Seals and swell

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Sarah returns to Anglesey for some serious sea kayaking,  including dealing with some very big swells and only mildly interested seals!

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I’m back in Anglesey – at last – for a few days, for my next immersion in sea kayaking. First up, two days on an improvers course, with Steve Miles, running this for my regular coach James Stevenson. We begin our first day up at Bull Bay.

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With our boats ready to go – Steve, me, Neil and Rhys.

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I’ve done this trip a few times now, so it’s along this fairly familiar north coast… stopping along the way to go into this cave. (I came here on my very first day in a sea kayak last May).

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With Steve giving us all good guidance, to suit our different skills and abilities.

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Arriving at the brick works beach for lunch, and for seaweed observation for me.

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Time to work on our forward paddling after lunch.

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Returning to a quiet and flooding Bull Bay approaching high tide.

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The next day the sun has come out. We set out from Borthwen, near Rhoscolyn.

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The sea is sparkling.

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Rhoscolyn Beacon visible ahead.

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Plenty of opportunities for rock hopping.

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We also practice guiding each other with our eyes closed! Really… makes for interesting kayaking.

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And arrive here for lunch.

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The afternoon is stiller than forecast, and we make our way across to the islands where the Rhoscolyn beacon sits. Which is a favourite location for seals.

The seals are only mildly interested by us, we spend time sitting there and simply being in the sun with the seals.

And return through the rocks.

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And the seaweed.

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A good day, and a great group to paddle with. Rhys is currently living in Liverpool so hopefully will see him at the Liverpool club on some trips soon.

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Steve, Neil, Rhys and me, with kayaks at Borthwen.

I’ve not finished my time here on Anglesey, and the next day I’m with James for a day’s coaching.

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We set out from Trearddur Bay. There’s a good force three to four wind, but we can find shelter from it in the bays. It’s exactly what James had in mind for me! Off I go into the wind and swell….

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We spend time here with me getting used to these conditions and practice turning the kayak upwind and downwind.

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And after lunch we have a go at some rescues in different conditions. James even manages to take photos of me doing a rescue, whilst he is in the water! (He also rescues my water bottle as well whilst being rescued, he is a model student).

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And I think that’s quite enough exertion for today… I end the day happy and ready for a visit to the hairdresser….

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Thank you James. And thank you Steve Miles and my new chums Neil and Rhys.

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