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')

Sunday, 31 October 2010

How does the A. acuta take to freshwater?

Gale force winds last week diverted us away from the Solway to try our hand at fresh water paddling.  The picture shows our colour co-ordinated knee bump aids to edging and rolling very clearly. Easy launching; the tide is never out. 

Ullswater, and the Autumn colours of Lakeland. Hard work into the wind, but what joy surfing back.

Rocky islets 

Perfect luncheon spot 

Fun paddling, the boats enjoyed the choppy water, but all of us missed the tide and that sense you always get on the sea of maybe, just maybe, being able to paddle beyond the end of the World. The land imprisons a lake, there is always a shore.

Monday, 4 October 2010

The places the boat takes us...

This weekend we were out on the Thames, a quick call on Ch 14 and the Port of London Authority switches on the lights to show us which gate to use outbound.

On the way back to Putney, the volume of river water,  following the recent heavy rain, was holding back the flood tide making it a slow 15nm, luckily we had our lights with us.

Only a week or so before, how different the view over the foredeck as we were paddling around Mull.

London to Mull, all paddling, all great in different ways.