The one from yesterday was a very special kayaking trip for us; it was not only the first excursion in 2020, but it marked a small step towards a return to a 'normal' life.
In this season, there should be passed plenty of water under the paddles by now; other years, we started training in March and in April we were already trekking for two or more days. However, this 2020 was not a normal year; the whole world had to stop because of the lockdown caused by the Covid pandemic.
Italy was one of the European countries where the lockdown was most severe: for more than two months it was forbidden to leave home except for reasons of necessity; the ban also affected individual sports, making all sorts of activities impossible other than running close to home. Only in recent weeks have the bans been slowly loosened and it has finally been possible to return to the sea, albeit within regional boundaries and respecting the rules of distance. We have therefore chosen to stay close to home and enjoy the beauty of the Ligurian sea paddling from Genoa to Camogli (one of the beautiful fishing villages near the promontory of Portofino).
During the navigation we have also dusted off a practice that proves to be very useful, during the excursions of several days, to ensure an excellent dinner: the towing. The kayak, thanks to its moderate speed and the total absence of noises that frighten the fish, proves to be an exceptional means of fishing and allows, even if only with a hand line and an artificial bait, to make good catches.
Now that sports activities are possible again, the hope is that means such as kayaking will attract more and more interest as they allow you to experience the beautiful Italian coasts in complete safety and in a totally ecological way.