Sunset over Southampton WaterI am lucky enough to live a matter of minutes from Hythe Marina, on the edge of Southampton Water. Whilst it’s not the most picturesque stretch of water it provides an interesting paddle. I often leave about 8pm, after my 3 year daughter is tucked up in bed, and can be on the water by 8:10 giving me a hour and a half to either push on up to Calshot (my ‘keeping fit’ route) or spend time dawdling about practicing strokes and surfing on the little swells caused by the Fast Cat ferry service to the IOW.

Tonight I was rewarded with the sort of view paddling back that makes you feel glad to be alive, banishes the stress of the day and lucky to be out in a sea kayak! Thought I would share… (Click image to enlarge)