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 https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S122963444 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.

 https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S122688908

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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! (https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S122481781)

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. https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S120235409

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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. https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S119873666 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


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.

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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