Sunday, November 25, 2007

Glenarm , paddling up the mouth of the river ( video ) 25.11.07.

Glenarm marina . Roy powering up!
Getting back on the water after little break for a week or so was great. This Sunday the weather 9 deg c and wind's decreasing and swinging from the west, so up the Antrim coast we headed. Glenarm is a little sleepy village which used to quarry lime to be used here and in Scotland in the building trade . Now it's only busy in the summer with tourist's and fishermen , when I was a kid I would fish here for cod and flatfish , now it's the turn of my little one's Lauren and Lee who love fishing. ps click picture's to enlarge.Roy launching at the slip at the marina .
Roy taking it all in !

Here are the Salmon cages,were all of the fish were wiped out by jelly fish last week, I was talking to a local person and they told me that boat's even had difficulty going through the water because of the density of the jelly fish ! apparently the salmon that were not stung to death died from lack of oxygen in the water. Today not one little blob was to be seen anywhere! We named this island - poo island for obvious reason's, Me taking five.
Roy getting a good sniff of poo island!
Cormorant's rock.

The new bridge at Glenarm linking the Marina to the bay.
A great picture of me thank's (Roy)Ha Ha.
Church on the river's edge
Note the defence's on the right , to fend of kayaker's who approach from the sea !

beautiful picture ! I got my own back mate ha ha .

Thursday, November 22, 2007

I want Summer back again !

On these cold and dark evening's I miss this above -T.E.P. our club's (Tuesday Evening Paddle's ) out and around Northern Ireland's coast. On the radio's new's today was something very strange , £1million pound's worth of salmon which were being raised at fish farm's on the coast near me , at Glenarm and Red bay have all been wiped out by, wait for it - JELLY FISH ! a huge swarm ( if that's the right term) , three mile's wide by 35 feet deep attacked ! I found it a bit funny at first , but then I thought of Bob, a fellow Kayaker who worked there! so I hope his livelyhood's ok and thing's get back to normal a.s.a.p . very strange this global warming thing!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

River Lagan Sunday 22nd October 07.

Not the sea ! I know, but today we - as in Sammy , Roy, and myself embraced the lovely water's at Shaw's bridge Belfast . We arrived early morning around 9:30 and found the water quite busy with kayaker's already , some of which were from our - Belfast Kayak Club. So we geared up and took a little walk and inspection of our capsizing area's and eddyline's . After a little warm up ,two Dagger's and my Piranha went on the water.
The water was flowing ok and some good playing was had at the 3 weir's , which first caught out Roy then me ! Sammy was the only dry cag and he got some ripping from us ! but sure enough a bow rudder move and flow flipped him over , but Sammy's skill's from a few year's ago were embedded in his arm's and straight up he came like a lifeboat ! after a few more run's we retired to our mobile cafe - Roy's van ! Chicken noodle soup from the stove on board and we were fully charged for more. Sorry no photo's as the camera was forgotten , but next time it will be in the kit bag.