Bill, Doug, Roscoe, Dennis and I set out from Cadboro Bay at 10 AM and made great progress to Gonzalez point as we had the current with us. After Gonzalez Point, the progress was not as fast since the current was not helping and we had the wind against us. However we made an overall average of 3.5 knots to the beach at Ogden point where we had a relaxed lunch. The return trip had the wind behind us and a bit of current in our favour, so we made even better progress. I put the small Sprit sail up at Clover Point and had a great sail as far as the middle of Oak Bay. The wind picked up and made it a little trick to get the sail down, buit I managed without capsizing. It was nice to sail with neglible waves and swell.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Quatsino Sound to
Nootka Sound – July 17-27, 2006
Our goal was to paddle from
There are too many pictures to include most of them in this journal, so I have posted them on another site: http://www.pbase.com/mhjackson/quatsinonootka
The trip route is posted on a google map at: http://www.islandnet.com/~mjackson/google/quatsino_nootka_2006.htm
Day 0 – Victoria to Gooding Cove – July 17
We had an early start, picking up Pete and George as well as our driver John. I also had to make a detour to Keating X road to pick up a short sleeved paddling jacket. As we were travelling north we decided that it would be smart, based on the weather forecast of calm winds on the 19th, to try to put in on the south side of Quatsino sound. We decided to try for
Day 1 – Gooding Cove to
Lagoon – July 18 Cape Cook
Gooding Cove at dawn
We rose early, packed our kayaks and were on the water shortly after paddling south. We encountered calm water and a beautiful coastline as we paddled from Gooding cove to Lawn Point via Kwakiutl Point. After a short break on a nice beach on the south side of Lawn point, we headed south again towards Heater Point and then veered off directly towards
Lawn point looking towards the Brooks and Solander Island
Day 2 – Day paddle in North Brooks area – July 19
the next morning!
The weather forecast had not sounded good, so we decided to sleep in and woke up to southerly winds and a cool, grey and drizzly day – our only precipitation of the trip. Andre, Jodi and Veronica headed out around , heading northwards on their homeward journey. We had a leisurely scrambled egg breakfast/brunch and then went for a paddle westward along the Brooks Peninsula so as to check out the route to the cape. We made it to Guilliams Islet and “last beach” (
Day 3 –
Lagoon to South Brooks – July 20 Cape Cook
Looking out to Cape Cook from the “staging beach”
This was our big day – for us, making it around the Brooks was a major milestone in our trip. We did not get up early since the previous night’s forecast did not indicate the winds easing until the middle of the day. The forecast:
“Gale warning continued. Winds southeast 20 to 30 knots except southeast gales 35 to 45 near the headlands. Winds easing to southerly 15 to 25 this morning Then easing to light this afternoon. Winds becoming northwest 15 To 20 this evening. Cloudy. Scattered showers tonight. Fog patches dissipating this morning then redeveloping overnight. Seas one to 2 metres. Outlook. Moderate rising to strong northwesterlies.” The report from
(By the way it is possible to get all the Canadian Marine weather forecasts and reports by e-mail – a nice archive of the conditions during the trip -
The light wind “window was what we were looking for, so we went to the staging beach in time to catch the forecast which confirmed the light wind window. We set off for
Nearing Cape Cook
Nearing Cape Cook
sailing South Books
sailing South Books
Day 4 – South Brooks to
– July 21 Spring Island
South Brooks dawn
We set off early the next morning heading towards the Acous peninsula. We decided to stock up with water before we left and found a great little cove next to our camp site with a great creek. On the Acous, we saw the fallen totem which continues to decay – reminded me of the Haida sites in the Queen Charlottes. We also paddled around to battle bay. After that we continued on to Cautious Point in the Bunsby’s were we had lunch. We think they need to install some pit toilets in the Bunsby’s judging by the smell on our lunch beach. After lunch we continued south to
Pete and George – looking back at the Brooks
Who is this guy hiding from the sun!
Day 5 –
to Gregoire Point – July 22 Spring Island
Low tide at dawn on Spring Island
We started early in calm winds for Rugged Point, but encountered a stiff outflow wind coming out of Crowther Channel into Nicolaye Channel. We battled our way into the wind and the waves over to
Day 6 – Gregoire Point to Nuchatlitz islet – July 23
Wolf prints at Dawn
The forecast was not great and there still seemed to be a good breeze when we woke up at . However, I woke up at 7 again and saw that it was calm. We got under way in a record breaking (for us) 45 mins. While we had slept, a group of five wolves had padded there way a few metres from our tent! We paddled through some fairly big swell with a good tail wind off Tatchu point and then into Rolling Roadstead and
Well, it was easy to twist my arm and a salmon tail was stuffed into my cockpit. We then paddled over to an islet in the Nuchatlitz group for our camp. I managed to get some nice shots of a sea otter in a kelp bed. We went over to Belmont Point for water. Total distance was about 30 km
Pete the cave man!
Day 7 – Day paddle in Nuchatlitz inlet – July 24
All that fits in ther kayak!
The weather forecast was for strong winds and 2 to 3 metre seas, so we decided not to go down the outside of Nootka as we had to make a surf landing to camp on the outside of Nootka. Instead we made our way down, after a leisurely pancake breakfast, into Nuchatlitz Inlet. I had a nice sail from
Laurie Creek falls
We paddled back to our camp against a stiff wind, feeling glad that we had not gone around the outside of Nootka. We still paddled 22 km, even though today was a “day off”.
Day 8 – Nuchatlitz islet to
– July 25 Calvin Creek
kayaks at Calvin Creek
The weather forecast indicated lighter winds and lower swells, so we set off for
MJ rinsing the drysuit at Crawfish falls
Day 9 –
to Calvin Creek – July 26 Bligh Island
Another early start with a decent forecast. The expected fog appeared but was not too thick, but we were glad of the GPS route through the big swells. The coast line from Maquinna Point to Yuquot was spectacular – I had a close encounter with a boomer off Maquinna Point. It felt as if we were returning to civilization as we saw dozens of sport fishing boats in the area. We paddled around to Friendly cove to say goodbye to Karen and Don – and we ran into a SMUS student and her family! We then headed over to
View from our last campsite
Day 10 –
to Cougar Creek and Bligh Island – July 27 Victoria
The motley crew
We had a fairly lazy start with a wake up and a departure. The paddle back to Cougar Creek was 13.5 km of “plain sailing” in calm waters with little wind – though there were plenty of fishing boats around. We arrived at on the dot and John arrived with our van at ! We were pretty much packed up and the boats were loaded by just after 1 PM. We stopped in
paddling back to Cougar Creek
Day 11 – Home – July 28
Lots of unpacking, cleaning and sorting today!
Friday, July 28, 2006
Quatsino Sound to Nootka Sound - July 17 to 27 - 257 Km and about 150,000 paddle strokes! (#s 42-52)
We have just returned from our Vancouver Island west coast expedition and it was everything we had hoped for and more! Details to follow over the next day or so.
Our route is displayed on a google map page at: http://www.islandnet.com/~mjackson/google/quatsino_nootka_2006.htm, as well as a snapshot in the image below:
Total trip distance 139 nm, 257 km (YTD 803 km).
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Bill and I went for a short paddle out to Ker Islets and then back into Roberts Bay. Tested out the large Spiritsail on the shadow which worked well. I forgot the gps for the first time this year! Had to make up the track…
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Pete and George and I went out of McNeill Bay to do a few exercises and rescues. It was the first time on the water for the Nigel Foster Shadow and all went well. My first attempt at a roll in the new boat was a success as was a scramble reentry and a reenter and roll. Very happy with the new boat!
There was a nice current flowing between the islands, so we played in it for a while.
I spent a wonderful week (July 3-10) with the family at the family cabin on Kalamalka Lake (Oyama). I had my new Feathercraft Wisper with me and had it assembled and out on the water the first evening. Over the week I went on several paddles (at elast once a day!) and managed to clock up an extra 104 km!
I had great fun using the Spirit sail with the wisper and it paddled very nicely at a good pace.
Some shots from the week:
YTD 534 km