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PostSubject: Kayaking around the Lee?....   Tue 26 Jul 2011, 11:47 am


Apologies if this topic has been covered before as a kayaking novice I have a quick question and appreciate any advice - in general, how difficult is it to kayak around the Lee channels?

I have an open deck ocean kayak and I'm thinking of kayaking around Morrisons Island on the two channels of the Lee - I think it could be a fantastic way to see the city from a different angle on a quiet sunny Sunday morning.

I'm very comfortable in the water and have been into water-sports for years - surfing, sailing, kite-boarding - but have no real kayaking experience bar the odd weekend with some mates down in Lough Hyne.

Basically I'm wondering is it even possible, ie are both channels fully navigable, and if it is what sort of skill level is involved? Off the top of my head I'm thinking that I could head down the south channel, starting around the Flying enterprise when the tide is highest as there is a few salmon runs there, but when the tide is on the way out, chill around the bonded warehouses at Customs House Quay for a bit, and catch the tide going in on the North channel. Does that make any sense?

ANyhow all this is very off the top of my head so looking for any advice or pointers that could help. I presume there are no permits to get to have a paddle in the river or am I wrong?

Also, there used to be a Cork tide table that you could download - similar to the ones in Matthews - called the tide almanac or somthing. Are they still available?

Anyhow like I said, any info that will help me not drifting to Roches Point would be hugely appreciated,

Cheers in advance,

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