Isles of scilly expeditions/holidays

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Expedition summary

The Isles of Scilly are an archipelago off the Cornish coast, in southwest England. The islands are covered in heathland, and fringed by sandy beaches such as Great Bay on St. Martin’s. On Tresco, one of the 5 inhabited islands, Tresco Abbey Garden is home to subtropical plants and also the Valhalla Museum, displaying shipwrecked figureheads. The tower of 17th-century Cromwell’s Castle stands at the north of Tresco.A bird watchers paradise known for its diverse climate, coastline and colourful inhabitants.

Week 1 Intermediate: 19 July - 25 July 2020
Week 2 Intro mediate: 26 July – 1 August 2020
Week 3 Intermediate: 2 August – 8 August 2020
Week 4 Intro mediate: 9 August – 15 August 2020
Week 5 Intermediate: 16 August – 22 August 2020
Week 6 Intermediate/Advanced: 23 August – 29 August 2020

Expedition details

INTROmediate

To get the most out of the week you should be happy with your flat water skills and be open to developing and experiencing sea kayaking in safe but more challenging conditions. We would hope to cover around 15km in a day, which gives us lots of time to explore and enjoy the summer days.

The paddling during the week will be guided and instructional “trips with tips” but focus is more on exploring and experiencing the islands, its diverse beauty and ocean conditions than a coaching course. You will have the opportunity to work on your skills, rescues and basic trip planning and theory “on the move”.

If you have any questions regarding the required ability please feel free to get in touch

Intermediate

To get the most out of the week you should be around British Canoeing “sea kayak award” skills ability or a regular “Intermediate paddler” who is comfortable and has some experience in conditions associated with force 4 winds. We would hope to cover around 20-25km in a day.

The paddling during the week will be guided and instructional “trips with tips” but focus is more on exploring and experiencing the islands, its diverse beauty and ocean conditions than a coaching course. You will have the opportunity to work on your skills, rescues and basic trip planning and theory “on the move”.

If you have any questions regarding the required ability please feel free to get in touch

Intermediate/Advanced

To get the most out of the week you should be happy with rolling in intermediate conditions and happy to cover 25NM in a day if the weather window is available at the end of the week to do the crossing back to the mainland (NOT GUARANTEED).

Suitable for a strong intermediate paddler comfortable in swell/tide and winds force 4 and above. We will do a few long days during the week to get a feel for the distance and search for rougher conditions.

The islands are quite compact, so we will have time to explore and work on endurance and the skills needed to take on an open crossing of 25NM.

The paddling during the week will be guided and instructional “trips with tips” but focus is more on exploring and experiencing the islands, its diverse beauty and ocean conditions than a coaching course. You will have the opportunity to work on your skills, rescues and basic trip planning and theory “on the move”.

If you have any questions regarding the required ability please feel free to get in touch.

NOTE: For the Intermediate/advanced week please book your return ferry ticket just in case the weather is not suitable for the crossing.

What it includes

Experienced Sea Kayaking Cornwall guide/s with area knowledge offering advice, assistance, planning and safety throughout the trip..

  • Sea kayaks.
  • Buoyancy aids /PFD.
  • Spray decks.
  • Paddles.

We can also supply additional kit if required:

  • Wind proof jackets.
  • Thermal rash vests.
  • Wetsuits.

We do have a wide variety of kayaks available.

If you would like to bring your own kayak and kit, please feel free to do so. Transporting your own kayak/s needs to be booked with the steamship company in advance when you book your ferry tickets.

 

Location, times and getting there

Location: St Mary’s Island – Isles of Scilly.

Route: Scillonian ferry Penzance to St Mary’s.

Flights from Lands End/Newquay/Exeter to St Mary’s.

Trains from London airports to Penzance, including an overnight sleeper train from London Paddington.

You will need to book your ferry/flights to arrive on the Sunday at the start of your week and depart the afternoon on the Sunday of the following week.

There is normally only one passenger ferry per day however, they have introduced double sailing days during peak season so please check when booking about this option.

A Sea Kayaking Cornwall guide will be on St Marys quay when the ferry arrives on the Sunday at the start of the “new” week. Look out for a paddle in a sea kayak guides hand wearing a Sea Kayaking Cornwall T-shirt.

If you miss the guide or are flying to the island, then please make your way up to the Garrison Holidays campsite.

If travelling by ferry please make sure you label your bags “ St Mary: Garrison Holidays - campsite” and they will be taken to the campsite for you.

You will have time to set up camp / check in to accommodation before we have the briefing.

After the briefing we go to the Sailing Centre to get boats and kit organised, we then head out onto the water for a “shakedown” paddle.

Your last day on the water will be the Saturday.Departure is on the Sunday this is a land based free day should you wish to explore on your own.

Please contact the Isles of Scilly travel to book your travel tickets:

https://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk/book/

Food Shopping

The Co-op on St Mary’s has a good range of foodstuff. There is no need to bring food over with you.

The Co-op is open from 8am till 10pm except Sunday 10am to 4pm.

The islands offer a variety of restaurants, cafes, deli shops, bakeries and a butcher so more than enough choice if you up for a “cooking free” holiday.

The campsite has a small shop that sells all of the basics including camping gas and milk. You can also buy fresh croissants from 8am at the campsite

We will book a table at a restaurant for the first and last nights – this is by choice and for individual expense. We book in advance for our nights as availability is limited if left to the last minute.

Accommodation

If you want to stay in Penzance the night before or after the ferry you can look at booking.com for a list of options. If you don’t want to camp let us know and you can check out this visitislesofscilly.com for alternatives on the island.

What to bring

  • Travel insurance.
  • Suitable footwear to paddle in (neoprene booties / water shoes / sandal).
  • Dry bags – various sizes.
  • A 3 or 4 season tent.
  • Sleeping mat and sleeping bag.
  • Stove and pans.
  • At least two changes of warm clothes, warm hats, gloves and water-proofs.
  • Paddling kit – personal kit that you prefer suitable for cold water paddling!
  • Sun cream.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Personal medication and first aid kit.
  • Reading material if the elements keep us of the water.
  • A suitable bag to carry your kit in, to the beach (IKEA bag).
  • Suitable footwear for walking in the conditions and changing into at the end of the day.
  • Ensure you have sufficient power banks – campsite charge for “phone charging” so better to charge a power bank that can give you multiple charges.
  • Money, as there are cafes and restaurants to visit and ice creams to be had.
  • There will be the opportunity to fish so bring a hand line or fishing rod, this is not a guaranteed way of supplementing your food.

We bring adequate safety kit however if you are a qualified first aider/medical professional please inform us. If you understand how to use safety equipment such as tow lines then please bring them along – a group can never have enough safety equipment on a trip!

If you have kit that you prefer eg left hand paddle, please bring it with you. We always travel with our personal paddles, PFD and clothing.

Personal kit that you prefer must be suitable for cold water paddling!

We can supply paddling kit so please discuss this with us if you are uncertain that you have the correct gear.

Looking forward to sharing our “DEVOTION TO THE OCEAN” with you!

What it includes

Experienced Sea Kayaking Cornwall guide/s with area knowledge offering advice, assistance, planning and safety throughout the trip..

  • Sea kayaks.
  • Buoyancy aids /PFD.
  • Spray decks.
  • Paddles.

We can also supply additional kit if required:

  • Wind proof jackets.
  • Thermal rash vests.
  • Wetsuits.

We do have a wide variety of kayaks available.

If you would like to bring your own kayak and kit, please feel free to do so. Transporting your own kayak/s needs to be booked with the steamship company in advance when you book your ferry tickets.