Sunday, November 07, 2021

November 6th - Cadboro Point (#77)

Polly and I went out for a morning paddle to Cadboro Point. Conditions were a bit lumpy but not too bad. In spit of there not being much tide change the current was ebbing strongly at Cadboro Point. I was paddling the F! while Polly paddled the Tahe. This might be one of the last paddles of the year for me since I am heading south soon...

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6 km, YTD 707 km.

Friday, November 05, 2021

November 5th - Cattle Point (#76)

I went for a solo paddle out to Cattle point. As I went through the RVYC, I stopped by Andante and had a good chat with Dennis. The birding was good and I saw nearly 50 black oystercatchers! https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S97178260 I was also pleasantly surprised to see a pair of rhinoceros auklets.

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6 km YDT 701 km

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

November 3rd - Cadboro Bay (#75)

I went for a nice paddle around the bay with my neighbour, Ally. We more or less managed to squeeze a paddle in within a weather window as it started raining a bit when we returned. Out at Cadboro Point the waves were quite lumpy so we decided not to cross Baynes Channel and instead paddle to Jemmy Jones and Cattle Point. We saw a good selection of birds: https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S97087942 - 18 species.

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8 km, YTD 695 km

Friday, October 29, 2021

October 29th - Discovery Island (#74)

Dan and I went for a late morning paddle around the islands.  We had great conditions and I spent some time checking out Griffin Island as I am becoming an assistant warden for the ecological reserve. I saw plenty of birds, but not enough to count them all! So the bird list uses present for many of the species. 18 total which is not bad - the highlight was seeing a long-tailed duck for the first time this season. 

https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S96859324


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16 km, YTD 687 km

October 22nd - Loon Bay Rolling (#73)

Dan and I paddled over to Loon Bay to do some rolling. I am happy to say that I can still do forward and reverse finishing standard rolls, butterfly rolls, storm rolls, norsaq rolls and hand rolls! I am definitely a tad rusty and not as limber as I would like to be!

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2km, YTD 671 km


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

October 20th - Discovery Island (#72)

I paddled out to Cadboro Point to join dan and Paulo for a paddle around Chatham and Discovery Islands. It has been a while since I have done a longer paddle so this was quite hard work, but it felt good!  Fortunately the forecast winds did not appear, though there was quite a bit of "Salish swell". I saw lots of the usual winter birds: https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S96493798 It was nice to see Heerman's gull on its way through the area!

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16 km, YTD 659 km


September/October GBR (#68-71)

I managed to get out for a few paddles while I was up in the Great Bear Rainforest on Cascadia.

Once in Kitlope anchorage, Once in McMicking Inlet on Campania and twice in Chief Matthews Bay. Given the season and the rains I was happy to get out even this much.

Kitlope anchorange Sept 20 - 2 km

Chief Matthews Bay 30 Sept - 6 km

MckMicking Inlet 9 Oct - 2 km

Chief Matthews Bay  Oct 11 - 6 km

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16 km, YTD 643 km


Sunday, September 26, 2021

September 24th - Crystal Cove, Tofino (#67)

I went for a short paddle out from Mackenzie Beach while we were camping at Crystal cove Resort. Conditions were nice with very little swell. The Aquaglide inflatable is not the fastest craft! :)

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3 km, YTD 627 km

Monday, September 06, 2021

September 6th - Cadboro Bay (#65)

I managed to get out for a short afternoon paddle on the SUP. Conditions were nice with a bit of a wind coming into the bay. I saw Ned and George in the boats as I paddled through RVYC

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4 km, YTD 624 km

August 20-30 - Great Bear Rainforest (#s 58 to 64)

While working as expedition leader for Maple Leaf Adventures on board MV Cascadia I managed to get out for 7 paddles over two trips. I enjoy paddling these Aquaglide Chelan 155 inflatables. They are comfortable, track well and are not too slow! :)

#58 - August 20 - Chief Matthews Bay - 3 km

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#59 - August 21 -Kitlope Anchorage - 3 km

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#60 - August 23 - McMicking Inlet, Campania Island - 5 km

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#61 - August 25 - Cameron Cove, Barnard Harbour, Princess Royal Island - 3 km

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#62 - August 28 - Chief Matthews Bay - 4 km

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#63 - August 30 - Cameron Cove, Barnard Harbour, Princess Royal island - 3 km

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#64 - August 30 - McMicking Inlet, Campania Island - 3 km

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24 km total, YTD 620 km

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

August 17th - Discovery island (#57)

I managed to get out for a late afternoon paddle with Fraser. We had great conditions with minimal wind and current. We saw some of the usual suspects ( https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S93391139). It was neat to see so many belted kingfishers. I also ran into Ben who was paddling out in the islands and saw Ryan and Eric on the way back by Flower Island.

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13 km, YTD 596 km

August 6th - Geirþjófsfjörður (#56)

While working on the Lindblad National Geographic Explorer, I managed to get out for a paddle with a guest in Geirþjófsfjörður in the West Fjords near Dynjandi waterfall. Nice calm afternoon and we saw well over 100 Eurasian oystercatchers. My only paddle out of the country so far this year!

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3km, YTD 583 km

Friday, July 09, 2021

July 9th - Cadboro Bay (#55)

I went for a morning paddle around the bay. Conditions were nice and calm and sunny. My primary purpose was to do a census of the Canada geese that are along the shores of the bay. They are currently molting, so will not fly and are easy to count. I counted 217 geese between Cattle Point and Cadboro Point. Only 5 were clearly young birds. In addition I saw a nice assortment of sea and shorebirds (rhinoceros auklet, black oystercatcher, killdeer and a good number of purple martins at the yacht club

https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S91492903

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8 km, YTD 580 km


Thursday, July 08, 2021

July 8th - Discovery Island (#54)

Dan and I went out for a morning paddle around the islands - probably my last chance for a month - and had a great paddle. Conditions were windy but not bad - a bit of lumpy water here and there. It was still ebbing when we started but had turned to flood by the time we returned. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of rhinoceros auklets we saw - three groups of 20+ near Jemmy Jones Island. 

https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S91449736

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15 km, YTD 572 km

Friday, July 02, 2021

July 2nd - Discovery Island (#53)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle out to the islands and conditions were excellent, no wind and little current. It was one of the few times I have paddled through the "sluice"  with no current. Looking at our track back from Commodore Point, it is pretty straight. We saw many Canada geese - one wonders how many of these pests the bay can support! Visibility was not great so we could not see Mts Baker or Rainier.

https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S91143425

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15 km, YTD 557 km