April 13 – Discovery Island (#27)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around the favourite islands! The weather was a bit mixed, with wind, rain, hail and sunshine! Winds were fairly steady at around 15-20 knots from the SW and there was a decent ebb current, so we had some fun in the wind and waves crossing over to the islands. Once around Commodore point the wind was at our backs and the waves were smaller. We stopped off for a snack break in boat house bay and then made our way back around the top side of Chatham. Currents had slackened, so it was a nice easy trip.
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15 km, YTD 279 km

April 1st – Discovery (#24)

Dan, Paulo and I paddled out to Cadboro Point were me met Olivier and made our way out around Chatham and Discovery Islands. We managed to keep above the fast ebb current in Baynes on the way over and by heading straight across from Heritage point on the way back we seemed to avoid most of the current on the way back too. We stopped off at Rudlin Bay for a nice long lunch break in the sun. There was a cool southeasterly wind blowing, but this was the first paddle of the year for me in a short sleeved dry top and rash guard - summer may be just around the corner? I also used a shoulderless paddle by Northen Lights for the first time and liked it. Being narrower I found I needed a higher cadence, but it did not seem any more effort. This paddle should work nicely as a storm paddle. At 247 km on April 1st (Day 91 of 365!), I am on track for my 1000 km a year goal! The food caches have been installed in Rudlin bay and the site is open again for camping.
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15 km, YTD 247 km

March 30th – Cadboro Bay (#23)

Ed and I went for a nice morning paddle around Cadboro Bay. Ed is out visiting from Lethbridge where he does not get many paddling opportunities at this time of year! The weather was sunny and cool - magnificent! There were a few other paddlers out and a good number of dinghy sailors in the bay. There was a strong ebb happening at Cadboro Point and the tide dropped dramatically during our paddle.
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8 km, YTD 232 km

March 7th – Discovery (#11)

Dan and I went for an after work afternoon paddle around Chatham and Discovery. Conditions were good, with a moderate ebb in Baynes Channel that made some small waves to play in off Cadboro Point. We decided to put in some extra distance in this time with a figure of eight around the islands. I was a bit out of shape after not paddling for a couple of weeks!
18 km, YTD 124 km

Febrtuary 17th – Discovery (#8)

Dan, Dennis and I went for a morning paddle out and around the islands. The weather was sunny and calm with a moderate ebb running at times. A great day on the water. I decided to paddle the Tahe LC for a change since all I done with it since getting the T is roll! No sign of the wolf, though we saw eagles, herons, seals and sea lions and many more!
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16 km, YTD 93 km

February 3rd – Discovery (#5)

It was good to get out on the water again as my paddling plans for the previous weekend were nixed by a nasty cold. I had originally planned to go up to Surge for the weekend, but decided that it was not wise. Once staying home, I thought I might have made it out on the Sunday, but still was not well enough... The cold still lingers on, but I am much better and went out for a nice paddle around our favourite islands with Dan and George. The Sailboats were starting their races as we headed out and were finishing just as we returned! There are "park closed" signs all over the marine park on Discovery. In spite of a predicted strong ebb around noon, the currents did not cause us much trouble as we were able to keep up a good pace throughout.
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15 km, YTD 65 km

Jan 20th – Chathams (#4)

Dan, Paulo and I went out to the Chathams for a first paddle together in a while. Dan had had some back problems, so had not been on the water since November. We saw John and Louise on our way out and then met up with Olivier and Peter near Heritage Point where they had justseen the wolf again. The ebb current was building up as we paddled, so we had a play in the sluice and also found some fun waves by Strongtide Islet. Nice weather, though a tad chilly still. 2 pairs of mitts make for comfortable hands all day (onbe before lunch and one after!).
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13 km, YTD 49 km.

Jan 13th – discovery SISKA (#3)

I helped Tom lead a SISKA energizer paddle out to the islands. We had a good sized group (almost 30?) indicating that lots of us wanted to get our year's paddling going again. I was the "pacesetter" for most of the trip and took the group on a side trip into Puget Cove and to "cactus islet". We had lunch at Rudlin Bay and finished  with coffee at Olive Olios in Cadboro bay Village. Weather was calm and the currents though stronger at the start did not cause us much problem. It was great to paddle with many old friends and make several new ones!
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17 km, YTD 36 km

January 3rd – Ten Mile Point (#2)

I went for a middle of the day paddle to take advantage of the beautiful day. There was a nice current running at Baynes, with a few waves and I got a bit of a speed boost there. I stopped a few times to get some pictures of the "chain islet mirages" that I have been seeing recently. They are particularly obvious from kayaker height.
I have posted several shots of the mirages here: https://plus.google.com/photos/107085608707498595852/albums/5829346861509987233?authkey=CM-hocCw0KrplwE

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8 km, YTD 19 km

January 1st – Oak Bay (#1)

I went out for a short paddle in the F1 to get the paddling year started!  It is so easy to pick it up and head to the beach. I decided to head down to Oak Bay and the marina and spent some time checking out the boats there. Lots of people out on the beaches and quite a few out in boats.
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11 km, YTD 11 km.