Friday, July 03, 2020

July 3rd - Discovery Island Wolf Mural (#55)

Dan and I set out from Killarney to paddle out and around the islands to see the new mural by Paul Archer of Takaya, the Discovery Island wolf that was relocated and then shot this past winter. News article here. It was nice and calm with currents that were not too strong and a gentle steady rain.
We made it to the foghorn building where the mural was painted last week and decided to get out and check it out. Photos below! It is a beautiful tribute to the memory of this magnificent animal - who I last saw at close range in December.
After that we kept on paddling our usual route and ran into Dave, John and Alex who had been camping in Rudlin Bay for a couple of nights. We had a good chat as we paddled together around the SW corner of the island and then went our separate ways. Dan and I ran into three young women who were staffing the  Straitwatch zodiac and taking a break near Jemmy Jones.
This is the first time I have taken many pictures on a paddle for a long time!
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15 km, YTD 458 km

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click to enlarge - close up of Takaya

click to enlarge - Dan and the mural
click to enlarge - approaching from the water
click to enlarge - another view from the kayak
click to enlarge - yours truly and the wolf
click to enlarge - another shot with the mural
click to enlarge - around the corner - seals and orca

Monday, June 29, 2020

June 29th - Cattle Point (#54)

I took advantage of nice afternoon conditions for a leisurely paddleboard over to Cattle Point by way of RVYC. It was nice to go slow and watch wildlife - including eagles at the nest and kelp crabs on kelp!You can see from the track that the wind and current were from the S & SE, though the wind was not that strong.
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5 km, YTD 443 km

Saturday, June 27, 2020

June 27th - Gordon head (#53)

I paddled around Ten Mile Point to Telegraph Cove where I helped co-lead a SISKA paddle with Alan and Jim to Gordon Head. It was a bit windy in Cadboro Bay with a stiff westerly, but as soon as I went around Cadboro Point it was basically flat calm! Conditions were perfect for a relaxed paddle out to Gordon head and we had lunch in Margaret Bay. After leaving the group in Telegraph Cove I paddled back around to Cadboro Bay. It was a tad windy as you can see from my track (50-60 kph at Trial Island - the graph from the RVYC site is not available today, but it recorded 25 knots at 1 PM when I was coming round the point...
Saw several bald eagles, belted kingfishers,  great blue herons, black oystercatchers, glaucous-winged gulls and a few seals and a harbour porpoise.
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20 km, YTD 438 km

Monday, June 22, 2020

June 22nd - Cadboro Bay (#52)

I paddled over to RVYC to join Greg, peter, and Tony for a surf ski paddling session. I was using a Greenland paddle as I had lent my wing paddle to Tony, but it worked well. Amazingly clear views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier as well as some distant mirages. Good to get out!
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8 km, YTD 418 km

Saturday, June 20, 2020

June 20th - Gonzales Bay (#51)

I paddled over to Turkey head by Oak bay Marina, just below the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, and helped lead a SISKA paddle from Oak bay to Gonzales Bay. The currents at the start were either ebbing or weak and we passed by some nice glacial features (roches moutonees and erratics). I think I managed to put in about twice as much distance as the group did! You can also see that my to and fro from Caddy bay was a tad faster than the relaxed club paddle! A lovely day out on the water.

Gonzales Bay is named after Gonzalo Lopez de Haro who was mate aboard the Princesa Real, the first European vessel to explore Juan de Fuca Strait in 1790. Gonzales bay used to be called Foul Bay (same as the road forming the boundary between Oak Bay and Victoria!) after the poor anchorage qualities of the bay, until  misguided local residents wanted the bay's name changed. Eventually, in 1934, the Geographic Board of Canada caved into the complaints and renamed the bay after Gonzalo Lopez de Haro.
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18 km, YTD 410 km

Thursday, June 18, 2020

June 18th - Cadboro Bay (#50)

I took the surfski out for an afternoon  jaunt around the bay. Conditions were very nice with a slight Southerly breeze and not much current. I saw Tim out rowing and we had a chat by Staines islet. Visibility was good as I could see both Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier. I also had a good view of Oak Bay Marina and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel as I went from Cadboro to Cattle point. This was paddle #50 of the year! My original goal, assuming lots of ship-based trips was 50 paddles and 500 km, but I suspect I will be close to this by the end of June!
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8 km, YTD 392 km

Saturday, June 13, 2020

June 13th - Telegraph cove (#49)

I helped to co-lead (with Vic and Sandy) a SISKA relaxed paddle from Cadboro bay to Telegraph Cove and back. We ended up running this as three separate groups of 6 or less to comply with COVID regulations. My group included Allison, Alison, David, Craig and Lynn. We had good conditions for the outbound journey and then a bit of wind for the return. We saw a mink as well as many Canada geese and a good number of black oystercatchers.

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13 km, YTD 383 km

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

June 10th - Discovery island (#48)

I went for another early morning paddle in ideal conditions. Leaving Killarney at 0700 to meet up with Dan and Paulo at Cadboro Point and then a circumnavigation of the Islands. The ebb had just started, but was not too strong. Paulo was also paddling a Tahe Greenland! The sea was glassy with no wind so one could see every current ripple and schools of bait at the surface. We also saw a group of six otters at Cadboro Point when we left.
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16 km, YTD 373 km

Friday, June 05, 2020

June 5th - Discovery Island (#47)

I decided to start my birthday off with a nice paddle. I set off from the end of Killarney and met Dan at Cadboro Point. The current was ebbing strongly throughout the paddle (we were paddling pretty close to max ebb) which helped us on the way down (especially from Alpha Islet to Seabird Point) but made crossing Baynes Channel on the way back a bit of a challenge! You can see how the current took me almost 90 degrees from my heading!
I saw my first common loon of the season as I was coming back into Cadboro Bay- and it was calling too! :)
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16 km, YTD 357 km

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

June 3rd - Ten Mile and Cattle Points (#46)

I went for an afternoon jaunt out to get some exercise in the surf ski. I had a short chat with Sam, who was running a SUP class and then made my way out to the point. There was a solid flood building and 5 to 10 knots from the south. It was cloudy all around and I thought that there could be rain over Saanich, but the clouds dissipated. No sign of Mt. Baker or Mt. Rainier!
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9 km, YTD 341 km

Saturday, May 30, 2020

May 30th - Discovery Island (#45)

I set out early (&AM!) to paddle out to cadboro Point where I met up with Dan for a paddle around the islands. Conditions were excellent with no significant current in Baynes either way and no wind north of a line from the top of Discovery Island. I found a large inflatable pink flamingo on the beach at heritage point and met Alan who was leading a club paddle to oak bay from Cadboro bay as I was getting back. This was one of the few times I did not experience any current so I checked the current at Race Passage and saw that we had timed it perfectly!.
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15 km, YTD 332 km

Thursday, May 28, 2020

May 28th - Cadboro Bay (#44)

I took the paddleboard out to check the crab traps and came home with a nice limit of dungeness crab! The board is big enough and stable enough that I was able to bring up and bring in the traps. The weather was beautiful and the sky clear enough that I could see all the way to Mt. Rainier.
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2 km, YTD 317 km

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

May 27th - Cadboro Bay (#43)

I went for a short afternoon paddle with Tony who as also trying out a Think Big Eze (Greg's). Conditions were spectacular with clear skies and a good view of Mt. Rainier.
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4 km, YTD 315 km

Sunday, May 24, 2020

May 24th - Discovery Island (#42)

I had an early start and paddled out to Cadboro Point to meet Dan and Paulo for a paddle around the islands. I could see the silhouette of Mt. Rainier as I paddled out from the beach but it was hidden later. I saw both California seal lions (near Cadboro Point) and a Steller sea lion (near Seabird Point). The current was ebbing strongly and I had to set a 45+degree ferry angle for the crossing back across Baynes. You can also see that we got a pretty good assist from the current going down the east side of the islands.
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17 km, YTD 311 km

Saturday, May 23, 2020

May 23rd - Cadboro Bay (#41)

I went for a morning paddle, hoping to get a paddle in before the wind picked up. I was mostly successful and got a bit of a wind boost heading from Cattle Point to Flower Island. I had a nice view of a California sea lion near Evans Rock. :)
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6 km, YTD 294 km