A leisurely start to Saturday to meet the planners of this trip, Barbara and Carolyn. Getting to Two Tree Island early enough for a quick cup of tea in the Golf Driving Range, and then onto the car park for 9:30.
The weather was fine, with less wind than forecast, but still carrying the Northerly chill. We were joined by a local paddler, Hariboy, it was good to catch up, as I haven’t paddled with him for a while.
As we approached the pier, some practice on using transits added interest. Looking at the end of the pier, we could see there was something unusual moored up, it was a three masted schooner from the Netherlands, Eendracht.
The sea of the end of the pier was far calmer than expected, and we sped by, getting a few photos. It was an ideal opportunity to duck inside and paddle under Southend Pier, and back towards Two Tree Island.
Even with the light headwind, and a gentle tide assist, the return journey felt nice and easy. There was only one seal sighted, but a good spot of a Great Crested Grebe and some busy Oystercatchers kept the spirits up.
A grand day out, with good company, finished with tea and lemon drizzle cake.
Thanks for the planning Barbara and Carolyn, a good way to spend a birthday Carolyn, and Hariboy provided interesting conversation, as usual.