Well, where to start.
The idea was to have a practice session as Paula wanted to try getting in and out of her new boat, and I wanted more self-rescue practice to try a few new rescue techniques out, and to practice some new assisted rescues that Bernie had learned. We were also going to enjoy our new tradition of cooking breakfast on the beach before heading into the water.
As it turned out, it was just Louise, Paula and myself today. As for breakfast, Bernie decided to do an over-nighter on Portland Island. Why he felt he needed all three stoves for a two-day trip is something that is puzzling. One thing for sure - my breakfast of raw bacon was sure yummy.
Louise was suffering from contact lens trouble and had forgotten her paddle jacket, so she ended up not paddling.
But Paula and I were still keen to practice, so already wet from the rainy day, and hungry from no breakfast we set out.
Paula steeled herself.....
...and in she went!
Oh, yeah. We're having fun now.
We tried a couple of rescues. First, I helped Paula in an assisted rescue, then Paula did a solo paddle float rescue.
She had a wee bit of trouble figuring out how to get in...
...as her new kayak has a smaller cockpit than her old one.
But she did it! Then I took a couple of turns getting dunked and did a couple of solo paddle float rescues.
Enough playing in the water... time to get warm!
John's pictures are here.