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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Porthpean to Gorran Haven

We had a break from paddling last week so I was happy to get back on the water again, and as conditions were perfect we decided to continue our journey on the South coast. Kevin and I were joined by Linda and we launched at Porthpean beach in calm but foggy conditions and in the company of six or more sit on top kayaks, who were accompanying three hardy swimmers also heading to Gorran Haven.

The journey there was point to point until we got close to Gwineas rocks off Gorran Haven. In the distance and out to sea we could see white water which on closer inspection were small overfalls on the Gwineas reef. We paddled through this until we reached deeper water and the Cardinal buoy.

The trip back to Porthpean was a treat and by this time the fog had completely cleared and we saw the first swimmer nearing his goal. This coast has many secluded beaches, interesting rock strata, caves, arches, seals and an abundance of seabirds. Be sure to pop into Mevagissey harbour and hug the coastline to get the best out of this trip, as there is much of interest to see.

Wildlife Observed: Fulmar, Gannet, Oystercatcher, Turnstone, Curlew, Peregrine (x2), Rock pipit, Mediterranean gull and Grey seal (x6).

Look For:
Rock arches and cave at Porthpean
Black Head
Gwineas Rocks
Chapel Point

Reefs and Rock Pinnacles
Tidal Race near Gwineas Rocks

Paddle No: 15
Date: 21/09/2013
Wind: Force 1-2 SW
Temperature: 18 degrees
Weather: Sun, cloud and fog
Distance Covered: 15.9 miles
Duration: 6.0 hrs
Access: Easy launch from sandy beach, landing and exit
Sea State: Smooth
Kayaks: P&H Scorpio,  Easky 13, Dagger Charleston 15

   Porthpean to
   Gorran Haven 

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