Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August 13 - Chatham Island (#66)

I paddled out to Cadboro Point to join Paulo and five other meetup paddlers (Lanny, Gary, Tanya, Derek and Darcy) for an evening paddle around Chatham. It was quite foggy which made navigation more interesting and gave the scenery a very different look. The tide was high which allowed us to go into the lagoon and check out Cactus Islet. I made it back to the beach just before dark after a very enjoyable paddle.
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14 km, YTD 596 km

Sunday, August 10, 2014

August 10th - Cadboro Bay (#65)

I went for a short afternoon paddle along the west shore of Cadboro Bay. It was hot even on the water! I checked Simon's crab tap but there was nothing there!
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4 km, YTD 582 km

August 9th - Butchart Fireworks (#64)

Monica and I joined a SISKA paddle, ably led by Joanne, from Brentwood Bay to Tod Inlet to watch the Saturday night summer fireworks show. We found a nice beach and ran into Kirby who was also there to watch and video the show. The show was excellent!
Here is a hand held video of the show taken with my phone (1 minute)

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4 km, YTD 578 km

Saturday, August 09, 2014

August 9th - Flower Islet (#63)

After a good morning bike ride to and around Mt Doug, Monica and I decided to go out into the bay on the boards. Monica used the oarboard rig on the SUPATX and I used the Sarboard Touring. It was Monica's first time on the Oarboard rig and she seemed to enjoy it. I was testing out a Werner SUP paddle which was quite nice.
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4 km, YTD 574 km

Thursday, August 07, 2014

August 7th - Discovery Island (#62)

Dan and I set out from Killarney Road and met up with George at Cadboro Point for a circuit around my favourite islands. It was great to be out there again. Lots of other paddlers out there, some with the ORS discovery shuttle, some camping as well as other day trippers like ourselves. There was a flood current building which seemed to be at close to max when we were heading back so we got a good push between Commodore and Heritage points. Our moving average speed was 7.0 kph which is pretty decent! A beautiful sunny day with light winds. Lots of whale watching traffic!
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15 km, YTD 570 km

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

August 6th - Cadboro Bay #2 - (#61)

I went for a second trip around the bay, this time with the oarboard rig on the starboard 12ft 6in touring SUP board. The oarboard rig is significantly faster and easier to control directionally than just standing and I found myself working up quite a sweat! I stopped for a nice chat with Tim by Staines Island. Looking at the second image below, you can see that the evening track is mostly blue and the morning track mostly green...
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 4 km, YTD 555 km
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August 6 - Cadboro Bay (#60)

I took my new Starboard touring SUP out for a spin in the bay. It paddles very nicely. I went out via the yacht club (now one can get through again) and passed by my mooring and the anchored yacht Surt.
I am looking forward to plenty of short trips out in the bay on this board as well as using it with the oarboard. It definitely goes faster with the wind at your back!
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4 km, YTD 551 km

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

August 5th - Arbutus cove (#59)

I went for my first paddle back on home waters with Dan, George and Gordin this morning. We decided not to head out to the islands since there was a stiff southwesterly breeze and the water north of Ten Mile Point was calm. Great to catch up on news and great to paddle on home waters again!

14 km, YTD 547 km

Monday, August 04, 2014

July 24 - Viðey Island, Reykjavik (#58)

I  was able to join a Thursday evening  Reykjavik Kayak Club outing for a paddle around Viðey (pronounced vi-they) Island near Reykjavik. Thanks to Sigurjon Magnusson for picking me up, Guðni Viktorsson for organising a Tahe Greenland T for me and Þóra Atladóttir for leading the paddle. We finished at 10 PM in broad daylight! Saw many birds and a seal. The club has a very neat clubhouse and kayak storage set up on the beach made from a dozen shipping containers on the beach. The club members were a very competent and good bunch to paddle with. Guðni paddled around Iceland last year - quite an achievement! This paddle was a great way to start my Iceland trip!
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11 km, YTD  533 km

July 19 - Loch Ken (#57)

While staying with my brother and sister-in-law nearby, I went to Galloway Activity Centre and rented  one of their Easky sea kayaks for half a day to paddle on the loch. It was a bit rainy but I had a fine paddle going down to where the Dee enters the loch. There were a couple of nice islets to explore.
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14 km, YTD 522 km

July 16 - Killary Lough, Galway (#56)

I went for an excellent morning paddle with Killary Adventure Company in Killary Fjord near Leenane in Galway. KAC had good gear and a good kayak and I had a paddle out to the mouth of the Fjord and back. There were a few nice waterfalls along the way as well as many mussel farm floats (I later got to try some for lunch!)
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13 km, YTD 508 km

July 9 - Ballyvaughan (county Clare) (#55)

I went out with Patrick of North Clare Sea Kayaking for an afternoon paddling the spectacular North "Burren" Clare coastline from Ballyvaughan to Gleninagh Quay, with a stop at Gleninagh castle. Due to a cancellation, the group was just Patrick and me, so we were able to make great progress and have a good chat. I really enjoyed our private visit to the castle as well as the magnificent scenery.
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13 km, YTD 495 km.

July 7th - Dingle, Ireland (#54)

I joined an afternoon group for a 3 hour paddle out of Dingle Bay and along the shore to the west. What a spectacular bit of coastline to paddle with dramatic cliffs, sea caves and tunnels, as well as ruins! Our guide, Dearmid, was friendly, informative and professional.  As a geology geek, I was impressed by all the sedimentary structures such as ripple marks and mud cracks that could be seen in the steeply tilted strata. As an avid paddler, I can attest that this is a spectacular bit of coastline.
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9 km, YTD 482 km

July 3rd - Skibbereen Ireland with Atlantic Sea Kayaking (#53)

I joined and assisted Jim Kennedy of Atlantic Sea Kayaking for an evening "moonlight" paddle in the inlet by Reen Pier, West Cork. The evening was misty and a bit drizzly but magical all the same. I even got to see a bit of bioluminescence by the time we finished around midnight - just dark enough! Though short, the paddle was a nice opportunity for me to get my first taste of Irish sea kayaking!
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4 km YTD 473 km

Sunday, June 22, 2014

June 22nd - Discovery island (#52)

Dennis and I went out for a quick 2 hr 10 minute paddle around Discovery this morning. Conditions were excellent and we were able to make good use of the currents in our favour for most of the trip - moving average was 66.9 kph (3.7 kt). Looks like the Surf SUP event in the bay is gearing up to go this afternoon...
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15 km, YTD 469 km