|Canoe to Topsham
||A paddle in the Canadian canoe from SYC up past Topsham to just a bit beyond the motorway bridge.
Stopped at the Turf Locks to watch some yachts coming out from their winter quarters.
|Work cycle ride
||met up with Liz and The Turf on the way home for a commisoratory drink after being turned down for voluntary redundancy again.
|New Powderham bridge
||After seven years of talking, planning and objections the bridge for the final section of the Exe Estuary cycle trail at Powderham finally went in.
Of course, we weren't cycling on the way to the Turf Locks
|Leaky kayak trip to the Turf
||Up to The Turf Locks in our new Wavesport Gemini to test out whether it is leaking excessively. On the previous Saturday's training we capsized the thing a couple of times and at the end of the day it needed to be drained of quite a lot of water. Today we only paddled for about 70 minutes - with no capsizes - and still it needed draining of a gallon or so of water. So we have a problem!
|Canoe trip from SYC to Turf Pub
||A canoe trip from SYC to the Turf Pub on the Exe Estuary. Set out near low tide. Journey follows the just greater than paddle depth contour on the way out and later, with the higher tide, on the way back.
|First drift of the year
||Sailed up towards the Turf and then rowed most of the way back. Not the F3 promised.
|First Wayfarer sail of 2017
||First time out in the Wayfarer this year. A very gentle sail and then a drift back down with the tide as the wind died away as forecast.
Some noisy scroat was scaring up the birds in a hovercraft between the Clyst and the Goat Walk.
|Walking the hound to the Turf
||A hound walk to to the Turf Pub with Scooby Lizzie and Julian
|Exmouth and back
||Round to Exmouth and back. Stopped at the Turf Locks for a pint on the way back. And then another pint when Gerry H appeared. Quite a strong wind but mostly on the side until it moved to being dead on the nose after leaving the pub!
The birds in the photos were by the Turf Locks. I thought they only "grouped up" like this just before they headed south for the winter and it's too early for that...
|Up river to the Turf
||Only the 2nd dinghy sail of the year. Up river as far as the Turf in a nice gentle breeze
|Lympstone and back
||Round to Lympstone and back (via the Turf Locks again).
|Cockwood to the Turf and back
||From Cockwood Harbour to SYC and then on to the Turf, Then back again via Bull Hill Bank so Scooby could have a bit of a run about.
|Scoobys morning walk
||From near Powderham Church towards the Turf Locks and back again
|First sail of the year
||A lovely breeze and some sun for the first dinghy sail of the year in the Wayfarer. Pottered round the club for a while to see if anything would break after the winter period without any sails. All fine - so headed up river. Bang! The port hand shroud parted company with the boat! A quick tack and then Liz repaired the problem (the circlip had come away from the pin holding the stay to the boat - luckily the pin was still hanging there). Lovely sail then back to the club.
|To St Davids and back
||Slightly longer cycle ride today to make up for doing the last 2.5 miles yesterday by car (due to having broken three spokes on the rear wheel).
So it was on the "spare bike" today which I hadn't ridden in about a decade. That's a Ridgeback Genesis Day 2. I stopped riding it as the estuary path used to be too rough for it. With the new cycle way its an ideal bike.
At maybe a couple of stone lighter than the normal bike (with its panniers etc) and with no breeze at all, it felt like cheating.
Keeping up with Liz was much easier than the last couple of time!