Sometimes history repeats itself, often for good reason.
I first did this paddle a few months back with Stuart, almost as an afterthought, (The Pagan Monk Blog Post). We were setting off to Steep Holm & Flat Holm Island but we wondered if we could cut across the tide to Monkstone lighthouse on route. Turns out we could & it was my favorite trip so far. In fact I think it should become a classic sea kayaking route as it can hold its head up with anywhere else this country has to offer.
The weather was fantastic today, a one day window in the crappy low pressure & high winds that are probably driving us all a bit mad.
With such a good day it would be rude not to do a bit of an epic & repeat my favorite trip solo this time.
I've been holding 4-5 knots till this point & now I was pushing hard to reach 2 knots. The sea had taken on the appearance of a river, flowing quickly under my kayak. The lumpier bit looked a little slower so I headed into it & set course for the lighthouse.
Leaving Monkstone I saw the tide ripping around the rocky outcrop that the lighthouse sits on. I headed straight for it hitting a pleasing 7 knots.
As usual I took my Spot Messenger to track my progress but rather annoyingly I noticed at Steep Holm that it wasn't tracking so it only shows the route as I left Steep Holm. I've filled in the blanks on the map below.
I'm a bit gutted as I wanted to see how much I was drifting on the tide.
Guess I'll have to do it again :)
Trip Distance 14.5NM (16.6 statute miles)
Maximum speed 7.3 knots
Moving average 3.8 knots
Time moving 03:47:17