7.20 h to 16.00 h
N 54.07755 W 05.95260
Long Point before Ballymartin
Lowest tide this morning was at 7.30 am, for going out earlier I was too tired, and waiting longer was a waste of the calm wind day with forecasted 6-9 knots headwind. So the same long way to find water to get afloat backwards, but then Peter paddled back north, and I continued south to cross Dundrum Bay to Newcastle. The wind freshed up from dead calm to felt well over 10 knots headwind, probably coming stronger down from the Mourne Mountains. I was crawling along, and eventually getting pushed a bit into the bay. I felt my body still being sore, especially my right hand with all the issues could barely find an unpainful grip on the paddle. But I continued, and as soon as I was close to the cliffs, and turned right into the headwind, things got even slower.
Getting after Bloody Bridge a bit off the mountain range calmed the headwind down, but my speed stayed low around 3,5 – 4 km/h, so did my energy level of today. I had to kick my ass to make at least some headway, as beaches to land were somehow everywhere. But the forecast for tomorrow shows calm winds only until 11 am, so I will stop today a bit earlier to start tomorrow very early to get at least across Dundalk Bay until winds may be again very unfriendly strong headwinds! Sunday and early Monday look even like not worth to battle into …