Sunday, 3 January 2010

Back on the water.

15 weeks to the day since I broke my ankle I managed to get back on the water (of the briny variety) with a bit of help with the lifting and portaging of the boat over the icy slipway to the water's edge.
NK and myself afloat.

After a dramatic couple of hours attempting to reach Stromness which involved two of our vehicles spinning on icy roads and going into verge or ditch (thank you passing farmer in tractor!), we eventually made it on to the water by returning to the put in place closest to home - Scapa. Thankfully no-one was hurt and no vehicles or boats were damaged either.

We left the pier and passed Hemp Stack, the spring tide allowing us to paddle between the stack and the rocks seen to its right below. On our return this rock hop was out of our reach.

After a cup of tea at Deepdale we headed back in the last of the sunlight.

The first of many paddles this year I hope.


  1. Scary accident but LOVELY paddle (because you were there). I think the gods decided we were paddling at Scapa.

    That's a beautiful shot of your boat too.

  2. Sirens of Scapa calling us again......

  3. If I hang round that pier much more often, I think I will be called a siren of Scapa!

  4. Glad to see you back on the water! I too have very good friends who lift and lay me.


  5. Bravo you!
    Careful on those cobblestone beaches!

  6. Thank you all for your good wishes and encouragement. Great to be afloat even for a short trip.

  7. Congrats on being back in action! That gets the year off to a great start :)