This morning, in a session to continue the introduction of some of our beginner group to the sea, some of our more experienced paddlers and coaches met up to paddle alongside them. Most folk had been on the water a few times, but for those who hadn't it was a significant moment.
There was 10 to 15 knots of wind coming from the south straight into the bay but behind the pier it was sheltered and flat. Ideal conditions to venture out for a feel and then return to the pier side.
One group chose to cross the bay and while the others began the process of translating and transferring all the skills practised in the pool in short boats to the sea boats.
Not so easy in an unfamiliar big boat with a different paddle and all your new gear on - plus the water moves and the wind blows you around.
The first of many happy paddling experiences.