I was still not sure where to paddle as the shipping forecast is very rarely wrong, but on reaching the water's edge the wind suddenly picked up causing a lone fisherman to scurry off down the beach chasing his umbrella.
The forecast was right and my paddling options were very limited. I decided to paddle against the wind and tide towards the Cardiff Barrage. Within a few minutes of leaving Penarth the sky went black and the heavens opened. What I thought was going to be an easy paddle turned into a very hard slog against wind, tide and now torrential rain!
On reaching the entrance to the Cardiff Barrage the rain finally stopped and the wind dropped so I paddled into the shelter of the inner breakwater which houses the 3 locks used by the boats leaving and entering Cardiff Bay.
After a brief rest I paddle back out of the shelter and along the outer breakwater to the 5 sluice gates that control the water level of the 500 acre freshwater lake of the Bay formed by the Rivers Taff and Ely.