Saturday, December 31, 2011

out with the old and in with the new

Friday morning , pre paddle group instructions before setting out with a large group of about 30 paddlers.The plan was to paddle  to Habonim beach, about 17km north of Sdot Yam

With such a large group of paddlers its impossible to keep the group together , especially at the beginning . Waiting to go the group inches forwards while those late starters still on the beach are in danger of being left behind. We usually have one leader in front one at the back and another in the middle

We had the company of our surfskis as well, its not often that they get to paddle such long distances

Dor Beach was the first  stop for breakfast, this was after about 2 1/2 hours later  and the weather had turned quite cold. Paddling conditions were fair but there was an easterly wind blowing offshore making life a little tough for some .

From Dor to Habonim there is a nice reef and small caves which make for interesting paddling

Racheli brings a real camera with her, secured in a pelican box and only takes it out  for pictures in calm waters.

In flat conditions its easy to go into the caves eroded in the rocks along the coast.
After exploring  them for a while we made for home.
 All in all about 35 km round trip , nice for a change and a bit of a challenge . Its not everyday that we get a chance for such a long day trip and the fact that almost 30 of us were out there shows that there is  a demand for this type of trip. Hopefully we can organize more like it.

Saturday 31st Dec, last paddle  of the year and the day begins with rain. Its cold and the seas are getting wilder. Just the stuff for an interesting outing

We stayed in the bay and had some fun in the surf

The smile tells us that all is well

There were some waves to surf

The tent on the beach housed an all night party that was still raging with very loud trance music that could be heard out at sea

In cold weather its advisable to dress warmly ,hence the pink socks that Vered is wearing.
The year ended with 2 great outings  .
I wish everybody a happy new year and lots of fun out on the water.


Lee said...

Smiles and pink socks to combat the cold! I love it!

Maybe I will track down a pair like Vered's to keep toasty here in the north.

Happy New year to you and yours Steve; and all the great people at optimist team!!

Unknown said...

thanks Lee, and to you and yours too. Remember they need to be pink

Lee said...

I`ll have to get the supplier of Vered later! cheers!

hadas said...

great pictures and a great group of paddlers\friends.
happy new year