Cold Knap 22/04/2011
First time back in the Sea Kayaks after a long cold winter, parked in the car park at the top of the pebbles at the Knap, an hour from high tide it was only a short walk to the water. Launched at 08.45 with a SE breeze of 6 knots and gusts up to 8 knots, temp 11 degrees slightly overcast.
Cold Knap is a pebble beach on the coast that attracts visitors during the summer months. It is located a few miles west of the sandy beach of Barry Island. It was founded by the Romans who used it as a port.
We launched off a patch of sand and made a heading towards Aberthaw, as we went past Porthkerry the water become quite choppy, we were only out fo a practice session so headed back towards the Knap. We were heading straight into a 6-7 knots breeze and it was an effort to make headway.
Dad has a new piece of kit!! A helmet. Probably a good idea if we are going to start making some coastal trips and it could be needed especially when launching and landing.
The Easkys' felt pretty good in the Sea. The more we go out the more confident we will be. After about 1 hour of paddling we decided to land on the pebble beach and take a rest, we bothe came in backwards as some practice.
Dad then sat back in the Kayak and laucnched from the pebbles into the water. He got it spot on and it looked pretty good!
We spent another hour or so paddling back and forth the Knap front getting some paddling time on the sea.
We did not venture very far but it was good to get a feel for the boat in the sea and it was a confidence booster.
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