Sunday, January 27, 2008

Jan 27th - Portland Island (#4)

George, Dan, Alan and I set out from Amherst to paddle to Portland. It was a cool but calm morning with the air temp hovering above zero. We had a pleasant paddle around Portland and met Dennis and Sue camped on Arbutus point, where we had lunch.

20.6 km, 11 NM, YTD 79 km ScreenShot022

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Jan 19th - Imrie (#3)

Dennis, Dan, George, Roy and I met at Islandview with the intention of heading over to D’Arcy to camp for the night. The surf and tide was quite high and the forecast was not good so we decided against going. Instead, we went to Amherst and paddled out to Reay, Imrie and Portland Islands. We had a great day’s paddle and finished off with a pint at the Rumrunner!

IMGP1390 George & Dan and Coal Island ScreenShot021 19.6 km, 10.5 NM, YTD 58 km

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Jan 6th - Rum Island (#2)

Dennis, Dan, Tony, Roscoe, John and I set out from Amherst to paddle to Rum. The weather was sunny and clam to begin with, but by the time we got past Forrest island the wind had picked up and it was chilly by the time we stopped for lunch. We had a nice paddle back and finished with a glass at the Rumrunner! I also got in my first roll of the year!

19 km, 10 NM, YTD 38 km ScreenShot014

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Jan 5th - Ogden Point (#1) - first paddle of the year!

George and I took the Passat to the Gorge and launched near Craigflower for an urban paddle as the wind was forecasted to be strong. We paddled to the harbour mouth and then out to Ogen Point and Brotchie Light. By the time we reached the harbour mouth, the winds and the waves were getting to be exciting. It was fun to test out the Passat in exciting conditions and with with two strong paddlers. We made good progress throughout. On the way back we put up two spirit sails and sailed/paddled back to Ogden Point at up to 12 kph! From ogden point back to the habour we were sailing only at around 8 kph. The sails worked well!

The winds at ogden point were around 15 knots, gusting 20…

IMGP1382 paddling back under sail ScreenShot012 ogden winds ScreenShot013 our track

18.5 km, 10 NM, YTD: 18.5 km