|Paddlers in the mist.|
We hugged the coast, initially exploring the caves along the Heritage Coast. Tides are currently pretty big and at Nash Point we were whisked along by the tide, clocking 12-14kph at one point.
After a bit we arrived at Witches Point where we hugged the rocks and I inadvertently found a fishermans line - oops sorry! Taran unhooked the line from the front of my boat. Around the corner and we are surprisingly virtually on Southerndown beach. A few small waves but nothing like the helter skelter experience I had last time I was here.
|Southerdown with Witches Point vaguely visible in the background.|
After some food and a pee we move on following a GPS bearing to Tusker Rock. I'm excited at the thought of visiting here. Reading other local seakayaer blogs I now knew there was some quite sizable wreckage on the rock. The old sea diver is still in me and I've always been drawn by the mystery and history of such wrecks.
Soon Tusker emerges from the mist and with it the remains of what is thought to be the SS Steepholm. Quite a bit of scrap still clings to the rock including the remains of hull plates, winches, parts of the engine and propeller and a large boiler. Wandering on this rock on a low tide in the fog is also quite surreal.
|The remains of the SS Steepholms boiler firmly located in a gully on tusker rock|
Time is pressing and we paddle onward. Stuart seems keen to locate the Nash sand bank on the return. However we have a brief interlude as we realise a dark shape is following Taran - turns out to be a large Bull seal who tempts us with photo opportunities, only to disappear before we can take the shot, although Stuart does manage one!
A bit of wandering trying to follow bearings in the featureless mist and the Nash bank suddenly appears. Another surreal experience as we have a quick explore of the sand bank, but the tide is racing in and its onwards, following the bank until it disappears.
|On the Nash bank|
And whats happens once changed? The fog clears and the sun comes out! Cheers chaps - great trip again!