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Location: Ennis
Spring tide – Low at 14:13. Winds F4 westerly.
We usually avoid the estuary at low springs but wanted to see what it was like. After a bit of a mix-up with the start time (oops, sorry!) 7 of us got on the water at 2pm. Brian, Brian, Frank, Mitch, Liz, Colly and yours truly. The plan was to head to Beeves (6k east). Then pick our route back, either north to Canon and back down between the islands getting shelter from the wind, though paddling against the rising tide, about 10k more, or coming straight back from Beeves with an open 6k crossing against both wind and tide.
We headed anticlockwise out around Inishmurray Island, it was soon clear that the wind was fresh and though our paddle out should be easy, we’d have a hard slog back and may run out of daylight if taking the longer route. So quick change of plan! :? :) We headed west, about 4k, into the wind, but getting shelter from the northern shore, crossed south and surfed back towards Foynes Island, paddling anti-clockwise around Foynes Island, where we had a short break, then back NW towards Cahercon house, letting the wind and tide push us east towards Inishmurray. 13k in total.

What we learned:
* Launching at Inishmurray at low tide is possible, though not very pleasant, slippy with sharp rocks and shells.
* There’s lots of mud on the estuary at spring Low (Well, ok, we knew that already :lol: )
* Getting out of your kayak at a floating pontoon is tricky! But Frank showed us how, 3 of us went for it, while the 3 risk-averse stayed in their kayaks with cameras at the ready, only to be disappointed!
* It’s always better to do the hard slog first, then have an easier paddle home.
* The estuary is a beautiful place to paddle, even on a misty January day, plenty of bird life and always interesting tidal flows.
* It’s a good idea to hold on to your boat at the top of a sloped bank! Retrieving it as it floats off towards Limerick could be difficult without friends on the water :roll: :twisted: :lol: :lol:

Thanks everyone for a lovely day out in good company. We'll get to Beeves next time hopefully.

Fiona


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