Strong winds have prevented any sort of paddling for some time, not that I had a choice with a bandaged finger. Suppose it couldn't have happened at a better time paddling wise.
Last weekend I took Connor for a walk down the coastal path from Llantwit Major to Nash Point and back. I have never seen so much foam on the beaches, testament to the rough weather.
Sea state was rather lumpy at Penarth open to the North Easterly winds, quite different to Llantwit Major. I knew it would flatten out once I rounded Lavernock Point, after all I was in the mood for a relaxing paddle to get me back into the swing of things. Rounding Lavernock Point at around 7kts I had some nice chunky following waves to push me on to the red cliffs at Sully causeway.
Reaching Barry harbour I took a little tour inside the harbour walls, the Barry lifeboat looked like it was getting ready to launch possibly for some training.Passing by Barry Island, the Knap and the cliffs near Porthkerry I stop for lunch near Rhoose Point. Crouching down to eat my Peters pasty I noticed a very clear Ammonite fossil protruding from the rock. Then another even better, there where hundreds of them.
These clam and oyster shell fragments can be found on almost every boulder along this coast.
Moving on I spot what looks like a fresh fall, very clean stone and the bushes are still at the bottom of the cliff where they landed.
With only Aberthaw Power Station on the shore I head further out and aim for the water intake tower off Gilestone beach. I do 9.8kts with barely a paddle in the water as I take pictures.
I use the flow to carry me straight to Llantwit Major three and half nautical miles away in just half hour. The yellow limestone cliffs bleed out in front to Nash Point lighthouse on the horizon.
I land at Llantwit beach three and half hours after setting off with a long carry up the beach ahead of me. The wind gust up during the last 10 mins and as I make my way home it starts to spit with rain, perfect timing. On to the cinema now to take Connor (but mainly me) for more swash buckling adventures with Pirates of the Caribbean.
15.21 nautical miles of a same old same old sort of trip but just glad to have been back on the water.