The jet stream has finally shifted and summer has arrived in the UK. With low winds for the next few days a crossing to Lundy was on the cards but was postponed for another day. Grassholm was the next plan but the late tides meant a possible return crossing in the dark. I met up with Marcus late Friday evening at Newgale camp site in Pembrokeshire and discussed a plan C over a few pints at the nearest pub. We were both keen on watching the final British & Irish Lions rugby test against the Australian Wallabies. The game wouldn't be finished until 1pm but was perfect for a trip around Skomer and Skockholm at 2pm. Now we just had to find a pub showing the match...
After a very expensive full Welsh breakfast we headed into Solva, which seemed like the best bet for catching the match. It seemed a shame spending half a day in the pub when the conditions were so perfect but the match was well worth staying in for. The atmosphere in The Harbour Inn was fantastic and with a win of 41-16 to the Lions our day was off to a great start. It was then a mad rush to drive down to Martins Haven to meet up with Jules.here.
Jules in the red Delphin and Marcus in the White Tiderace by Little Sound Skomer
Crossing the short distance of Jack Sound we were quickly transported into the wildlife haven of Skomer Island. Puffins, Razorbills and Guillemots all flocked around in huge numbers.
Marcus heading toward the cliffs of Skomer
Jules crossing Jack Sound
Leaving Skomer, Mew Stone in the back.
Puffins in Crab Bay
It was a short paddle back to Martins Haven. We all decided to head home that evening but not before one more pint at Marloes. A cracking couple of days with great company, really enjoyed myself.
11.50 nautical miles, 4 hours, top speed 9.1 knots!