Ok then, lets see? A stupid 'O' clock rise, on the water for 06:00 At Sully & heading on a bearing of due South for an hour & a half to complete the first stage of todays trip, It could only mean England was calling.Noel again today. It was only a couple of weeks ago I took him to Flat Holm for his first visit & today I was really gonna make the bugger work :D
We were slightly late leaving the tip of Sully Island 10 minutes late 06:10, I can live with that.
I was a tad conservative with my bearing though & decided we should turn off bearing a bit as I could see the shape of the Island changing as we approached the West side. A little local knowledge helps as its a veiw I've seen plenty of times over the years.
After a short break we were on our way again, we'll be returning here later.
The surrounding land is so low thats its not far off being an Island.
Theres no easy landing on the Down but I'm ok in a plastic boat & I need another pee. I'm keeping hydrated on this long paddle!
I also need to stop to do a vector for the return to Steep Holm. I'd done the two vectors required to get here last night but thats all as I like to be more dynamic in my planning & its good practice to do them under pressure.
Back at Steep Holm & for a slightly longer break, hopefully though I'm aware we're a bit late & the tides due to soon turn. I'd like to leave immediately as I want to cross to Flat Holm on slack water as I know it'll take longer & become a slog if we have to start ferrying. We were both quite tired by now so we gave it about 10-15 minutes rest & looking forward to a longer break on Flat Holm.
the crossing went well up to the middle mark buoy. We were well on course but the tide really started to pick up & it became a real slog!
We were still holding course but our speed had dropped to 2.5-3 KPH, really not good, it would take ages & we were knackered. As we were on course for the Eastern side of the Island I made the call to go off bearing & let ourselves drift to the western side & to land there. This had the added advantage of our speed increasing to a healthy 5-6 KMH, much better.
The Gulls were back here too.
We walked to Castle Rock to see what the tide was doing, it looked like a whitewater river. It was only an hour since the tide had turned but being on springs had given it some bite. We had two options to consider at this point, stay till about 15:00PM & paddle back on the last of the ebb or slog our way back to the mainland on a very steep ferry angle?
We were both pooped when we finally hit the beach & instantly froze as soon as we stopped. I'm missing Sardinia :(
It was an awesome adventure but after all that slogging I wonder if Noel will be busy next time I ask him out for a paddle? :D