Well today me and Dav decided to take the Kayak's for a little paddle and a splash about and that i certainly did..... :embarrass: :embarrass: after me not being able to make it to last weekends meet up with Matty and the rest of them at runswick we couldn't wait to get in and have a go, but maybe that was our BIG mistake, the wind was a bit strong so we looked for a sheltered spot we decided to try inside the Gare basin as it would be flat with a land wind. When we arrived we noticed the wind was a bit strong and we wondered what effect that would have on our yak's and what it would be like paddling into it, we hummed and arghhed for a while and thought lets give it a go we will only stay close to the shore and what could possibly go wrong... Bad decision.. :yes: Al came down to keep an eye over us and take a few pic's.. Well it all started pretty well we were having a good time close to the shore and tried a bit of self rescue and every thing was going well, then as i grew in confidence i headed a bit further out and thats when it all turned nasty the wind really picked up in strength and i was finding it hard to get my yak turned round into the wind to head back to shore and i got dunked... :scare: :scare: :surprise: i managed to compose myself and flip the yak over and get back on but all the time i could feel myself drifting further off shore as i got back on i was trying to sort myself out as i had got my paddle leash tangled round myself as i was sorting it i tipped out again all the time the wind was pushing me further off, thats when i made the worst decision im not embarrassed to say i panicked and i probably wasn't thinking straight i decided to let the yak go... :surprise: :surprise: Dav was close by so he came over and i held onto the front of his yak as he tried to paddle back to the shore into the strengthening head wind it was was hard work but he was making slow progress but by now i had been in the water and about 25mins and Dav's arm's were tiring but the we were steadily winning the battle, someone must of seen the over turned yak and called the RNLI which came in two inshore inflatables a lifted me aboard, and Dav then paddled to shore under his own steam.. I am really glad someone phoned the coast guard, but at what point do you make that decision for yourself we were trying to get back to shore without making that call you never want to make, although me minus my yak.. :embarrass: it had the best possible outcome, i got dropped back on the beach and the inshore lifeboat went back out and retrieved my yak for me.. :happy: :happy: so i will be making another donation to the RNLI as they are top lads and dont need calling out on a sunday afternoon through the likes of me to egar and couldn't wait and didn't want to waste the chance to get afloat.. So it just goes to show that things can suddenly change from everything going smoothly to almost a disaster within seconds, someone made the call for me which i am glad of, but at what point do you make that call yourself ???????? I hold my hands up and i was to blame, i should never had ventured that bit further out and i am sorry to everyone involved, i just hope that other newbie yakkers have more sense than me and learn from my mistake.. I really have to sit and have a good think if this Kayak fishing is really is for me..