a bit of a round-up…

Before I start rambling off about the usual stuff I think I’d better say a word or two about a Boatbuilder’s Story for all those patient readers who have been waiting for so long. It’s really close now… it has taken a long time, fitting it in around everything else… more »

some mid-winter sun afloat.

as promised.. a couple of snaps to illustrate a day on the water that ‘wrapped around’ the instance of finding that little model sailing boat in my last post. The weather at the moment seems to be very much ‘all or nothing’.. from gale-force winds and heavy seas to no… more »

a rubbish boat

The sheer volume of rubbish (or rather ‘garbage’) for my transatlantic readership) floating around in the ocean is heartbreaking. As a sea kayaker especially exploring gullies, caves and so on it is impossible to escape the mountains of plastic, rubber and general accumulation of trash in even the otherwise most… more »

winter paddling, again

Yesterday paddled out of Pendower beach (+50° 12′ 19.70″, -4° 56′ 48.20″, going to start including some lat/longs as some folk apparently are interested in looking at the map/google earth…) heading east towards Dodman Point. Some satisfyingly bouncy conditions and a decent surf to play in at Porthluney/Caerhays (+50° 14′… more »

a low winter sun

Having felt utterly uninspired to write anything at all for weeks.. the usual post-trip blues I suppose combined with a heap of work amongst other things I figured I might try and snap out of it by sharing a couple of things of a sea kayaking flavour… Firstly, a brilliant… more »

distractions

With not many days left before I hit the road folk keep asking me if I’m busy getting ready for upcoming bicycle journey.. and it makes me wonder if I should be doing ‘something’ to get ready.. as I’m not. Heck it’s always like this, all I need to do… more »

a quiet ocean

I’ve been feeling utterly uninspired to write this past few weeks.. something to do with the prolonged spell of proper summer weather so when not busy working just spending all my time on the bike, in the surf (when there is some…) or in the kayak. No real words today,… more »

Summer.. at last!

a fabulously sunny, self-indulgent weekend consisting of lots of miles on my bike Saturday and a terrific day on the water today. Launched out of Sennen for a trip around ‘the end’ with friends. Just enough swell coming in from the Atlantic to make it fun, and admittedly jangle the… more »

mmm…. granite…

Paddled out of Penzance this morning in a thick overcast and cold drizzle.. and now I’m home and tired and can’t be bothered to do much other than have a beer and share some pictures… so here we are. It was one of those days that puts a great big… more »

a crisp northerly

We’ve had a chilly northerly airstream for the last couple of days. I like northerlies, they always bring clear air and a fantastic clarity of light to match the oceans around here. There’s never much swell to play with on a northerly but with a fresh one and decent fetch… more »

cold, grey and a great day afloat

I haven’t been in my sea boat much of late.. reasons.. the surf has been good, I’ve been on my bike a lot.. been busy and just not inspired  but today went some way to putting that to rights.. a day with good paddling friends that turned out to be… more »

a quick Tuesday round-up

time for a quick blog post… the last few days served up some terrific waves.. icy cold with temperatures around 0 degs C.. but very fun waves nevertheless. These pictures aren’t mine, I was too busy enjoying the waves but James’s father was on the beach briefly (too cold to… more »

that yellow sun blue sky narcotic

Around about now, late winter, there always happens a day that feels special. A day that reminds one that spring really is close and that lifts the spirits of everyone after a seemingly endless winter.. Back when I was living in Montreal there would be a day when the temperature… more »

a drizzly Dodman day…

There has been plenty of bike and on-water time of late but I’ve been feeling singularly uninspired to write recently so perhaps this will help get me back into the groove …. oh, Happy New Year by the way, I hope it’s a good one for you. Yesterday paddled out… more »

Thursday, Lizard o’clock..

Met up with a couple of friends for a paddle out of Kennack Sands, approaching Lizard Point from the eastern side for a change, and continuing on round to Kynance Cove, very much a favoured lunch stop, for, err.. lunch before heading back… It was a fabulous early winter day… more »

the Gear Pole race..

Last night was the annual end of summer race down at the Penzance Canoe Club.. it’s really just a sprint from the harbour wall out around the Gear Pole (the Gear Pole is an isolated danger mark on ‘gear rock’ south of Penzance harbour) with this years winning time just… more »

Carbonology catch-up

It dawned on me just recently that so far this year I hadn’t mentioned any proper ‘carbonology’ at all.. I was reminded because another big roll of the shiny expensive black stuff was delivered last week ready for an autumn of moulding.. I have no surf kayak fins left in… more »

tug story…

Last night paddling out of Penzance with friends from the PZCC there were a couple of near identical tugs anchored a few km out to sea. The sun was rapidly sinking but they looked interesting enough to go and have a look.. so we did. I like tugs so it… more »

24hrs of Lizard

nope, not a weird reptile fetish although I did rather enjoy Warren Ellis’s “Crooked Little Vein” with it’s dodgy Godzilla references (a good read.. unless you’re easily offended.. in which case it’s not as it is quite rude).. rather the Lizard Peninsula here in Cornwall. Another favourite place with it’s… more »

more Lands End sea kayak

Yesterday I joined a couple of friends, Mark, visiting from Dorset, and regular paddling buddy Sam, for a day out padding the seas around Lands End.. again.. but it never gets boring there. This time conditions were a perfect balance of light winds but with some wave action to make… more »

Cornish Sea Kayak Rally..

This past weekend was the annual SeaCornwall Cornish Sea kayak Rally, a weekend of camping and sea kayaking in west Cornwall.  I went along Saturday and Monday, partly to enhance further the ratio of leaders to attendees but also to enjoy some good social paddling. I couldn’t make it on the… more »

Scilly paddling..

Here we are…further to my last post I’m back from guiding for/with Sea Kayaking Cornwall in the Isles of Scilly , a tailor-made sea kayaking destination if ever there was one. I lucked out with a terrific group which made the week so much more fun… including a bureau chief… more »

‘Scilly’ things to come..

It’s funny how opportunities just seem to happen when one is no longer entrenched in a ‘career’.. It was only this week I was thinking “Oh I could do with a few days of getting away from coding, from Painted Roads and so on ..” and then out of the… more »

that post-storm look

had I been shooting film it would have been a no-brainer, but as I wasn’t it took a whole day to sink-in that the drama of the post-storm light on the water on Sunday would be much better represented in black and white. Digital is funny like that, I find… more »

a little bit west of here..

With a continuing spell of settled weather this weekend was a fabulous opportunity for a social get together with a whole bunch of friends from the Penzance club and paddle  west with camping gear wedged in kayaks, in the spaces between overnight necessities such as beer, crisps (or ‘chips’ if… more »

a spot of greenland..

I seem to have become very busy all of a sudden… in a good way, especially as the Painted Roads enterprise gradually gains momentum.. of which more very soon although in the meantime Dave has just set off to research a new tour for our portfolio .. following the Ho… more »

Bag Lady..

.. not what you might expect, and you’d be unlikely to find one as shapely as this.. the lady in question being a sea kayak, more specifically an NDK Romany called Rosie, named as such by her owner who has left her in my care… I tend not to name… more »

an evening paddle.

Saw my first Sunfish (Mola Mola) of the summer last night while paddling out of Penzance, I haven’t seen one for a while. They’re not ‘common’ in Cornish waters although they are definitely around. They’re easier to spot on calm days as they bask horizontally at the surface of the… more »

Sea foam..

I think I’m suffering a ‘dry’ period with respect to inspiration for words and pictures.. reason being I have got a lot to think about at the moment with respect to business ideas and so on.. doing quite a lot of that thinking on my bike but nothing I could… more »

chalk and cheese..

yeah ok so maybe I did do a bit much on the bike yesterday, not feeling so great today but unable to ignore the fact that it was a nice day so met a friend for a couple of hours of messing around on the water in Mounts Bay. There… more »

a few more sea kayaking pics..

apologies for lack of words this past week, busy and lacking inspiration .. so by way of something of a continuation of the Lands End theme in my previous post below I’ll just throw a few ‘sea kayaking Lands End on a very calm spring day’ flavoured pictures at you… more »

back on the water..

back on the water after an enforced layoff of 5 weeks… I felt very out of tune with my boat and I’m still not fully recovered but it was so good to be afloat again. Some pictures follow from the last couple of days. Very little swell running but with… more »

April Fools Afloat..

I’ve been neglecting my sea kayak over the past month or so… all my paddling time has been in my surf boat. I put that right today however with a few friends for a perfect sea kayak day out along the west coast of the Lizard peninsula. I spend a… more »

hiker envy…

The summers in eastern Canada and the north-east US are hot and buggy. These places were my weekend playgrounds for the years I lived in Montréal. Winter-time one could travel by snowshoe, ski and crampon without suffering the attention of hordes of miniature bloodsucking monsters, not to mention being mindful… more »

winter ocean

While the rest of the nation apparently froze it’s collective nuts off yesterday, west Cornwall was, at +4C merely a bit nippy. With light winds and just a lazy groundswell running paddling conditions out along the west coast of the Lizard between Poldhu and Kynance were particularly mellow… although later… more »