Tuesday, October 06, 2015

October 6th - discovery (#95)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around the usual islands! Nice calm conditions and mostly favourable currents. It was interesting to see how we slowed down suddenly on the north side of Chatham.. We saw a couple of paddler campers in Rudlin Bay having breakfast on the beach. I picked up a large chunk of foam and brought it home to dispose of.
15 km, YTD 793 km.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

October 4th - Discovery (#94)

Dan, Olivier and I went for a nice Sunday morning paddle around Discovery. There was a stiff NE wind building so that the paddle was harder than the paddle out! We saw a seal carcass on the NW corner of west Chatham Island. We also ran into a few other paddlers with the same idea!
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15 km. YTD 778 km

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 30th - Sooke (#93)

I went for a short paddle during a break in our department head retreat at the Best western. It was great to get out for a quick breath of sea air! It was fun paddling around and under the docks!
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3 km, YTD 763 km

Monday, September 28, 2015

September 29th - Cadboro Bay (#92)

I took the F1 for a quick afternoon paddle around the bay. Conditions were superb - I could just make out Rainier in the distance and there was enough wind that Statia was out sailing. The F1 is such a nice kayak for carrying down to the beach!
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7 km, YTD 760 km

Sunday, September 27, 2015

September 27th - Discovery Island (#91)

Dan and I went for a nice Sunday morning paddle around the islands. Magnificent conditions. We could just make out Rainier's silhouette in the distance! Lots of sailboats in Cadboro Bay when we came back!
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15 km, YTD 753 km

Saturday, September 26, 2015

September 26 - Sidney Spit Beach cleanup (#90)

I led a group of 13 other SISKA paddlers to Sidney Spit to do our annual beach cleanup as part of the Great Canadian shoreline Cleanup. Conditions were excellent and we spent about an hour and a half cleaning the spit. There was less sizeable debris this year, but it seemed like there were more small foam pieces - a depressing amount. We gathered about 20 kg in total.
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9 km, YTD 738 km

Monday, September 21, 2015

September 21 - Chatham Island (#89)

I paddled out to Cadboro Point  and joined Paulo and five others on an evening  meetup paddle around Chatham Island. It was a beautiful evening and was topped off by a magnificent view of the wolf on the north shore of Discovery Island. He even howled for us.What a way to celebrate the equinox! It was very atmospheric paddling at dusk on the equinox.
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12 km, YTD 727 km

Saturday, September 19, 2015

September 19th - Discovery island (#88)

I set out from Cadboro Bay with Reale, Bev and Karina and met up with Suzie and Gerhardt around Flower Island. We decided to check out the "sluice" and then "cactus islet". In Rudlin Bay we ran into Gary and also Jo and Michael who were running two separate PC level 2 courses.
Conditions were great and we had a great paddle.
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17 km, YTD 715 km.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September 16th - Saanich Inlet (#87)

I joined the "Wednesday group" for a paddle today out of Brentwood Bay with 7 others.  Conditions were good and we had a nice paddle. It was nice to launch from somewhere other than Caddy Bay!
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21 km, YTD 698 km

Saturday, September 12, 2015

September 12th - Paddle for health (#86)

I paddled over to Willows Beach early in the morning to help act as a guide for the Paddle for Health event being organized by Don Lowther in support of the BC Childhood Cancer Parents Association. On my way over and back, I paddled with Andrew. Conditions were amazing - calm, and sunny. We had around 90 people involved and close to 60 water craft being paddled. It was great to be involved with this event again.
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14km, YTD 677 km

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11th - Discovery Island

Dan an I went for a morning paddle around Discover. Conditions were amazingly calm and sunny. The Whidbey Island Growlers (http://www.boeing.com/defense/ea-18g-growler/) were busy again as they seem to have been for the past few weeks. The low rumble was a regfular sound during our trip as were a few blasts from construction in Victoria.
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14 km, YTD 663 km

Thursday, September 10, 2015

September 10th - Strongtide Islet (#82)

I went for a short paddle between work and dinner on the surfski. It was a beautiful afternoon with great visibility - Mt Rainier 210 km away was visible. I decided to paddle across Baynes for a change and went around Strongtide. It looks like Transport Canada has been around the bay putting notices on non-compliant mooring buoys...
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9 km, YTD 649 km

Sunday, September 06, 2015

September 6th - Loon Bay (#81)

I went for a short afternoon SUP around Caddy Bay to Loon Bay. It was nice tootling along looking at boats!
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3 km, YTD 640 km

Saturday, September 05, 2015

September 5th - Gordon head (#80)

I paddled around Ten Mile Point on my own to meet up with Monica and 12 others on a SISKA paddle, ably led by Michael. Conditions were good and we had the current in our favour each way (tough there was a bit of a wind against us on the way back). You can see the "relaxed" pace of the club paddle compared to my paddle around the point. I caught a ride back with Monica so that I could join the group at Olive Olio's for coffee.
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17 km, YTD 637 km

September 3rd - Loon Bay Rolling (#79)

I went over to Loon Bay with dan and his nephew Stuart to try to teach him some rolling. He was in my Tahe T and I was in my LC. He was able to do a static brace quite easily, but ran into problems completing the roll. Not a bad first try!
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2 km, YTD 620 km