Saturday, February 27, 2016

February 27th - Chatham Island (#16)

Dennis and I went for an afternoon paddle around Chatham. Conditions were calm with a building flood that did not affect us much.  Lots of birds and sailboats - even though there was little wind!
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11 km, YTD 193 km

Thursday, February 25, 2016

February 25th - Discovery Island (#15)

Dan and I went for my 8th paddle around Discovery this year! It was a beautiful morning with a strong ebb at the start. I decided to take the TRAK as I wanted to check it out before Monica's and my upcoming trip. We got a good push down Baynes Channel with the ebb and it slowed us down a bit on the way back. Looks like they are doing some work on Strongtide Islet at the radio towers... not sure what.
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15 km, YTD 182 km

Saturday, February 20, 2016

February 20th - Oak Bay (#14)

I led a SISKA relaxed paddle to Oak Bay and back in the morning. Monica joined me and there were four others: Al, Catherine, Michael and Debbie. The winds were a little higher that I would like for a relaxed paddle (around 10 knots), but not so much as to need to cancel or change. The sun was out and there were lots of seabirds about.
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10 km, YTD 167 km

Sunday, February 14, 2016

February 14th - Discovery (#13)

Dan, Rob, Dennis and I went for a paddle around Discovery. The forecast was for increasing winds, but they slackened to calm while we were paddling. The current was supposed to be a building ebb, but it did not seem to bad on the way back. I saw M/V Swell motoring by and hailed them on the radio for a bit - I spent 4 weeks working aboard it as naturalist last summer and plan to do the same next.
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15 km, YTD 157 km

Saturday, February 13, 2016

February 13th - Cadboro Bay (#12)

I took the inflatable hobie i12s out for a spin around the bay. The mirage drive is neat and I can see that it will be good for fishing as your hands can be free. In spite of cycling regularly, I discovered that the pedal drive uses different muscles, so I will have to work up to longer trips! It seems like I can get it to cruise along at just under 6 kph pretty comfortably.Very stable and smooth ride.
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4km, YTD 142 km

Thursday, February 11, 2016

February 11th - Discovery Island (#11)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. It was a bit rainy and cool and windy but a nice paddle overall.We saw a couple of sea lions and lots of seabirds. You can see how how we were slowed down on the way back into the bay.
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15 km, YTD 138 km

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

February 9th - Discovery island (#10)

Dan, Paulo and I went for a morning paddle around our favourite islands. Conditions were very nice with a fairly good ebb to begin with. You can see from the speed plot that I had to work hard to get past Strongtide Islet and had a good push from Alpha Islet to Seabird point. We stopped for a break in Rudlin Bay and enjoyed the sun. It could have been a summer's day! Looks like we did a nice straight line from Commodore Point back to the beach in Cadboro Bay! We saw many birds along the way as well as a pair of eagles sitting on Jemmy Jones islet. We were also tailed by a group of seals on our paddle back across Baynes Channel.
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15 km, YTD 123 km

Monday, February 08, 2016

February 6th - surge Narrows (#9)

I joined Alan, Brad, Walter, Gerhardt and Michael for a day's paddle at Surge Narrows. The wave was very friendly. Big enough to be fun but not too big. Much of the time it was wide enough for two of us. I got to try Michael's Sterling Reflection for a few runs. It performed nicely! This was a great day on the wave!
Alan's video edit from the trip. I am in the green reflection at the start.

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5 km, YTD 108 km 

Monday, February 01, 2016

February 1st - Discovery Island (#8)

Dan and I went for an afternoon paddle around the islands. Conditions were nice with not much wind or current and a relatively low tide (there were rocks in places we did not expect them!). As we neared Commodore point on Discovery, Dan spied an Orca fin and we stopped and watch as a group of 4 orcas (Biggs?) swam by about 500m to the south of us. They were "on a mission" as it was not long before they were well to the east of us past Seabird point. Shortly after this we spotted Cheryl in her boat anchored off the north side of Discovery. She was watching the wolf with her family and we stayed and watched him with them for some time. A great afternoon on the water with some big wildlife highlights.
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15 km, YTD 103 km