Saturday, July 28, 2012

Return to the rock.

I am afraid I have not posted much recently, I have been having a lot of pain in my joints and have not paddled much. As I don't particularly like long car journeys, what paddling I have done has been local, so I am afraid you are just going to have to put up with another trip out to Ailsa Craig!

 Phil, Mike and I left Lendalfoot on the south Ayrshire coast.

Soon we were heading out to the rock accompanied by many gannets returning with bellies full of fish for their hungry chicks. There was a light NW wind and despite it being at the end of the ebb, halfway between  springs and neaps, we were being carried out of the Firth by the tide. We had to maintain a ferry angle of 20 degrees above our bearing to the rock for about 2/3 of the 14.5km crossing. There has been a lot of rain recently and this strengthens the ebb in the Clyde.

We landed on this spit of rocks, which was formed by winter storms. It is not yet old enough to have a growth of the lethal green slime seen on the main beach behind. It was a great place to have lunch