Thursday, May 14, 2015

arriving in Ireland

We arrived in Ireland early afternoon in good shape, after a crossing of 30 nautical miles with fully loaded kayaks (carrying a month's worth of food and kit), a memorable solitary puffin encounter in the middle : )

 George's Puffin

Stopped off to absorb the suns rays and had the rest of the day to explore the coastline north of Strangford Lough, passing numerous sunbathing common seals, skuas and gannets... to name but a few!

Keirron in front of South Rock Lighthouse

Using the last of the flood tide to head into the lough and find a sheltered camp in anticipation of the F7 Easterly forecast for later in the day. 

A wander down to Strangford village square, refill water and take in the relaxed evening pace, combine harvester and machinery coming off the little ferry, a family practicing hurley, lads pumping up and testing their inflatable for the coming summer...

A breezey night and a planned day off the water today in Downpatrick, ahead of an early start on the circumnaviagtion to morrow morning.
Fingers crossed for fine weather : )
Keirron & George

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