been on a day paddle in the Solent. A barbecue on the beach rounded off the trip nicely.