Sunday, January 15, 2017

Januaray 15th - Discovery Island (#6)

I went for a nice morning paddle with Dan, Dennis and Rob out to my favourite local islands! Conditions were wonderful - flat calm, sunny and not too much current ( a reasonable ebb as you can see on the plot). We met Cheryl who had been observing the wolf, though we did not see him and then later met Alan's SISKA paddle group of 20 paddlers coming around the top end of Chatham as we were about to head back across Baynes.
Nice to have a decent paddling weather day again after a lot of cold windy ones! Lots of birds out today. Hooded and common mergansers, black oystercatrchers, double-crested and pelagic cormorants, bald eagle, buffleheads, long-tailed duck, surf scoter and more.
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15 km, YTD 53 km

January 13/14 - Surge narrows (#s 4&5)

I went up to Campbell River to paddle Surge Narrows with Alan and Craig. Friday the 13th was not a great one for me as I had brought the wrong spray deck and had left the spare at Alan's house. Craig lent me his deck for a while and I had some good rides early on. I then tried his delphin surf and had a couple of good rides followed by a capsize and a swim! I managed a cowboy self rescue in the rapids, but I had not zipped up the Peak leg zip drysuit enough so had a wet left foot for the rest of the day. On Saturday the wave was not easy for me to stay on as it seemed to want to throw me off to the left. I did get some good rides, but I think my confidence had been shaken by my swim the day before. I need to edge much more agressively.
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8 km, YTD 38 km

Sunday, January 08, 2017

January 8th - Discovery Island (#3)

Dan and I went for a morning trip out and around Discovery - first trip of the year! The weather was a bit cold and grey, but not too bad as the wind stayed under 15 knots and there was little current. We saw the Oak Bay Sea Rescue folks out on training and the tide was so high we were able to paddle through places we had never been before! Plenty of birds around including harlequin ducks, loons, cormorants, buffleheads, mergansers and more.
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15 km, YTD 30 km

Saturday, January 07, 2017

January 7th - Ten Mile Point (#2)

David and I went for an afternoon paddle out to Ten Mile Point. The current was ebbing pretty quickly so we decided not to try to get past the point and made our way across to cattle point instead.
There was a bit of wind, perhaps 10 knots at times, but we had a good chat and paddle. We saw loons, buffleheads, cormorants, oystercatchers and mergansers.
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9 km, YTD 15 km.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

January 1st - Cadboro Point (#1)

I decided to start the 2017 paddling year (the 12th of my blog) with a short  paddle out to Cadboro Point. There was a stiff north wind (pretty steady 15-20 knots) and it was pretty chilly. I hugged the north shore of the bay to avoid the wind as much as possible.I was reasonably successful and stayed warm in my new Stohlquist Shift drysuit
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6km, YTD 6 km
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

My 2016 paddling year

2016 was another good year of paddling with 129 paddles and 1076 km total. This year I played around with Google Sheets and the paddle data...

Year #Year# paddleskm totalkm per paddle

Some summary charts... you can see that the number of paddles has generally increased while the km per paddle has decreased. More short paddles around the bay! You can see that the average trip distance decreased once we started living in Cadboro Bay in 2008. 2014 was the only year in the 11 of the blog that I did not make my 1000 km goal due to tendinitis in my elbow which began in October.
It looks like I made 38 trips out to Discovery Island this year with several good wolf sightings!

December 31st - Tod Rock (#129)

I went for a midday paddle out to Tod Rock to finish the year's paddling off.  There was a bit of a headwind which slowed me down a bit on the outward trip, but the wind seemed to die once I got to the Tod Rock marker - so I did not get much of an assist on the way back. I did a practice capsize and reentry drill near the beach on the way back. It was quick and easy to do to clamber back on board.
There were a few flocks of hooded mergansers mixed with some buffleheads around as well as some cormorants.
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6 km, YTD 1076 km for the year!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

December 29th - Discovery island (#128)

I paddled out to Jemmy Jones to meet Olivier and we went for a nice paddle around Chatham and Discovery. It was quite bouncy in Baynes Channel on the way over! No sign of the wolf, but we saw many herons in the trees around "heron cove" on Chatham as well as plent of oystercatchers, mergansers, harlequin and buffleheads. I also spotted some black turnstones, and a yellowlegs (probably greater).
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17 km, YTD 1070 km

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Claire's photos from my Christmas day crabbing trip

Here are some photos that Claire  took on my Christmas day crabbing trip. Claire crocheted the hat and I am wearing my new Stohlquist shift drysuit! This was the beginning of a successful crabbing trip!
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Olivier's wolf photos from Dec 23rd

Here are some photos that Olivier took on the 23rd of the wolf (and me!). It was a bit drizzly , but we had a wonderful encounter with the wolf.
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December 25th - Christmas crabbing (#127)

After a nice after lunch walk with the family I decided to head out and check/bring in the trap that IO left out in the bay yesterday afternoon. I was in luck as it had two nice keepers (as well as a red rock crab who did not want to leave!). I took a tour around Flower Islet and then paddled the shore back.
I go to try my new Sohlquist Shift drysuit which was very comfy on this cool day. This suit was a fabulous prize won at the SISKA Christmas party! Photos to follow! There were plenty of birds out on the bay, including several flocks of buffleheads.
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4 km, YTD 1053 km.

Friday, December 23, 2016

December 23rd - Cadboro crabbing (#126)

I took the Hobie i12s out for an afternoon crabbing run, basically checking the traps and refilling the bait jars. The Hobie worked well as it is stable and has plenty of deck space. No keepers... The bay was beautifully calm at sunset and I was the only one out! The hobie is definitely slower than my regular sea kayaks, but I should try taking it over to the islands.
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3 km, YTD 1049 km