NG7426 : Contact tow beneath the Skye Bridge

taken 2 years ago, near to Kyleakin/Caol Acain, Highland, Great Britain

Contact tow beneath the Skye Bridge
Contact tow beneath the Skye Bridge
The times and speeds of the tide race under Skye bridge are notoriously unpredictable when the relative levels of Loch Alsh and the Inner Sound are affected by strong winds, low pressure, heavy rainfall or snowmelt. Additionally, local opinion is that the tides have changed over the years since the bridge was built, as sediment has shifted position. However, in stable dry weather it is easy enough to pick your times to play. With road access nearby and calmer water only a short distance either side, the race is an excellent place to practice rescue techniques (as long as you keep an eye out for traffic). Seen here, the tide is running about a knot and half right-to-left, although the wind which was kicking up some fine surfing waves has now dropped off, making the activity less testing. The paddler in the purple boat has "found" herself without a paddle and is being contact-towed back to the eddy below the bridge pier. Contact-towing is unsuitable for long distances, but is a very quick way of getting a paddler out of immediate trouble and into a safer place.
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NG7426, 111 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 15 September, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 16 October, 2015
Geographical Context
Coastal  Sport, Leisure  Estuary, Marine 
Category (from Tags)
Tidal Race  Bridge  Sea Kayaking 
Category
Sea kayaking   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NG 7452 2692 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:16.6261N 5:44.5326W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NG 7444 2686
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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