Mainly kayaking photographs taken on the Isle of Man and beyond.

Monday, 12 May 2008

Sea Kayaking Isle of Man - Penrhyn Mawr.

Photos by Sion Scott
Here in the Isle of Man we have some great tidal races. But they are not as well known as Penrhyn Mawr in North Wales. I picked up my new 3 piece Rockpool Alaw Bach at the weekend and headed straight down there. I've paddled this race a couple of times before, the last time being about 18 months ago. I don't know it well but I regularly paddle races at home. There should be no problem just heading into the flow on my own. There was no problem but it wasn't what I expected. The speed of the flow was phenomenal. I don't think I've experienced such force in any of the tidal races here on the Isle of Man. Unprepared, and perhaps a little too relaxed, in less than 5 minutes I was hanging upside down underwater, staring into a green abyss. It all happened so quickly. My bow turned fractionally sideways onto the flow and in microseconds my new kayak lurched to the side. A high brace landed in a white whirling froth which offered no support. I gathered myself, scarcely able to believe I was submerged and rolled back up. I had to as there was no one near by. I continued playing for another hour, but much more cautiously.
Penrhyn Mawr is different. I don't know it well enough to be blaze about it. One things for sure I'll be going back to rectify the situation.


Jessica said...

You're a star, John! I'm very impressed.
I won't tell you about my own little adventure in Penrhyn Mawr. I'd rather keep up appearances.. Suffice it to say that I stayed in my boat. But it was not a moment of elegance for me.

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