This has been one of those paddles we have talked about many times over a cuppa coffee after a paddle but never got around to doing. Thankfully Eurion gave us that little push we needed to get off our arses and do it. After all the the two day forecast looked perfect for an attempt to cross the channel...Taran and Eurion at 12:30 Saturday at St Donnats Atlantic College to load up the kayaks. By 13:30 we were ready to go.
England was shrouded in haze barely visible on the horizon.
Apart from a quick stop to check the charts and to take a picture it was heads down all the way.
An exciting and beautiful moment nearing the shore as the sun dips out of sight. We make the 12 nautical mile crossing in just over 3 hours.
We set up camp for the night while the frost settles on the wet boats.
Morning at Porlock - After a sleepless night interrupted by fireworks, cars, owls and one really persistent pheasant, not forgetting the minus freezing temperatures it was soon time to get up.
The paddle back was uneventful, I think we were all keen to get back on Welsh soil. Mid crossing we came across two cardinal markers, the location of a wreck. The Sea King rescue helicopter also made a flyby as we approached the shore.
We seemed to cover good ground all the way so we slackened the angle of approach. We ended up paying for this as we approached fast moving currents closer to shore. The last leg was an arduous ferry glide but aided by following waves and wind we managed to avoid being dragged down into Nash Sound.