Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 24th - Flower Islet (#8)

Julia and I went for a short afternoon paddle to Flower Island and back. We had calm conditions with a light drizzle, We saw a good collection of wildlife: river otter, harbour seal, common and hooded merganzers, Canada geese, harlequin duck, bufflehead, american wigeon, great blue heron, and cormorants.
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4 km, YTD 72 km.

Monday, January 19, 2015

January 19th - Discovery Island (#7)

Dan and I went for an afternoon paddle around Discovery. I realize that this is the first time I have been to Discovery since October 16th. My elbow has been persuading me to do shorter paddles. I'll see how it feels after today, though so far so good. I continued to try out the Think Big Eze and a wing paddle.I am impressed by the bite/power of the wing paddle and by the lightness of the Big Eze.
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15 km, YTD 68 km

Saturday, January 17, 2015

January 17th - Oak Bay (#6)

I led a SISKA relaxed paddle (14 of us) from Cadboro Bay to Oak Bay marina and back. The weather forecast was not great, but the winds held off and we had a good paddle. Looking at the Ten mile point weather station report, we had about 20 kph steady NNE throughout
click to enlarge - our track
click to enlarge - BWD forecast and reports for Discovery

click to enlarge - Ten mile point weather station
 12 km, YTD 53 km.

Friday, January 16, 2015

January 16th - Cadboro Bay (#5)

I took the Big Eze out for an hour's afternoon paddle after work today as conditions were looking nice and calm. I decided to use my Greenland paddle this time and note that the track average was 7.4 kph (4.0 kt) instead of 7.8 kph. Not sure if it was the paddle, conditions or me! I saw otters, mergansers, geese and something making a big splash in the bay - Cadborosaurus??? But I did not get to see it, so another one for the annals of cryptozoology! Elbow still feeling good! :)
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7 km, YTD 41 km.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January 14th - Cadboro Bay (#4)

I went for a quick sunrise paddle around the bay before going to work, as the forecasts seem pretty windy for the next several days. It was good to try the Big Eze in my home waters. it is a nice fast kayak. The track shows that I had no trouble maintaining an average pace of 7.8 kph (4.2 kt) for the duration of the paddle. From inside the house to back inside was under 70 minutes!
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6 km, YTD 34 km

Sunday, January 11, 2015

January 11th - Trial Island (#3)

I went for another test paddle of the surf ski, this time with Alex and Ben, and had a nice afternoon run around Trial and along the shore by the golf course. We did get to surf one wake there which was fun and got the speed up a bit. (in the track plot you can see the boat that made the wake! not!). Nice to chat with Alex a bit more and to catch up with Ben!
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8 km, YTD 28 km

Saturday, January 10, 2015

January 10th - Esquimalt (#2)

Alex invited me to try out a surf ski with him, so I joined him at Fleming beach and went for a nice paddle along the Esquimalt waterfront. The Think Big EZE is a nice stable craft and was fun to paddle. I also paddled most of the trip with a wing paddle while Alex gave me some pointers on stroke and style. I definitely felt like I was moving faster than usual and the track shows most sections were dark blue (>7.5 kph). I think I will have to try it again in my home waters!
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10 km, YTD 20 km

Thursday, January 08, 2015

January 8th - Chatham Island (#1)

Dan and I went out for an afternoon paddle to Chatham. We did not go too fast as I am still "babying" my elbow and wrist, but things still seem good this evening after a 10 km paddle. Conditions were good and we saw some nice sundogs on our way back. Great to be back on the water!
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10 km, YTD 10 km

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The year in review

I had another great year of paddling though I did not make either of my "goals" (100 paddles and/or 1000 km) due to some tendinitis in my elbow during the last month or so. That said, I was able to paddle in Galapagos, Ireland, Scotland, Washington State and Iceland as well as the west coast of BC. Looking forward to the 10th year of my paddling blog. I made it over 10,000 km since I started blogging - a quarter of the way around the world!
Thanks to all my paddling partners for making it a fun year of paddling!

Year/Paddles/Distance (km)
2014 98   911
2013 92 1063
2012 87 1001
2011 105 1217
2010 124 1214
2009 116 1381
2008 75 1080
2007 66 1098
2006 77 1273
Total 840 10238

Sunday, December 28, 2014

December 28th - Cadboro Bay (#98)

I decided to go for a short afternoon paddle to see how the elbow tendinitis was faring with paddling. The upshot is that I can still feel it but it isn't getting any worse (or better?). Conditions were good. I discovered that the back way through RVYC is now closed off at lower tides ( less than 7 ft?)
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5 km, YTD 911 km

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

December 17th - Buccaneer Cove, Santiago Island (#97)

I managed to get out for another paddle at Buccaneer Cove, Santiago (James) Island. Again, exploring the shoreline by kayak was fun, though the distance covered was not great. We were able to explore the inside of a neat cave as well. I wish I could paddle around an entire island or two in the archipelago!
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3 km, YTD 906 km

December 16th - Tagus Cove, Galapagos (#96)

I went for a paddle along the shore of Tagus Cove, Isabela Island. Kayaking along the shores of these islands gives a great perspective on intertidal life, as well as Galapagos penguins and flightless cormorants. We followed this with a snorkel and then a hike up to the top of Tagus cone.
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Zoomed out to see Tagus and beagle craters - click to enlarge
3 km, YTD 903 km

Sunday, December 07, 2014

December 6th - Cattle Point (#95)

I joined 16 other SISKA paddlers for a short morning paddle out to Cattle Point before the Christmas party at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. Though it was raining a bit when we started, this dried up and we had a great little paddle in nice calm conditions. The party afterwards was also great! The tide was quite high allowing us to sneak around various rocks and islets, making for an interesting paddle.
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6 km, YTD 900 km

I have been having some tendinitis in my left elbow and have not been paddling as far or as often in the past few weeks. Though I will likely make 100 paddles in the year, I am not sure about making it to 1000 km this year! :(

Friday, November 28, 2014

November 28th - Fulford Reef whale (#94)

Dan and I went for an afternoon paddle out to Chatham Island. When we were at the top of Strongtide island, I saw a whale spouting out past the Fulford Reef buoy, so we paused to watch. eventually we saw that it was quite near Fulford reef and paddled out towards it. As we got closer, it became apparent that it was a gray whale (which I thought migrated away from this area over the winter?). We got close enough that we could clearly see that it had no dorsal fin and a very blotchy gray body. There was a sea lion sleeping on the buoy, a California sea lion came close while we were north of Chatham Island and then we saw some Steller sea lions in Baynes as we went back across. As well as all the marine mammals, we saw several mergansers, murres, and murrelets. A wonderful way to spend Friday afternoon. No wind to speak of and no rain and no complaints!
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11 km, YTD 984 km

Saturday, November 22, 2014

November 22nd - cattle Point (#93)

I went for a short morning paddle before heading up to Campbell River this aft. I decided to give the new P&H Hammer a test drive/maiden voyage and had a nice cruise along the Cadboro bay shoreline. Nice views of otters, oystercatchers, beached sailboats!, and more.
I have not paddled as much as usual the last few weeks since I tweaked my left elbow a bit. Trying to give it a bit of rest...
The Hammer paddles nicely and tracks decently with the skeg down. Flatwater paddling are not supposed to be the boats forte!
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5 km, YTD 883 km