The original trip on the 5th was on the Forth but gale force winds in the East forced re-consideration. The west looked better (sun all day) but forecast very windy F4 plus with F7 gusts. So we (Dave & Geoff) tried it and found, at Luss, a more general F5 gusting F7 plus. Tried to go north but were beaten back at the headland so decided to keep inshore to the south. Quite pleasant with wind behind and kept tight in to bay at Camstradden House. The dolphin tree/wood sculpture is worth recording.
The return was less easy and more interesting. The Loch was very shallow with breaking white water at every point near the shore. The wind gusts made anything but directly into it very precarious as Dave found when he was turned by the wind and unceremoniously tipped in. Lunch was followed by a short walk to the river entrance and a pleasant paddle up and down the river. Unfortunately the exit was too shallow to paddle. So out of the boat and a new launch into the wind and water. Eventually we go back to the beach having covered about 3km in nearly 3 hours. An educational trip!
It had snowed on Tuesday evening and Wednesday and the mid week regulars were unavailable for the proposed Loch Awe or Loch Ard trips. However the weather on the Thursday was lovely if cold and the solo trip did generate some lovely photos which are presented here.
Saturday 12th was billed as a Beginners Trip. Initially the weather was forecast as too windy and the beginners quite reasonably looked for alternative occupations. By the time it was realised that it was going to be possible only the leaders, Euan, Geoff and Allan were available. Geoff decided to try sailing but even with the breeze he was slower than the paddlers!
It was a really pleasant paddle from Craigndoran to Clynder and back followed along Helensburgh prom by an inquisitive seal.
Critical information is the coffee shop in Clynder has closed for good.