Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 13th - Cadboro Bay (#23)

Gary and I went for an afternoon paddle to check out the course for an upcoming SISKA event. I'll have to upload the route next month since the route is "secret"! :)
A beautiful sunny calm afternoon with lots of folks on the beach and on the water.

5 km, YTD 258 km

Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 12th - Discovery Island (#22)

I went out to Discovery with Melissa and James to show them my "backyard". It was an absolutely gorgeous day with lots of sailors and power boaters out as well as a few paddlers. The currents were mostly in our favour or not very strongly against us. Some paddlers we met in Rudlin bay had sen the wolf earlier in the morning on one of the Chatham islands. It was great to get out with Melissa and James as I have not paddled with them since we were at SSTIKS together in 2011! Melissa is over in Victoria for a few months working on the Gracepoint series. It was also great to see my "backyard" through fresh eyes. By the time we were done it was clear enough to see Mt Rainier over 200 km away!
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16 km, YTD 253 km (looks like I finally made it to a quarter of my annual goal!)

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

April 9th - Discovery Island (#21)

Danand I went for an afternoon paddle around the islands. Sunny and calm with little current! We stopped off at several beaches looking for oil spill cards, but did not find any! I paddled the LC instead of the T for a change...
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16 km, YTD 237 km

Saturday, April 05, 2014

April 5th - Discovery (#20)

Dennis and I went for a middle of the day paddle around Discovery. There was a good ebb running (see the high speed tracks n Baynes Channel!), but little wind, so we had a fairly easy paddle. We stopped off to pick up some garbage of a Chatham beach and then a crab float near seabird point on Discovery. We took a break in Rudlin Bay where we saw SKILS running an instructor course. Good to see JF, Liam, Costain and Michael!
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16 km, YTD 221 km

April 4th - Oarboarding in the bay (#19)

I decided to take the oarboard out again for a quick spin in the bay. My rowing technique is not great, but I was able to re-purpose my Tony's bike trailer to wheel the SUP board and rowing rig down to the beach. I am impressed with how fast the rowing rig gets the SUP going.
2 km, YTD 205 km

Thursday, April 03, 2014

April 3rd - Discovery Island and a drift card (#18)

Dan and I went for an afternoon paddle around our favourite islands. There was a nice current running and some good waves at Cadboro and Seabird points. We had an SE headwind most of the way to Rudlin Bay, but it calmed down for the ride home, so we had no tail wind!
As we were paddling past the Discovery Island boathouse, I glimpsed a floating yellow card which turned out to be a drift card (BA 95)from the Salish sea Spill Map project
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the drift card we found
15 km, YTD 203 km

Sunday, March 09, 2014

March 9 - Cadboro Bay (#17)

I picked up a Whitehall rowing Oarboard to go with my SUP and decided to give it a spin this afternoon. Though not sea kayaking, I have decided to include SUP mileage in my blog this year... So here goes! I assembled the system  and then strapped it on to my ATX board. It was a very solid fit. My neighbour Dan helped me walk it down to the beach as it is a bit more awkward than the board alone. To my pleasant surprise, I remembered how to scull and was making my way across the bay in short order. I don't think I was keeping the pace I would in one of my Tahe's, but it was getting close at times. I think with some improvement in skill on my part, I can see that this will be a very fun full body workout in the bay. The SUP board is nice and stable in the sculling configuration and much faster than when being paddled. This is going to be fun!
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4 km, YTD 188 km

Saturday, March 08, 2014

March 8th - Discovery and Oak Bay (#16)

Dan, Paulo and I went for a morning paddle around Discovery and back over to Oak Bay via the Chain Islets. Lots of birds including at least 10 eagles on Discovery/Chatham, two groups of pintails. The wind and the rain started as we were heading back. I stopped in the mooring area of caddy bay to pick up some sea lettuce for a school lab next week! I also got my 100 weight fleece comfort paddling hoodie with pocket from Paulo, and it was perfect for the paddle under my Tuilik!
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17 km, YTD 184 km

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

March 4th - Discovery (#15)

Dan and I went for an afternoon paddle around Discovery. There was a brisk northerly wind and a bit of current. I was able to catch a few waves near Heritage Point. I found a couple of crab trap floats near seabird point on Discovery. There was a pretty stiff head wind for the way back across Baynes which slowed our progress somewhat! Great to get out for a few hours in the middle of a stretch of long work days!
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15 km, YTD 167 km

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Feb 28th - Discovery (#14)

Dan and I went for an afternoon paddle after work. Conditions were pretty decent, with a steady north wind. The ride out and down was easy, but the wind picked up to 15+ knots on the way back which made for hard work crossing over from Chatham. As we were making our way back into Cadboro Bay, we saw a deer swimming with a dog chasing after it. The dog turned back after it saw us and then we shepherded the deer back to shore were it stood for a while shivering. eventually it was able to wander off into the ten mile point properties...
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16 km, YTD 152 km

Saturday, February 22, 2014

February 22 - Discovery (#13)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around Discovery. We went first to the channel between the Chathams where a seal carcass had been for a few weeks and the wolf had been lurking around. Neither the seal nor the wolf was to be seen. I picked up a crab trap float, and we saw a few young guys snorkelling for crab. the had some nice ones! We decided to make it a figure of eight. There were 3 California sea lions by commodore point as well as lots of seals and eagles. Plenty of surf scoters, buffleheads, hooded mergansers, black turnstones, common mergansers harlequin ducks and more. Though the day started with some wet snow falling and it was quite cool conditions were calm and we stayed warm enough.
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16 km, YTD 136 km

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February 18th - Cadboro Bay (#12)


Dan and I set out on what was forecasted to be a windy afternoon to do some rolling in Loon Bay. The winds were from the S and W, so the bay was fairly protected and we were able to get some good practice in. I am still a bit rusty on some of the advanced rolls! After we had cooled down from the rolling we went for a short paddle around the bay, and I wanted to gather some more plankton for school. I trolled the plankton net from the yacht club to Flower Island. We had a wonderful rainbow on our way back to Loon Bay seen from the yacht club.
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6 km, YTD 120 km

Saturday, February 15, 2014

February 15th - Discovery (#11)

I cancelled a club paddle due to the forecast of 20-30 knots in in the Cadboro - Oak Bay region and went for an early morning paddle around Chatham and Discovery with Dan and Paulo.As it turned out those winds have yet to appear, though Discovery was recording between 10 and 20 most of the morning. We had some nice waves in Baynes and what seemed like around 10 knots for most of the trip. Monica wanted me to gather some plankton for school, so I dragged a small net across Rudlin Bay and a then a larger one in Cadboro Bay. The small net slowed me down a bit, but the large one slowed me down a lot! (you can see the segments on the track plot)
As we paddled up between the Chathams, we saw the wolf. I have not seen her in a while, and she looks to be in good health. She is quite unconcerned by us and watched us for a while.
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15 km, YTD 114 km

Monday, February 10, 2014

February 8th - Courtenay River (#10)

While four of us were staying at Courtenay River Cottage again, Bill and I took the two Tahes for a morning paddle in the Courtenay River. There was ice all around, the water was cold, but the air was not bad! We broke some ice here and there in the river backwaters and saw lots of small jellyfish in the river estuary. The cottage is handy since it backs onto the river.In the afternoon we went for a snowy hike up on the logging roads near Mt Washington. The next day we went snowshoeing in the same area and then today Monmioca and I went cross-country skiing at Mt Washington nordic - both sunshine and heavy snowfall in a short time period! A great weekend!
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6 km, YTD 99 km

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jan 28th - Discovery Island (#9)

I left work early and paddled out to Discovery to join Dan and Paulo, who had left earlier, for lunch. I was able to maintain a 4 knot average on my way out and then took a more relaxed route back to Caddy Bay. On our way beck, we stopped to check out a dead seal that was being fed on by an eagle. The skull, neck and shoulders were pretty much cleaned of flesh, and I wonder how much longer it will be before it is all clean. Currents were very mellow and there was virtually no wind.
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11 km, YTD 93 km

I wore the Runtastic heart monitor again and was pretty happy with the consistency of the results. The only problem I would like resolved is to be able to export the data to a decent GPX file, so that I can work with it using GPSVisualizer.
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