When a wet, windy foul weather day, turns out to be a great day!
Forecast for Coastal Waters around Anglesey on Saturday suggested rain, winds (WSW/W, F6). They weren’t wrong. The drive onto Anglesey was miserable…. And Paul’s wipers had a temporary ‘moment’, deciding to stop working! Holyhead Truckstop was the usual oasis and we bumped into Jim Krawiecki and his group who were heading off to Trearddur Bay to do some rescue practice. We felt wet enough already.
The coffee and humour had worked it’s wonderful ways as we headed to Porth Llechog ( Bull Bay). And enthusiasm was back to normal as we got on the water, hiding (too hot) in dry suits and working our way under the rocks and cliffs of the most Northerly mainland of Wales. Great paddling and with low tide, stunning environment and Geology.
Lunch was at Porth Wen, commonly known as ‘The Brickworks’. In Victorian times they made bricks here. Rather special bricks using local quartzite. These bricks were not only hard but able to withstand very high temperatures, essential to line the industrial furnaces of the time for the manufacture of steel. All interesting stuff but lost to the humour of friends Barry Shaw and James Stevenson who were with a group!
Launching was delayed as Geth rooted out a ‘Sea Squirt’, so named because they squirt out water when disturbed and more closely related to vertebrates like us than invertebrates. We were now chilly so headed West. Once out of the Bay we were paddling into the full strength of the wind. We paddled West of Middle Mouse before starting a ‘ferry’ out to the island. As we entered the eddy line, a call from Paul as a Common Dolphin (http://www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/common-dolphin/) was racing and turning just behind my kayak. Wonderful!
The ‘ferry’ became somewhat technical as we neared the island. Strong wind, clapotis and tide race joined forces to make quite tough paddling. The North side of the island was a blast. Fast surf waves and wind behind! The GPS track would be spaghetti as we repeated ‘runs’. All with the fabulous backdrop views of the North Coast.
Return to Bull Bay with wind behind and the flood tide was very quick. Even the rain had stopped. Yet again, a foul day turned out to be a great day!
Written by Rich. Photos by Geth.
A fantastic wintry trip out from Porth Dafarch to South Stack on a 9m (Liverpool) ebb tidal stream.
The swell provided interesting rockhopping.
The big chanels between Penrhyn Mawr and Abraham’s Bosom.
Entering Abraham’s Bosom
Lunch at Abraham’s Bosom
Approaching South Stack Tide Race
Paul, Richard and Gary surfing
Returning to Porthdafarch
Snow covered mountains
The end of another great paddle
Paddling today were: Paul, Richard, Ed, Rachel, Lynn, Steve, Gary, Jan and Geth.
A great day out with Ed for our first trip of 2018 to The Skerries.
9.68m Tide Liverpool. SW Swell 0.8m, 10sec. Negligible wind.
We arrived at Harry Furlough’s at 12:00 for the start of the ebbing tiderace and surfed there for one hour.
We arrived at The Skerries at 13:50, following a surf at Victoria Bank.
We departed The Skerries at 14:20, to attempt the crossing of Carmel Sound. The ebb current was now at its strongest rate.
The Platters on lively form.
Arriving at Carmel Head’s ebb eddy, adjacent to Ynys Fydlyn, at 15:00.
Rounding Carmel Head on our way back to Cemlyn at 15:20.
The view back to The Skerries. We arrived back at Cemlyn soon after 16:00.
A wonderful shortest day of the year paddle around Carmel Head with JF Marleau and Justine Curgenven. Photos by Geth.
Rockhopping out of Church Bay.
Tiderace #1 – Surfing at Ynys Fydlyn
Ynys Fydlyn Arch
Approaching Ynys Fydlyn’s Caves – a bit too much swell to get through the tunnels.
The Carmel Head Rocky Channel System.
JF couldn’t wait for his lunch!
Lunch stop before Harry Furlough’s Rocks.
Tiderace #2 – Surfing at Harry Furlough’s Rocks.
Tiderace #3 – Carmel Head was so big and fun to surf!
A great day of hiding from the wind and rough water fun on the Porthdafarch-Penrhyn Mawr coastline. Paddling today were Paul, Richard, Rachel, Pete, Jan, Gary and Geth.
The local flood tide flowed until 13:30. We played in this tidal stream at Mini Mawr and after lunch, once the flood current had finished, the swell at Penrhyn Mawr. During the flood Penrhyn Mawr appeared to be in a confused state of huge breaking waves. We finished the day with a superb downwind run home to Porthdafarch.
Great conditions for a South Stack trip – 1m 7 seconds SW swell with light F2/3 N wind. Penrhyn Mawr was superb.
Lots of great company including Ed, Paul, Rich and countless other passing paddler friends. Photos taken by Geth.
A fine day of kayaking on the North Coast. Ed was trying out his new Tiderace Pace 17 in rough water conditions. It performed excellently and seems to be the expedition boat that Ed has been looking for. In addition to rough water we had fun surfing with porpoises.
Good surfing waves on a 7m Liverpool tide with 1m swell. Paddling today were Paul, Rich, Ed, Axel, Yvonne and Geth.
On Sunday 27 August P&H dealer Manu Redureau, of Bekayak, Brest, France, joined me for a blast around the Stacks. This trip also gave Manu the opportunity to try out the Delphin MKII Corelite X in rough water conditions.
Our journey took us from Porth Dafarch to North Stack and back – similar to the route shown below from the ‘Welsh Sea Kayaking: Fifty Great Sea Kayak Voyages’ book. We enjoyed surf and rough water at Penrhyn Mawr, followed by some small surf at South Stack before lunch on the rocks in Gogarth Bay – the seal pupping season from August to November precluded us from using the beaches. After lunch we returned to Porth Dafarch by closely following the coastline and exploring lots of channels, arches, caves and rock gardens. The journey was both fun and a great work out. Thanks for a great day out Manu!
Geth Roberts, <a href=”https://seakayakingwales.com/”>www.seakayakingwales.com</a>
Wen Zawn and Cathedral Arch
A smaller Gogarth Bay arch
Below Elen’s Castle
Peter Holshke, from Hamburg, joined me for three days of sea kayaking in the first week of August.
6 August – Menai Bridge to Indefatigable and back.
7 August – The Stacks, Soldiers Point to Porthdafarch
9 August – Rhoscolyn
13 August – Giovanni, Lorenzo, Paul, Ed and Geth Stacks trip
Thanks Giovanni, Lorenzo, Paul and Ed!