Day at the Beach
Itís the middle of August, but the weather feels like the end of September. Hereís a story of a
"Day at the Beach"
"Seal start" with paddle handy under deck rigging. Time the rhythm of the waves and the receding water, drag the boat down the beach as far as you dare, hop in, seal spray skirt and hope that youíve been faster than the next incoming wave.
The first "seal start" worked perfectly. I slopped through the first couple of waves carefully, testing the way the E68 would handle: Due to its strong flare the hull stiffens beautifully the further it is immersed and always resurfaces on a solidly even keel.
Encouraged by the secure feeling, I started edging and bracing into the breaking water with increasing aggressiveness. I punched into a breaking wave and immediately began to lean into it. As I came out of the water, I reached far out to starboard and inserted my trusty old two-piece wooden paddle for an extended strong high brace. The next second I found myself inverted in the frothing water, holding two paddle halves.
attempting to roll up with one of them, running the risk of getting ground
into the rapidly shoaling, shell-strewn beach, I took the easy option
and punched out.
surf and rising tide thwarted further "seal start" attempts.
Share the waves Ö
... even with people who wear bicycle helmets to paddle.
But there was also family fun and games in store for us in the sheltered back bay experiencing
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