We found Simon where we left him in the Captains Wife car park Sully for the final leg of his expedition around Wales. Today we would be paddling out to Flat Holm before finishing up at Cardiff Bay later that evening. Jim and Chris were also joining up for the Flat Holm paddle while a few others would be meeting us on the other side of Cardiff barrage.
We were making slow progress not helped by the conditions and for the first time missed the island and had to paddle back into the lea of the island to make the beach.
We only had time for a quick stop before making our way onto Cardiff bay.
Two ships made a close pass, possibly the same one judging by the pictures.
Photo by Jim of me playing a game of chicken with one of the ships near Penarth. I won he turned first.
There was a bit of activity on top of the barrage as we closed the gap.
A photo of me by Mike from the barrage.
Pepper, Mikes dog also came along for the ride.
Mike and Pepper.
The atmosphere and cheering plucked a chord in everyone's hearts out on the water as we watched Simon climb ashore to hugs and handshakes from friends and family.
Mike captured the scene with this short video.
We climbed ashore to join the party, while Chris climbed up in his usual fashion.
Out boats were securely locked up thanks to the Cardiff Aqua bus allowing us to use their pontoon.
Left to right, Chris, Mike, Pepper (the dog), James, Me, Simon and Taran.
Congratulations to Simon for his amazing achievement, it was a bit of an emotional night had by all and I was honoured to share a part of it with you.