FRIDAY 23rd MARCH 2012
A trip to Pembrokshire has been well overdue so it would seem silly not to take advantage of the unusually hot weather for the time of year. I had arranged to meet Taran at Dale, Milford Haven in south Pembrokeshire, the plan was to drive the one van up north to Fishguard and paddle back over the two days.
SATURDAY 24th MARCH 2012
It was dark by the time we arrived at Pwllgwaelod on Dinas Head so spent the night in Tarans camper.
Morning arrived and the conditions looked promising. The forecast came over the radio before we left, force 3-5, 6 at times, moderate seas. Time of departure 8am, three hours before the turn of the tide, which meant we would have to round Strumble Head against the flow.
The south easterly wind certainly became evident when we left the shelter of the bay. We crossed straight over Fishguard Bay arriving on the other side flying along over 7 knots into a fast flowing counter eddy that runs along Pen Anglas head.
Dramatic steep cliffs and rugged headlands finally give way to a view of Strumble Head lighthouse. We pass through the inner island under the lighthouse access bridge and come across our first taste of rough water for the trip.
Looking back on Strumble Head.
We round St Davids head, the water spikes up a bit but on known territory now we feel at ease it wasn't big today.
26.10 nautical miles (48km/30miles)
Total time 8:43:22
Moving time 07:40:32
Stopped time 01:02:50
Moving average 3.4 kts
Max speed 8 kts