Yesterday we had Level 2 type conditions so seven of us met in St. Philips for a run up to Portugal Cove. A few paddlers with us do not avidly paddle in such conditions so it was a day for some to push past their comfort levels...
We had a good day and there were plenty of us there to watch over the less comfortable paddlers. All hands made it up to Portugal Cove and back with only one capsize. Actually, I was glad there was a capsize so that participants could see the importance of practicing rescues... the rescues we do in practice really do come in handy when someone swims for real when on a paddle. I think everyone had a good time, despite some apprehension in the bigger waves. Of course I had forgotten my camera at home so no pictures!!!
And this morning I paddled again. I only had a short window of available time and so I decided on another short paddle from St. Philips to Portugal Cove. There was less wind then yesterday and thus it was a more relaxed paddle. Although Shane and Derek paddled with us yesterday they were up for another little paddle again today.... I think these guys might be turning into kayakoholics as well!!!
Anyway, here's a few pics from this morning's paddle on the way up to Portugal Cove...
Shane decided it was time for some rescue practice when we arrived in Portugal Cove.
With practice session over we carried on around the cove.
... and then took out on one of the beaches for a little stretch before heading back.
There was a little iceberg outside of Portugal Cove and a few bergy-bits floating around.
When we arrived back at St. Philips we did a little more fooling around in the cove...
... and then we headed up the river to rinse off in the fresh water.
Thanks guys for another fun paddle for the second day in a row.