Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November 25th - Discovery Island (#110)

After a nice lazy breakfast and coffee, I met Dan and we went for a morning paddle around Discovery. Conditions were good, sunny and 10-15 knots from the North. The bay was protected , so the only lumpy water was around the top end of Chatham. We had good chats and ran into Reale and some friends who were doing the same thing as us, only a couple of hours later.
I am at paddle #110 for the year and have only 74 km left to reach my goal, so it is looking promising! I still have all of December! Heading up to Campbell River and Quadra for the weekend.
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15 km, YTD 926 km.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

November 14th - Discovery Island (#109)

Dennis, Olivier, Paulo and I went for a morning paddle out to Chatham and Discovery. When we launched from the beach we noticed that the beach was closed due to the needles and stuff that had washed off the derelict boat that had washed ashore on Wednesday. There was a good ebb current running so we decided to go around the islands counter-clockwise for a change. We ran into Lanny at the beach in Rudlin Bay and he joined us for the paddle back. We also ran into the lady who has been watching the wolf from her 16ft(?) Hourston. She and Olivier heard shots being fired on Chatham and we are a bit worried for the wolf.
You can see the effect of the ebb current running SE through Baynes channel on the track.
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16 km, YTD 911 km

Thursday, November 12, 2015

November 12th - Victoria Harbour (#108)

I joined 4 of the "Thursday Paddlers" (Alan, Alex, John and Debbie) for a paddle in the gorge and Victoria Harbour. Winds were forecast to be substantial today, so it seemed sensible to paddle in protected waters. We launched from Esquimalt-Gorge Park a few minutes late since I got half way there and realized that I had forgotten my spray-deck! We made it down the gorge and into the inner harbour passing by several derelict live-aboard boats. We made our way under the Blue Bridge past the new bridge construction and over to take a look at MV Swell (the boat I was guiding on during the summer). We then made our way along the Songhees shoreline to West bay and then out to Ogden point where we stopped for lunch. The predicted winds did pick up around noon, but did not affect us much. We stopped for a coffee at the Spiral cafe on Craigflower and had a good chat. By the time we had finished the paddle, it had started to rain quite heavily.
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16 km, YTD 895 km
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You can see a wind record for the day for Trial Island and another one for Ogden point:
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By the time I made it home, Cadboro Bay was looking pretty wild and at least three boats had come aground!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November 11th - Cadboro Bay inner loop (#107)

I went for a short afternoon paddle, to make sure I got one in before the winds hit (gales due tomorrow!). Conditions were not bad with 5-15 knots in the bay. One powerboat is aground after last night's winds (35 kph from the SE at Ten Mile Point. I expect there may be a few more aground tomorrow...
On my way back, I saw a strange plane flying around the bay - basically a flying boat! It landed and dropped someone off on the beach and then took off again. I later discovered that it was a Lake amphibious seaplane. I had never seen a plane land in the bay, nor had I seen a seaplane like this one!
It is definitely getting cooler and I came home to make a fine pumpkin latte!
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5 km, YTD 789 km

Thursday, November 05, 2015

November 5th - Cadboro Bay (#106)

I went for a morning solo tour around the bay in the F1. It was fun to watch the V of the kayak's bow slice through the water in front of me. While I was out I saw scoters, cormorants, loons and more. I was able to keep up a nice steady pace - 6.3 kph.
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8km, YTD 874 km

Sunday, November 01, 2015

November 1st - Albert head (#105)

I joined James and 3 others for a day long Greenland paddling and rolling course. We did some paddling in the morning, including some fairly lumpy water. It was good to see everyone in the group using their GPs well. After lunch we went into the lee of the head to do a rolling session. James is a great instructor, clear about how things work and also good at spotting errors. The weather was fairly windy and rainy but we had a good, productive day. I was able to improve my forward finishing rolls.
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7 km, YTD 866 km

Friday, October 30, 2015

October 30th - Cadboro Bay (#104)

I went for a short afternoon paddle. I met George on the beach who was heading out on his paddle board. We paddled out to "islet 7" together having a good chat and then I split off for a quick run across the bay. The wind was making waves that were almost surfable!
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6 km, YTD 859 km

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

October 28th - Turkey head (#103)

Pete and I led another session with students. This time we launched from turkey head and paddled around the head and through the marina over to GNS. We saw the Wednesday group coming back. We managed to have great conditions again! Celebrated the end of the series of afternoons with a delicious hot chocolate with whipped cream!
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3 km, YTD 853 km

Monday, October 26, 2015

October 26th - Flower Islet (#102)

Pete and I led a group of 6 students on a short paddle out to Flower Islet and back. Conditions were very fine - no wind/waves and overcast. As you can see the pace was quite relaxed - I should have brought a coffee to drink!
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4 km, YTD 850 km

Sunday, October 25, 2015

October 25th - Discovery (#101)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. We definitely had the wind and some current at our back o the way out and the opposite on the way back - hard work! You can really see the difference in track speed on the plot. We averaged 6.2 kph. We went round the north end of Chatham, leaving the VK buoy on our left. It was definitely fall weather again. I brought gloves but did not use them. I suspect it won't be long before gloves or mits are "normal" for paddling! It was nice with this weather  to come home to hot soup, toast and a delicious espresso coffee!
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15 km, YTD 846 km

Saturday, October 24, 2015

October 24th - "VK" Fulford reef (#100)

I went for a late morning paddle to make my 100th paddle of the year! I paddled out to the VK marker by Fulford Reef. All the buoys around this area are labeled V-something. for example the one by Mouat reef is VE, and the one near the border by Race Rocks is VF. They are often referred to by their radiotelphony alphabet names like Victor-Foxtrot for VF and Victor-Kilo for VK etc. When I was volunteering for sea rescue, this is how we referred to the markers over the radio. This was the first paddle of the year that really seemed like fall. Many of the trees have turned along the shores of Cadboro Bay and it was fairly cool (10C with a 15 kph north wind). I saw surf scoters, seals, cormorants (pelagic and double-crested), harlequin ducks, Canada geese and a couple of great blue herons. I came home and had a nice bowl of soup to warm up followed by a delicious espresso coffee with milk!
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10 km, YTD 831 km

Thursday, October 22, 2015

October 22 - Cadboro Bay (#99)

Pete and I ran a class for 6 grade 10 students learning the basics of paddling. We covered forward and reverse strokes as well as sweeps and draws. Conditions were perfect for beginners - sunny and calm. The students made good progress and seemed much more comfortable in their boats at the end.

I forgot the GPS, but estimate 1 km of paddling! :)

1 km, YTD 821 km

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October 14th - Cadboro Point (#98)

I snuck out for a quick afternoon solo paddle out to Cadboro Pint on the surfski. It is so nice being able to decide on the spur of the moment and walk down to the beach with an  under 30 lb kayak. I saw a sea lion eating a salmon out in Baynes Channel and another swimming off Jemmy Jones.
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6 km, YTD 820 km.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

October 11th - Jemmy Jones (#97)

I went for a quick afternoon paddle on the surfski. conditions were very calm and grey and the tide was high. Looks like I should have no trouble making 100 paddles this year and should be able to make 1000 km as well!
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6 km, YTD 814 km

Saturday, October 10, 2015

October 10th - Discovery (#96)

Dan, Paulo and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. We wanted to get out before the forecasted strong winds. Fortunately the winds did not turn up. This was my 3rd time in a week around Discovery. Felt good. We checked on the seal carcass, but the tide was too low for us to get a good look. Turkey vultures were enjoying it though!
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15 km, YTD 808 km