Seeking shelter from the strong southerlies, Kirstine and I headed for the north east corner of the Isle of Man.
We launched from a pretty little bay called Port Lewaigue along the southern reaches of Ramsey Bay. The rocky shoreline rises to impressive cliffs that culminate to the island's most easterly point, Maughold head.
When we arrived we found the wind a little too much, so we turned back paddling gently among the rocks and shallow lagoons.
Our slow, quiet progress during the return meant that we could get close enough to some grey seals to watch them at play at really close quarters. Although this had only been a short paddle, our encounters with the seals had left us with wonderful lasting memories.