Sunday, May 24, 2015

May 23rd - Breton Islands (#47)

I went up to Quadra Island to participate in the annual Pautik campout, an informal gathering of Greenland paddlers. WE camped on Rebecca Spit and had a leisurely morning of rolling practice and instruction. I spent some time working on my forward-forward norsaq roll which has been eluding me for some time. After spending some time with Alan coaching me, I made some good progress to the point that I got several double norsaq forward finishing rolls. I need to keep working on this as it now seems close! I estimate that I paddled 1 km in total, but decided not to count it!
In the afternoon I went for a paddle over to the Breton Islands with Andrew and Alan. The main  (south) Breton island  has a very nice campsite. I also saw several the Ochre sea stars (Pisaster sp) which have virtually disappeared around Victoria
It was good to see Andrew who had come all the way from Olympia to join us. It was also nice to meet up with several others of the "pautik clan".
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10 km, YTD 394 km.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May 20th - Cadboro Bay (#46

I went for an after dinner run around Cadboro Bay on the surf ski. A beautiful evening. I ran into Curran, SUPing with his dog, dropped by Heliomare to see if anyone was home and then zig-zagged around the bay a bit.
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6 km, YTD 384 km

May 17/18 - Clark and Sucia Islands (#45)

Monica and Jenny and I went over to the San Juans for the weekend and used the Scamper II inflatable to go to and from the shore and the C-dory. I figured that I clocked about a total of 2 km as each run usually required two trips to get the three of us ashore or aboard! Fantastic weather and the Scamper works quite well as a tender/dinghy for the c-dory.
2 km, YTD 378 km

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May 12th _ Cadboro Bay Greenland clinic (#44)

I led an evening clinic for 7 SISKA paddlers to introduce them to the Greenland paddle and provide tips on using it. The favourite paddle was the Superior Carbon - it just feels great to paddle! key tips included blade cant and getting the whole paddle wet (pinky in the water!). I forgot to turn the GPS on, so no track and an estimated paddle distance!
 2km, YTD 376 km

Monday, May 11, 2015

May 8-10 Cowichan Lake (#s 40-43)

I went up to Gordon Bay for the weekend to test out the new to us travel trailer (Keystone outback LE 21) and do some paddling. I went out once for a short paddle on the inflatable SUP and then had 3 really nice paddles on the lake in the Trak 1600. I have had the TRAK for a year but had not assembled it! It was easy to assemble and performed well. I was able to keep up a decent pace in it and it maneuvered well. The first trip was to the north and west and i dropped by Youbou, the second was a shorter one to check out Goat Island, and for the third one I went east to Bear Lake.
The travel trailer worked well, except that the batteries were shot and need replacing.
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the travel trailer and the TRAK 1600

39 km, YTD 374 km

Thursday, May 07, 2015

May 7 - RVYC (#39)

Jenny and I went out for a quick before work SUP paddle out to to the yacht club and back. The new dock layout makes it tricky to get around at anything but the highest tides!
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2 km, YTD 335 km

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

May 5th - Towing clinic in Cadboro Bay (#38)

I led an evening towing clinic for 3 SISKA members. We talked about various towing options and then spent some time meandering around the bay putting things into practice. I am 1/3 of the way to my annual goal of 1000 km...
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3 km, YTD 333 km

Sunday, May 03, 2015

May 4th - Willows Beach (#37)

I paddled over to the yacht club where I met David and then we paddled over to Willows Beach where I was acting as a naturalist with David as trip leader for a SISKA intertidal exploration paddle.
Conditions were great, though the wind was just strong enough to ripple the surface making it harder to see beneath the waves. We had a good beach session and then paddled over to Mary Todd (Jimmy Chicken) Islet where we looked at sea cucumbers, a few sea stars, a few nudibranchs and more.
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11 km, YTD 330 km

Saturday, May 02, 2015

May 2nd - Discovery Island (#36)

I paddled out to Cadboro Point to meet with Dan and Paulo for a quick trip around the islands. Nice sunny calm morning! Saw a few sea lions and lots of the usual birds.
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15 km, YTD 319 km.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

April 25th - Portland Island (#35)

Scott and I set out from Swartz Head to paddle out to Arbutus Point on Portland Island and visit Mark and Christine. Conditions were great and we had a nice time visiting with Mark and Christine. We saw eagles, turkey vultures, otters, mink, raccoon, mergansers and more!
I enjoyed paddling the surf ski on a longer paddle and managed to catch a bit of ferry wake at one point!
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14 km, YTD 304 km

Friday, April 24, 2015

April 24th - Oak Bay Marina (#34)

I went for a solo afternoon paddle to Oak Bay Marina and back on the surf ski. There was a bit of a SW wind and showers kept threatening, but by and large conditions were good. Otter and Northern Pintail.
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10km, YTD 290 km.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

April 19th - Whiffen Spit (#33)

I participated in the guides exchange rescue scenario with RCM-SAR 37 off Whiffen spit. My main contribution was being willing to float around in the strait for 20 minutes while waiting for them to find me. I noticed how hard it was to swim in paddling gear, but also how warm and dry I stayed in my drysuit with fleece underneath. It was an enjoyable and educational exercise. I was also quite pleased how well the Hammer paddled. I did not have too much trouble keeping up with the group.
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10 km, YTD 280 km

Saturday, April 18, 2015

April 18th - Cooper's Cove (#32)

I co-led an interpretive paddle with Daye in Sooke Basin for the guide's exchange. A nice group of 11 paddlers and we looked at geology, plants, marine life and more!
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8 km, YTD 270 km.

April 18th - Willows beach ((#31)

I helped guide an intertidal interpretive paddle with Dave for SISKA. The tide was not super low, but we had fun exploring the shoreline and shallow waters. I had to leave early to get to Sooke for an afternoon paddle, so hence the speedy paddle back!
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2 km, YTD 264 km

April 17th Cooper Cove (#30

I helped Gerhardt run a Greenland rolling clinic at the Sea Kayak guides' exchange. I did not cover much distance ( under 500m) but helped a few folks working on their rolls.
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0 km, YTD 262 km