**MEMBERS Sea Kayaking Trip**
Every year we offer Members an exclusive Members Sea Kayaking Trip. This is a trip for Members who paddle sea kayaks i.e. decked boats (NO SOT’s). The trip is long and we paddle regardless of the weather conditions with the hope that we’ll experience some challenging seas, landings and launches.
This year we are launching from Felixstowe Ferr (Bawdsey Quay depending where you are coming from) and paddling with the sunrise to Half Penny Pier in Harwich for breakfast at the cafe there. The return journey will be on the ebb tide with an afternoon arrival. The total distance is a little over 15 miles total. This is a great opportunity to get out in deep tidal water and stretch your fitness and skills; perfect for our new Members and anyone having completed their tidal sea kayaking course.
The Trip Plan will be emailed to all Member guests a few days before the launch on Saturday.
Weather Remit: A wind of a maximum of 15 knots steady blow and this includes wind gusts. The trip will be rescheduled if the wind exceeds this limit and there is further discretion on the part of the Lead Guide with all-night events. Rain, snow and other conditions don’t generally affect our ability on the water. Exceptions are sometimes made and this is at the discretion of your Lead Guide and/or the Operations Director. Your Lead Guide will make a decision based on the wind speed (including wind gusts) in combination with tide strength and direction, time of day or night and size of group alongside other factors that may influence the safety and comfort of the entire group. NSK wants to get your event completed as soon as possible; please trust the judgement of your coach/Guide.
|Launch location||Felixstowe Ferry or Bawdsey Quay|
Kayakers - Final times will be confirmed a week prior to the trip based on the tides at the launch site. See Guide Notes tab for final confirmed launch time.
Hikers - Departure time is as stated.
|Equipment||Own sea kayaks and equipment.|
|Additional Notes||Come prepared with; - A solid assisted recovery. - Own sea kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid. - Full safety gear including tow system, grab bag, means for calling assistance, spare warm clothing, food and fluids. Launch venue and timings to be confirmed one week prior to the event.|
**NOTES FROM YOUR GUIDE**
TRIP PLAN 30/11/2019
Launch: Bawdsey Quay or Felixstowe Ferry at 10H00
Kurt will confirm where each Member is launching from but if any Members are launching from the Ferry side, we will meet on the Felixstowe Ferry side of the estuary ready to set off together.
Destination: Half Penny Pier - Harwich
Arrival approximately 12H40 (One hour at the cafe for lunch.)
Relaunch for approximately 13H40
Arrival back at launch approximately 16H20
Times are based on a conservative average speed over the bottom of 3mph. We have following tides so speed will probably be quicker but some tolerance has been allowed for wind, stops, recoveries, radio calls et cetera.
Kurt is leading the group of three Members and will email and WhatsApp everyone on Friday (2911) afternoon for final confirmations.
Come prepared with;
- A solid assisted recovery.
- Own sea kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid.
- Full safety gear including tow system, grab bag, means for calling assistance, spare warm clothing, food, and fluids.
Be prepared to paddle hard and engage with the environment. No whingers, please!
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An awesome day out to Harwich from Felixstowe Ferry with Kurt & Christian. Nice run down the coast to Langard Point and then a quick dash across the shipping lane. Breakfast at the cafe on Half Penny pier was followed by a tour round Light Vessel 18 famous from the film The boat that Rocked while we waited for the tide to turn. The trip back was more exciting - a NE wind over the ebbing tide - some of those waves were over my head! Definitely one to do again - perhaps on a nice summer's day next time!