It was with some reluctance that we all prised ourselves out of the clubhouse on Thursday night for the kayak section coaching session. Outside, the heavy drizzle, west to north westerly winds and temp of only 10C had left us all feeling like spending a night back home on the couch in front of a warm fire instead – and this is meant to be mid summer!
The forecast was for F4 gusting F5 W/WNW (but dropping) and if this had this been the case we would likely have had to cancel the evening. However on arrival, the conditions looked more F2-3+ and on inspection, the waves did not seem too big to deal with, so we made the decision to go ahead with kayaking – even if it meant me wearing my fleece under layers and winter hat!
When on the water, we found that we had some nice conditions to play around in. For many, this was their first exposure to waves of any significance, and much to our delight, most people seemed to handle them very well. These were fairly typical conditions, frequently found around our local shores, so it was perhaps a lesson to all in what to expect when out sea kayaking.
Working on strokes, turning and paddling forwards into wind, cross wind and downwind was on the agenda. By the end of the night there were lots of smiley faces. A big well done to all the club members who participated.