O.K. So what am I doing here doing my blog when I should be paddling around Wales?
In a word, weather or two words, low pressure!
I was camped at Rest bay for two days waiting for light winds to make the crossing to the Mumbles Then after that the big crossing from the worms head to Caldey Island. On the third day I get up to listen to the inshore waters forecast & the Mumbles is currently F5 (again). I call my Mum for a weather update for the next 5 days & it sucks so I decided to take a few days off & wait for this low pressure front to pass. I am after all trying to have fun not scare the SH*T out of myself :D
Well I run into (literally) a little problem near Newport, I grounded on a sandbank(LOL).
I thought I could see one in the distance, then I saw a gull land on it, then I touched bottom a few times before totally grounding out (Whoops!). You'd probably think I'd manage to avoid it but the tide was ripping & just pushed me side on to the bank. Luckily the sand was heaped like a ploughed field so I was able to find a channel out.
For about half an hour I did battle with the sand, touching bottom a few times more before I finally found a way out of the maze.
releived to be back underway I change course for Penarth as the sea is starting to pick up, still a long way though...
I soon change my mind though. as the tide was out I had to pass the back of Sully Island & it was quite nasty out there & especially on the West side so after a little look I chose to turn around & head for the causeway & set camp on Sully Island for the night...
28.8 Nautical Miles (33 statute miles)
Max speed 7.8 Knots
Average speed 4.5 Knots
Time Moving 6 hours 24 mins