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 pristine sections of coastline. Every so often however one comes across something rather cool… and it really is only every so often, or rather hardly ever at all. This afternoon however, a special windless and sunny winter day before the next round of storms arrive, a model sailing boat made from the rubber sole of a flipflop, a stone for a keel, some driftwood for a mast and a scrap of plastic and feather for a sail. No doubt sent on it’s voyage from the beach just east of Dodman Point where I happened to be passing in my sea kayak.
It would be nice to think of it making a long journey, albeit eventually sinking under the weight of accumulated barnacles but the reality is going to be somewhat different… with a strong southerly wind due to arrive just a few hours after this picture was taken its ultimate destination will be back on the beach from which it originated. Probably in pieces. Oh well.
More of the paddling tomorrow I expect :-)