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.
Paddling out with the tide, and the wind turning to assist us, we made good progress down ‘the gut’ passing familiar boats, Two Brothers, and the visiting Cygnet.
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.