Thursday, December 31, 2009

December 31 - Vantreight Island - Last paddle of the year (#116)

Dan and I went out for a short paddle this morning to get in one more paddle in the year and help Dan work off a week of holiday eating. The winds were a bit stronger and there were decent wind waves forming to the north of Chatham. We popped into Swing Beach bay and then made our way back via Jemmy Jones. As we were returning, the wind began to pick up and the rain began.


10 km, 5 NM, YTD1381 km – 4 year total : 4804 km – almost enough to get me to Gander Newfoundland as the crow flies!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December 30th - Discovery (#115)

I joined Alan, Duncan, Doug, Simon, John, Dave, Lynn and Dorothea on the last “Wednesday Paddle” of the year. They were setting out from Oak Bay Marina, so I met them at Great Chain Islet. Conditions were great. A bit of wind and chop in the morning but not bad for the end of December! We had lunch on swing beach (what was left of it as the tide was very high). After lunch we went to Jemmy Jones and over to Cattle POint were I parted ways with the group.

18 km, 10 NM, YTD 1371 km ScreenShot243

Given the nice SE wind, I decided to rig up the Megabyte and took it for an hour’s sail. Conditions were excellent andf I had a blast making my way out to Jemmy Jones and back. I was getting some nice speed around 6 knots or so at times. I saw a lone paddler in the race at Baynes which was looking pretty good… was too far up wind to investigate.


Maybe one more paddling day left this year… my 4 year total is now up to 4794 km!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

December 29th - Jemmy Jones (#114)

I went out for a solo afternoon paddle in the F1 to Cadboro Point, Jemmy Jones Islet and back via the RVYC. Nice afternoon. There was a good current building in Baynes and I spent a couple of minutes running through it. I met another paddler, Richard, out by Cadboro Point and Jemmy Jones – it was his birthday!

9 km, 5 NM, YTD 1353 km ScreenShot242

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December 22nd - Arbutus Cove (#113)

Paulo, Dan and I decided to get a last paddle of the year together before Dan and Paulo headed off. We set out just before noon and headed up towards Arbutus Cove where we stopped for a bit. Yet another beautiful December day! Sunshine, winds were not too strong and the temp was not too cold. We passed by the 10 mile POint Weather Station – this is the weather station I find best for checking out the weather around Cadboro Bay. Here is a wind printout for today:

ScreenShot235 looks like the winds were steady at 10–15 knots while we were paddling.

The weather underground version of the site is at: and the main site is at:

14 km, 8 NM, YTD 1344 kmScreenShot234

Sunday, December 20, 2009

December 20th- Chatham Discovery Islands (#112)

Paulo, Dan and I went for another paddle out to our favourite islands. The predicted winds and rain did not materialize so conditions were great. We had fun playing in the currents off Chatham and then did a figure of eight around the islands. I saw Harlequin ducks, Black Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, Bald eagles, Otters (family of 12!). I was paddling the NF Shadow.

18 km, 10 NM, YTD 1330 km ScreenShot233

Saturday, December 19, 2009

December 19th - Esquimalt Harbour (#111)

Monica and I joined 27 other paddlers at the CFB sailing club beach to paddle across the harbour, up to the falls on Millstream and back to 6 Mile pub for the SISKA Christmas paddle and party. Conditions were great – no wind and no rain and not too cold! The paddle and party were a great success.

Some of my photos are posted at:  and some of Michel’s are at:

IMGP1549 Yours truly with a silly hat!

IMGP1547 a full beach

IMGP1564 Coal Island


9 km, 5 NM, YTD 1312 km

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dec 17th - Cabin Point (#110)

Gordin, Dan, Dorothea and I set out from Gordin’s in-laws to paddle out and around the shores of East Sooke Park to Cabin Point and back. Conditions were good and I was glad I brought my sirocco and wooden GP as I was able to do a lot of playing in the rock gardens. We made good progress as winds and currents were light.

ScreenShot231 wide view ScreenShot230 closer view

16 km, 9 NM, YTD 1303 km

Monday, December 14, 2009

December 13/14 - Tofino surf

I was up in Tofio to work, but we made some time to get out surfing at Chesterman’s beach. I surfed the Cape falcon F1 yesterday and the Wold Nova today. I used the greenland paddle both times and was very happy how it worked.

Some video clips:



Saturday, December 12, 2009

December 12th - Discovery (#109)

Dan Paulo and I went for a morning paddle out and around Chatham and Discovery Islands and then back via the Chain islets. Conditions were cool but cal. I was in my Tahe and had a tuilik on so I did a number of rolls.

ScreenShot229 16 km,8.5 NM, YTD 1287 km.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

December 2nd - Discovery (#107)

Dan, Paulo and I went out for a afternoon paddle from Caddy bay to Discovery and back. I was in the F1 and Paulo was in the Disko Bay. Clear skies, light northerly winds and a beautiful evening. We watched the sun set as we paddled back to Cadboro bay. Its getting a bit colder!

ScreenShot228 IMGP1544 Paulo in the F1 eith Baker in the background

15 km, 8 NM, YTD 1271 km.