Sea State – Slight!


And it was!  I got out in the sea kayak for the first time in 2008. A glorious day along the coast from Calshot to Lepe, a trip I’ve done a few times, as its the closest bit of sea to where I live !



I took the opportunity to try out a new stove from Primus called the EtaPower,  I’m no expert on stoves!  but this was pretty easy to use and cooked up the stew a treat!  More info on the stove can be found here.






2 Responses to “Sea State – Slight!”

  1. 1 Dunks June 27, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Just come across the blog – good to see someone else enjoying this paddle! I live 10mins from Calshot/Lepe so regularly do this trip as a early morning or evening paddle either before my 3 year old daughter is awake or after she is tucked up in bed. Pics are great and interesting to see the stove info. Let me know if you’re down this way and fancy some company!

    For anyone wishing to do this trip, Calshot has a public carpark but which is cheap enough and quite busy but for extra security leaving vehicles etc you may want to use Calshot Activities Centre. More expensive – £6 for the day – but this gives access to changing/shower facilities and the carparking is very secure and patrolled/cctv covered.

    If the wind/tide dictates a launch from Lepe, parking in front of the cafe/visitors centre is the safest option (and provides a welcome cuppa or bacon sarnie before/after the paddle – recommend the brunch bap!). This launch point gives three options.

    Lepe to Calshot, Lepe up the Beaulieu river – very picturesque or Lepe along the coast to Lymington (more exposed and probably a day paddle due to the distance involved to get there and back).

    Of course, if you’re experienced in reading wind/tides and happy to cross the extremely busy channel, you can head across to the Isle of Wight. Checking in with the Solent Coastgaurd recommended for ‘securite’ broadcasts (info on big vessel movements) and to let them know your intentions.

  2. 2 DaveT June 27, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Hi thanks for comments. Yes it would be good to meet up for a paddle sometime. I checked out Solent Sea Kayaking, looks good, some interesting info on there. Have you got contact info on the site?



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