5.00 h to 12.45 h
N 53.86460 W 06.25813
Before Dunany Point in Dundalk Bay
Getting up early felt all right, though my body was ever so sore…but I really wanted to get some paddling in today before the wind freshens up over 15-20 knots southerlies. I calculated I would be just making it over Dundalk Bay, and so it was. The only interesting thing today was crossing Carlingford Lough, one hour before low tide, the water was washing still strongly out in the main channel at the northern side, and there was a line of standing waves further out. But nothing big, so I set out crossing from the point, but holding my bow very much upstream and was ferry gliding with only 8,5 km/h maximum past two channel markers which were the only dangerous things here in the current. I got washed into the end of the standing waves line, but it was only slightly bumpy, no big deal. But I also assume this can be much worse here!
At lowest tide, Cooley Point before Dundalk Bay was home of many seals on the rocks, some looked a bit funny “floating” on rocks just about under the water line. It was dead calm across the wide bay, at least until 11 am. Headwind breezed up then, and the last half an hour it was quite a fight to finish the crossing. I opted to pick the last small sandy bay still inside Dundalk Bay, very inviting on two hours before high tide. Going around the point felt too windy already.
I made a slow decision where to put up tent, trampled down some spot here and there before I made up my mind…I had all time of the sunny, but windy day now! And tomorrow would be off, so I’d liked a good place to sleep…and oh, my body felt even more sore after the first two hours’ afternoon nap! Ireland is really “Tour de Pain” for me…never had so many issues. But things will be gone one day.
Trevor Fisher followed my invitation to meet me at the beach, though he arrived late at 8.30 pm we had a nice chat. And surely I enjoyed the yummy fresh fruit and chocolates he brought me! Thanks for that, Trevor! Anyone else happy to meet me on my Sunday off for a chat is welcome.