Monday, August 15, 2016

July 29 to August 14 - Alaska (#65-74)

While in Alaska as naturalist aboard Maple Leaf Adventures' MV Swell, I managed to get in ten paddles in several spectacular locations.
I will follow up with detailed  blog postings for each paddle in due course - but first I have to pack for leaving for PEI this evening!
28 km, YTD 636 km

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 24 and 26 - Gordon Bay (#s 63 and 64)

Monica and I went to Gordon bay to do some camping in the trailer and also make a trip to the Carmanah Valley. While at the provincial campground, we made a couple of short kayak excursions. On Sunday afternoon we went west and put up with lots of boat wakes, seadoos etc. On Tuesday morning it seemed like we had the lake to ourselves. It was a nice change to paddle in warm fresh water.
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14 km, YTD 608 km

Friday, July 22, 2016

July 22nd - Discovery Island (#62)

Dan and I went for an early morning paddle around the islands. There were strong winds in the forecast. There was not too much when we started, but it was definitely 15-20 kt by the time we returned. We found that the wind and current had made for some nice lumpy water on the way out across the channel and even better, lumpy and squirelly water on the way back. You can see by the track that the ebb current had taken us down to Jemmy Jones. At the Northeast corner of Chatham we saw the wolf again. He watched us for a while and then got up and moved towards us to watch us again as we rounded the NE corner. You can see the slow section of our track as we watched him (and vice versa!)
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15 km, YTD 594 km

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 19th - Cadboro Bay (#61)

I went for a morning "run" around the bay with my neighbour Dan's guest, Kenny. He paddled the F1 and I paddled the Tahe T and both of us used GPs. He was a quick study at using the GP and liked it. He has used surf skis and wing paddles a lot in Hawaii. Nice conditions, quite a low tide and still ebbing out at Cadboro Point. We kept up a good pace, 7.2 kph, and did not find any lumpy water.
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7 km, YTD 579 km

Monday, July 18, 2016

July 18th - Cadboro bay (#60)

I took the Hobie inflatable out for an after dinner peddle/paddle/sail in the bay. I had ordered a sail kit for the Hobie but was originally sent the wrong one. The correct one recently arrived, so this was a first test. The wind was in the 5-10 kph range so was good for testing but did not get things going too fast! When I combined pedalling and sailing, I was able to go reasonably fast.
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3km, YTD 572 km

Sunday, July 17, 2016

July 15 and 17 - Mooring (#59)

I used the inflatable SUP to paddle to and from the mooring to get to Natural C-lection before and after a trip to Puget Sound. The SUP is handy to carry up and down the street and seems to be able to take a reasonable amount of cargo. It is definitely quite practical as a "tender"for one person.
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4x .3 km
1 km, YTD 569 km

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

July 13th - Discovery Island (#58)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. Great conditions. Sunny, little wind and favourable currents - just a hint of lumpy water in Baynes Channel. We stopped on the east side of Chatham to chat with Cheryl and watch the wolf for a while. We also met a paddler called Dave on one of the islands between Chatham and Discovery. Looks like our track from Commodore Point back to Killarney was pretty straight!
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15 km, YTD 568 km

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 12th - Cadboro Bay and Atessa Yacht (#57)

I went for a late morning paddle with the surf ski and as i headed out towards Cattle Point, I saw a large yacht in Oak Bay and decided to paddle over to it. It turns out it was huge - 68.6m - has a helicopter and several dinghy's the size of my c-dory! The yacht is the Atessa which you can view on MarineTraffic and here on superyachts
Quite impressive! Anyway the weather was sunny and clam and I had a 7.8 km paddle where I averaged 7.8 kph!
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8 km, YTD 553 km

Monday, July 11, 2016

July 10th - Cadboro Point (#56)

Monica and I went for an afternoon paddle out to Cadboro Point. Monica was in her Whisky 16 and I was in the F1. There was a light breeze and it was sunny. Nice to be back in home waters. We saw over 100 Canada geese on the paddle!
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6 km, YTD 545 km

June 26-July 7 Haida Gwaii (#s 51-55)

I was up in Gwaii Hanaas working as the naturalist on board MV Swelll with Maple Leaf Adventures again this year. Over two weeks, I managed to get out for five short paddles
#51- June 26 - Skaat Harbour - 2 km
I went for a short paddle with the group in Skaat Harbour befoire heading off to Burnaby Narrows later in the day.
Skaat Harbour - click to enlarge
#52 - June 29 - Anna Inlet - 1 km
Another short paddle. A few seals
Anna Inlet - click to enlarge
June 30th - Cumshewa Head - 1 km
I went for a last short paddle of the trip in a bay by Cumshewa Head. We saw some river otters.
Cumshewa head - click to enlarge
July 4th - Burnaby Narrows - 3 km
After a wonderful shore trip at Burnaby Narrows we went for a paddle in the bay near Bag harbour. Though we had seen several bears earlier, we did not see any paddling! I went over to the kayak camp to say hi to Sarah who was leading a multi-day paddling trip.
Burnaby Narrows - click to enlarge
July 7th - Anna Inlet - 3 km
For my last paddle of the trip we went to the mouth of Anna Inlet. The walls are steep here and have great intertidal life. Lots of sea cucumbers, urchins, turban snails and some yellow dorid nudibranchs.
Anna Inlet - click to enlarge

Total for th 5 trips 10 km, YTD 539

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.