Monday, May 23, 2016

May 22nd - Bewell Harbour (#39)

I took the SUP ATX paddleboard for a short trip in Bedwell Harbour while we were staying at Ainslie Point Cottage with Jack and Mary. I went from the dock out to the beach by the parks campsite. The wind was quite strong in my face on the way out, making it slow progress, but by the time I was on my way back the wind had dropped so I did not get the advantage of a push! No batteries in the GPS as I accidentally left it on, so the track is created manually...
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3 km, YTD 401 km

May 20& 23 _ Cadboro Bay (#38)

I used the inflatable Jimmy Stix Puffer SUP to get to and from Natural C-lection on its mooring in preparation for our Pender trip. It works quite well as a vehicle for getting from the boat to shore for one person!
1km, YTD 398 km

Friday, May 13, 2016

May 13th - Discovery Island (#37)

Rob and I went for a morning paddle around Discovery. Conditions were excellent. The SALTS ships were anchored off the north-east corner of Chatham and looked beautiful in the morning light. As we approached Seabird Point I spied orca fins in the distance and we were treated to a nice view of half a dozen orcas moving by. They made several breaches! We stopped for a short break and then made our way back to Cadboro Bay. There was about 10+ kt of wind from the N which slowed our progress a bit. Back by 10:30 AM!
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15 km, YTD 397 km

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 11th - Discovery Island (#36)

Dennis and I went for an early morning paddle out around the islands. Conditions were excellent, with a fairly strong ebb current that made it hard work to get around Strongtide islet. On the way back over to Cadboro Bay you can see that the current carried us to the left quite a bit. There was fog visible in the distance in Haro and Juan de Fuca Straits, but it did not affect us. We saw Sheila on the beach when we returned and went over to chat. By the time we had finished, the fog had rolled in and the whole bay was very foggy!
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15 km, YTD 382 km

Monday, May 02, 2016

May 2nd - Cadboro Bay (#35)

Jenny and I went for a nice after dinner SUP paddle around the bay. It was sunny and warm and calm! Lots of yellow-green algae in the water - it is that time of the year again!
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2 km, YTD 367 km

Saturday, April 30, 2016

April 30th - Discovery Island (#34)

Dan, Rob and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. Conditions were excellent with a light ebb current, sunshine and little wind. On our way back we saw the HMCS Oriole doing maneuvers in preparation for the RVYC sail past this afternoon. A third of the year in, I am on track for 100+ paddles and 1000+ km if I can maintain this regular paddling schedule!
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15 km, YTD 365 km

Thursday, April 28, 2016

April 28th - Ten Mile Point (#33)

I took Rob, who was visiting Maeve from Australia for an evening paddle around Ten Mile Point. there was a bit of a breeze (10-15 kt)  and some current, but Rob handled the F1 nicely. I had hoped to see more birds, but pretty much all we saw were Canada geese! We did see a couple of seals and a hummingbird. We stopped by the Pacific Grace which was anchored in the bay and chatted with the skipper. Turns out one of my old students was skippering the Swift a bit further out in the bay and I had a visit with him too!
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9 km, YTD 350 km

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

April 27th - Discovery Island (#32)

Dan and I went for a nice early morning paddle. We left the beach at 8:15 and were back by 10:25. Conditions were sunny and calm and the currents were not unfavourable, so we made good progress. We ran into the "Wednesday group" on their way out as we were passing  Staines Islet on our return.
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15 km, YTD 341 km

Monday, April 25, 2016

April 25th - Cadboro Bay Towing clinic (#31)

I ran a small evening clinic on kayak towing in Cadboro bay for SISKA. We all had fun and learned that towing is easier in theory than in practice, but also that practice makes better!
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2km, YTD 326 km

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April 19th - Cadboro Bay (#30)

I joined Beth-Anne to help a group of grade 10s develop some paddling skills for their June out trip to the Broughtons.  Nice sunny day with a northerly wind. we had them do wet exits and rescues...
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2 km, YTD 324 km

Sunday, April 17, 2016

April 17th - Discovery (#29)

Rob, Dennis, Dan and I went for a Sunday morning paddle around the islands. There was a bit of a northerly wind blowing (20-25 kph at RVYC) which made for some interesting lumpy water around the north side of Chatham. Going down the east side of Chatham, I managed to catch a few small waves which was fun! We saw more people out there today than just about all year so far! A couple of groups camped in Rudlin Bay, some folks on the beach at heritage point and some other on the west side of Discovery. Also a couple of kayakers around Flower Island. A great way to spend the morning!
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16 km, YTD 322 km

Saturday, April 16, 2016

April 16th - Ten mile Point (#28)

Monica and I went for an afternoon paddle out around ten Mile Point. Monica got to paddle her new Whisky 16, which worked well! Nice conditions and a nice afternoon paddle. e stopped by Flower Island to chat with David W about his new house.
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7 km. YTD 306 km

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April 13th - Discovery Island (27)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle out to the islands. It was a bit windy with 10-15 kt SE winds which made for some nicely lumpy water of Cadboro and seabird points as well as a bit of interesting clapotis off the east side of Discovery. We saw California Sea lions off Seabird point - they seem to have been hanging around there recently. No sign of the wolf today, though we did not search for him. You can see that the wind affected our progress, slowing us down on the outward journey and speeding us up for the return - in spit of a reasonable ebb current! We found, collected and disposed of some old helium birthday balloons.
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15 km, YTD 299 km

Monday, April 11, 2016

April 11th - Cadboro Bay (#26)

I led a small group in a short evening  Greenland paddling clinic where I went over several tips on how to effectively use a GP for paddling (not rolling!). All the participants were paddling nicely by the end and seemed very comfortable with a GP. We saw and heard river otters as well as a good variety of seabirds.
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3 km, YTD 284 km

Sunday, April 10, 2016

April 10th - Oak bay (#25)

I paddled over to Willows Beach to help lead a SISKA intertidal paddle with Dave G and Jo R. We had a good session again this year! On my way out I was happy to see Maple Leaf and Swell anchored in Cadboro bay for the crew training, so I paddled out to say "hi" on my way to Oak Bay. You can see our progress around Mary Tod Islet was slow as we poked around looking for fun things. I was happy to see a large gumboot chiton. Another very fine paddle!
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10 km, YTD 281 km