IOPCC Trip Report

IOPCC Christmas Paddle.
Sunday 20th December 2009


After several weekends where the conditions were too wet and windy to get out on the sea, the weather forecast for the planned Club paddle on December 20th looked like paddling would be possible.

December is usually chilly, but when you have to chip ice from the inside of your kayak rather than sponge it out you know that an extra layer under the dry suit is a good plan. So having rooted out the pogies and the hats the advance party met at Sandsfoot and launched at 10am. There were four paddling from Sandsfoot – Jill, the fifth person was unable to make it from Reading because she was snowed in!

Despite the freezing temperature it was a beautiful bright sunny morning with the forecast 10 knots of Westerly breeze behind us. We made easy progress across Portland Harbour and out of the North Ship Channel. Weymouth Bay was a pretty place to be. We made our way round the bay to Bowleaze Cove where we met up with the rest of the group at 11am. Our group now numbered 10 as we made our way around Redcliff – pausing to try and catch some feeble surf waves – and along the coast to Osmington Mills. It was good to see such a large group of Club members out so close to Christmas. Beats Christmas shopping!

The sea conditions made the landing at Osmington straightforward so there were no swimmers – not that they would have counted...yet! The muddy scramble up the cliff was strenuous but the warmth of the Smugglers Arms made it well worth it. Our break in the pub was very pleasant especially as we were joined by Club members who weren’t paddling and also non-paddling family and friends.

At 1.30pm we were on our way again – sliding down the cliff ready to paddle back. As expected the gentle breeze of the morning had picked up to 20 knots and the paddle back required more energy. The water as it splashed over the foredeck into your face was surprisingly warm!! Shortly before we dropped the main group off at Bowleaze we met up with Hugh deIongh. Hugh had been sailing in the morning but jumped out of his Laser into the Sirius and paddled out to join us.

It seemed a lot further on the way back due to the freshening breeze which was right on the nose but we made it back to Sandsfoot with daylight to spare. No one was too keen to do any rolling practice, despite it being the first outing for Hugh’s new dry suit. So we quickly changed and packed up the boats with minutes to spare for the Carol singing in Hope Square at 4pm.

Happy Christmas Everyone.


Pictures of the paddle are on the
Galleries Page.

Clive, Bertie and Ian on the way to Bowleaze The group on the way to Osmington.
The group on the way to Osmington. New member Geoff in his shiny new Christmas cag!
The boats at Osmington Bertie and Jamie at The Smugglers Arms
The group, fed and watered, ready to paddle back from Osmington
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Report and pictures by: Barbara Browning



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