Friday, July 03, 2020

July 3rd - Discovery Island Wolf Mural (#55)

Dan and I set out from Killarney to paddle out and around the islands to see the new mural by Paul Archer of Takaya, the Discovery Island wolf that was relocated and then shot this past winter. News article here. It was nice and calm with currents that were not too strong and a gentle steady rain.
We made it to the foghorn building where the mural was painted last week and decided to get out and check it out. Photos below! It is a beautiful tribute to the memory of this magnificent animal - who I last saw at close range in December.
After that we kept on paddling our usual route and ran into Dave, John and Alex who had been camping in Rudlin Bay for a couple of nights. We had a good chat as we paddled together around the SW corner of the island and then went our separate ways. Dan and I ran into three young women who were staffing the  Straitwatch zodiac and taking a break near Jemmy Jones.
This is the first time I have taken many pictures on a paddle for a long time!
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15 km, YTD 458 km

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click to enlarge - close up of Takaya

click to enlarge - Dan and the mural
click to enlarge - approaching from the water
click to enlarge - another view from the kayak
click to enlarge - yours truly and the wolf
click to enlarge - another shot with the mural
click to enlarge - around the corner - seals and orca

Monday, June 29, 2020

June 29th - Cattle Point (#54)

I took advantage of nice afternoon conditions for a leisurely paddleboard over to Cattle Point by way of RVYC. It was nice to go slow and watch wildlife - including eagles at the nest and kelp crabs on kelp!You can see from the track that the wind and current were from the S & SE, though the wind was not that strong.
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5 km, YTD 443 km

Saturday, June 27, 2020

June 27th - Gordon head (#53)

I paddled around Ten Mile Point to Telegraph Cove where I helped co-lead a SISKA paddle with Alan and Jim to Gordon Head. It was a bit windy in Cadboro Bay with a stiff westerly, but as soon as I went around Cadboro Point it was basically flat calm! Conditions were perfect for a relaxed paddle out to Gordon head and we had lunch in Margaret Bay. After leaving the group in Telegraph Cove I paddled back around to Cadboro Bay. It was a tad windy as you can see from my track (50-60 kph at Trial Island - the graph from the RVYC site is not available today, but it recorded 25 knots at 1 PM when I was coming round the point...
Saw several bald eagles, belted kingfishers,  great blue herons, black oystercatchers, glaucous-winged gulls and a few seals and a harbour porpoise.
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20 km, YTD 438 km

Monday, June 22, 2020

June 22nd - Cadboro Bay (#52)

I paddled over to RVYC to join Greg, peter, and Tony for a surf ski paddling session. I was using a Greenland paddle as I had lent my wing paddle to Tony, but it worked well. Amazingly clear views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier as well as some distant mirages. Good to get out!
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8 km, YTD 418 km

Saturday, June 20, 2020

June 20th - Gonzales Bay (#51)

I paddled over to Turkey head by Oak bay Marina, just below the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, and helped lead a SISKA paddle from Oak bay to Gonzales Bay. The currents at the start were either ebbing or weak and we passed by some nice glacial features (roches moutonees and erratics). I think I managed to put in about twice as much distance as the group did! You can also see that my to and fro from Caddy bay was a tad faster than the relaxed club paddle! A lovely day out on the water.

Gonzales Bay is named after Gonzalo Lopez de Haro who was mate aboard the Princesa Real, the first European vessel to explore Juan de Fuca Strait in 1790. Gonzales bay used to be called Foul Bay (same as the road forming the boundary between Oak Bay and Victoria!) after the poor anchorage qualities of the bay, until  misguided local residents wanted the bay's name changed. Eventually, in 1934, the Geographic Board of Canada caved into the complaints and renamed the bay after Gonzalo Lopez de Haro.
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18 km, YTD 410 km

Thursday, June 18, 2020

June 18th - Cadboro Bay (#50)

I took the surfski out for an afternoon  jaunt around the bay. Conditions were very nice with a slight Southerly breeze and not much current. I saw Tim out rowing and we had a chat by Staines islet. Visibility was good as I could see both Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier. I also had a good view of Oak Bay Marina and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel as I went from Cadboro to Cattle point. This was paddle #50 of the year! My original goal, assuming lots of ship-based trips was 50 paddles and 500 km, but I suspect I will be close to this by the end of June!
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8 km, YTD 392 km

Saturday, June 13, 2020

June 13th - Telegraph cove (#49)

I helped to co-lead (with Vic and Sandy) a SISKA relaxed paddle from Cadboro bay to Telegraph Cove and back. We ended up running this as three separate groups of 6 or less to comply with COVID regulations. My group included Allison, Alison, David, Craig and Lynn. We had good conditions for the outbound journey and then a bit of wind for the return. We saw a mink as well as many Canada geese and a good number of black oystercatchers.

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13 km, YTD 383 km

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

June 10th - Discovery island (#48)

I went for another early morning paddle in ideal conditions. Leaving Killarney at 0700 to meet up with Dan and Paulo at Cadboro Point and then a circumnavigation of the Islands. The ebb had just started, but was not too strong. Paulo was also paddling a Tahe Greenland! The sea was glassy with no wind so one could see every current ripple and schools of bait at the surface. We also saw a group of six otters at Cadboro Point when we left.
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16 km, YTD 373 km

Friday, June 05, 2020

June 5th - Discovery Island (#47)

I decided to start my birthday off with a nice paddle. I set off from the end of Killarney and met Dan at Cadboro Point. The current was ebbing strongly throughout the paddle (we were paddling pretty close to max ebb) which helped us on the way down (especially from Alpha Islet to Seabird Point) but made crossing Baynes Channel on the way back a bit of a challenge! You can see how the current took me almost 90 degrees from my heading!
I saw my first common loon of the season as I was coming back into Cadboro Bay- and it was calling too! :)
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16 km, YTD 357 km


Wednesday, June 03, 2020

June 3rd - Ten Mile and Cattle Points (#46)

I went for an afternoon jaunt out to get some exercise in the surf ski. I had a short chat with Sam, who was running a SUP class and then made my way out to the point. There was a solid flood building and 5 to 10 knots from the south. It was cloudy all around and I thought that there could be rain over Saanich, but the clouds dissipated. No sign of Mt. Baker or Mt. Rainier!
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9 km, YTD 341 km

Saturday, May 30, 2020

May 30th - Discovery Island (#45)

I set out early (&AM!) to paddle out to cadboro Point where I met up with Dan for a paddle around the islands. Conditions were excellent with no significant current in Baynes either way and no wind north of a line from the top of Discovery Island. I found a large inflatable pink flamingo on the beach at heritage point and met Alan who was leading a club paddle to oak bay from Cadboro bay as I was getting back. This was one of the few times I did not experience any current so I checked the current at Race Passage and saw that we had timed it perfectly!.
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15 km, YTD 332 km

Thursday, May 28, 2020

May 28th - Cadboro Bay (#44)

I took the paddleboard out to check the crab traps and came home with a nice limit of dungeness crab! The board is big enough and stable enough that I was able to bring up and bring in the traps. The weather was beautiful and the sky clear enough that I could see all the way to Mt. Rainier.
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2 km, YTD 317 km

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

May 27th - Cadboro Bay (#43)

I went for a short afternoon paddle with Tony who as also trying out a Think Big Eze (Greg's). Conditions were spectacular with clear skies and a good view of Mt. Rainier.
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4 km, YTD 315 km

Sunday, May 24, 2020

May 24th - Discovery Island (#42)

I had an early start and paddled out to Cadboro Point to meet Dan and Paulo for a paddle around the islands. I could see the silhouette of Mt. Rainier as I paddled out from the beach but it was hidden later. I saw both California seal lions (near Cadboro Point) and a Steller sea lion (near Seabird Point). The current was ebbing strongly and I had to set a 45+degree ferry angle for the crossing back across Baynes. You can also see that we got a pretty good assist from the current going down the east side of the islands.
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17 km, YTD 311 km

Saturday, May 23, 2020

May 23rd - Cadboro Bay (#41)

I went for a morning paddle, hoping to get a paddle in before the wind picked up. I was mostly successful and got a bit of a wind boost heading from Cattle Point to Flower Island. I had a nice view of a California sea lion near Evans Rock. :)
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6 km, YTD 294 km

Monday, May 18, 2020

May 18th - Cadboro bay (#40)

I went for an afternoon paddle around the bay. It was very nice and sunny and there were lots of people on the beach. Also many watercraft out: paddleboards, kayaks, rowboats, yachts, sailing dinghies and powerboats! I did a little loop near Cadboro Point as I saw some friends paddling across Baynes channel and went out to chat with them.
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9 km, YTD 288 km

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

May 12th - Discovery island (#39)

I paddled out to Cadboro Point to join up with Paulo and Dan for an early morning (started at 0715)  trip around Chatham and Discovery. On my way out I met Greg who was out getting some early morning exercise on his surf ski and we paddled together for a while. We had a nice paddle and chat in very calm conditions. By the time we were crossing back across Baynes, the current had picked up and I had to work to ferry my way over to Jemmy Jones. Before I made it to Jemmy Jones, I heard a blow behind me and saw a small humpback whale making its way up against the current. I decided to paddle parallel to it for a while as you can see by the dog-leg in my track. I ended up at Cadboro Point after seeing half a dozen blows from this young whale. Now I can say that, over the years, I have seen sea otters, killer whales, gray whales and humpback whales in my kayaking "back yard"! I also got to chat with John, a past parent of three students I taught, who was out gardening.
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17 km, YTD 279 km

Monday, May 11, 2020

may 11th - Cadboro Bay (#38)

I went out for a quick paddle around the inner bay on the Starboard SUP. I am definitely not as fast on a SUP, though I do enjoy the higher perspective for viewing into the water.
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3 km, YTD 262 km

Sunday, May 10, 2020

May 10th - Cadboro bay (#37)

Jeff and I went out for a nice Sunday morning paddle. There was a north wind blowing at around 10 kt throughout, but the bay is pretty well sheltered. We ran into Jennie and Debbie who were doing a very similar route to us but from Cattle Point. There was a strong ebb happening which gave us a bit of a push to Jemmy Jones.
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7 km, YTD 259 km

Friday, May 08, 2020

May 8th - Cadboro Bay (#36)

I went for a sunny afternoon paddle around the bay. The air was crystal clear and I could easily see Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier. There also was no visible smog towards Seattle or Vancouver...
I managed to catch a boat wake for a quick ride between Jemmy Jones and Cattle Point, and you can see how the flooding current slowed me down after Cadboro Point!
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8km, YTD 252 km

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

May 5th - Discovery Island (#35)

Dan and I went for a fairly early paddle (OTW@0745) out to the islands. Though light winds were forecast, it was closer to a steady 10 kt from the north by the time we were heading back. You can see from the track (grey section means >10kph) that we got a good push on the way down towards Heritage Point on west Chatham Island. There were the usual Steller sea lions on the rock off Seabird Point. I also had some good views of surf scoters and pigeon guillemots.
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16 km, YTD 244 km

Sunday, May 03, 2020

May 3rd - Finnerty Cove (#34)

I paddled over to Staines Islet to meet Fraser for a Sunday afternoon paddle. Since there was a stiff southerly breeze (the sailboats were enjoying it!) we decided to paddle the shoreline and went all the way to Finnerty Cove before turning around. There were a few other paddlers out as well as some scoters, harlequins and geese.
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13 km, YTD 228 km

Friday, May 01, 2020

May 1st - Discovery Island (#33)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around Chatham and Discovery Islands. I met Dan out at Cadboro Point light. It was good to catch up as we have not paddled together since December! Conditions were nice with a gentle ebb throughout. A bit of wind to start, but it dropped off by the end. It was pretty cloudy to the south so rainier was not visible, but Mt. Baker was mostly clear. We could also hear a few of the growlers taking off or landing at Whidbey Island... I also saw the site of the recent fire on the SW corner of Discovery. Fortunately the fire was put out before it had spread past some logs.
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15 km, YTD 215 km

Sunday, April 26, 2020

April 26th - Cadboro bay (#32)

Nice late morning paddle. I saw a lot of sailboats out as well as a group of 8 SUPers. The geese are pretty active. I may not have mentioned that last weekend I saw a pair of geese with two small goslings already! The pelagic cormorants have their white patches, the pigeon guillemots are in summer plumage and the rhinoceros auklets are busy feeding.
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8 km, YTD 200 km.

Friday, April 24, 2020

April 24th - Chatham Island (#31)

Jeff and I went for a socially distant paddle over to Chatham Island. We saw a good number of birds and, not surprisingly, spent a good deal of time talking natural history! During our paddle there were at least 8 EA-18G Growler take off (or landings) on Whidbey Island. They make an incredible noise to be so easily heard over here. Currents and winds were minimal which made for a very nice paddle.
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10 km, TYTD 192 km

Monday, April 20, 2020

April 20th - Cadboro Bay (#30)

I went out for a quick morning paddle on the surfski. Being out on the water allows one to think about things and observe nature.So many seabirds are "dressed" in black - the counter-shading gives them an advantage as predators of small fish! I was able to keep up a pretty good pace using my Greenland paddle. I stopped briefly to chat with Tim, who was out in his rowing boat.
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6 km, YTD 182 km

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Paddling stats 2006 to 2019

I decided to update my paddling stats as I seem to have forgotten to do this for 2018 and 2019...

Since I returned from Antarctica in mid March, I have been doing well this year with 24 paddles in five weeks.

So here is the summary for all the paddles I have recorded in the blog:


Year #Year# paddleskm totalkm per paddle
1200677127316.50
2200766109816.60
3200875108014.40
42009116138111.90
5201012412149.80
62011105121711.60
7201287100111.50
8201392106311.60
92014989119.30
10201512010258.50
11201612910768.30
122017867288.47
132018695487.94
142019574277.49
152020 YTD291766.07
Totals13301421810.69

I am kind of amazed that the totals have added up to so much over the years. In the first 14 years I did over 1300 hundred paddles and over 14000 km - pretty much all of it GPS tracked and recorded in a screen shot. The average paddle length has decreased substantially. The first decrease was in 2009 when we moved to Killarney ad it was feasible and worthwhile to go for a short paddle in the bay and more recently as I have been busy doing more natural history trips. Natural history trips have also made an impact on how many times I get out to paddle as well!

April 19th - Chatham Island (#29)

I paddled over to Staines Island were I met up with Fraser and we headed across Baynes Channel to paddle around the Chatham Islands. Conditions were pretty good. The winds were around 10 knots when we started and closer to 5 knots when we finished. The current in Baynes was flooding fairly strongly as we crossed over and quite a bit weaker when we returned. we stopped and chatted with Ian on the south beach of Chatham. It was great to catch up with Fraser and show him some of the Islands.
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12 km, YTD 176 km

Saturday, April 18, 2020

April 18th - Cadboro Point (#28)

Monica and I went for a morning paddle in lovely conditions. No wind, minimal current and a mid tide. We saw plenty of birds including Canada geese, harlequin ducks, rhinoceros auklets, black oystercatcher, northwestern crow, glaucous-winged gull.
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6 km, YTD 164 km.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

April 16th - Cadboro Bay (#27)

I went for a morning paddle to start the day of well. I took the surf ski so that it was a bit more of a work out. You can see that the 10 knot northerly wind slowed me down a bit on the way back from Cattle Point.it feels good to have made it out 22 times since I got home a month ago!
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8 km, YTD 158 km

PS, I thought I could add two more plots colourized by heart rate and cadence...
colourized by heart rate (click to enlarge)
colourized by cadence (click to enlarge)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

April 14th - Cadboro Bay (#26)

I made it out for another nice paddle this morning as the winds were not too strong and the forecast was for increasing winds. Conditions were good and a mid tide allowed me to poke into a few spots that have not been available at lower tides. On may way back from Cattle Point, I noodled my way along the shore.
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8 km, YTD 150 km

Monday, April 13, 2020

April 13th - Oak Bay Marina (#25)

Jeff and I went for an afternoon paddle over to Oak bay Marina and back. great conditions with clear views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier. Ran into David (a colleague from SMUS) at Oak bay marina and had a chat and then ran into Rina and Curran who were out on their SUP boards with their kids. Its a small world out there on the water! Spotted some marbled murrelets! :)

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9 km, YTD 142 km

Sunday, April 12, 2020

April 12th - Oak and Cadboro bays (#24)

I went for an afternoon "run" around the bays and checked out the marina at Oak Bay. Conditions were very nice starting with a very low tide. I realize that in the 4 weeks since I got back, I have managed to get out paddling 19 times! Not too bad! Nice view of Mt. Rainier in the clear sky.
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10 km, YTD 133 km

Saturday, April 11, 2020

April 11th - Brentwood Bay (#23)

Monica and I joined Bill and Sharon (on their OC-1s) for a paddle around Brentwood Bay and Tod Inlet. conditions were great and it was wonderful to chat with friends! There were lots of moon jellies in Tod inlet!
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7 km, YTD 123 km

Friday, April 10, 2020

April 10th - Ten Mile Point (#22)

Jeff joined me for a paddle out to Ten Mile point and back this afternoon. the tide was fully out when we started, but the flood had started out by Cadboro Point. WE saw lots of nice seaweeds and had some fun negotiating the current. I had not seen Jeff since we returned from Antarctica, so it was good to catch up.
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7 km, YTD 116 km

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

April 7th - Cadboro Bay (#21)

I went for a morning "run" around the bay on the surf ski. Conditions were perfect and I had some good views of long-tailed ducks, rhinoceros auklets, pelagic cormorants, pigeon guillemots, black oystercatchers and more.
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8 km, YTD 109 km

Monday, April 06, 2020

April 6th - Cadboro Bay (#20)

Monica and I went for an afternoon paddle. Monica was in the F1 and I was in the Trident. We paddled most of the way to Cadboro Point before turning back and checking and retrieving the  traps. We had 6 nice legal crab between us which was very nice! We saw oystercatchers, rhinoceros auklets, harlequin ducks and I was able to make out Mt Rainier in the distance - just! We also saw a moving buoy which turned out to be a diver positioning a mooring! You can see where the traps were by the slow sections on the track where I was drifting!
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5 km, YTD 101 km

Sunday, April 05, 2020

April 5th - Evans Rock and Loon bay (#s18&19)

I went out in the afternoon to check the crab traps (enough for dinner!) and went around Evans rock. there were a few black turnstones on Evans Rock which is the first time I have seen them this year. After I got back I decide to head out again for a SUP paddle and went over to Loon Bay. Conditions were nice for both paddles with a light(10-15 kph) northerly wind.
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6 km, YTD 96 km

Friday, April 03, 2020

April 3rd - Jemmy Jones (#17)

Pete and I went out for a paddle around the bay. We were able to keep a good distance from each other but still have an opportunity to chat and catch up. There was a fairly stiff SW wind which gave us a nice push over to Jemmy Jones, but slowed us down somewhat on the way back into the bay! This is quite visible on the track. It was great to chat and I hope we can get out again.
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7 km, YTD 90 km

Thursday, April 02, 2020

April 2nd - Crabbing (#16)

I went out to check the crab traps. Kept 3 nice male Dungeness. Saw rhinoceros auklets and surf scoters. Chatted with dean on Caddy Boy again.
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3 km, YTD 83 km