Saturday the 7th of April saw me meeting up with Nick Cunliffe of Sea Kayak Essentials & Mark Tozer for my 5 star sea leader assessment on Anglesey.
Our route for the day took us around North Stack & down to South Stack before returning to our start point, a long portage back to the cars & an hours rest before making our way to Trearddur Bay for the night paddle.
I must admit that my preconceptions of taking some bearings off some buoys was a long way from what was expected. Mark would basically point to a location on the map & ask me to lead the group to that spot. And he wanted to know how far it was & how long it would take, bearing in mind it was pitch black. Hmmm, this wasn't going to be easy & after some success I screwed up quite badly by overshooting my target by 10 minutes of paddling unable to see my error. My brain seemed to stop functioning by this time. I got us back to where I should have gone, eventually but not without certainty. Definitely something to work on.
We finally finished about 22:30 & I was eating my tea at 23:30 before meeting at 09:00 for day 2. Oh & I'd have to get my tidal planning done before meeting up, hmmm, no lie in then :S
|Looking At North Stack...|
|Dave Breifing Us Before We Paddle Through The White Stuff At North Stack...|
|All Calm Again By Parliament House Cave...|
|Turning & Rolling Skills At South Stack...|
|Bumped Into Barry Shaw...|
|Needed A Pee In Parliament House Cave...|
Day 2 & we met up at Summit To Sea before relocating to Church Bay for our leadership assessment. Michael was with us again today & we were also joined by Anne. Assessing today was Sid & Mark.
We didn't paddle too far today, which was a relief but there was plenty within our route to be assessed on.
Our route took us to Carmel Head, out to West Mouse & on to Hen Borth before returning to our launch location later in the day.
Again I made a couple of stupid mistakes today but I will learn from my mistakes & not make them again, (hopefully).
|Heading Out Of Church Bay...|
|Tide Race At Carmel Head With The Skerries In The Distance...|
|Exploring A Cave At Ynys Y Fydlyn...|
Evan though this was an assessment I actually learned a lot about leadership & navigation. Mark kept apologising for giving me tips but I really appreciated his advice & it will no doubt help me in the future.
So thanks to Nick, Sid, Mark, Dave, Michael & Anne. I had a fab weekend whatever the outcome :D