Dates: May 11 to 17, 2013
Location: Anglesey, Wales
Guides: Helen Wilson and Mark Tozer are both accomplished paddlers and frequent guest coaches at symposia and kayaking events across the U.S., Europe and the rest of the world. They are based out of Northern California, U.S. where they offer coaching and trips via Greenland or Bust - www.greenlandorbust.org.
Description: North Wales is renowned amongst sea kayakers all over the world for its rugged coastline, tidal features, historic sites and outstanding wildlife. In particular, the coastal waters and spectacular scenery around Anglesey make this area an ideal location for a boat-based expedition, and it is the perfect setting for improving essential paddling skills. Our aim is to attempt a circumnavigation of Anglesey, a trip of approximately 70 miles, in five days. We plan to use the spare days for trip preparation (food shopping, boat collection) and visiting other locations, such as the Llyn Peninsula.
We are offering the opportunity to complete the following BCU qualifications during the trip: BCU 3 Star Sea Assessment, BCU 4 Star Sea Training, BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning.
Considerations: Weather will be the deciding factor in successfully completing the whole trip. If the weather is too poor we can operate from a base camp, and suitable day trips will be offered. Distance achieved each day is dependant on tides/winds and overall group ability. To save on weight and equipment we recommend participants pair up with camping and cooking equipment.
Prerequisites: From the challenges offered by ‘The Swellies’ to the scenic cliffs of Holy Island to the lighthouses of Penmon and South Stack, there is plenty to see and explore as we kayak around the island. Strong tides and winds of Force 3 to 5 are often encountered, so to get the most out of this multi-day camping expedition it is important that participants have experience of paddling in these conditions and are fit, active paddlers. We advise using the BCU 3 Star / ACA 3 syllabi as a means of benchmarking personal skills.
Contact: For more information, expedition costs, boat hire options or to book a place, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.