Galley Cove to Dursey Island - 38km The tides for going round Mizen Head favoured a later start so we'd agreed a lie in and planned to be on the water at 10. I awoke early as usual. The sun was getting up and the winds were light so it didn't make sense to stay … Continue reading 11/5 Day 21 – By Hook or by Crook
Kinsale to Dunworly Bay - 34km As Rob said, our stay at the Kinsale Outdoor Centre courtesy of Jon and Karen and the rest of the staff there was hugely welcome. As we set down to sleep at night listening to the rain outside we very happy that we weren't camping. I was also hugely … Continue reading 8/5 Day 18 – Horses for Courses
No paddling expected for a couple of days. We'll spend the time catching up on things from the comfort of an AirBnB in Portmagee: sleep, blog, food, guinness, etc...
Tramore to nr. Ballymacart Cove - 40k Yesterday and today we experienced the full force of the Waterford sea kayaker's hospitality. Mick and his family took us in and when it came out that it was my birthday a surprise was prepared while Mick took us into Waterford. At dinner time a birthday cake miraculously … Continue reading 5/5 Day 15 – Waterford sea kayakers
Equipment failure I'm afraid. Our SPOT Gen 3 jumped in a rock pool during a lunch time battery change today. I don't think it will come back to life so we need to see if we can sort out a replacement. As a temporary measure I have set the map up to use my phone … Continue reading Limited map updates!
Ballymoney to St Helen's Pier - 57kms The quiet beach we'd had to ourselves overnight was great but camping on sand certainly has its drawbacks - gritty oats for breakfast. Packing up camp without transferring buckets of sand to your kayak is a challenge and I'm sure we'll all be living with it for several … Continue reading 2/5 Day 12 – Sentimental journey and big ferries
Rush to Sandycove, Dublin 36k Lesson learnt today: don't paddle up hill! F4-5 southerly winds all day made this one the physically toughest so far as there wasn't any respite from the constant headwinds. What you might call a real slog. We were on the water just after 7. It was another grey day and … Continue reading 29/4 Day 9 – Martello Towers and Kittiwakes