Thursday 5th July Silverknowes
“Easterly 11 knots gusting to 15 knots which means this paddle would be categorized beyond grade A conditions.” That’s what we were promised, and that’s what we got, and a good sized swell and a lot of white horses evident from the beach. 4 hardy souls (Alan, David, Stephen and Jane), ably lead by Andrew Longmate set off at 18:55. Two other club members came to wish us well but declined to join us.
We met our various goals: Andrew’s was to bring us all back alive and well, David wanted a workout, but also wanted to stay upright. Stephen wanted to play in the surf. Jane confirmed that she was just outside her comfort zone, and I think Alan came to enjoy the evening- which we all did. Credit was given to David Simpson for organising the winter rough sessions which gave some of us the confidence that we were ok in these conditions.
The first leg was slow progress into the wind and 5 foot waves towards the little beach at Granton where all decided a surf landing onto broken bricks in fibreglass boats was inadvisable. The second was across the waves- perhaps with less chat than usual as all were well spaced to avoid each other and I for one was concentrating on staying on top of the water. Rounding the north end of Cramond Island with the wind briefly behind us let us into sheltered water and a quiet landing on the beach. A chance to relax a little and comment how much the wind and waves had dropped.
This we found not to be true as we paddled back into the wind and waves through the teeth of the causeway- and as we had some time and energy to spare we played for a while in the waves- Stephen giving some excellent demonstrations of how to surf the waves. With most energy used up and light fading we returned to Silverknowes where many hands made light work of getting the kayaks up the steep hill back to the cars.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening paddle, thank you.