We thought yesterday was hard, we'd experienced nothing in comparison to today. We are now at Beldereg after a three hour, 5 mile kicking from the wind. At Illmaster Head we paused and considered our options - outside or through the gap? The spume streaked down the faces of the waves on the outside, but through the gap the wind was accelerating so strong that the water was blowing horizontally off the crests. We opted for the inside. We were on the edge of our comfort zone and desperately want to make progress, but today its so marginal, if we f**k up, it's a major problem in these winds.
Harry goes first through the gap, he stalls, all forward motion stops even though he's throwing back spadesfull of salt water my way, I edge past him but get stalled myself seconds later. I grip the water, waiting for the wind to ease, it doesn't and I'm blown backwards, bracing on my blade, praise be to Lendal - what a solid blade Alistair developed.
What a day already!