Yesterday, a late start and then stopping in Peterhead harbour to stock up on food and drink meant I was paddling later in the day than planned. After passing Cruden Bay, the combination of the tide against me, a strong headwind and increasingly choppy conditions meant my SOG was under 0.5 knots and it was looking unlikely that I was going to reach anywhere that I could land before dark, so I turned round to return to the calm of Cruden Bay. (Over 6 knots on the way back!).
A bit demoralising to have to go backwards, but better to be safe than sorry. Today the forecast was for a stronger headwind (that didn’t materialise), so I rested.
I read once that the two most useful skills for a sea kayaker are knowing when to stay on the beach and knowing when to turn back. I should try to bear that in mind!