Monday, 3 December 2012

Pyrahafest 2012

The Tryweryn was great fun again. I learned a lot during my Saturday course on the Upper, then had a more relaxing but enjoyable trip down the Lower on Sunday.
Here are a few snaps from Saturday, of people who make it look so easy!




Here's Justin making it look easy & having fun at the start of Fingers, just below the Cafe...




Brittany: Aber Wrach - 2012

Aber Wrach is another greay kayaking location, with great scenery, famous lighthouses nearby, but a tidal range that means trip planning is essential in order to avoid a long portage across extensive sandy beaches or mud flats...

Brittany: Lorient - August 2012

Lorient is famous for it's U-Boat base. Most tours are in French language only and you have to book & pay. Kayaking is a better alternative.
The mouth of the harbour is quite narrow, making for a fairly strong but manageable current on the spring ebb tide. We had to watch out for passing boats as it's a busy shipping entrance.

 
 
 

The U-Boat pens are used by local nautical industries, although one looked occupied by Naval types.
Nobody challenged us as we paddled around outside, although we knew we weren't allowed to paddle inside. This isn't a problem as we had a great view and could paddle around for as long as we liked. The sheer scale of the place is impressive and it is easy to imagine the place in use during wartime.


 
Outside the pens are some boats that I presume were scuttled to prevent the pens from being used...
 

 
There's a great difference between high and low tide, so the boats look very different according to tidal conditions.
 

Brittany: Crozon Peninsula - August 2012

With  dramatic coastal scenery and clear water, Brittany is a great paddling venue. Tidal flows can be very extreme with some demanding races, but there are also more gentle waters. The caves near Morgat are an ideal easy paddle in the right conditions.
This is the biggest cave along the cliffs, but unfortunately the most crowded in summer, with lots of SOTs about...
 
There are lots of quieter caves to explore whilst rock-hopping...
 





 

What we did find surprising was that there were none of the seals we're used to when paddling in Wales and Scotland. Hovever, there was some wildlife, dead and alive...