Monday, February 08, 2016

February 6th - surge Narrows (#9)

I joined Alan, Brad, Walter, Gerhardt and Michael for a day's paddle at Surge Narrows. The wave was very friendly. Big enough to be fun but not too big. Much of the time it was wide enough for two of us. I got to try Michael's Sterling Reflection for a few runs. It performed nicely! This was a great day on the wave!
Alan's video edit from the trip. I am in the green reflection at the start.

The track - click to enlarge
zoomed into the wave area - click to enlarge
5 km, YTD 108 km 

Monday, February 01, 2016

February 1st - Discovery Island (#8)

Dan and I went for an afternoon paddle around the islands. Conditions were nice with not much wind or current and a relatively low tide (there were rocks in places we did not expect them!). As we neared Commodore point on Discovery, Dan spied an Orca fin and we stopped and watch as a group of 4 orcas (Biggs?) swam by about 500m to the south of us. They were "on a mission" as it was not long before they were well to the east of us past Seabird point. Shortly after this we spotted Cheryl in her boat anchored off the north side of Discovery. She was watching the wolf with her family and we stayed and watched him with them for some time. A great afternoon on the water with some big wildlife highlights.
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15 km, YTD 103 km

Thursday, January 28, 2016

January 28th - Oak Bay Marina (#7)

I went for an afternoon solo paddle.  There was a bit of a SW breeze so i decided to hug the Cadboro-Oak Bay shore and paddle to the marina. As I got to about the 2 km mark, it started to rain quite hard and the wind became much stronger (making it hard to paddle around Cattle Point! The gusts at RVYC were up to 50 kph...). By the time I had made it to the Oak Bay tea house the rain had stopped and the dark sky had disappeared to be replaced by a blue one. There is a seal at Oak bay Marina that claps its flippers for fish! I was also trying to see if the pebble smartwatch did a decent job of recording paddle strokes. My initial observation is that it is not reliably indicating strokes... More testing to come. I also paddled without gloves for the first time in a month or so. It did not seem that cold!
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9 km, YTD 88 km

Sunday, January 24, 2016

January 24th - Discovery Island (#6)

Rob and I went for a morning paddle around Discovery. We were on the water at 0830 and back just after 11. We paused briefly around boathouse bay to chat with Olivier and then again on the north side of Discovery for snacks and water. We also poked into "heron cove" and played a bit in the "sluice" before paddling back across Baynes. The clear sky gradually clouded over and the wind started to pick up a little when we returned. We had nice calm conditions and the currents were no problem either. Lots of seals and seabirds!
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15 km, YTD 79 km

Thursday, January 14, 2016

January 14th - Jemmy Jones (#5)

I went for a short solo paddle around the bay with the surf ski. There was a 10-15 kt east wind which slowed me down between Flower Island and Cadboro Point, but the rest of the trip was fast with a 7.3 kph average speed for the 6.5 km trip. It was pretty lumpy off Cadboro Point as the ebb current was building. It looked like there were some 4+ foot waves. It is so nice to be able to get out for a short paddle!
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7 km, YTD 64 km

Sunday, January 10, 2016

January 10th - Discovery Island (#4)

Dan and I went for a mid- morning paddle around Discovery. Conditions were nice and calm with a light wind that was enough for the sailboats (see below). We did a non-stop run and took  2 hrs and 20 minutes to do the 15 km trip, for an average of 6.1 kph (3.3 kt). Mt Baker was clear and we could just make out the shadow of Mt Rainier in the far distance. Lots of long-tailed (oldsqaw) ducks around. It was definitely a bit harder work on the return. Not sure if this was current or wind or both.

Someone asked me how often I go around Discovery, so I checked the blog for last year and tallied up 23 times - almost twice a month! (only 3x so far this month!) I do like these islands!

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15 km, YTD 57 km

Some photos

sailboats in the bay - click to enlarge

sailboats in the bay - click to enlarge

brief rest to take pictures at Cadboro Point - click to enlarge

Mt Baker and Cadboro Point - click to enlarge

Saturday, January 09, 2016

January 9th - Discovery Island (#3)

I led a SISKA paddle with 17 others around Discovery. It was a beautiful, mostly sunny, day, and the wind was a brisk 10+kt from the north. We had calm conditions throughout except for crossing Baynes, where it was a bit lumpy. We ran into Lanny and Paulo who were going round the island in the opposite direction. We saw plenty of birds and had a nice visit to "cactus islet". An excellent paddle.
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17 km, YTD 42 km

Some photos from the trip

Weather sites

I have added a bunch of screenshots (and links) of weather sites that I use when planning paddles.

the discovery light forecast and actual conditions (BWD) - click to enlarge
BWD predicted 2 (EnvCan) forecast - click to enlarge
BWD predicted 1 (WA state) forecast - click to enlarge
Predictwind forecast

10 mile point wind speed for the day - click to enlarge
10 mile point wind direction fir the day - click to enlarge
RVYC wind speed for the day - click to enlarge
RVYC wind direction for the day - click to enlarge

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Some pictures

I have been lazy about taking pictures while paddling of late, so I decided to try a few today... The first group are trying to recreate a photo I took many years ago with Paulo, Dennis and Dan. The picture that is currently my FB cover photo. The wolf is a small dot in the last image!
heading out

trying to recreate my FB cover pic! Paulo, dDnnis & Dan

trying to recreate my FB cover pic!

trying to recreate my FB cover pic!

Paulo enjoying the sun

Rudlin Bay

Rudlin Bay

My Tahe Greenland in Rudlin Bay

Our kayaks in Rudlin Bay at lunch
the wolf on Discovery - click to enlarge!

January 3rd - Discovery island (#2)

Dan, Dennis, Paulo and I went for a middle of the day paddle (we thought by waiting until later it might be warmer!) around Discovery. There was a brisk northerly wind and a strong ebb building. You can see from the track that we were going fast when we had the wind and current at our back. The water around Seabird Point/Discover Island Light was pretty lumpy, but as soon as we got into the lee of Rudlin bay it was calm and we had a nice lunch stop in the sun. As we rounded the west side of Discovery we spotted the wolf. I had not seen it in quite some time and it was good to see it again. It came as close as 40 m from me while I was trying to take pictures, The sluice was running fast and where it turned north, the current and waves made for some steep, lumpy water. Looking at the track you can see how the current took us to our left (W) in spite of pointing and paddling hard to the NW! A very fine paddle! Photos to come as a follow up.
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16 km, YTD 25 km (2.5% of the year's goal!)

Friday, January 01, 2016

Jan 1st - Willows beach (#1)

I joined Jennie and 7 others for a relaxed SISKA paddle to Willows beach. We "noodled" along the shore checking out all the nooks and crannies and keeping in the lee of the cool north wind. Visibility was great again with the silhouette of Mt Rainier visible in the distance past Seattle! The winds at  RVYC  and 10 mile point were a pretty steady 10-15 knots directly from the north with occasional gusts over 15. We encountered a bit of lumpy water off Cattle point, but otherwise were able to find calm lee areas. It was nice to get a start on my next year's paddling goal - almost done 1%! :)

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9 km, YTD 9 km!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

My 2015 year

I finished off the year with 120 paddles and 1025 km, meaning that I met both of my goals (I think the key is to set ones that are relatively easy to achieve!). This is the end of my 10th year of the paddling blog and I am up to 960 paddles and 11,263 km. My only foreign paddle was in Iceland at the end of March.

Here are the stats:
Year/Paddles/Distance (km)
2015 120 1025
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 960 11263 km

Happy New year!

December 31st - Maynard Cove (#120)

I went for a quick (45 minute) paddle out to Cadboro Point and Maynard Cove. It was a beautiful clear day and I could see all the way past Seattle to Mt. Rainier - 215+ km away! It was a nice way to finish the year's paddling off! The surf ski is definitely fast, averaging 7.5 kph for the paddle. My original plan was that I would have paddles a kilobyte of km, but I went a few hundred metres too far!
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6 km, YTD 1025 km

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

December 29th - Cattle Point and Telegraph Cove (#119)

Dennis and I paddled from Killarney to Cattle Point where we joined up with a group of SISKA paddlers led by John. We had a delightful paddle along the shoreline of Cadboro Bay and Ten Mile Point and also got to play in the currents at Cadboro Point. Dennis and I left the group at the end and paddled back to Killarney, but I met them for coffee at Olive Olio's after! We saw many sea and shore birds as well as several groups of river otters.
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15 km, YTD 1019 km

Thursday, December 24, 2015

December 24th - Cadboro Bay (#118)

Monica's sister Seasonn and I went out for a nice, relaxed, morning paddle around the bay. Winds were northerly at 10 kph, so the bay was pretty calm. The sun was so bright that we had to adjust our route so as not to paddle into it. We saw lots of birds, otters and seals. We toured all 6 of the beached boats! One of them is now just fragments of hull.
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4 km, YTD 1004 km

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

December 23rd - Margaret's Bay (#117) Made it to 1000 km!

I joined Jim, Alex, David, Debbie and Kari for a "Wednesday" paddle, organised by Jennie, out of Telegraph Cove. The winds were forecast from the SW, so it should have been quite protected, but the winds seemed like they were more from the S and SE. The seven of us headed south to Ten Mile Point to see how conditions were there, but by the time we could see the Ten Mile Point weather Station, it was fairly lumpy and windy (for much of the trip it was 10-15 knots). We encountered some wind and lumpy water on the way back and I had some fun playing in the partial clapotis by the shore.
I wanted to make it to 1000 km today, so I had to do an extra 1.5 km loop at the end to make it! A nice paddle to reach my annual goal with!
We "debriefed" at Olive Olios for coffee and I treated myself to a celebratory raspberry-chocolate scone!
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16 km, YTD 1000km