Thursday 15th March 2012 – Arabian Outdoor Social Evening

Please come and join us and the outdoor community for a social evening organised by Simon Cahill of Arabia Outdoors. Mike Nott is speaking about his extensive 4×4 adventures in the region and launching his new advanced offroading book. I’ll be warming up for him talking about my Musendam Circumnavigation Adventure that was, I believe, the first complete Khasab to Khasab circuit including the portage over the isthmus. It didnt go entirely to plan, 4 of us started and I ended up doing the journey solo due to a mild issue with deportation. Come along to the evening and I’ll tell you the whole story along with giving a guide to kayaking in this world class paddling destination.

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Trip Report: Weekend sea kayak foray into Musandam

Its alway cool to have a plan. The weekends plan was to get out for my first 120km road ride with the Dubai Roadsters early on Friday morning before meeting up with Ben for an overnight kayak foray into Musandam. As we were driving towards Dibba I was wondering if it was such a good plan. My legs were really feeling the morning ride and sitting in a kayak didnt seem such a good plan at all.

With kayaks packed and underway all the doubts vanished

It’s about 15km across the bay. I love the feeling of being off shore. The bay feels full to the brim with life, my favourite are the flying fish apprearing from the bow of the kayak and gliding for impossible distances across the surface of the sea.

We reached camp just in time to settle in in the last of the light. While the location was stunning as a campsite it was lacking. The incoming tide came right up to the stones leaving us sleeping under a clear bright starry night in amoungst the rocks and fishing detritus. It was a hot sweaty night without any breeze. I wish I’d used more deet or a mosi net as I had quite a few small insect bites on my shoulders and arms where they hadn’t been protected by the sleeping bag liner.

Suprise suprise the day dawned bright and clear just like it always seems to in this part of the world.

We spent a great morning drinking tea while laughing and videoing the numerous hermit crabs making their way from the stones, down the sand and into the sea.

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We eventually made a move off the beach and explored the inlet we’d camped in and the surrounding coastline for better campsites with future trips in mind.

On the way back across the bay we had an incredible chance encounter:

A great little trip. Its always good to finish a trip knowing that you’ll be back. There’s lots of coastline I want to explore that I’ve missed out on on previous trips up the coast towards Limah and on up to Khwar Habalayn.

Trip info:
Access / Egress point: Public Beach, East of Royal Beach Hotel, Dibba
25° 35.812’N    56° 20.884’E
Campsite Used:  Dawhat Haffah  25° 44.707’N    56° 18.139’E

2 day Intro to Sea Kayaking course

Just had a great couple of days running Noukhada’s inaugral 2 day Intro to Sea Kayaking Course. The course started in the classroom introducing key principals of decktop navigation, tides maps/charts and trip planning before heading out onto the water for 2 great days in the Al Hamra to Um Al Quwain area.

For the first day we put into practice the trip planning we had covered in the classroom as well as covering rescue techniques. We had a beautiful evening camping on the beach. The sunset was stunning, the temperature perfect and the company was great.

The next morning we were up at dawn to catch the tide to take us to Um Al Quwain. There is a huge colony of Cormorants that roost in the Um Al Quwain area. We’d seen large quantities of them fly just above our heads on their way ‘home’ the previous evening. Passing them is the morning was a spectacular site. The sheer quantity of birds was staggering.

Early in the morning is always a good time to paddle. Calm seas make for very easy progress. We passed the shipwreck. I was suprised to see they had been cutting it up slowly. I wonder how long it will take for it to vanish all together?

The final paddle past the docks and shipping port was a great glimpse of a less modern middle east. Fishermen repairing and preparing nets and boats for the days work.

We finished at the beack with plenty of time to spare before our pick up was due, time for a brew before heading back to base to wash salt off boats and kit and then wrap up the course over a final cup of tea.

Thanks to the course attendee’s for making the 2 days interesting and enjoyable. I look forward to paddling with you again

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