Kim’s kayak journey!

About 6 weeks ago, a friend of mine called Kim contacted me to ask if I would go for a paddle with her on her new SOT, bought secondhand.  Any excuse for a paddle, I said of course,  and we met at Loe Beach one morning and had a gentle trip up the river.

Kim dwarfed by the 'Brazilian Reefer''s stern

Kim dwarfed by the ‘Brazilian Reefer”s stern

There is quite a lot of new shipping up river at this time of year, and one ship conspicuous by its absence – the ‘Windsor Castle’, now hopefully in its new home in Leith, Scotland,  after a brief stop in Falmouth Docks for a check-up before the voyage.

Donna Amelia, and behind it the space left by the Windsor Castle :(

Donna Amelia, and behind it the space left by the Windsor Castle 😦

A week later Kim came out again, and this time we were joined by Tim.  Due to tides and weather, we headed up towards Devoran,  past the Pandora Inn.  On the way we noticed a deer trapped on the waterline under trees on the Carclew bank.  With the tide receding, we were not too concerned as it would be able to find its way back to safety quite soon.

A deer on the waterline

A deer on the waterline

We stopped near the Carnon mine ruins and sat on the bench for the customary coffee and chat before enjoying the tide and breeze behind us as we fairly rocketed back down to the Pandora, and back to Loe Beach.

The view looking back down towards the Pandora

The view looking back down towards the Pandora

Kim’s most recent trip was in my Wild One.  This was a trial before Kim ordered a new one from Kevin at Wild Things, which is currently being made especially for her in bright red!

Kim testing the Wild One!

Kim testing the Wild One!

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Dwarfed again!

Dwarfed again!

Tim can't resist paddling through a hole (minding the propellor of course!).

Tim can’t resist paddling through a hole (minding the propellor of course!).

Our coffee stop on the Tregothnan side above Tolverne

Our coffee stop on the Tregothnan side above Tolverne

Working back from coffee towards the Bay reefers at anchor.

Working back from coffee towards the Bay reefers at anchor.

I hope to be able to update this blog post in due course once Kim has taken delivery of her new boat – I’m sure she might want to try it out sometime!!

 

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21/06/14 Loe Beach to St Anthony’s Head – Midsummer paddle – 9.5 miles

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Yes folks, the blog is back!!  Due to serious nagging from members of my informal kayaking group, Kayak Kernow, I’ve been persuaded to start blogging our kayak trips again.

And what a great trip to start with – 14 kayaks left Loe Beach about 18.20 on Saturday 21st June 2014, Midsummer’s Day, and made for the little beach next to the lighthouse at St. Anthony’s Head.

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The weather was perfect; a light Northwesterly breeze, a few wispy high level clouds, and warm sunshine.  The tide had just turned, so we were assisted by the breeze on the way down river with not too much flow of tide to contend with.

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It was lovely to see friends new and old, and we were joined by 4 new members who were a welcome addition to our flotilla.  We had a gentle cruise towards the open sea, and landed at the small beach just into the river mouth from the lighthouse at St. Anthony’s Head.

A period of feverish activity ensued as stoves were fired up and the air became redolent with the aroma of cooking (or in my case, burning!) bacon, served with rolls, relish, ketchup, onions, and in Linda’s case some nice cheese pasta salad!  Other paddlers had brought sandwiches and other nutritious replenishment, although Nick, one of our new members, immediately established himself as the person who would eat anything from anyone – way to go!  A fine selection of steel flasks saw an appearance as coffee and tea were used to wash down the worst excesses of pork and bagels.

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After a few minutes of quiet reflection, burping and those sighs issued at satisfactory moments in one’s life, we packed up and set off for a quick visit to the lighthouse and a group photo.  Cai was absent from this photo, but instead was catching mackerel just in the river mouth but sadly out of shot!

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All that was left (!) was to slog the four miles back up the river into a dying land breeze (thanks Paul B for the explanation!!) and the experience of a beautiful sunset, with some mesmerising and colourful patterns on the smooth patches of water we encountered – quite magical, and unfortunately not well captured on my camera 😦  We finally regained the beach at approx. 22.20 with just enough light left to load the boats and have a final slug of coffee form our flasks.

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A big thank you to all who made time to join us on this lovely evening trip, and what perfect conditions.  This will be one of those little expeditions which we will all remember in years to come – it was a real pleasure folks!

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Kayak Kernow 2012 Annual Review

 

Hi to all my faithful readers, and here’s wishing you all a Happy New Year if I haven’t already.

2012 will surely go down as one of the worst weather years in recent history, but it didn’t stop me and the other paddlers with Kayak Kernow clocking up some great paddles this year.  Firstly, the great news is that I personally clocked up just over 200 miles in 2012, which was always my target.  I’m really pleased with this total, bearing in mind that on December for example I only paddled once, and that was on the 30th!

Looking back over the year, I have had some great times, meeting new friends,  going to some new places locally, and learning more about the local rivers we are blessed with.

In January we met Paul Bennett from Penzance, who at the time was paddling a SOT, and in the following months Paul has become a regular feature of our paddling line-up, progressing onto a trusty Dagger Charleston identical to mine.  The weather kept us up the Fal where the waters are more sheltered.

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February saw us travel to St. Michael’s Mount, up the Restronguet River to Devoran, and a quick spin up the Penryn river on a grey and dull day.

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March, with its promise of longer warmer days, was unfortunately a busy month for me, and I only got out on the water once, from Loe Beach to St. Mawes.

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April saw paddling restricted to the Fal because of time and company restraints – one thing about the river is that it is perfect for taking new paddlers as the waters are so sheltered and there is plenty to see.

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May – another busy month, and only one trip to St. Mawes.  At least the weather is warming up a bit now!

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June – a sign of things to come; 2 paddles, one in warm evening sunshine (a rare solo paddle for me up to Malpas) and the other in steady light rain.

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July was a good month for getting out on the water – we did a couple of ‘regular’ trios up-river, but also a couple of trips towards Devoran and beyond.  Morwenna and I went up the Fowey River with a group of my work colleagues, and we had the largest group ever on an evening paddle to Ruan Lanihorne, complete with bacon roll stop.  Our group was 14 strong at one point!

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August should have been a good month with M and I off school, but weather and our annual holiday put paid to that!  I still got in a nice trip to Gillan creek from Swanpool and another solo paddle up the river to spot new arrivals on the moorings.  We also had a small group visit to Truro one evening, again with bacon rolls en route.

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September was a Tolverne month – 2 trips to our favourite beach, and enjoying the warm autumn sunshine from what I can remember.

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October was a poor month for the blog, as I twice in a row forgot to take my camera, so the only record of our trips to Devoran and Tolverne are the Google Earth maps which I made 😦

November bizarrely saw on of our best paddles this year – just goes to prove that paddling in the winter months has its advantages.  We went to St. Anthony’s Head and beyond at the end of the month, and spent some considerable time dolphin watching in the mouth of the Fal – fantastic!

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And December – well, weather and other commitments put paid to any paddling until Guy’s birthday paddle in the Helford on the 30th.

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To sum up, I would like to thank all my friends and fellow paddlers for the companionship, tolerance and banter they have afforded me this year, and I look forward to another great year’s paddling in 2013.

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Swanpool – Meudon 5th January 2013 4.2 miles

06/01/2013 2 comments
Swanpool - Meudon 5th January 2013 4.2 miles

Swanpool – Meudon 5th January 2013 4.2 miles

Annual paddle total = 4.2  miles
Blog paddle total = 613  miles

Date –Saturday 5th January 2013
Low tide (Neap)– 16.30
Weather –Cool, 5/8 cloud, F3 SW, viz good
Sea state –choppy, wind over tide

Distance – 4.2 miles

Andy, (Charleston 14),  Tim ( Dagger Exodus),  Kevin (Easky 13)

The first paddle of the year!  Calmish seas and just the three of us, and great to be back on the swell again.  A gentle cruise down the coast past Maenporth and to a quiet beach where we even enjoyed some winter sunshine.  Kevin educated us on the winged wildlife and a great time was had by all.  Hopefully I will be able to link to Kevin ‘Tarantino’ Gaston’s first video footage for this trip.

Some wonderful rock formations along this bit of coast, with Tim and fluorescent hat

Some wonderful rock formations along this bit of coast, with Tim and fluorescent hat

Tim exploring the shoreline

Tim exploring the shoreline

It must be so nice to have your own private beach complete with steps . . .

Maenporth Beach as we paddled past – bet the holiday lettings have dropped off now in the apartments behind the beach.

Kevin cruising past the caves west of Maenporth - spot the new camera on his foredeck!

Kevin cruising past the caves west of Maenporth – spot the new camera on his foredeck!

Tim and Kevin chatting directly beneath a recent landslip due to the prolonged wet weather

Tim and Kevin chatting directly beneath a recent landslip due to the prolonged wet weather

Look carefully and you can see the shadows - we even had some winter sun!  Falmouth in the background

Look carefully and you can see the shadows – we even had some winter sun! Falmouth in the background with the lighthouse at St. Anthony’s Head on the right

A great sneaky Saturday afternoon paddle, and good company as ever.  So nice to be back on the briny again, and great to have started my 2013 blog total!  Thanks guys!!

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Guy’s Birthday Paddle – 30/12/12 – Helford Passage to Frenchman’s Creek –

05/01/2013 2 comments

Helford - Frenchman's 30-12-12 3.7 miles

Annual paddle total = 202.6  miles
Blog paddle total = 608.8  miles

Date –Sunday 30th December 2012
High tide (>Spring)– 12.30
Weather –Cool, 8/8 cloud, F5 W, viz good
Sea state –choppy, wind over tide

Distance – 3.7 miles

Andy, Paul,Teresa (Charleston 14), Guy (North Shore Atlantic),  Tim ( Dagger Exodus), Rob (Romany Explorer), Kevin (Easky 13), Sian (Dagger Blackwater), Steve? (Capella), Kim (Romany), Richard (HMS Indomitable)

This is our traditional post-Christmas paddle to celebrate Guy’s birthday.  10 paddlers, and despite the weather and a lack of water meaning we had to brave the mud at the mouth of Frenchman’s Creek, we had a great relaxed paddle followed by a drink in the Ferryboat Inn.

Our coffee stop at the moth of Frenchman's Creek

Our coffee stop at the moth of Frenchman’s Creek

The birthday boy, gravitating towards the women, as usual!

The birthday boy on the left, gravitating towards the women, as usual!

What you can't see (or smell) is the thick mud which we had to battle through to get back to the water!

What you can’t see (or smell) is the thick mud which we had to battle through to get back to the water!  Rob and Tim are in the midst of washing their boots off before getting under their spraydecks

Port Navas quiet at low tide.  Look at the properties here - how the other half live!

Port Navas quiet at low tide. Look at the properties here – how the other half live!

This is why we couldn't get up the creek - no water . . . but some winter sun.

This is why we couldn’t get up the creek – no water . . . but some winter sun.

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Loe Beach to St. Anthony’s Head 18th November 2012 10 miles

Loe Beach to St. Anthony’s Head 18th November 2012 10 miles

Annual paddle total = 198.9  miles
Blog paddle total = 605.1  miles

Date –Sunday 18th November 2012
High tide (>Spring)– 08.30
Weather –Warm, 2/8 cloud, F2 S, viz good
Sea state –calm out, wind over tide chop return

Distance – 10 miles

Andy, Paul (Charleston 14), Guy (North Shore Atlantic),  Tim ( Wild One!), Rob (Romany Explorer), Kevin (Easky 13), Jason (HMS Ligne Bleue)

Getting ready in the warm misty morning sun

Paddling into the bright warm autumn sun – glorious – makes you feel glad to be alive!

St. Mawes Castle looking tidy in the calm water

Two seals come over to say hello just in front of the lighthouse

The afore-mentioned lighthouse!

Our coffee and gossip stop – big advantage? – can only be accessed by sea!!

Now the fun begins – Tim’s Mum, out walking at Pendennis Castle (in background) – texts Tim to say there are dolphins playing by Black Rock. Tim calls her on the water to confirm, and then we spot them! The splash in the picture is the result of a full body jump clean out of the water!

Guy gets up close and personal!

A dolphin makes straight for me – we saw a Cow and Calf, plus at least 2 others. They were scattered all over the river mouth, and were fantastic to watch. We stayed for about 20 minutes, but knew we had a long way back with tide against us.

All in all, one of our best paddles for some time.  Fantastic weather on the way down-river, seals, quiet secluded beach, and then the dolphins playing and feeding around Black Rock.  What a mixture, to say nothing of the top company, and Jason’s Bread and Butter Cake which as usual was divine!  Thanks guys, we’ll remember that one for some time to come 🙂

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Loe Beach to Tolverne 4th November 2012 5.1 miles

Loe Beach to Tolverne 4th November 2012 5.1 miles

Annual paddle total =188.9  miles
Blog paddle total = 595.2  miles

Date –Sunday 4th November 2012
High tide (>Neap)– 09.30
Weather –Warm, 6/8 cloud, F2 E, viz good
Sea state –calm

Distance –5.1 miles

Andy, David, Daniel (Charleston 14), Guy (North Shore Atlantic),  Tim ( Dagger Exodus), Rob (Romany Explorer), Sian (Dagger Blackwater), Kevin (Easky 13)

Eight boats all in a row – our numbers are increasing!

The Sessile Oaks by the water’s edge are beginning to turn and drop now, winter’s coming on!

The NYK Kool ships are still waiting for orders!

Our favourite coffee stop, especially as the autumn sun was really very warm!

What a beautiful day! Who says we must be mad paddling all year around!?

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