Saturday, January 31, 2009

Jan 31 - Portland (#6)

I decided to get out of my “home turf” and head out of Amherst, Sidney, with Dan and John. We had a great paddle in good conditions, fighting a bit of a head wind on the return. We met up with Dennis and Sue on Portland and joined them for lunch.

Saw some nice innukshuks on the north side – photos at


ScreenShot064 21 km, 11 NM, YTD 77 km.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Jan 24th - Chatham (#5)

Dorothea, George, Dennis, Tom, Douglas, Simon, Gordin and I set out from Caddy Bay on a SISKA “adventurous” paddle. There was a bit of wind and it was quite cool, but very little current. We went over to Chatham, checked out “cactus inlet” and then had lunch on a beach facing Mt Baker. A very nice day on the water. No current in the “sluice” on the way home.

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14 km, 7 NM, YTD 56 km

Jan 24th - Pool session

I organised a SISKA pool session at the Crystal Pool and a dozen of us had a productive couple of hours of rescues, bracing and/or rolling.

The highlight for me was getting my hand roll nailed as well as doing several successful throwing stick (norsaq) rolls.

Some video clips posted at – some stills from the videos:



Sunday, January 18, 2009

Jan 18 - Maynard Cove (#4)

Monica and I went for a morning paddle out to Maynard Cove and back. It was bright and sunny and beautiful, though a bit chilly with a north wind.

I couple of photos from the day:

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more photos posted at:


7 KM, 4 NM, YTD 42 km

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Jan 17th - Discovery - a wonderful winter paddle (#3)

Dan and I joined Michel, Yves, Dorothea, Patti and Nick (from Scotland) to paddle out around the islands. Dan and I set out a bit earlier and managed to catch some waves in Baynes. We had a deloightful paddle in wonderful conditions. We also got to play a bit in the “sluice” between Vantreight and east Chatham. The wind picked up a bit from the North on the way back as you can see our speed went down quite a bit

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Some photos from the day can be found at:

Some videos on youtube:

Nick and Yves in the sluice

Dan in Baynes:

Yves’ eddy turn

Patti’s eddy turn

Nick’s eddy turn

17 km, 9 NM, YTD: 35 km

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Jan 6 - Oak Bay (#2)

Dan and I went for an afternoon paddle out into the bay. It was a bit rainy and windy but not too bad in a dry suit! We paddled through the two marina’s and checked out a couple of high and dry boats. It was good to get another paddle in before heading back to work tomorrow!

ScreenShot059 10.5 KM, 5NM, YTD 18 km

Monday, January 05, 2009

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

George and I snuck out for a short paddle around Cadboro Bay. Conditions were good and a small ebb at 10 mile point. We saw the elephant seal pup in Maynard cove and I spent a few minutes surfing an overfall at the point. A great start to the paddling year!

ScreenShot058 IMGP0006 the elephant seal pup at maynard cove

I also was trying out my new paddling camera, a Pentax w60… I like the wide angle.

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7.5 km, 4 NM, YTD 7 km.