Monday, June 20, 2016

June 20th - Discovery Island (#50)

Dan and I paddled out to Cadboro Point to meet up with Paulo for a paddle around the islands. Conditions were calm with favourable currents - so much so that our moving average was 7 kph (3.8 kt) for the trip. It was a very low tide and there was lots of kelp at the surface. I love how sea kayaking allows one to work on fitness while socializing.
It was a good way to celebrate the start of summer! (the solstice was officially a couple of minutes ago! 3:34 PM Victoria time)
I am off to Haida Gwaii this Friday for a couple of weeks of being the naturalist aboard M/V Swell. I hope to get a few short paddles in like I did last year.
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15 km, YTD 529 km

Saturday, June 18, 2016

June 18th - Discovery Island (#49)

Dennis, Rob, Paulo, Dan and I went for a nice morning paddle, setting of at 8AM. We did "the usual" trip around my favourite islands and encountered no significant current or wind during the trip. No lumpy water. We were back by 10:30 and I had time for a nice late morning coffee!
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15 KM, YTD 514 km.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

June 12th - Cadboro bay (#48)

Monica and I went out for a nice morning paddle around the bay. I was in the F1 and Monica in the Whisky 16. It was nice and flat, a bit overcast, and the only waves we encountered were from boat wakes! We saw Ben on his Epic V10 surfski when we returned to the beach and had a quick chat.
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5 km, YTD 494 km

Saturday, June 11, 2016

June 11th - Discovery Island (#47)

Dan, Rob, Olivier and I went for a morning paddle out around the islands. There was a steady 15 kt wind from the SW, so the out ward journey was reasonably lumpy and quite fun! As we reached the east side of Discovery, the water flattened out until we came around into Baynes channel where things were lumpy and fun again!
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14 km, YTD 489 km

Friday, June 10, 2016

June 10th - Cadboro Bay (#46)

I took the surfski  and wing paddle out for a short  morning paddle to clear out some cobwebs and test out the new gopro housing I picked up. Both were successful. I didn't find any lumpy water, but was able to keep up a nice pace throughout. I will upload the video results in due course.
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8km, YTD 475 km.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

May 31-June5 - Broughtons (#s42-45)

I went on my almost annual trip with our grade 10 experiential program to the Brougtons. We had some great days of paddling - three 17 km days - and a day visiting alert Bay via water taxi as well as a beachbound day due to wind and lumpy waters. On our first day of paddling we saw several humpbacks, a pod of orcas, several groups of Dall's porpoise, Steller sea lions and pacific white-sided dolphins. We had good visits to Village Island and to the Earth Embassy CMT camp. The students were great and it was fun to be leading with Sarah and Beth-Anne again.

Day 1 Telegraph to Compton -  click to enlarge

Day 2 Compton to Village Island and back - click to enlarge

Day 3 - Compton to Hanson and then to Blinkhorn - click to enlarge

Day 5 - Blinkhor to telegraph - click to enlarge
56 km, YTD 467 km

May 28th and 29th - PPS (#40 & 41)

I was at PPS for a wonderful weekend of paddling. Great to spend time with old friends and make new ones! I went out for a full day trip to Rock garden from Whiffen Spit with Rowan and Jaime. Conditions were as flat as can be so we were able to get deep into many slots with little or no risk which was fun. we practiced many handy manouevering strokes and stopped for lunch on Secretary Island (landing on the rocks). On the second day I went for a short paddle in Pedder Bay itself to experiment and play with the Motionize Paddle unit. I am intrigued...
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9km, + 1 Km, YTD 411 km

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