It seems like ages since I went out Sea Kayaking. In reality it’s only 3 or so weeks but having got used to such frequent paddling over the late Summer and Autumn, a 3 week lay off seems an eternity. A busy period at work and the seemingly constant windy conditions have conspired to keep my paddling gear packed away in my kit bags.

Boats Moored For Winter

Boats Moored For Winter

After a very short paddle last Sunday I was hungry for more and yesterday delivered firstly with a two session blast up and down the Beaulieu River. The tide was flowing pretty strongly but the shelter from any wind left lovely flat calm conditions for stroke work followed by a nice fast paced paddle. At the end of the session I spent some time just bobbing about watching the wildlife and enjoying the peaceful surroundings.

Duck Taking Off

Duck Taking Off

Back at the launch point I indulged in 15 minutes of messing about with the camera set up on a jetty on a timer to try and grab a new profile picture for social media sites and for the ‘about’ section of this website. Whilst it may seem vain, I struggle with the usual issue of always being the person behind the lens so rarely get access to pictures with me on the water hence an impromptu ‘modelling’ session.

New Profile Picture

New Profile Picture

It was then time to head back to ‘family duties’ – out to collect then decorate the Christmas tree with the kids and the whole bedtime routine. However, I had half an eye on the Bramble Bank Weather station which proved fortuitous as the wind died down below expected levels. As 8pm rolled around I was back out to Calshot and pulled off a stunning night paddle along the coast, past Lepe and part way towards Lymington before turning around to head back all under a bright full moon. It was about as calm as it gets and such a departure from recent windy nights and despite the cold, provided a fantastically relaxed way to end the day.

Stunning Night Paddle

Stunning Night Paddle