Friday 27th June
Six kayaks and their long way down the beach to the gently breaking 10cm waves. Andy and Elise needing assistance with the Aleut Double- oops , a quick jog back to get the sail foot.
We headed south with the tide on almost calm water, until wind turbines agave way to Dunes and eventually as the current increased, between shallow sand banks the Duddon estuary. Now heading the gentle but increasing breeze.
Sandwich terns with beaks full of sand eels glided by, until we too lunch on sand bank just short of Hodbarrow nature reserve. As we at the tide rose, so after we were able to enter Haverigg pool and scale the mighty sea defences.
Whilst John shared his knowledge often various bird species, Andy disappeared. After only 20 minutes the kayaks now almost afloat Andy turned bereft of ice creams muttering about no money.
The last of the incoming tide hasted our float up the Duddon Estuary on almost glassy water along with numerous Lion’s main jellyfish. As the tide subsided we floated awaiting the tug south.
Not long after beginning the return paddle the wind returned form the south at force 2. A sun fish fin spotted
Repassing Hodbarrow the wind veered to SW and force 3- yes straight into our faces. A se Are after calm ashore bringing low cloud.
Still it would be behind us as we rounded the dunes. The Aleut double set a good pace withe the single following so John and took a more inshore route to cut the corner. Now just 4 km north to Silecroft, seems hardwork, the wind turbines now facing NW explained why. Our bible along the coast became more arduous start expected with waves up to 2.5 feet and a beam sea.
So today we learnt that sandwich terns do exist and they don’t eat sandwiches. You can ensure that you have a headwind all day if you take a sail and double sea kayaks go very fast.
Enjoying this trip were Stu, John H, Tom, Simon, Andy L Elise