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Friday, 6 September 2013

Simon Finishes His Wales Exped...

So Simons epic Wales challenge comes to an end & i was off to Cardiff with Mike Mayberry to meet a few friends for the final stretch into Cardiff Bay where Simons family had arranged a small finale event, except it wasn't that small!
Myself, Mike & Chris Evans got there early & had to paddle across to the barrage to meet Simon & the guys. Pepper was coming too & itching to get on the water.
Lab's really are water dogs!
Stuart & Chrissy were there too but couldn't hang around as Simon was late!
Nice colour co-ordination there Stu ;)
Here come the Guys via Flat Holm, an extra little adventure for the boys :)
Simon makes his way to the finish line :)
Thats James nearest, Stu & Chris who accompanied Simon to Flat Holm. It was quite bumpy apparently.
Stu badgered the harbour control for permission to go through the bay lochs by guilt tripping them I think?
A nice way to reach the finish though so top marks for the barrage guys :)
Entering the bay.
Is this the look of relief? ;)
Chris brought some champers. The guy with the camera is Derrick who completes our flotilla.
Croeso i Caerdydd, Yaki Da! 
Heading for the finish in a flying V formation.
Made it & the finishing event was bigger than expected! 
Simons bro was providing the live music that we could hear from the other end of the bay!
All in all there must have been about a 100 people waiting to watch him come home :)
 well done dude, you deserved this! :)
There was a lot of man love going on ;)
Evan Stu got a hug ;)

It was a fab event & a fab achievement for Simon. When he approached me with his plans & for advice nearly a year ago I wasn't too convinced he'd make it considering his kayaking experience was limited to short hops in an inflatable kayak.
I know from following his progress that he's worked hard to get ready for this event & his determination & love for Linda his fiance who sadly passed away has got him through this.

If you could make a donation to his just giving page (raising money for Velindre cancer care) i'm sure he would appreciate it, he's certainly earnt it!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Tagging Simons Wales Expedition...

Ive been following Simons progress around Wales with interest as I was itching to get on the water with him a few days & hoping I could get the time off work when he arrived in Pembrokeshire.

If you've not heard of Simon or seen my previous blog post about him then you wont know that he's paddling around Wales to raise money for Velindre cancer care hospital. He doing well with the fundraising too & you can make a donation here :) 
Simons seems to be busting some new moves since I saw him last!
Though his map reading aint improved, (sorry Simon) :p
I joined him at Fishguard & he told me to keep the land to the left, this brought us to Strumble Head. Not very lively today at all!
Looking at St Davids Head in the distance.
That can wait till after lunch!
We leave on the turn of the tide heading into very calm sea's.
We ignore the bays & head straight for St Davids Head staying well offshore to catch the current.
Nearly there. we approach the sleeping dragon on glassy sea's.
Arse adjustment, you'll get used to this paddling with Simon! despite the rumours it wasn't me that was responsible for his sore arse ;)
Passing Carn Llidi as we enter the notorious Ramsey Sound.
Errrr, did I say notorious???
An Idyllic view of the Bishops.
We pass the sound without any probs! in fact I think I was weeing in my bottle as I drifted over the well dodgy Horse Rock!
Checking the map here for camping options & the 'is there sand, isn't there sand' debate :)
We settle for Porth Clais.
A snippet of camp life. I'm cooking al fresco as I opt to bivi for the night.
I take a look at the 9 mile crossing for the following day.
As Simon gets his camp sorted.

Day Two & we're off. This'll be Simons biggest crossing to date.
A headwind was picking up as we Approached Martins Haven. Thats Skomer on the right.
Arriving at Martins Haven for a well earned rest!
And catching up on Facebook.
Off we go again & Simons feeling optimistic. I've just told him we're going through the notorious Jack Sound against the tide :D
Though we still find time to play.

Before pulling in for another break at West Dale as the tide doesn't turn in our favour till 17:00 for the crossing to Lynney Head & St Govens.
Thats Skokholm in the distance.

As wee start the crossing from St Ann's head to Lynney Head the sea's start to build up :)
Some decent swell :)
Approaching Lynney Head & it was becoming quite bouncy & fun. I was bloody freezing though as I was wearing shorts & a rash vest :s
The coastline on this stretch of coast is awesome & very dramatic.
We take a short break & Simon thinks we're auditioning for Gladiators???
And his paddle has become a pugil stick!
We battle on into the fading light & its almost full dark by the time we reach Broad Haven South. Its raining too & late so we forget socialising, say our goodnights & descend into our tents.
Day 3. Morning arrives to reveal a canvas of pure beauty & more than one set of bare arse cheeks as the morning skinney dippers arrive!

We decide on an easy day after the milages of the two previous days. We choose to head for Tenby ready for the crossing to the Worms Head on Gower.
We stop at Stackpole for food & coffee in the cafe there as well as climb a hill for some phone reception.
Feeling very contented with full bellies & a coffee fix we push on! or are pushed on as the following sea gives us a fast crossing to Manobier & more than a couple of good surfs :)
Time for another break (again), I quite like Simons approach to exped's :)
We stopped at beautiful Shrinkle Haven, not too far from Tenby.

Passing St Margrets Island in the mist.
We meet Sean Hurrel at Tenby just before i'm abandoned :p
Simon wants to book into a B&B???
I choose to camp & it turns out to be a beautiful evening.
And the morning aint too shabby too :)
To be fair Simon did need to recharge his phone batteries but he picked the best night to do it on???
The following day Sean & Paul join us for the day, we choose to paddle to Pendine sands for the night.
Simon meeting some fans ;)
Sean & Paul posing infront of St Catherines Island. Some good leaning by Sean.

Checking out the gap at St Catherines Island. Too shallow today.
Passing the new Tenby Lifeboat station.

And approaching Saundersfoot where we pull in for water supplies & coffee :)

Leaving Saundersfoot I was pleased to see that the coastline was still pretty dramatic & was new Coastline for me as I've only passed here far offshore before. I was having fun :)

We pull into Pendine for a rest & to say our goodbyes to Sean & Paul before looking for a camp spot. As you may well have figured the rest involved more coffee!
Back on the water we chose to camp just a quarter of a mile up the beach but its easier to paddle there than carry so thats what we did.
It was a lovely spot & I got a campfire going in the evening just in time for my bosses arrival as I'll be taking Mikes van back to Fishguard in the morning while he paddles with Simon for a couple of days.
I've really enjoyed paddling with Simon & he's now only a few days from the finish line at Cardiff. Please give a little donation as he certainly has earned it :)

By the way, I left Simon & Mike on Sunday morning & was leading kayakers out of Fishguard a few hours later, dealing with rescues & watching Dolphins leaping out of the water. What an awesome life :D