Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 16th - Discovery Island (#62)

George and I went for a morning paddle around my favourite local islands, and we were in for a treat. The weather and currents were good, though there was some lumpy water in Batnes Channel. As we approached the NE corner of Chatham Island I thought I could see several whale spouts - by their size, and since they were behind a rocky point, I thought they were humpbacks, but as I got closer it turned out they were a pod of orcas hunting along the shore. I am pretty sure that they were playing with a seal, but did not get a close/clear enough look! What a treat to see orcas - some came pretty close to us! We fought a bit of wind and current across Rudlin Bay, but otherwise had favourable currents.
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15 km, YTD 543 km

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 15th - Discovery Island (#61)

Dan and I went for a mid-day paddle around the islands. The weather was great, light winds and sunny and the currents were slack or weak.We stopped for a snack in the park. Nice to get a substantial paddle in! :)
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15 km, YTD 528 km

Monday, August 14, 2017

10 paddles in Alaska (#s 51-60)

I spent July 16 to August 12 aboard MV Swell in southeast Alaska working as a naturalist for Maple Leaf Adventures. During that time I was able to lead ten short paddles with guests. Not too much details about each paddle, but all were fun!
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#1 - Windham Bay - July 18th - 2 km
Windham Bay click to enlarge
#2 Gambier Bay - July 21st - 5 km
Gambier Bay - click to enlarge
#3 Warm Springs Bay - July 22nd - 2 km
Warm Springs Bay - the tide was right for getting into the salt lagoon!
#4 Magoun Islands - July 24th - 4 km
Magound Islands - click to enlarge
#5 Magoun Islands - July 25th - 2 km
Magoun Islands - July 25th - click to enlarge
#6 Warm Springs Bay - July 28th - 6 km
Warm Springs Bay - click to enlarge
#7 Gambier Bay - July 29 - 6 km
Gambier Bay -click to enlarge
#8 Good Island, Gambier Bay - August 1st - 6 km
Good Island Gambier Bay - click to enlarge
#9 Gambier Bay - August 8th - 5 km
Gambier Bay - click to enlarge
#10 Stone Island, South Etolin - August 10 - 4 km
Stone Island - click to enlarge
42 km total for Alaska - YTD 513 km

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 15th - Discovery Island (#50)

Dan and I went for a nice morning paddle out to the islands. The winds were light as we started as was the current which made for easy paddling all the way to Rudlin Bay. We saw the Discovery shuttle, Simon and Cheryl's boat in Rudlin Bay. On our way back we encountered some lumpy waters in Baynes Channel. We even got a few surfable waves.
Off to AK tomorrow, probably won't get too many paddles in, but will try! :)
I am a bit behind schedule for my goal this year! I may have to do a lot of paddling in the fall!
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15 km, YTD 471 km.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12th - Discovery Island (#49)

Dan and I went for an early morning paddle around the islands. There was a bit of wind to start, but this then died down. Baynes was ebbing but was only lumpy well to the south of Cadboro point. We were able to keep up a good pace and had fun catching a couple of waves. It was nice to get out for a longer paddle!
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15 km, YTD 456 km

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 10th - Carmichael Passage, Haida Gwaii (#48)

I managed to get one short paddle in during my 2 week stint in Gwaii Haanas aboard S/V Maple Leaf - too many other fun things to do! On my last morning, I managed to get out for a quick paddle by myself and then another short one with a passenger. It is wonderful to explore the shore by kayak. One of the many creatures I saw was one that has a very fine name: leafy hornmouth! (it is a snail that preys upon barnacles).
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3 km, YTD 441 km

Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 18th - MEC Paddlefest - Willows Beach (#47)

I went to willows beach to participate in the MEC paddlefest. I was instructing two clinics, one on the forward stroke and the other on Greenland paddling. Both were well-attended and went well.
Though the day was a bit grey and drizzly, the winds were calm, so conditions were nice. I also got to meet Finn Steiner (and his mom who took one of my clinics). Finn is the youngest person, at 17, to paddle around our Island. Check out his blog. Finn Graduates high school this coming week!
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5 km, YTD 438 km

Saturday, June 17, 2017

June 17 - Discovery island (#46)

Dan, Robert, Paulo and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. Conditions were great for a relaxed paddle as there was little in the way of wind or current. Great chats as we paddled along trying to solve the world's problems! :)
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15 km, YTD 433 km

Friday, June 16, 2017

June 15th - Cadboro Bay Towing Clinic (#45)

Edgar and I led an evening towing clinic for SISKA in Cadboro bay. The strong afternoon winds and rain had abated and the bay was nice and calm. We went over different types of tow, towing gear and other aspects of towing and then spent a couple of hours practicing. We towed each other out to the two SALTS boats, Pacific Grace and Pacific Swift, which were anchored in the bay for the night.
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2 km, YTD 418 km

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 14th - Discovery Island (#44)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. Nice conditions with a steady ebb throughout. Lots of seals around as well as a few harlequin and oystercatchers. Nice to get some distance in!
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16 km, YTD 416 km

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 11th - Oak Bay (#43)

Dave and I led an inter-tidal exploration paddle out of Willows beach. We had a nice low tide and saw plenty of low tide zone life. This is always a fun, short paddle with lots to look at.
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3 km, YTD 400 km

June 10th - SISKA picnic (#42)

I helped out with a crabbing clinic  for the SISKA picnic which we helpd in Gyro Park. The crabbing was a bit slow (catching only females and undersized males) but we were able to show that it works! :) A great day of fun and games!
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5 km, YTD 397 km

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

June 2-6 - Broughtons (#s 37-41)

Together with Beth Anne and Pete, I led a group of seven grade 10 students on a 5 day, 4 night,  paddling trip into the Broughtons. We had excellent conditions with dry weather, light winds  and weak or favourable currents (possibly the best of any of these trips I have done!). We saw plenty of wildlife (humpback whales, Steller sea lions, harbour and Dall's porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins as well as plenty of birds including several active bald eagle nests). I also ran into an old friend, Mike D, from Galapagos days, who was working at Orca Lab. We also had a great visit to Alert Bay and the Umista Centre.
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72 km, YTD 392 km

Sunday, May 28, 2017

May 28th - Discovery Island (#36)

Lanny and I went for a Sunday morning out to the islands. I was in my Tahe and Lanny in his  black pearl, so we were both paddling Greenland style paddles and boats!
There was a pretty strong ebb running all morning as you can see from the track across Baynes. On the way out my speed reached 15 kph at times! We saw gene and a group from Nanaimo who were paddling from Victoria to Nanaimo over several days.
Plenty of seals, a few rhinoceros auklets and black oystercatchers noticed.
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16 km, YTD 320 km

May 22 - RVYC (#35)

Jack and I went out for an evening SUP session over to the yacht club and back. A glorious evening, with views all the way to Mt. Rainier. I forgot the GPS, so this is a manually created track!
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2 km, YTD 304 km