Saturday, 10 March 2012


I have a training opportunity coming up the Solent / Isle of Wight. Very kindly organised by my friend Andy.

He's devised two plans. A. Running from Keyhaven, and B from Lepe Country Park, both crossing the Solent. Plan A is more exposed but same route there and back. There is also a chance of playing on the Shingles, just north of the Needles (can get pretty big). Plan B is more protected,  Hurst castle being the most exposed point. Good opportunity to practice vectors.

On the planned day Highwater Portsmouth is at 09:54 and 22:03

Plan A

12:30-13:30 Keyhaven to The Needles, 
HWP+3 Strong ebb tide (max 8km/h)

13:30-14:30 Paddle by the Needles on then onto Freshwater. (against ebb 1km/h).
HWP+4 Short rest/lunch/

15:00-16:00 Hope to be joined, tbc, by another 5* coach
HWP+5/6 Paddle back to the Needles, almost slack

16:00-16:30 Paddle Needles to Mid-Shingles Buoy
HWP+6 Use back eddy in Alum Bay and then flood tide (6km/h)

16:30-17:00 Use coaches local knowledge to paddle on The Shingles, else paddle back to Keyhaven.

17:00-17:30 Head back to Keyhaven.

Plan B 

12:30-14:30 On water at Lepe Country Park, warm up.
HWP+3/+4 Paddle down to the Hurst castle (18km) on ebb tide (avg 3km/h)

14:30-15:30 Pratice rough water handling by Hurst castle.
HWP+5 Short rest/lunch

15:30-17:30 Paddle on IoW side  from Fort Albert towards Gurnards Head (14km).
HWP+6/-5 flood tide assist 

16:30-17:00 Cross Solent back to Lepe Country Park

Sounds ace!

Practicing rescues in open canoes tomorrow at HCC, then more practice rolling at BCC in the evening. This time in a sea kayak, it will take up most of the pool!

I also have a GoPro camera now, so I can film myself drowning in 1080p HD. Looks like you can get some some quite interesting angles, if you are creative enough:

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