Sun and swell - first paddle of 2014
With a very brief break in the persistent strong winds of late i decided it was time to get out on the kayak. Kieren was keen and the wind forecast looked perfect with very light westerlies throughout the day ....but the swell was still lingering after the weekends storm. I had a couple of launch marks lined up and it was a case of seeing how they were on the day as to whether the kayak would get on the water or not.
It has been a long winter of persistent storms. The Atlantic has been firing one after another straight at the UK with Cornwall bearing the worst of it. I always keep an eye on the sea conditions on Magic Seaweed and week after week huge patches of swell are arriving at the cornish coast - its not often you see Oranges, Reds and Blacks on the swell chart - these mean 20ft+ swells with the black patches reaching 50ft.... not kayaking weather and to even contemplate putting a kayak in that sort of swell is pure stupidity!
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