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Copinsay Paddle Saturday 22 May 2010
by Dennis Bichan - 15:21 on 23 May 2010
Six of us launced from Newark at around low tide, but that was no problem with the excellent jetty there. Beautiful day with the sun not quite managing to burn through the haze and none of us wore our cags. Thankfully the thick fog forecast by the Deerness worthy shaking his head at the launch site did not materialise. For the record, we were equiped with maps, compasses, sat-nav and vhf radios.
We landed alongside the jetty on Copinsay and basked in the hazy sunshine while we ate our lunch. Later we spent an enjoyable couple of hours exploring the island and lighthouse before setting off again.
We circumnavigated Copinsay in next to no swell and enjoyed the spectacular cliffs and wildlife. By this time the wind had got up a bit and we had quite a bumpy ride back through the Copinsay Pass to Deerness - exhilirating stuff!
Only 7.8 nautical miles but a very interesting and rewarding day. Kristian's calm decisive leadership much appreciated.
Personal notes - My "bright" face and arms clearly demonstrate the dangers of exposure to even a hazy sun, especially on the sea.
Comment from Jackie at 19:54 on 23 May 2010.I hope you notified the Coastguard about your trainers drifting about in the North Sea as danger to shipping especially since they contained hazardous material!
Comment from Dennis at 16:41 on 16 June 2010.Hmmm - thank you Jackie!!
Despite the rough crossing, Kristian offered to paddle straight back to look for my trainers but I would not allow him. Also John Petrie heard about my stupidity and that evening powered his rib to Copinsay but the trainers were washed away.
Thanks guys, it is good to have friends!
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