Imagine you are at the edge of the sea on a day when it is difficult to say where the land ends and the sea begins and where the sea ends and the sky begins. Sea kayaking lets you explore these and your own boundaries and broadens your horizons. Sea kayaking is the new mountaineering.
In the shelter of Carrick Bay at the south end of Culzean all was calm but...
...beyond the reef a deliciously steady 14 knot cross off wind was blowing.
Jim was in his awesomely fast new Rockpool Taran but he was the only one without a sail. Who would have the advantage..?
Tony and David were looking confident as the breeze picked up as we left the shore.
David was trying out my current favourite kayak, the Delphin, but his spray deck wouldn't fit. Was he bothered? Of course not. Back in the 50's and 60's, when David started kayaking, only a few Inuit people and nancy boy westerners used spray decks! But even then, David had a sail on his skin on frame Tyne double.
At first Jim in the Taran easily kept up and indeed, when he caught a wave, the Taran would come from behind and rocket ahead.