Saturday, April 28, 2018

Grey foggy day on the water

The forecast Friday was for light southerly winds and sunshine and so it was when I left home Saturday morning early.  Then it changed to fog lifting around noon.  Arriving in Tors Cove it was foggy with Fox Island barely visible from the beach.

We couldn't see the islands of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve so it was a paddle along the shore to LaManche.

Hazen paddles past the micro hydro generating station in Tors Cove.

It looked like it might clear up as ...

... Great Island rose out of the fog and ...

... Pee Pee Island also but Great Island was began to again lose the battle with the fog.

Dean and I paddled around the rock in Bauline East where the wind picked up a little forcing me to pull on my neoprene mitts as it picked up the cold of the ocean.

Heading into LaManche Bay where the bit of swell ...

... went skywards as it hit the shoreline but it was nothing to worry us as we ...

... arrived at LaManche dominated by the magnificent suspension bridge of the East Coast Trail.

The group of eight - Brian, Cathy, Clyde, Dean, Gary, Hazen, Terry and myself stopped for lunch in LaManche.  There it became known that we had a casualty.  Hazen had slipped as he got out of his kayak and injured his shoulder.  It was clear he wasn't going to be able to paddle back himself so after we finished lunch we agreed on a towing arrangement.  More on that later.  We were lucky.  The group was large enough to share the load and what wind and swell there was was at our backs.

We all made it safely back to Tors Cove, packed up and stopped for coffee on our way home.  An eventful but good day on the water.

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