Distance: about 7 km (my readouts are still a work in progress)
Time: 1.5 hours
Winds: 8/km NW
Kayaks present: Six
Turu Garmin Readout for 26/04/2022 Kayaking from Gnejna to Fomm Ir-Rih
Thanks to the recommendation for this awesome night Cap! We value our members' input, and Cap threw out there he wanted to see a sunset, so, we packed up and headed out, and we met them on the water around 5:15pm, after work.
Cap and Angie paddling towards Santa Marija Caves
Alex in his Riot, looking at Gnejna Beach, before we took off.
We didn't realize, but they had met up earlier, went to the caves and were sitting at the Cabana having a coffee. We jumped in the water, and met Alex, and waited for the others to get in their kayaks.
As you can see with the pic of Alex above, the water was quite calm and relaxed, perfect for a sunset paddle.
On the way, there are plenty of opportunities to rock hop, and grab some killer pics of the rocks, or video clips of the water retreating back into the sea. These areas are known as Ras il-Pellegrin and Pullicino's Cove.
Rounding the point, rock-hopping with the gang.
Iain snapping some pics of the crew as they paddle by.
1.59 km Google Map readout from Gnejna to Santa Marija Caves
An extremely popular hiking destination, quickly made popular since the pandemic, is a mere 1.59 km paddle from Gnejna. We do consider this to be a beginner journey at this point, however, going to these places without proper help is not recommended. There are shallow reefs, and the swells are notorious for broadsiding kayaks and knocking people from their boats.
We have been paddling a lot since getting our new kayaks, as far as distance is concerned, and we were hardly ready to be done, so, we headed South to Fomm Ir-Rih to chill on the beach and have a snack.
If you haven't been before, it's a lovely paddle, not too far, and the sound of the pebbles rolling on the beach is truly awesome!
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Google Map readout showing distance from Gnejna to Fomm Ir-Rih, in kilometres
So now we have paddled about 3.5 km or so, and we need to take a break here to relax a bit, chat, and snack. If you haven't been here before, it is a lovely private beach that is nearly impossible to get to without a kayak, which is why we love our kayaks so much.
All of the sudden, we had some serious swells pounding the beach, so, this was a perfect time to practice some #kayakskills. Entering and exiting the kayak, especially in rougher conditions are pretty tricky. Luckily, we have help because we go with friends.
When assisting someone, put the kayak partly in the water, so it is somewhat buoyant. Have the kayaker get in the cockpit normally, but, before that, the assistant is to actually sit on the rear hatch of the fellow kayaker they are assisting. This ensures safety and that the kayak will not roll as they are getting in. Once they are in, push them out, straight as possible as to not broadside. Once they pass the swells cresting, then they can prepare their sprayskirts and paddle on.