Sunday, 12 February 2012

So much for Saint Cybi

The Welsh name for Holy Island, Ynys Gybi, refers to Saint Cybi, who would regularly walk back to the island from a half way point between Penmon and Holyhead after meeting with Saint Seiriol. Returning in the afternoon meant walking into the sun and he became known as Cybi Felyn or Cybi the Tanned. He must truly have been blessed - Chris and I having spent countless afternoons facing west off the coast of Holy Island seeing precious little sun.
With a chill wind it took several motivational cups of coffee, an inspection of the north coast, a visit to Pete's shop (more coffee), and a little more dithering on the beach, before we finally got on the water.
As ever, once out, we had some great fun rock hopping...
...playing amongst the reefs around Rhoscolyn Head...
...and with a lively swell running enjoyed a boisterous downwind run to Silver Bay.
We did much the same on the way back...
...but it seemed we must share our fate with Cybi's friend, who would be destined always to walk away from the sun, becoming known as Seiriol Wyn or Seiriol the Fair.
Our second day began in much the same vein: a lazy start, a visit to the cafe before delaying proceedings a little longer drinking more motivational tea (too much coffee by this time) at Mike's place after which the saint must have taken pity on us; I'm not sure it would be possible to say that the sun actually shone, but for the first time in weeks the temperature rose above 4 °C and we headed out around Penrhyn Mawr...
...exploring every gully, cave and rock garden en-route to South Stack. With the ebb stream still running strongly, we knew the race would not be working, but close to high water this is an interesting bit of coastline to explore, especially as one's mind is more often on other things when heading this way.
With a little of the previous day's swell still running, we found more than one blow hole to entertain us along the way - I never tire of these features - before heading back to Porth Dafarch without so much as a sniff of sunshine. So much for Saint Cybi.

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