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

Monday, November 30, 2015

2015: Post 46 – Middle Cove

Four of us met yesterday in Middle Cove for a paddle, with intentions to paddle up to Flatrock.

When we arrived there was some surf dumping on the beach.  

We watched the waves for a while, and had a discussion about whether or not it was reasonably safe to launch/land and how everyone in our little group felt about the risks.  With our discussion completed, all hands decided they were in favour of launching.  One by one, exercising plenty of care and patience between waves, we launched without difficulty.


There was just enough swell to make things interesting once we were away from the beach.

Shane, Cathy, and Brian

We followed the shoreline into, and around, Tor Bay...


... and then carried on along the shoreline towards Flatrock.


As we paddled along the wind picked up a little and the clouds were looking darker.  I believe we were at Church Cove Point when we decided to turn around and follow the shore back to Torbay.  



The wharf in Tor Bay was well protected by the bit of wind and swell and it was easy to take out on the slipway.  We had our lunch and shared a few laughs...

Shane and Cathy

... and then paddled the couple kilometres back to Middle Cove.  The surf was still dumping on the beach but all hands, exercising the same care and patience as when they launched, made it safely back onto the beach.


It was a great day to be on the water.  In the true Newfoundland style of weather, we had a little bit of fog, sun, rain, snow, and wind.  

Sunday, November 15, 2015

2015: Post 45 – St. Philips

This morning a few of us met at St. Philips.  We didn't have any set plan in place, other than we'd point our bows into the wind toward Topsail Beach and do some paddling...

I didn't take a lot of pictures, but here are a few...

Getting ready on the slipway

Shane trying out one of Brian's kayaks

Shane and Brian

Shane loves to practice being rescued...

Shane and Brian
A little bit of tow practice is always a good thing to do




And here is a little clip of Neville in his Hammer...

And, of course, we all went for coffee at the nearby restaurant after we had had enough water-time to discuss the morning's activities...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

2015: Post 44 – Tors Cove

On Remembrance Day (yesterday) we paddles from Tors Cove to LaManche by way of the islands of Fox, Ship, and Great...  Ten people showed up... a fine crowd for a cool November paddle. 

Some pics...


Sue and Brian



 Shane, Cathy, and Gerard

The G-man




Tony nearly caught this wave

Shane trying to catch a wave



Most of us have done this paddle a bunch of times in the past, but it is always a great place to spend time on the water.... 

To see Tony's blog entry on the day... click here.

Monday, November 2, 2015

2015: Post 43 – Conception Harbour

Shane e-mailed me.  He had gotten a loan of Clyde's Nordkapp RM for the weekend to take for a test run and he asked if I would be up for a paddle on Sunday... 

Between the two of us we e-mailed a few other people and next thing we had a good small crew.  

It was a glorious November day to be on the water.  The pics don't do full justice, but here are a few to share, along with a couple videos...

Getting ready on the slipway

Terry had just taken possession of a Necky Chathum 18 and today was the maiden voyage...

Shane in the Nordkapp RM

Shane very soon decided to do a self rescue.  He had tried a
low brace turn and learned how quick a sleeker kayak like the
Nordkapp can tip you over...  






Lots of yellow leaves around this time of year

Brian and Terry
 Before we went ashore for lunch, Shane decided to practice another rescue...

Not a bad view to go with lunch

Shane tried my Nordkapp for comparison
purposes to the Nordkapp RM


I told Shane to stay out of the rocks... Clyde would
not be happy if he scratched the RM!!!
But he just wouldn't listen...

Tony and Julie


It was a fun day... lot's of fun and laughter with some good paddling friends.