Travels with Paddles

a sea kayaking journal

Axel Schoevers (Photo: A. de Krook) Name:
Axel Schoevers
Rijswijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Monday, May 08, 2017

Keel Stripping

The catch phrase of this week is probably 'Keel Strip'. We have repeatedly discussed the advantages and disadvantages of a keel strip. Frank does not have one. Luut and Bart did it the KeelEasy way. I have a diolene/gelcoat keel strip. Paddling through rock gardens inevitable gets one some scratches, however well we try to judge and time our runs through it.

Today we paddled from Porth Dafarch to Rhoscolyn. The wind was quite strong and chilly from the northeast. We kept close to the shore and paddled through every gully and over every pour-over we could find; hence the occasional scratch and shouting 'keel strip'!

We are getting into the habbit of having two lunch breaks a day. The first long break was out of the wind in the sun at Rhoscolyn Bay. Second lunch was at Porth Diana on our way back.

The next two days promise to be sunny with little wind, and the tide is right...

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