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, 16 December 2012

Mid-December Weather

Bright sunshine as we left Southsea, dodging the 1000 Santas and Santarettes doing a charity fun run from The Pyramids. A few pursued us as far as the sea, click on the photo to see the red dots in more detail.
Crossing between the forts we saw a place not to be, between an ocean going tug and its barge, but we were well astern.
 And a rainbow, promise of good weather as we approached Ryde for lunch? The inshore forecast said 5-6, but it was 2-3. We came across a large tree awash, complete with branches and roots, and gave QHM a call on the VHF to advise shipping. We heard of its westbound progress with the tide, past the hovercraft and fast cats, past Fishbourne and the ferries and on towards Cowes throughout the afternoon on the radio.
 Then the 6 materialised in a vicious squall coming out of nowhere, but mostly from behind.
 Fun after the flat water thus far.
Back to Southsea for a bumpy atterrissage.

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