After meeting at Machell Coppice car park the four of us (Angela, Sue, Eric and Sten) paddled into the freshening SW breeze. The cool wind chilling fingers but not impeding progress we crossed the lake in an attempt to find some shelter with a little success. After lots of chatting, some refreshing old and some making new acquaintances we arrive at an unusually deserted Brown Howe. Stopping for a brew and a sandwich we continued various discussions and admired the passing Gondola.
We broke the wind assisted return journey with a brief visit to Peel Island before continuing back north. Optimistically trying the channel between Fir Island and the shore, this was clear of trees and provided easy passage to the lee side of the island.
In shelter of Fir Island the three of us in dry suits set about getting wet by practicing assisted rescues.
It was sobering to realise how rust I have become. These were new skills for Eric but everybody learnt something. The most important lesson for me being; more practice required.