Sunday, March 08, 2015

March 7th - Jemmy Jones (#22)

Pete and I went for a quick paddle out to Jemmy Jones after we had spent some time assembling and disassembling my Feathercraft Wispers. Nice sunny conditions with a light northerly breeze.
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5 km, YTD 107 km.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

March 5th - Cadboro bay (#21)

I went for an afternoon paddle around caddy bay with the surf ski. I was bale to keep a nice pace over the 7 km (8.6 kph average (lots of blue and purple on the track!). Conditions were great with no current or wind. Even though it was a bit hazy, I could just make out Rainier in the distance.
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7 km, YTD 202 km.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February 28th - Discovery Island (#20)

For the third time in a week, I went to Discovery! Dan Paulo and I went for an over-lunch paddle around Discovery. We started a bit later since there had been strong winds in the forecast, but they were not really happening.We ran into Lanny at Cadboro Point and then Rowan, Costain and Martin at Rudlin Bay.The trip back was a bit of a slog as there was just enough NW wind to make it hard work! As you can see from the track we made a detour in Baynes to catch some waves. I had three or four  really nice rides.
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16 km, YTD 195 km

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 24th - discovery Island (#19)

Dan and I went for an afternoon run a round Discovery Island. This time I was in a Greenland boat with a GP, which felt very comfortable. Quite a few eagles around Seabird Point. We stopped off near Griffin Islet to investigate a crab pot that is well-attached to the bottom - probably snagged. The currents and winds were light and the sky mostly sunny! The moving average for the trip was a more sedate 6.6 kph!
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15 km, YTD 179 km

Sunday, February 22, 2015

February 22nd - Discovery Island (#18)

Dan and Alex joined me for a morning paddle around Discovery. Sunny and a light North wind with a strong ebb current. I used my aleut-inspired paddle and discovered that I can't get the top speed out of it. Good for cruising, but not for sprinting. I had to work hard to keep up with Alex and Dan. My average speed was 7.2 kph over the 15 km. you can see from the track that we got carried down with the current on the way back. I was pointing NW all the time, but going SW!
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15 km, YTD 164 km.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

February 21st - Caddy Bay (#17)

I went for a Saturday afternoon "run" around the bay on the surf ski and enjoyed the February sunshine! 7.7 kph average over the 8 km is not bad. Saw some eagles on Jemmy Jones as well as many of the usual ducks. I went around the opposite way from the last time and am glad I did as the current was helping me from Jemmy Jones to Cadboro Point.
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8 km, YTD 149 km.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February 17th - Cadboro Bay (#16)

I went for an afternoon "run" around caddy bay in the surf ski using my Northern Lights "Aleut-inspired" paddle to see how it worked and felt. I was able to keep up a good average pace with it (7.4 kph) and it felt good to paddle with. From the track, i can see that I had the current behind me from Cadboro Point to Jemmy Jones Island and the wind in my face as I paddled back into the bay. Along the way, I saw Canada geese, American wigeon, bufflehead, Scaup, Northern Pintail, Great blue heron, and hooded mergansers.
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7 km, YTD 141 km

Monday, February 16, 2015

February 16th - Cadboro Bay (#15)

I went out for an afternoon paddle with my nephew Ed around Caddy Bay. It was Ed's first time out in a sea kayak and he caught on quickly. We even paddled through a 2-3 knot current getting into smuggler's cove. We saw river otters, Canada geese, buffflehead, wigeon, common and hooded mergansers, harlequin duck and great views of Baker and Rainier.
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7 km, YTD 134 km

Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 15th - Discovery island (#14)

I paddled out to Cadboro Point and met Dan and Mike in Maynard (smuggler's) cove. We then set out across Baynes and decided to catch a few downwind waves. I got some good rides. I was using the Think wing paddle today to try it out with a Greenland boat. Incongruous though it may have been, the paddle provides substantial power and I a quite sure it helped me catch a couple of waves!
Sunny day with a 10-15 northerly breeze, minimal current.A great day out on the water!
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16 km, YTD 127 km

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Feb 8 & 9 - Port Renfrew (#s 12 & 13)

While up in Port Renfrew for the weekend with Monica, Bill and Sharon, I was able to get out for a couple of short paddles. The first was a short paddle from our cabin at the Port Renfrew Hotel down to the mouth of the San Juan River. There was a tiny bit of surf near the point and I managed a couple of baby rides. It was nice paddling the shoreline and I managed to sneak through some slots and a cave.
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The second paddle was over by the mouth of the Gordon River where Bill and I tried to play in the virtually nonexistent surf. It was fun, though decent waves were few and far between!

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6km, YTD 111 km

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

February 3rd - Discovery Island (#11)

Dan, Paulo and I went for a morning paddle around Discovery.  Conditions were nice and calm with a light rain and a weakening ebb current. Trip average spoeed was 7.3 kph, but I was able to maintain close to 9 kph for the last kilometre. The Big Eze is a fast kayak!
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15 km, YTD 105 km

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January 31st - Tour de Cadboro (#10)

I went for a solo late morning paddle around the bay to finish off the month's paddling. I am happy to say that the elbow tendinitis seems to be improving. I saw lots of birds and was able to keep up a good pace (8.1 kph avg) in the surf ski.I am enjoying this very light (28 lb) and fast kayak.
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6 km, YTD 90 km

Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 29th - Finnerty Cove (#9)

Alex and I went for an afternoon paddle on the surf skis. Conditions were very nice, sunny and calm, with a reasonable ebb current running. I was happy to see a trip average of 7.4 kph over the 12.4 km trip.  You can see the effect of the current speed on the track speed  for the outside leg.
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12 km, YTD 84 km

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