hiya. just thought i would share yesterdays oooops with you all. firstly, where i detrolley, unpack and assemble the ai depends on the movement of the tide in newquays harbour. secondly, when its coming in, it does so quickly. so setting up is rushed.
thirdly, im always so eager to hit the water that i dont think straight. anyway..
so im out enjoying the breeze for say 10 minutes, 10mph northerly, not a wet ride, carefree, then ooooops, i remembered i hadnt screwed 2 of my 3 stopcocks in. so off to the nearest other kayaker in sight, all the while feeling low, and he couldnt get them in. so off to the beach, peddling, trying to make the most of the dying wind, where i got a surf instructor, in the water with wetsuit and zero swell, to secure them. i carried on s'ai'ling and only after beaching, when i began to manhandle the ai did i realise how much water i had taken on. so im going to put a sign up inside of my gate at home, stating. STOPCOCKS X3.
otherwise, getting up and down the hill to the harbour has been a breeze. errr, no wait, i need a breeze. i must be the only ai sailor in the uk who sweats before launching. i let the kayak (on trolley) lead me down, and haul it up behind me when returning. my first return required 4 stops up the hill, to get my breath, but now i just bite the bullet and shuffle. it takes 9 minutes from my house to harbour, and probably 15 to get home.
i will post with pics the topic, ready to roll, soon. please dont hold your breath.