Wednesday, August 10, 2011

St. Philips in the wind

The high winds and rain this past weekend meant that I had to postpone a kayak-camping trip for the second time this summer. I "needed" to get on the water so four of us headed to St. Philips for a paddle-practice in the waves. Tony, Dean, Neville and I met at the launch area around 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. The waves were high, at times reaching the top of the slipway. The main challenge was to get out through the slipway when the wave sets were low. Once we made it to the open water of the cove, we played in the waves for over 2 1/2 hours. The photos below do not fully capture the height of the waves (which reached at least three metres at times) and the effect of the wind on these waves. A man who had dropped by to check on his boat commented on our going out on such a day. Such comments remind me that non-kayakers do not appreciate how sea worthy a kayak truly is. We do this because we love it and to prepare ourselves for unexpected winds that can come up when we paddle. Coffee at the beachside resturant completed the experience.

our entry point to the cove


Neville & Dean with Tony in the background

Tony catching a wave


choppy waters


Dean completes a roll

1 comment:

Tony said...

The wave rolling into the channel gives some idea of the conditions. While the camera flattens the sea, some of your shots do capture the sea state.

Tony :-)