Saturday, March 04, 2017

March 4th - Cadboro Bay test paddle (#14)

Monica and I did a short and quick test paddle of the inflatable Feathercraft Java that I am planning to take with us on our upcoming trip to Lake Powell. It paddle nicely with both of us in it as well as singly. The skeg definitely makes a difference! Looking forward to using it in Lake Powell!
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1 km, YTD 131 km

Thursday, March 02, 2017

March 2nd - Discovery Island (#13)

Dan, Paulo and I went for a morning paddle out to the islands. Conditions were good, though there was a strong ebb which made for some fun waves in Baynes and around Seabird point. You can also see how fast we were going on the outward journey. There were a few sea lions around, including a big male Steller sea lion on the rocks south of Rudlin Bay. We saw the park ranger patrolling - probably checking on the wolf, who was nowhere to be seen.
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15 km, YTD 130 km.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

February 18th - Discovery Island (#12)

Dan, Rob and I went out to the Islands on a relatively calm and lightly rainy day. There was a bit of a building ebb, but not too bad. We ran into Lanny out near the boat house and paddled with him until we got to Jemmy Jones. We were treated to a nice view of the wolf in Rudlin Bay. He made no attempt to try to hide from us and did a bit of barking and howling after a while. The howls echoed around the bay! He still looks to be in great shape. We saw the Songhees patrol boat with Ian at the helm speeding along in between the islands and also a group from the Songhees that appeared to be looking at some midden deposits at the NW end of west Chatham.
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15 km, YTD 115 km.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

February 8th - Cadboro Bay with Gordon Brown (#11)

I joined a group of SISKA paddlers for a intermediate paddling skills clinic with Gordon Brown of Skyak Adventures . The day was cold, windy and snowy so we tended to hunker down in the NW corner of the bay as we practiced and learned our sweeps and draws Gordon is a wonderful teacher and we all came away with things to practice and work on. It was a good experience to work on a skills clinic in less that ideal conditions!
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6 km, YTD 100 km

Sunday, February 05, 2017

February 5th - Discovery island (#10)

Rob and I went for an early morning paddle around the islands - left at 0830 and were back before 1100. Conditions were great - little current and little wind. The tide was very high sowe were able to go through a few "passes" that we usually can't clear. Saw a few groups of long-tailed duck, scoters, buffleheads, mergansers, cormorants, eagles, and there were about 20 great blue herons around the lagoon on west Chatham. No sign of the wolf today, though I heard he had a seal in Rudlin Bay last weekend.
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16 km, YTD 94 km

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Feb 2nd - Jemmy Jones (#9)

I went out for a quick, late afternoon, paddle - realized that I had not been out in almost 2 weeks! Conditions were cool but not too windy. Managed to maintain a moving average of 8.5 kph on the surf ski, so it was a good work out. A few birds around, surf scoters, buffleheads, a great blue heron and cormorants.
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5 km, YTD 78 km.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

January 22nd - Mill Bay with Gordon Brown (#8)

I accompanied Gordon Brown while he instructed a SISKA clinic for beginner-intermediate paddlers in Mill Bay. though it was a bit damp, the wind was kind to us and we had a great day of learning. Basically we paddled around in front of Brentwood College School. There were some swans as well as the usual buffleheads, cormorants, kingfishers and gulls.
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5km, YTD 73 km

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 21 - Saanich Inlet with Gordon Brown (#7)

I joined a group of five other SISKA instructors for a day with Scottish paddler Gordon Brown. We had a nice paddle to Spectacle falls and over to McKenzie Bight as we discussed instructional techniques and practiced various skills. It was an excellent day on the water where I learned skills to help me teach better as well as a few extra paddling skills for me!
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15 km, YTD 68 km

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 15th - Discovery Island (#6)

I went for a nice morning paddle with Dan, Dennis and Rob out to my favourite local islands! Conditions were wonderful - flat calm, sunny and not too much current ( a reasonable ebb as you can see on the plot). We met Cheryl who had been observing the wolf, though we did not see him and then later met Alan's SISKA paddle group of 20 paddlers coming around the top end of Chatham as we were about to head back across Baynes.
Nice to have a decent paddling weather day again after a lot of cold windy ones! Lots of birds out today. Hooded and common mergansers, black oystercatrchers, double-crested and pelagic cormorants, bald eagle, buffleheads, long-tailed duck, surf scoter and more.
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15 km, YTD 53 km

January 13/14 - Surge narrows (#s 4&5)

I went up to Campbell River to paddle Surge Narrows with Alan and Craig. Friday the 13th was not a great one for me as I had brought the wrong spray deck and had left the spare at Alan's house. Craig lent me his deck for a while and I had some good rides early on. I then tried his delphin surf and had a couple of good rides followed by a capsize and a swim! I managed a cowboy self rescue in the rapids, but I had not zipped up the Peak leg zip drysuit enough so had a wet left foot for the rest of the day. On Saturday the wave was not easy for me to stay on as it seemed to want to throw me off to the left. I did get some good rides, but I think my confidence had been shaken by my swim the day before. I need to edge much more agressively.
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8 km, YTD 38 km

Sunday, January 08, 2017

January 8th - Discovery Island (#3)

Dan and I went for a morning trip out and around Discovery - first trip of the year! The weather was a bit cold and grey, but not too bad as the wind stayed under 15 knots and there was little current. We saw the Oak Bay Sea Rescue folks out on training and the tide was so high we were able to paddle through places we had never been before! Plenty of birds around including harlequin ducks, loons, cormorants, buffleheads, mergansers and more.
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15 km, YTD 30 km

Saturday, January 07, 2017

January 7th - Ten Mile Point (#2)

David and I went for an afternoon paddle out to Ten Mile Point. The current was ebbing pretty quickly so we decided not to try to get past the point and made our way across to cattle point instead.
There was a bit of wind, perhaps 10 knots at times, but we had a good chat and paddle. We saw loons, buffleheads, cormorants, oystercatchers and mergansers.
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9 km, YTD 15 km.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

January 1st - Cadboro Point (#1)

I decided to start the 2017 paddling year (the 12th of my blog) with a short  paddle out to Cadboro Point. There was a stiff north wind (pretty steady 15-20 knots) and it was pretty chilly. I hugged the north shore of the bay to avoid the wind as much as possible.I was reasonably successful and stayed warm in my new Stohlquist Shift drysuit
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6km, YTD 6 km
Caddy Bay from the calm corner click to enlarge

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

My 2016 paddling year

2016 was another good year of paddling with 129 paddles and 1076 km total. This year I played around with Google Sheets and the paddle data...


Year #Year# paddleskm totalkm per paddle
1200677127316.5
2200766109816.6
3200875108014.4
42009116138111.9
5201012412149.8
62011105121711.6
7201287100111.5
8201392106311.6
92014989119.3
10201512010258.5
11201612910768.3
Totals108912339

Some summary charts... you can see that the number of paddles has generally increased while the km per paddle has decreased. More short paddles around the bay! You can see that the average trip distance decreased once we started living in Cadboro Bay in 2008. 2014 was the only year in the 11 of the blog that I did not make my 1000 km goal due to tendinitis in my elbow which began in October.
It looks like I made 38 trips out to Discovery Island this year with several good wolf sightings!



December 31st - Tod Rock (#129)

I went for a midday paddle out to Tod Rock to finish the year's paddling off.  There was a bit of a headwind which slowed me down a bit on the outward trip, but the wind seemed to die once I got to the Tod Rock marker - so I did not get much of an assist on the way back. I did a practice capsize and reentry drill near the beach on the way back. It was quick and easy to do to clamber back on board.
There were a few flocks of hooded mergansers mixed with some buffleheads around as well as some cormorants.
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6 km, YTD 1076 km for the year!