Thursday, January 19, 2023

January 19th - Discovery Island (#4

I paddled out to Cadboro Point to join Dan and Paulo for a paddle around the islands. conditions were very nice - no current to speak of and no lumpy water! I could see the silhouette of Mt Rainier in the distance as I set out as well as a 22 degree ice halo around the sun. There were so many logs in the bay as a result of the high tides this past week and also a lot of plastic (especially stryrofoam) floating as well. This had all been re-mobilized as a result of the high tides. I wish we could find some solutions to this issue...

Birding was good:

Managed to get four nice paddles in this past week! :)

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16 km, YTD 60 km

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

January 17 - Discovery Island (#3)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around the islands (my first of the year!). Though there was not much wind the water was fairly lumpy until we came back around Commodore Point on Discovery and headed back for Cadboro bay. It was nice to see some marbled and ancient murrelets as well as long-tailed ducks. The bird list: . We also were treated to half a dozen Steller's sea lions at Seabird Point.

The waters around Seabird Point were the lumpiest I have paddled in for quite some time. Some combination of swell and current made for steep and confused waves.  I was definitely tired at the end of the paddle!

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15 km, YTD 44 km

Sunday, January 15, 2023

January 15 - Cadboro Point (#2)

Dorothea and I led a club clinic to practice sea kayaking in currents. The five participants all made great progress over the morning. At the end I took a short detour to play in the lumpy water at Cadboro Point Light. Also on the way back we saw Paulo, Dan and Ellen paddling back from going around Discovery and stopped for a quick chat.  A nice morning on the water!

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8 km, YTD 29 km

Saturday, January 14, 2023

January 14 - Gordon head (#1)

I paddled around to Telegraph Cove to join 12 others on a SISKA  paddle led by Jo. It was nice to get out on a SISKA paddle again and it was a great first paddle of the year. A highlight of the paddle was seeing a feeding grey whale of Glencoe Cove. Surfaced several times around us.

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21 km, YTD 21 km!

Thursday, November 24, 2022

November 24th - Cadboro Bay (#33)

I went for an afternoon paddle around the bay since I wanted to get a last paddle in before I head south again. Conditions were excellent. The tide was high, the sun was shining, currents minimal and little wind. A good number of birds seen I chatted with a recreational crabber who indicated that the crabbing was not great with the commercial crabbers around... I also ran into a paddler who was paddling a SUP with a double-bladed paddle! :)

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8 km, YTD 323 km

Saturday, November 19, 2022

November 19 - Discovery Island (#32)

Dan and I went for a Saturday morning paddle around the Islands. Though the wind was forecast to be only 10 knots, it seemed a bit more and especially crossing Baynes the sea was lumpy! Probably as "active" as I have seen it in a while! Birding was good with lots of oystercatchers. We had a young seal come and play with our kayaks as we were coming back into Cadboro Bay by Staines Island.

 I also got to chat with Kellie and Eric as we passed by their house.

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15 km, YTD 315 km

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

November 15th - Cadboro and Oak Bays (#31)

George and I went for a nice morning paddle around the bays. It looked a little lumpy out in Baynes so we decided to stick to the two bays. Conditions remained good for us through and it was great to catch up on news. We saw great blue heron, black oystercatcher, double-crested cormorant, pelagic cormorant, pigeon guillemot, rhinoceros auklet, common murre and some gulls! (

You can see how the current helped us heading from Cadboro Point to Oak Bay Marina! I suspect our paddling pace was the same throughout!

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12 km, YTD 300 km

Sunday, November 13, 2022

November 13th - Discovery Island (#30)

I led a group of 6 paddlers (Debbie, John, Shannon, George, Anne and Barbara) on a SISKA energizer paddle around Discovery Island. For most of the paddle, conditions were quite benign (sunny, no adverse current and little wind) but we did encounter some strong wind and lumpy water on the north side of Chatham Island on our way back.  We ran into John and David who were also paddling in the islands today. You can see from the track that we had a big help from the current as we headed south in Baynes Channel. We stopped for lunch in Rudlin Bay

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18 km, YTD 288 km

Thursday, October 20, 2022

October 20th - Discovery Island (#29)

Dan and I went for an early morning paddle around the islands. Conditions were excellent and we got a nice paddle in before the weather turns. No sea lions around but a few seals and we are seeing quite a few marbled murrelets, pigeon guillemots and common murres in winter plumage. We also saw (and heard the distinctive wing beat of) surf scoters.

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15 km, YTD 270 km.

Saturday, October 08, 2022

October 8th - Discovery Island (#28)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around the Islands. Conditions were wonderful. Not too hot, little current and no wind! We saw a bunch of the usual summer/fall birds and I tallied 11 species.

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15 km, YTD 255 km

Friday, October 07, 2022

October 7th - Cadboro Bay (#27)

I went for a short afternoon SUP around the bay ( a partial objective was to feed some salmon carcasses to the crabs!), but conditions were gorgeous.  There was a group of kayakers working on a course and a few sailboats returning to RVYC. I went by Statia and the yacht club.

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2km, YTD 240 km

Sunday, October 02, 2022

October 2nd- Cadboro Bay (#26)

I went for a nice afternoon paddle around the bay - it has been a while as I was away on trips!

Beautiful conditions, sunny, calm, little current, highish tide. I saw some nice birds, including a Heerman's gull. I also saw some good mirages out around the chain islets.

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8 km, YTD 238 km

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