Safety & Comfort

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As the start date for my Ireland trip loomed ever closer, the pile of expedition kit that I was squirreling away in the spare room, grew increasingly high as I ticked items off my check list. One essential item of safety equipment still needed to be sourced, a Personal Locator Beacon, PLB for short. With a tight budget & dwindling …

Ireland Part 2

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Day 12: Garrettstown Beach to Rabbit Island, Glandore Bay Alayne kindly dropped me off at the beach at 0715hrs. It took a little while to pack & sort the boat, I had collected a re-supply parcel from Jon Hynes, so I had to squeeze all the extra food & supplies into the hatches along with the rest of the expedition …

Ireland Part 1

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Day 1: Bullock Harbour to Wicklow (North) My good friend, Dan McGonigle, stayed over at our house in Mynydd Llandygai, on Sunday evening. It would be an early start on the morning of Monday 24th July. After saying an emotional goodbye to Katy & Sid the Lurcher, we hit the road. Dan had agreed to drive me to the ferry …

The Kayak

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  For the Ireland circumnavigation, I will be paddling my tried and tested Rockpool GT. The design of the GT is based on the classic British Form sea kayaks that, in turn, have followed the traditional lines of the Inuit skin on frame Qajaq’s from Greenland. With that in mind, the GT is in the same class of kayak as the …

Nutrition

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Mike Whittingham is a friend that I met whilst running a Sea Kayak See Life course with Lou Luddington. He came along as a participant, on one of our Skomer Island wildlife weekends, a number of years ago and he has returned to paddle with us many times since. Mike is a really enthusiastic chap, especially when it comes to …

Around Ireland 2017

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The What? This summer I will embark upon a journey that I have been dreaming of making for many years. A kayak circumnavigation of Ireland! Paddling solo and self-supported and with an emphasis on a performance approach to sea kayaking, I aim to complete the circumnavigation within 5 weeks.                       …

Sea Kayak See Life, Spring 2017, Part 2

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Another top weekend of wildlife focused kayaking with an enthusiastic group of paddlers. It’s always great to work alongside marine biologist, Dr Lou Luddington and to absorb more fascinating information about our wonderful coastal environment. Despite yesterday’s challenging forecast and deteriorating conditions, we had a successful day on the water. Today we managed a trip to South Stack, one of …

IOM Crossing

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Whilst sorting through some photos I rediscovered the pictures taken during last summer’s Isle Of Man trip. I thought I would share some of them here: In August 2016, Chris Withers and I, had planned to head down to Cornwall with our sea kayaks, to make the crossing out to the Isles Of Scilly. However, the temperamental Atlantic weather systems …

Sea Kayak See Life, Spring 2017

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The weekend of 20th & 21st of May saw me making another one of my regular pilgrimages south to Pembrokeshire, to co-deliver the first of this year’s scheduled Sea Kayak See Life courses along side Dr Lou Luddington. Launching from Martins Haven with a favorable forecast and neapy tides, we were able to make the crossing of Jack Sound to …