Here are some photos from a trip Fi and I did on the weekend. We figured we might as well do some paddling seeing as we're living on a big island. So we headed to the Isle of Wight in the English channel for a two day paddle around the island.
First problem was that the tides were 6 hours different from what we had thought but easily solved by heading in the opposite way around the island to what we had first intended.
Dodging hundreds of yachts and the odd ferry and hovercraft we made our way east up the Solent (channel between the island and the mainland) to Bembridge. Once rounding the corner we were back into the oncoming tide but fortunately it was a time of neap tides and we could still average about 7kph as we started along the south coast.
We stopped just short of St Catherines Point lighthouse where the map showed a campground to stay at. Unfortunately the map was a bit out of date and the campground was no longer open however there was a pub so we could get a hot meal. Hunger satisfied we found ourselves a quiet spot on the seafront and set up camp for the night.
50km done on Saturday and 50 left to do. Sunday started off with a following wind and tide so we made good time down to the Needles at the Western point of the island. The weather had turned colder but I had Day Two pogies and a Berghaus mountain cap so I was roasty toasty warm. Rather than battle the tide back up the Solent we spent a couple of hours exploring the old rocket testing site nearby before heading back into the Solent for the final 25km back to the car.
The wind was against us but the tidal current was with us. This made for rough conditions but the Insomniac handled it well and we were still able to average 10kph for the final leg. Trip done and a nice piece of kayaking discovered.