Wednesday, August 29, 2012

News update - weather delays!

The countdown has begun, then finished, and is now in reverse!

The week of our kayak has arrived but currently the weather is making it impossible to kayak, with the safety boat company Full Throttle advising us the conditions are not yet right.

We are in daily contact with them and every day it gets moved back (quite rightly), so we are on tenterhooks constantly with a mix of excitement, anticipation and, of course, a healthy nervousness!

There is a high pressure rolling in over the weekend so we don't see this being strung out too much further, but once we get past Sunday then we become third priority for next week, because Full Throttle has a customer booked in already for next week, as well as someone still waiting who couldn't go last week!

So let's hope we get the paddle done over the course of this weekend, hopefully in nice sunny weather!

In other news, we've also been advised by Full Throttle to leave from Dungeoness rather than from Dover or Folkestone. There are pros and cons to this. The pros are that, given the spring tides at the moment, we are much less likely to get dragged into the ferry lanes between Dover and Calais (which may result in us being turned back or getting arrested), or end up in Belgium or Holland! This is because the tide is less racier at Dungeoness than it is further up the funnel towards Dover. The cons are that it is 3 or 4 miles further and, when you add the affects of the tides, quite possibly more than that, pushing us towards a 30 mile total distance. This is not a distance we have come close to before (21 is our max) and so it is a little daunting, but we laugh in the face of such minor issues, obviously...(!).

More updates as we have them.

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