August 2017 Adventures – Part 2

Fiona and Peter joined me for two days of kayaking in the third week of August.

17 August – Porth Eilian to Amlwch

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August 18 – Menai Bridge to Plas Newydd

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19-20 August – Sandra and Kean celebrate Kean’s birthday!

19 August – Menai Bridge

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20 August – Rhoscolyn

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August 2017 Adventures – Part 1

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.

Menai Straits - Swellies

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7 August – The Stacks, Soldiers Point to Porthdafarch

Stacks

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9 August – Rhoscolyn

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Thanks Peter!

13 August – Giovanni, Lorenzo, Paul, Ed and Geth Stacks trip

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Thanks Giovanni, Lorenzo, Paul and Ed!

Turtle Conservation and Sea Kayaking in Greece

For two weeks, in July 2017, I had the pleasure of leading a school group from Carterton College, Oxfordshire, on their Outlook Expeditions trip to Greece.  The itinerary took us from Athens to the Peloponnese Peninsula and then on to Lefkada, Ionian Islands, before returning to Athens.

The loggerhead turtle conservation project was conducted with Archelon, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece.  Firstly, we visited Archelon’s sea turtle rescue centre in Athens, before volunteering to help with three days of morning and night surveys on the Peloponnese Peninsula.  These surveys are useful for collecting data on the turtles’ nesting behaviour and nest numbers.  Additionally, they enable Archelon volunteers to install protection around the nests to deter predation from dogs and foxes.

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Our rare sighting of a morning turtle, still nesting on the beach after sunrise.

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An attempted predation by a dog on a bamboo and steel mesh protected nest.

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Locating a newly laid nest.

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Protecting a newly found nest with bamboo and steel mesh.

For the final week of the expedition we travelled to Lefkada for a four day sea kayaking trip to the island of Meganisi.

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A secluded Lefkada island beach.

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Two of our double sea kayaks.

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Evening 1 camp site.

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Syvota

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Evening 2 and 3 camp site, Meganisi.

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Returning to Lefkada.

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Lefkada’s Blue Cave.

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Celebratory meal.

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Temple of Hephaestus

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The Acropolis

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The first modern Olympics Stadium

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Athens

A Stacks and Penrhyn Mawr Weekend Spring 2017

A great sunny weekend of paddling. Day 1 the Stacks journey and Day 2 surfing Penrhyn Mawr, with Paul Williams, Ed Loffill and Geth Roberts.  April 1-2, 2017.

Day 1 – Journeying against the ebbing current to North Stack, from Porth Dafarch, and back with the tidal flow.

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Day 2 – Penrhyn Mawr Park and Ride

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Lunch with friends

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Skerries, September 2016 – A beautiful journey

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The main flooding current flowed clockwise around this coast of Anglesey for the duration of our journey.

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Richard and Paul with Carmel Head behind them.

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The view south towards Holyhead Mountain.

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Ynys Fydlyn tiderace.

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The Delphin MKII 155 Corelite X at Penrhyn Mawr and the Stacks

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29 July  Porthdafarch – South Stack, via Penrhyn Mawr, with Ed Loffill

2 August  Soldiers Point – South Stack, via North Stack with Ed Loffill and Justine Curgenven

Sea kayak sailing/surfing at Penrhyn Mawr

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Sea kayak sailing/surfing at South Stack

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The sail was taken down for surfing steeper waves at South Stack

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The sail back up to surf closely past South Stack’s headland

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Beam reach sailing back to Porthdafarch

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South Stack with Ed and Justine 

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South Stack Surf

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The Delphin MKII Corelite X

The biggest improvement I found in the Delphin MKII Corelite X is the extra speed and responsiveness it has in surf. This is thanks largely to the greater stiffness in the plastic construction. The cockpit has also been improved to provide better comfort and connectivity.  The day hatch is a welcome addition, as are the sailing fittings.  In summary, the Delphin MKII Corelite X has all of the great features of the original Delphin but with some very useful additions/refinements and stiffer plastic for even more fun surfing.

Sea Kayak Sailing in Tideraces

It is a bit of a balance whether/or not to deploy the sail in a tiderace. When the waves are not particularly steep the addition of a sail makes catching waves far easier, increasing the number of surfable waves and the length of the runs. At some point the balance between fun and fear will probably tip towards fear, or at the very least uncomfortableness. It is now time to take the sail down as the surf has steepened up and you probably don’t need any more help catching the waves.

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