Saturday, December 03, 2016

December 3rd - Cadboro Bay (#115)

I led a group of ten SISKA paddlers for a morning paddle around the bay before our annual lunch party. There was a little wind in the forecast, but it was pretty calm in the bay. Lots of buffleheads and hooded mergansers around.
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7 km, YTD 975 km

Sunday, November 27, 2016

November 26&27 - Surge Narrows (#s 113&114)

I went up to Campbell River to stay with Alan and spend two days paddling the wave at Surge Narrows. On Saturday we with Walter and on Sunday Walter and Craig. The 3 or 4 of us had he wave to ourselves, and the wave was pretty friendly throughout our time there. I learned a few more things about staying on the wave and had some wonderful rides. I figured out that a 5 minute ride at 6 knots is like riding a surfing wave for 1 km! Conditions were pretty good with very little wind and some light rain. A Steller sea lion checked us out at one point and gave us a look that made me think we were hogging his wave! You can see the current was still fast as we returned from the wave both days, but the tide had risen to the point where the wave had flattened out. Hope to head back up again soon!
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8 km, YTD 968 km

Thursday, November 24, 2016

November 24th - Jemmy Jones Island (#112)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle in the windy bay. We had to work hard to paddle out against the 20 kt wind and also had to go to Loon Bay to empty our cockpits after launching!  You can see the slow progress we made out and then the wonderfully fast, almost straight, return. We were able to catch and surf a good number of waves on the way back. An hour after our return, the bay was calm! A short but fun paddle!
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6 km, YTD 960 km

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Novemebr 22nd - Cadboro Point (#111)

I went out to Cadboro Point in the afternoon to play in the waves which were predicted to be big in Baynes. I had to paddle fairly hard against a headwind to get there, and when I got there, the waves were bigger than I wanted! I chatted for a while with Ben and then paddled home with the wind at my back - catching a few small waves! Buffleheads, hooded merganzers and a pacific loon were on the bird list.
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6 km, YTD 954 km

Sunday, November 20, 2016

November 20th - Cadboro Bay (#110

I went for a nice solo afternoon paddle out to Cadboro Point and around the bay. It was pretty bumpy out in Baynes, but I did not try to play init as I had no helmet and no spotter. It is nice to daydream on a solo paddle, enjoying the peace of the outdoors. There were lots of buffleheads in the bay.
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7 km, YTD 948 km

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November 16th - Discovery Island (#109)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around our favourite islands. Winds were calm and there was a strong ebb. The air is getting colder - I needed gloves for part of the trip! We did a bit of a figure of eight for a change of route.
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15 km, YTD 941 km

Monday, November 14, 2016

November 14th - Cadboro Bay (#108)

I went for a quick afternoon paddle around the bay in between stints of marking! Conditions were overcast with a 5-10 kt SE wind. I saw sea lions, seals as well as surf scoters, oystercatchers, cormorants and more. It is easy to keep up a good pace in the surf ski!
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6 km, YTD 928 km

Saturday, November 12, 2016

November 12th - Cadboro Bay (#107)

Monica, Steve, Melissa and I went for a nice morning paddle around the bay. Despite the forecast, conditions were nice and calm and the rain was minimal. We saw many kinds of birds as well as seals and otters. We had a relatively strong flood near Cadboro Point, so decided not to go any further. We had the Whisky 16, the Hammer, the F1 and my Tahe Greenland out! Almost emptied the grage for a moment!
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8 km, YTD 920 km

Thursday, November 10, 2016

November 10th - Discovery island (#106)

Dan and I paddled out of Killarney and met Paulo at Cadboro Point after which we headed over to the islands. Conditions were calm and overcast. The Growlers of Whidny island were busy taking off or landing and making quite a noise. We saw the wolf near Heritage Point near the SW corner of west Chatham Island. He gets around quite a bit!
15 km, YTD 912 km

Saturday, November 05, 2016

November 5th - Discovery island (#105)

Dan, Paulo and I went for a nice morning paddle. The wind was pretty calm and the current was a building ebb that slowed us down in places. Lots of seabirds around as well as a Steller sea lion in Baynes and seals all around Chatham and Discovery.  Paulo had just received a new paddle from Gearlab. It is one of their nukilik models. The two piece paddle as a very solid join as well as exchangeable tips. It also moved nicely through the water. It is not as light as the Superior paddle (still my favourite) and has a much smaller diameter loom. We also made a detour to Strongtide Islet to pick up a crab trap float that Dan had seen recently - I came home with loot! :)
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15 km, YTD 897 km

Sunday, October 30, 2016

October 30th - Port Renfrew (#104)

I joined Reale, Jo, Jeff, Tony, Heather and Beverly for a paddle in Port San Juan. We paddled over to the north side of the bay and then poked our way along the shoreline up to Thrasher Cove (One of the starting/ending spots for the West Coast trail). There were magnificent caves, arches and stacks as well as pour-overs and slots to paddle through/over/around and I had a blast. I ended up high and dry a couple of times... It has been a while since I paddled this stretch of coast and it was well worth the drive! My only compaint is that the Hammer is slow! It seemed especially so when I was paddling against the river flow and tide near the end.
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13 km, YTD 882 km

Saturday, October 29, 2016

October 29th - Discovery Island (#103)

Dan, Rob, George and I went for a morning paddle around the Islands and had an outstanding paddle. Conditions were overcast, slightly drizzly, but mostly calm which made for very comfortable paddling. The real fun began when I spotted a small group of humpbacks out in Haro Strait off Seabird Point. As we were watching the whales we heard some low barking and turned around to see the wolf on a bare knoll behind us. He watched us, howled at us (or the world?) and followed us along the shore for a short while. I feel sorry for him. It must be especially lonely now that people cannot visit the park. I almost felt like he was calling us for company's sake!
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16 km, YTD 869 km

Sunday, October 23, 2016

October 23rd - Cadboro Bay (#102)

I went for a quick afternoon paddle around the bay. Conditions were nice and there was no one around! I used the GP with the surf ski and was able to keep up a good pace.
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4 km, YTD 853 km

Saturday, October 22, 2016

October 22nd - Discovery (#101)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle out to the Islands. Conditions were pretty good with no more than 10 kts of wind and not too much current. Since the tide was high, we were able to explore and pass through places that we normally can't go, so that was fun! I ran into Ian, the Songhees patroller, and chatted with him about the park closure. We heard the wolf howling when we were on the west side of Discovery and spent some time looking for him, but did not see him. Lots of gulls and harlequin ducks around. Dan and I were "out of practice", so we did not maintain quite our usual pace but did fit in a slightly longer than usual paddle.
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16 km, YTD 849 km

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October 19th - Jemmy Jones (#100)

I was able to sneak out for a quick afternoon paddle around the bay. It was rainy but not too windy/wavy. I saw sea lions, seals, an eagle chase some ducks that were trying to land in the Killarney pond, as well as a grebe, gulls, and harlequin ducks. Today was the first time that I had really noticed the fall colours as I was making my way back into the bay. I saw several SUPers as well.
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5 km, YTD 833 km