Thursday, August 11, 2022

August 11th - Discovery Island (#25)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. First "real" paddle since I got back from Iceland! Weather conditions were great and the tide was super low (zero tide height!) and many of our usual passages were blocked (We could not go between Griffin and Alpha Islets)! There was also a strong ebb current as we set out across Baynes which made for some squirelly and lumpy water and a pretty fast pace! You can see the grey section in the channel showing when I was over 10 kph! We saw some nice birds including black turnstones and a couple of common murres.

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16 km, YTD 230 km

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

August 9th - RVYC (#24)

I went for a short evening SUP over to the RVYC. the tide was super high so I had to lie down on the board to go under the bridge! Nice conditions! I have been away a lot this year... I probably won't make my 50/500 goal!

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2 km, YTD 214 km

Saturday, July 09, 2022

July 9th - Discovery Island (#23)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. Conditions were almost perfect with little current and no wind. We saw one other paddler and the ORS boat pulling into Rudlin Bay. It has been almost a month since I paddled around the islands and it was good to be back! I guess we must have cut some corners since the paddle was less that 14.5 km and usually it is closer to 15! :)

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14 km, YTS 212 km


Friday, July 08, 2022

June 16 to July 4 - Haida Gwaii (#s 13-22)

While working aboard Maple Leaf Adventures Cascadia  for three weeks, I managed to lead ten short paddles in various anchorages. Most of these were early morning (before breakfast) adventures!

Three were in Thurston Harbour, three at Dolomite Point/Island Bay, three at Echo Bay and one by Faraday/Murchison Islands.

Faraday/Murchison anchorage - click to enlarge


Echo Harbour, 3 paddles, click to enlarge

Dolomite Point/Island Bay, 3 paddles, click to enlarge

Thurston Harbour 3 Paddles (1 not recorded) click to enlarge

30 km, YTD 198 km

Saturday, June 11, 2022

June 11th - Discovery Island (#12)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle out to the islands. Since it has been over 5 weeks since I paddled we kept a reasonable pace. Conditions were good. Not much current against us at any point and little wind.We did not see any Steller sea lions near Seabird point and my bird list was on the low side: https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S112705436

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15 km, YTD 168 km

Sunday, May 01, 2022

May 1st - Discovery Island (#11)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. We started out a bit later than usual (1000) so as to miss the breeze. There was a bit of an ebb when we started and then a nice flood when we finished. The highlight of today's paddle was spending some time with a Grey whale in the bay just south of Griffin Island! You can see where we stopped on the track - a magical experience to be close to one of these giants.

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15 km, YTD 153 km

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

April 26th - Discovery Island (#10)

I paddled out to Cadboro Point to join Dan and Paulo for a paddle around the Islands. We had a 10 knot ESE wind so the water was a little bit lumpy in places but not too bad. Not much current though there was a light ebb happening. You can see the outbound track was slower than the return due to wind and current. All the Steller Sea lions were on the farther out rock today - looked crowded! A huge one surface near me in the water in Rudlin bay and gave me the "eye"! It has been good to get out to the islands several time in the past week and a bit!

Bird list here: https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S108153961

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15 km, YTD 138 km

Saturday, April 23, 2022

April 23rd - Discovery Island (#9)

Dan and I went for an early morning paddle around the islands. We went the opposite way than we usually do, thinking that it would be better if the ebb built strongly - but it didn't! We had many Steller's sea lions at Seabird Point. Their noises are amazing! Conditions were great. No lumpy water!

Bird list here: https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S107847970

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15 km, YTD 123 km

Thursday, April 21, 2022

April 21st - Oak Bay Islands (#8)

I paddled over to Cattle point to join a group of 7 others (Alan, Dave, Bob, Elizabeth, John, Luc, and Tony) from the Thursday group that Alan organizes. It was a bit windy from the SE to start so it was a bit of a slog getting to Cattle point as well as a bit lumpy. By the time we had made it over to Flower Island, the winds had calmed and we went out to Cadboro Point to watch the very lumpy water formed as the current overfalls around the point and was meeting a swell from the Salish sea. The waves and "haystacks" were as big as I have seen in some time! We had lunch at Gonzales point and then paddled the shore past the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. A few guests at the pool waved at us and took pictures! :)

The birding was good with at least 16 species seen: https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S107646761

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17 km, YTD 108 km

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

April 19th - Discovery Island (#7)

I paddled out to Cadboro Point to join Dan and Paulo for a morning paddle around the Islands. This was the longest paddle I have done in a while! :)

Conditions were good with a strong ebb throughout the morning and around 10 knots of SE wind. Great to get out around the islands again. There was a bit of lumpy water in the middle of Baynes channel. You can see how the current swept me to the SW for a bit in the middle of the channel and then I was able to paddle in a straight line! I also found it interesting that the back eddy near the "gap" between the islands gave me a significant push. I also tracked my route using my usual trusty Etrex HCx and my Columbus P1 gps logger and both gave very similar results! The P1 recorded a bit more often...

Bird list is here: https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S107494468

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15 km, YTD 91 km

Thursday, April 14, 2022

April 13 - Chatham Island (#6)

After returning from the Utah road trip I managed to get out for an afternoon paddle with Dan. The wind was quite strong (10-15 kt) in our face for the outward journey, but it calmed down for the return so we did not have its help on the return. It was great to get out on home waters again, though I was out of practice and out of shape!

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10 km, YTD 76 km

Saturday, April 02, 2022

April 2nd - Colorado River (#5)

 I took the inflatable Blackfoot with us on our Utah road trip and managed to get it out once! I did a paddle down a stretch for the Colorado River from just below Moab to our campsite at Gold Bar (by the Corona Arch Trail). It was nice to have around a knot of current in my favour and it was great to get out on the water for a couple of hours. The river was not deep and I even ran aground at one point! Not a lot of birds seen, though I did see one great blue heron. I did get to see some of the petroglyphs we had seen from the road again from the river which was nice and it was cool to paddle down a part of this famous river (though I guess when I paddled on Lake Mead and Lake Powell I was on the same river!)

my track down the Colorado - click to enlarge

12 km, YTD 66 km

Wednesday, February 02, 2022

February 2nd - Discovery Island (4)

I paddled out to Cadboro Point to join Paulo and Dan. It was as cold as I have been paddling in a while! There was snow on Cadboro Point as well as on Strongtide, Vantreight and West Chatham Islands! Conditions were not bad with 10-15 kt of wind and a bit of an ebb current. This made for some lumpy water in Baynes Channel and around Seabird Point.

Birding was good with 21 species seen: https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S101914475

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16 km, YTD 54 km

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

February 1st - Cadboro bay (#3)

I went for a solo paddle around the bay to enjoy the nice winter weather. Had a chat with Curran and kids on shore and saw a few different birds. https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S101859406

The tide was fairly high allowing me to sneak through several gaps.

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7 km, YTD 38 km


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

January 25th - Discovery Island (#2)

I paddled out to Cadboro Point to join Paulo and Lesley for a paddle around the islands. Conditions were good with light winds and a solid ebb current. On the way back we did a few turns in the current between Vantreight and West Chatham. Heard the Growler jets taking off from Whidbey Island a few times!

23 species seen today. Birding highlight was seeing ancient murrelets again. https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S101443791

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16 km, YTD 31 km