Wednesday, December 26, 2007

December 25th, Samara Costa Rica

Well - one more post from an Internet cafe in samara Costa Rica!
Monica and I went for a short paddle out of Samara Costa Rica. We went out from the beach to some islands at the edge of the bay. It was a bit windy and the sit on top "ocean kayaks" were not very hydrodynamic! probably paddled about 8 km
YTD 1098 km???

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Dec 15th - VCKC Christmas paddle - Esquimalt harbour

28 others and I joined a VCKC xmas paddle from the CFSA sailing club beach to Millstream and then for lunch at 6 mile - a bit of wind and rain, but fortunately none when we were loading or unloading boats. the worst was when we were in the pub!
8.5 km. YTD: 1090 km
BTW, this is the last paddle post of the year as we are off to Costa Rica today!

Monday, December 10, 2007

December 9th - Victoria Waterfront (#64)

George, Roscoe, Dennis and I set out from Cadboro Bay in snow, but this dissipated and turned into a fairly typical winter’s day – light drizzle, cool temps and 5–10 knots of wind. We had a nice paddle all along the shore from Cadboro Bay to Horseshoe Bay by Finlayson Point where we stopped for lunch. I managed to put the spirit sail up for a while on the way back across oak Bay.

23 km, 12 NM, YTD 1081 kmScreenShot005

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Dec 2nd -pool session

The weather was so miserable today that I settled for a 2 hour evening pool session to practice my rolls and braces. Had fun rolling with my GP. I could definitely use some coaching on some more roll techniques and how to better set up for a static brace.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

November 25th - Discovery (#63)

George, Dennis and I set out from Cadboro Bay to paddle out to Chatham and Discovery Islands. It was a gorgeous “summer in November” day with a nice high tide so we were able to go right into the heart of Chatham Island and visit the “cactus” islet.

ScreenShot00218 Km, 10 NM, YTD 1058.

November 25th - Discovery (#63)

George, Dennis and I set out from Cadboro Bay to paddle out to Chatham and Discovery Islands. It was a gorgeous “summer in November” day with a nice high tide so we were able to go right into the heart of Chatham Island and visit the “cactus” islet.

18 Km, 10 NM, YTD 1058. ScreenShot002

November 25th - Discovery (#63)

George, Dennis and I set out from Cadboro Bay to paddle out to Chatham and Discovery Islands. It was a gorgeous “summer in November” day with a nice high tide so we were able to go right into the heart of Chatham Island and visit the “cactus” islet.

18 Km, 10 NM, YTD 1058.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

November 10th - D'Arcy Island (#62)

George and I joined Dennis, Sue, Lynn and Tony who were heading to D’Arcy to camp. There was a good breeze heading over and I had my spirit sail up for the second half of the trip. George and I had lunch on the island and then headed back to Island View via Sallas rocks. The day was sunny and conditions were good.


17.5 km, 9.5 NM, YTD 1040 km ScreenShot077

Sunday, November 04, 2007

November 4th - Discovery Island (#61)

Gordin, George, John, Paolo and I set out from Smuggler’s Cove for what turned out to be a beautiful day’s paddle around Chatham and Discovery Islands. The currents were weak and the sun was shining – what a day for November! We had a nice long lunch break, enjoying the sun and solving the world’s problems…

W20imgp1218George in his “new” boat W20imgp1221 Gordin and John and Mt Baker W20imgp1223 Paolo rolls back up

7.5 NM, 14 KM, YTD 1023 km. ScreenShot076

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Oct 28th - Cowichan (#60)

Pete, Jim, George, Lindsay and I joined Craig for a day of white water paddling on the Cowichan. We did a new section of the river to me – From Sandy Bottom pool to Duncan. Nice water at this river level. Quite a few chum salmon seen breaking the surface. I took a good bump to the helmet in one run.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Oct 22nd - Oak bay - Made it to 1000 km! (#59)

I led a VCKC Energizer paddle from our launch at Gyro Park to lunch on Gonzalez beach and back. It was a beautiful day. We had 18 boats including a double. The currents were with us both ways and we averaged a comfortable 3 knots. I made my 1000 km for the year by lunch which felt nice. A group of us stopped off at the Smuggler’s cove pub afterwards.


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18 Km, 9.5 NM, YTD 1009.   ScreenShot075 Energizer Paddle Oct 27th copy

Sunday, October 14, 2007

October 14th - Trial Island (#58)

George and I set out early to paddle around Trial Island. Weather and conditions were great. We ran into Pete and Andy as we were returning. Coming back, I noticed a nice roche moutonee made by the glaciers during the ice ages.

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15 km, 8 NM, YTD 991 km ScreenShot074

Monday, October 08, 2007

October 8th - Jordan River

I joined Ken, Alphons, Bob, and Ralph at Jordan River to spend a couple of hours in the surf. Since it was my first time in a while, the conditions were great – the waves were big enough that I got rides, but not so big that it was “too exciting”. No mileage to record today, though I probably put in a couple of km…

S1isimg_4800 S1isimg_4804 S1isimg_4802 S1isimg_4798 photos shot with my S1 in a housing.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

September 29 - Portland Island (#57)

I went out bu myself for a morning paddle to visit the grade 11 group camped at Arbutus point. The wind was around 10 knots from the south and it gave me a bit of a push on the way out. Had a chat with Beth-Anne and Charlie and then headed back home. The wind definitely slowed me down on the way back (see track). Gale force winds forecast for the PM, so I decided to get back early.

ScreenShot066 14 km, 7.5 NM, YTD 976 km

Thursday, September 27, 2007

September 27 - The Gorge (56)

Cousin Ginny, Ant and Julia (visiting from Botswana) and I set out from the VCKC beach to paddle down to the inner harbour. Nice conditions. There was a strong ebb as we were heading down stream, but it had almost ended by the time we returned. The Johnson street bridge went up while we were in the harbour.

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7.5 km,  NM, YTD 962 km.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

September 23 - Discovery #55

George and I headed out from Smuggler’s cove for a quick Sunday morning paddle. My GPS did not work today, so the track is created manually on a chart from memory…

Beautiful condfitions and a very nice paddle! No significant current, wind or waves!

12 km, 6.5 NM, YTD 954 km.ScreenShot063

Saturday, September 15, 2007

September 15th - Portland Island (54)

Finally managed to get out on the water again! I went out after school on Friday afternoon to join the grade 10 kayak group that was camping on Portland Island. I spent the night with them, paddled twice around the island on Saturday morning and then went back. conditions were great and it was fun to visit with the group.

22.5 km, 12 NM, YTD 942 ScreenShot062 W20imgp1157 The foggy morning paddle

Monday, August 27, 2007

Brooks 06 video trailer

George has put together a 2minute trailer for our 2006 trip on youtube:

 Gives a nice taste of last year’s trip…

Sunday, August 26, 2007

August 26 - Pedder Bay (#53)

Bill, Paolo and I set out from Wier’s beach near William head and followed the coastline around William Head, Pedder Bay, inside Bentinck Island, Christopher Point, Whirl bay and eventually to a beach by Large Bedford Island. Conditions were nice and we avoided the wind and any flood current by hugging the shore and pokinmg around islets. After lunch the wind had built a bit and the current was flooding strongly. I put up the PA sail and we cruised quickly from the Bedfords to Pedder Bay by way of Race Pasage. Once in Pedder Bay, the wind was at our side and there seemed to be a current eddy pushing us out, so it was slow going from there back to the beach. A very nice day, sunny, breezy but not too much. The winds at Race rocks rose gradually from 15 knots at 10 AM when we started to 25 at 3 PM when we finished.

W20imgp1143 Bill and some deerW20imgp1145 A narrow channel

23.5 km, 13 NM, YTD 919 km ScreenShot058 ScreenShot059 two views of the track

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Record breaking circuumnavigation of Vancouver Island

Joe O’Blenis has just completed his record breaking circumnavigation of “our rock” :  23 days and 10 hours – the previous record was 28 days. Read about it at: – we met Joe at Carmanaha point on our last day and I ran into him again a couple of days later on Vargas.

August 18 - Pictures from Oyama

Here are some images from the week…

W20imgp1094 MJ in the wisper with rolling rib installedW20imgp1099

W20imgp1104 Monica in the wisperW20imgp1106

W20imgp1109 Looking Down Wood Lake W20imgp1114 A view of Kalamalka and Wood Lakes from Oyama Lake Road

W20imgp1120 Looking south down Kal lake W20imgp1123 Camp Hill Outback Development on Okanagan Lake

W20imgp1127 Kathy and Candy on Okanagan LakeW20imgp1128

W20imgp1133 Candy’s little place on Okanagan lake…

Some Video clips:


August 18 - Oyama track logs (#s47-52)

I am posting a “week in review” post with tracks since I sent all the daily posts by e-mail from my pocket PC. I’ll follow with some pictures.

The tracks for the whole week…

August 12 August 12; August 13 August 13; August 14 August 14;

August 15 August 15; August 16 August 16; August 17 August 17

100 km for the week, 54 NM, YTD: 895 km