Sunday, December 14, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Me and H88 flying their insignia
HMS Enterprise is a State of the art mapping ship and dual role warship ,
and was in supporting the Sea Cadets UK regatta which was held at Carrick Castle .
William and I got permission to get very close to ship , and we had a little chat with an Officer, who gave us a little bit of history and general talk about the Enterprise who are not long back from Iraq . Thankyou to the crew and the Captain on the bridge who gave us a wave.
Back on terraferma.
One of the attractions was the Royal Marine Commando's abseil tower and their marching band.
The sail ability weekend , for those with special needs , being well supported. An old sea dog "Vambo" my mate on his trawler the Audacious which I fished off a few years ago . Is that a beer belly I see developing ?
Friday, August 1, 2008
Well hats of to them all for getting out there and kayaking - it's a bug that only gets worse !
Above picture , Tojo - his first time in a sea kayak and me under the Irish sea looking for treasure ! GREAT CRACK .
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Calf of Man with a short stop to look at the basking shark sighted in the sound.
The weather was superb and the welcome was even better !
Carole in the middle "my new French teacher "
The stunning coastline just south from Port Erin
My new "grass fibre" sea kayak , isnt she a beauty !! my campsite scars in the Isle of Man,
which is located bang in the middle of the Irish sea between N. Ireland and England .
I was told it takes only 10 minutes to climb to the top of the Island - aye by Helicopter !
maybe , my feet are still sore ! but the view was worth every stride .
Looking back to Peel south to north from the Calf of Man the little island just off
Isle of Man .
Some nice tide races are to be found here , Chicken rock in the distance.
The harbour for a little break . A big thank you to everyone and I can't wait to go back . ps I will not go mountain climbing again Jessica I swear .
Monday, June 16, 2008
Had to slip this one in , a " Trent class " all weather lifeboat , this time it's Donaghadee's turn !
Tarron behind me 15 minutes into the race and the conditions getting worse. Touch down ! at the harbour around the 49 min mark . Mervin in the red boat glad to see his brave wife on hard ground after a hard slog through an ever increasing sea .
I had great fun and met some new faces , cant wait till I put on a spray deck again , thanks to everyone there .
Sunday, May 11, 2008
My children love the sea , and at every chance , they board my sea kayak for a little go ! This week the weather has been very good and the sun tan oil has well slapped on !
I am trying out the video on my blog , sorry about the quality .
This is a Severn class all weather boat , cost -two million pounds ! the boat is part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institutions' reserve fleet , the reason - the original boat was severely damaged during a stormy rescue of the coast of Rathlin island recently and the damage may result in the (Katie Hannan 17-23) being retired for training only. A big thank you to all at the station and cheers for the little gifts the kids got , we all had a great time .
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Tea-time ! and every few minutes you could hear the calls of Pheasants echoing from the countryside , spring is underway! The gobbins cliff's in the distance .
Rounding the headland.
Razorbills and Cormorants nesting on the cliff face.
The squad rounding Blackhead !
Ernie , Peter and Kevin and me about to have a lunch break. Peter's new Capella and my red Avocet.
In the distance if you enlarge the photo you can just make out the Copeland Islands Co Down .
Sunday, April 27, 2008
The race about to start .
Half way mark and thumbs up from the boss !