If you just go for a paddle than you can stop thinking about wanting to go for a paddle.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

2010: Post 4 - Know when to fold 'em

A group of us are committed to doing practice sessions at St. Philips.  It's a convenient place in proximity to where we live, it has a slipway for launching, and a restaurant close by to get a cup of coffee afterwards.   These sessions take place Thursday afternoons from about May to October.  During the rest of those months we lack adequate daylight.  But from October to March we will do a practice session on weekends when the winds are not sensible enough for a weekend paddle. 

Yesterday the winds were forecasted to be on the higher side for a paddle today (Sat), so some of us decided we would do a practice at St. Philips. But we awake to higher winds than was called for - currently 48 km, gusting to 69 km, with wind chill -3 C, and blowing off-land.  We have been out in St. Philips in such winds several times before, but when the winds are blowing back toward the beach and when the air temperature is warmer. So today we decided to give in to mother nature and call it off.

Like Kenny sings, "you've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em...."  Tomorrow the forecast is for much favorable winds (about 25 km) and we are planning a paddle, probably down the southern shore...

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