Tuesday, 29 December 2009

My boat: North Shore Atlantic (Cliodhna)

April 2009
The long awaited day arrived (April 2009) and I finally received my sea kayak: North Shore Atlantic. She was beautiful and still is. She glowed in the back garden. I sat in her, polished her, and studied her again and again. I explored the hatches and adjusted the seat and then polished her again. I have never seen such a perfect design for a sea kayak. Perfection (tippy Quest owners eat your heart out). Sorry, this should be an objective article!!

She was launched in Loch Sween

Moving the bulkhead to give me more storage space. A scary procedure!

It is now December and I have decided to name my boat Cliodhna (Klee-in-ah) after the Celtic Godess: The Irish/Scottish Celtic Goddess renowned for her Great Beauty. When she assumes human form, Cliodna is the most beautiful woman on earth: the fair skinned shapely one. She was the ruler of the waves. It was said that every ninth wave embodied her, and broke higher and stronger than any of the other wave. It was a Celtic belief that every ninth wave that breaks ashore has magical properties. It is also said that to hear Cliodhna's Wave is a fortunate thing, as it will solve for you any difficult problem you are experiencing at the time.Cliodhna rules the Land of Promise, an otherworld where there is no violence or death. She also took the form of a sea bird and therefore symbolized the Celtic afterlife.

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