Skaill to Stromness 10nm
|Amazingly all the weekend forecasts concurred - little or no wind (and that from the east).|
Swell forecasts predicted no more than 2 feet swell on the west side.
After the usual car shuttle, 6 kayakers congregated on an unusually calm Skaill beach.
We launched at aroud 2pm
As we rounded the Hole of Row, a bit more swell was noticeable.
However we said "hello" to a group of climbers there.
A few puffins were sighted in the water, one flying right over my bow.
The huge narrow stack at Black Craig was as impressive as ever.
While we pondered how much energy was being created by the Oyster wave generator,
Malcolm added a whole new finesse to our BBQs with his delicious homemade mini kebabs and canapes
Coming out of Bilia Croo, the sea provided a bit of surf to crash through.
Skaill to Stromness, it now became.
Two of the group then so enjoyed rockhopping that they failed to see one breaker coming in that left them both out of their boats in knee high water!
Although against the neap tide, the final leg was calm and unchallenging finishing up taking a short cut under the pier.
While cars and kayaks were being reunited, the non-drivers managed a quick pint (on tick it seems) in Stromness!