Monday, 12 August 2013

Day 121 Shoreham-by-sea to West Wittering

After a good day off in Shoreham we are back on the water at a very civilised 9am. The sun is out and the wind light so its looking like a good day. On the down side we have a flat tyre on our trolley.

We get to west wittering at 5 and we have a long walk, this would not be to hard if we did not have puncher. After lugging everything up the beach my auntie Di is waiting for us and the helpful folks of West Wittering Windsurf club let us store our boats in there compound over night (Thanks). Then we Head of to Di's for the night.

We are treated to a great BBQ and lots of drink and the surprise of the night is a birthday cake for me (its my birthday on Thursday).  A realy good night, if only I did not have to get up in the morning.

Seaton to BRIXHAM

So, that's it, we're home and what a welcome home. It was awesome.  Thankyou to everyone who made it a day to remember forever. Im still smiling about it now.
Thankyou to everyone who's sponsored us and gave us drive on the tough days. If you would like to sponsor us follow the link on the website.
Will be posting here with a few more bits and photos but until then i will be mostly chilling

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Weymouth to Seaton

Waiting til 11, we nipped around Portland at our earliest opportunity and then paddled into a strong headwind for 9 hours. A really tough day, made a lot easier by a great breakfast and wave off from Pennie, Paul, Jake, Ben and crew. We then had a lovely welcome from Mum and Dad at Seaton. Including fish and chips, somewhere to store our boats and a great stay with Jan and Nick. Thanks very much all.
Well that's almost it - soo  looking forward to seeing everyone. See you at 5 ish!!!!!!

Friday, 9 August 2013

Day 124 Worth Matravers to Weymouth

Phew - today was hard. 6 hours of paddling into a force 4/5 headwind. Scenery was lovely though and we are as close as we can be to paddle round Portland tomorrow. It is very easy, however, to forget the hard day now Imo Sat here having just eaten and looking over a windless and calm Portland harbour.
Really hoping that the wind isn't too strong tomorrow so we can get as near to Brixham as possible. We will prob put our SPOT device on tomorrow and Sunday so you can track our progress by following a link on our website.

Day 123 Milford on sea to Worth Matravers

Robs birthday, so the day started well with a trip to the cafe and a nice late start after all the socialising we've been doing recently. A good paddle, although quite a strong headwind. Finished in a lovely bay, with no sand, no long kit carry and a sunset.

Day 122 West Whittering to Milford on sea

With some apprehension today we left the beach ready to take on the solent. Weather couldn't be better - good visibility and a slight tail wind. A few days ago we heard that it was Cowes week so we were expecting busy and it defiantly was. We spent the morning making our  way around the shipping lane,  ferries, motor boats and nipping in behind a few hundred racing yachts. We were on super alert mode and constantly predicting where everyone was planning on going next.  As we went past Cowes we had 2knots of tide with us and weaved in and out of moored boats to avoid more ferries and motor boats. After Cowes we had one more ferry route to cross, one more yacht race to negotiate and some lovely scenery and then we were through to meet Bryony, a friend who kindly took us out for a pub dinner and a catch up. So many friends and family have come out to meet us this last week it's been amazing and has made what could have been a tough week a lot of fun.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Day 120 - Shoreham

What a lovely day. Weather was rubbish, so another day off the water, but some friends paid us a surprise visit all the way from somerset. So had a great pub meal and catch up. Thanks Dave and Katrina for a lovely day. Rob has gone for streamlining tactics for our last week on the water. He went to the barbers today and i now barely recognise him after cutting off 3 months worth of beard. Im feeling quite excited after spending this evening planning the next few days of our trip. We Will hopefully put ourselves in good positions to go round Portland on Fri or Sat and get to Brixham on Sunday - fingers crossed for good weather.