My original plan was to use the last of the ebb tide to take me to South Bishop for slack tide and come back with the flood.
Paddling into Ramsey Sound, the north flowing flood tide was already well in swing.
At Penrhyn Dalar the headland after St John's Point, there was a large swell which I could use to surf through the adverse tide flow.
Paddling out into the race I found out it wasn't too strong and crossed quite easily without losing too much ground. If I had been taken north of the Bitches that would be the end of the alternative route out to South Bishop.
Reaching Midland Isle I was very tempted to take the easy option and just paddle around Ramsey as the tide would be with me now all the way along the seaward side of the island, but I decided to carry on along Ynys Bery and out into St Bride's Bay.
There was a large swell breaking on the high cliffs, but for the first time I had a bit of tide helping me.At the end of Ynys Bery there were some large overfalls and confused water but by now I was determined to reach South Bishop.
There was to be no respite at the lighthouse. Not wanting to be taken by the tide past South Bishop and further out to sea I had to start back straight away on the long ferry glide back to Ramsey. This trip was definately turning into a bit of a hard slog.
>It was now a leisurely paddle along the North of Ramsey and back across Ramsey Sound where a sailing yacht passed me. A lot less effort but nowhere near as much excitement or achievement. A paddle of 11 nautical miles (20.5km), mostly against the tide which highlights the advantages of having the tide in your favour.