A few months have gone by since starting this blog and enough folks have mentioned the fact that visiting the website has been less than entertaining that I have decided to do a synopsis of sorts.  We’ve been in the heart of winter here in New England and although there have been a few days on the water, temps in the 20’s F and persistent winds have turned my passion into something that is just not fun at all.  Hands are the hardest thing to keep comfortable and that is a major paddling quality-of-life issue.

Peter and I were to head out for a long paddle yesterday but for some reason, my brain refused to drop into paddling mode and after unloading my boat at the launch site in Portsmouth, NH, I realized that I had no paddles…   Returning home to retrieve same, I proceeded to miss two exits.  I returned to the launch site a couple hours later with the paddles and prepared to get underway.  All dressed ready to go, time to put on the neoprene gloves that have been working so well in this winter.  I have two gloves but they are both for the left hand…   hmmm, perhaps I shouldn’t paddle today.   I used the pogies that I keep in my  spare kit bag.

We headed out of through New Harbour on a fine day and made our way north along the coast.  We turned around a couple hours later just shy of Nubble Light.  The seas were flat, a one foot SSE’ly swell and essentially light airs. We turned around and rode the tide back and eddy-hopped against max eb to the launch site via Portsmouth Harbour and the Piscatiqua River.  Boring as conditions were, it was good to be back on the ocean.

Peter next to the Tiderace as she awaits her baptism in salt water.

Peter next to the Tiderace as she awaits her baptism in salt water.

Getting to know the new Tiderace Explore S.  I bought it from Randy Henriksen.  Initial impressions: easy to roll, pretty fast, handles nicely.  Can’t wait to get it into the big stuff.  The intended role for this boat is as a fast cruiser on extended trips.  Looking to make good time on a long paddle this summer; really good time…

Scotland Trip

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Getting to the launch can present a challenge at times

Last Fall I was fortunate to get over to Scotland for a couple weeks.  Spent the entire time on the Isle of Skye. The first several days were spent with Gordon Brown.  I did a 5* training and then tea-bagged for the subsequent 5* assessment. The weather was lively the entire time with steady SW’ly winds in the F 5 ~ 6+ range and a Equinoctial Spring tide to make Kylerhea a bit more interesting.  Gordon was kind enough to send me on my way with a boat to paddle for the remainder of my time there.

Looking out to sea from Loch Beag near Coillore

Looking out to sea from Loch Beag near Coillore