Today’s plan was to launch at Lamorna Cove and paddle west to Lands End… the reality turned out to be quite different… a heavy dumping surf and incoming tide at Lamorna meant that landing again would have been impossible – at high water the surf breaks onto nothing but rocks. So we retreated to the harbour at Penzance for an easy launch into sheltered water and a paddle north-east up the coast. The southerly swell today was pretty big – very much akin to kayaking amongst mountains… not a problem when the waves aren’t breaking but Mounts Bay has a bunch of submerged reefs that gave us a “Poseidon Adventure” moment when a large swell piled up into something even larger …. All I can remember is looking at it in a sort of disbelief and wondering if we would get over it before it broke… we did of course, it’s rarely as bad as it looks but still exciting :-) We’d planned a stop for lunch but with large surf breaking all along the coast the only option was to return to the harbour at St Michael’s Mount for a leisurely munch on the sea wall.. so not quite as planned but still better than not getting out on the water at all, especially given I’m rapidly running out of kayak time this side of June :-)
a fine brace of Tideraces
“Tideraces” sounds clumsy, would a better plural not be “Tideraci”?
Something of a postscript.. I’m very lucky to have such a useful family, my father is a boat designer and I’ve just been over to the moulding yard to get some colour-matched gelcoat for my Tiderace, – it took a knock yesterday, nice to see the black of the carbon hull underneath though :-)