Back on a familiar route today & taking my mate Gareth who's a virgin to Flat Holm & Steep Holm.
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Tuesday 27 March 2012
After a very welcome & heavy sleep we woke to yet another gorgeous day if a little breezy.
My arm pits had scabbed up a bit overnight & part of my t shirt had stuck to the scabs, a quick tug & intake of breath sorted that out.
Martyn said he would arrive about midnight & sleep in his car so Stuart grabs his camera to capture the 'shakey wakey', unfortunately Martyn was aware of our Mischievousness & foiled our plan by getting up earlier :(
Mike Mayberrys van outside a cafe in Fishguard on the way & popped in to interrupt his coaching speech no doubt & say hi. My mate Gareth was one of his students today & doing his three star which I glad to say he passed.
We bumped into the guys on the beach too, Mikes group would be going West & me Stuart & Martin were to explore East of Dinas Head.
I learnt whilst rock hopping on the way back that you can get stoppers on the sea too. I paddled through a gap just as swell ran through. The water flowed over & down a slanting rock just like a manmade weir leaving me pinned in the stopper as the water soaked me. When it let go I then got pushed over to rocks but managed to get my head down & make a hasty retreat grinning at my close call.
Now with a wet rash vest my armpits were really stinging again so I paddled back topless in the wonderful sunshine.
I guess rolling practice was cancelled :)
I had a great weekend & it was fab to see so many familiar faces so far out West.
I wanted to do something a bit special this weekend so arranged to meet Stuart in Pembrokeshire with the intention of leaving one van a long way away & paddling back to it with a camp in between.
I decided that we should paddle from Pwyllgwaelod on Dinas Head all the way back to Freshwater East but after some discussion we settled on finishing at Dale.
The first section from Pwyllgwaelod saw us surfing in following seas towards Strumble Head.
I was wondering by now what the wind on tide conditions would be like as we started to head South into the wind.
Just before heading into the beach we bump into a group of kayakers doing their 5 star training & a chance for me to meet Richard from the white water centre in Cardiff.
I stripped off real quick once we were on dry land glad to no longer have salty wet clothes stinging my skin :D
It was a fab camp spot & not long after setting up a group of sea kayakers turn up, it was the same group we saw earlier & I was surprise to see Andy Stamp with them. I know Andy from my own 5 star training up on Skye & a bloody good teacher he is too.
Later that night our crazy friend (Martyn) from Sheffield agrees to drive down that night & join us on the water tomorrow. Thats a 300'ish mile trip for a day paddle, pretty hardcore!
Lets hope its a good day :)
|About 25 miles in all...