Saturday 27th April 2024 – Circumnavigation of Hayling Island

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Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024
Time: 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Organiser: Darren Palmer [L]

Currently attending:

Name Boat Paddle Helmet Deck Ba Car Booking_comment
Darren Palmer [L] Own boat Own Own Own Own Have car, can take 1 passenger plus boat Phil already booked as passenger.
Katy Loffman Tiderace Pace 17 Tour (Red/white) Club Own Own Own Have car, can take 1 passenger plus boat I want to borrow a club boat but don’t know what it’s called.
Phil Roast [L] Own boat Own Own Own Own Need a lift
Anna Ryten Northshore Atlantic RM LV (Red) Club Club Club Club Have car, but can't take boats or passengers I will be travelling with Mark H… he will give details of car capacity since it will be confusing if we both do it!!
Mark Hammond Valley Aquanaut LV (Orange) Club Club Club Own Have car, can take 3 passengers plus boats Assuming Anna and I in the car - we could take 2 more people, but only our two boats.
Tracy Pitsialis Northshore Atlantic RM LV (Yellow) Club Club Club Club Have car, but no roof rack for boats
Nita Solanky Rainbow Atlantis Expedition (double) Club Own Club Own Have car, can take 1 passenger plus boat I am happy to go in the double if anyone else would be interested? If not i will select later. I have a car with roof rack, I expect Craig to join.
Craig Garlington Own boat Own Own Own Own Have car, can take 1 passenger plus boat I would like to take weekender, I understand it now fixed, but can't select? I will take nita!
Richard Marien Own boat Club Club Club Club Need a lift I will need to use a club boat ,but do not know which one at the moment .
Christopher Woolley Valley Aquanaut Club (Yellow) Club Own Own Own Need a lift Not certain about boat but will come to container.
Paola Bernoni P&H Leo (Medium) (Rurquoise) Own Own Club Club Need a lift

Please note, this paddle is dependent on the weather and sea state, so I will update this page closer to the time. 

Hayling Island Circumnavigation Route

This will be our second sea kayaking trip to circumnavigate Hayling Island. Phil and I have already done this twice or more and have recently done this trip with the intention of planning a club trip. This second trip is open to less experienced but semi-regular Thames paddlers in the club who have cold water kit, including a drysuit (ideally) or wetsuit plus other gear to keep them warm in case they go into the chilly April sea Oh yes, the sea is still very cold in April). This paddle is open to 12 paddlers provided we have at least two leaders.

We will need to arrange transport between us all.

I will update this trip with the weather details closer to the time.  If the sea state is a little excited, we may launch from the West of Hayling Island instead of the South, as currently planned.

The provisional plan is:

Saturday 27th April  2024
  • Meet: 09;30 at the Container or 11:30 West Beach Car Park
  • On The Water: 12:30
  • Approximate Paddle Time with Breaks: 5 Hours
  • Approximate Distance: 22km
  • paddle on the Thames
  • know how to brace
  • know how to be rescued and ideally know how to rescue
  • be dressed for the cold water
  • bring food and snacks and ideally a hot drink
The Paddle (more details to follow closer to the time)

This is a tide-assisted paddle, paddling anti-clockwise around Hayling Island,  using the last two hours or so of the flooding tide to paddle up the west side of Chichester Harbour. After stopping for a leisurely lunch, we will use the ebbing tide to paddle down the east side of Langstone Harbour. A longer lunch makes the return leg easier, as the later phase of the ebbing tide is stronger. If you paddle on the Thames with the club, you should not find this paddle too difficult. However as we get less assistance it will be more tiring than the Thames paddles as it is more than twice the distance.

For the most part, we will be sheltered when paddling in the harbours, but we will be more exposed to weather conditions when we paddle east along the south coast of Hayling Island. This paddle is also for beginners, so provided we are not facing swell greater than 1 meter or wind greater than F3, we will go ahead with the paddle, including beginners. If the conditions go above this, we might need to restrict the paddle to more experienced paddlers. I will update this page once we have a better idea of the conditions.

Drills Drills and Drills

Sea Kayaking Drills

Once we have completed the circumnavigation there will be an opportunity to practice some drills such as rolling in cold water, deep water rescues such as heel hook, towing, edging or anything else you might want to try. Though it feels difficult to do these drills at the end of the paddle when we are tired, it really is the perfect time as when you’re tired you are more likely to go in, so practicing when tired might just save your life one day.

You can read about our latest trip to circumnavigate Hayling Island here:


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