Adventures on the Blue

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It's a cold NYE in Victoria, so looks like it's time to tally how I did for the year. I got my first boat on January 5, 2008. Since then, I've been on the water a total of 63 times in the kayak and an additional 6 days spent sailing. 69 days on the water total. I managed to paddle 602km from the Wailua River in Hawaii to Lake Pend Oreille to Clayoquot sound. My most active kayaking month was May. I managed to enjoy three camping trips by kayak. All were with friends from West Coast Paddler. Very few cancellations from weather, but the worst kayak season this year for me was December - with August making a close second. Kayaking and walking to work, along with cutting back on junk food (empty calories), has helped me lose just over 40 pounds this year.



So here's my new years goals:


  • Paddle 1000km

  • Explore upisland

  • Lose 10 more pounds

  • Try to do 5 camps




Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Leave a Comment 0 comments


I've been having some great evenings with my friends and family in town. Christmas came today and deposited two things: food and gifts. My family must have gone on an incredible goose chase to find these things. I ended up getting mostly all stuff to make life more fun on the water: a copy of the current atlas for the area, a trick inflatable PFD and a deck light for being on the water after dark. Today was one of the most chill experiences of the year and it's left me with a huge grin for ear to ear.



Warm wishes to everyone for a great 2009. Can't wait for some of those nice weather patterns to roll on through soon. :)



Thursday, December 25, 2008 Leave a Comment 0 comments
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Sorry to those out there looking for some updates to the blog, I've been cooped up waiting for the weather to let me back on the road again. Continuing from last week's little story, I took a stroll down to the sea and snapped some photos of the chaos in Oak Bay right now. 1 dismasted boat, 2 sailboats aground and one boat dragging anchor into the reefs. There are bunches of photos of the victims below.


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Sunday, December 21, 2008 Leave a Comment 0 comments

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Here's my normally bathtubby west coast playground exposed to 30knot gales :/ My poor kayak stayed firmly attached to the van today.. can't say I didn't try to get out.. I was watching someone in a small tender trying to enter their sailboat that was out on mooring. It didn't end well, they ended up jumping back into the dinghy after totally failing to board and got a huge wave over the beam of their dinghy. That killed their little outboard for some reason, so they put on the oars and headed back to the marina dock.



Saturday, December 13, 2008 Leave a Comment 0 comments

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A great window opened up to go an circumnavigate Trial Island came up yesterday, so I set my alarm, got up and headed down to the water. Neap tides and low wind made it pretty much perfect. I got to the put in at Oak Bay and put in at scum beach (god it's scummy). I followed a couple of boats out of the marina and got a nice little push down the coast down to Gonzales Point.



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The water was beautiful, it was grey out and the clouds were lined with streaks of orange just hanging there above the Olympic range. There were all manner of birds on the water today, most of them hunting out fish and just sleeping in a big huddle. The golf course was just as busy as ever. I paddled quietly around Gonzales point and stayed close to shore until I got around to McNeil bay.



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A number of kayakers had launched from McNeil and were headed out to trial, so I followed them. The water was nice and flat this time round. There was a slight current around the island, but nothing much stopping me from rounding the south tip. I grabbed a discarded coke bottle out of the water and headed into the kelp beds around the south edge.



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I had to pull up the rudder and just ride over top the thick kelp beds. It was starting to rain a little now, but the water was nice and flat. I pulled up my hood and just put my paddle on my front deck and watched the rain hit the water for a few minutes. So relaxing. I decided to just head back to oak bay but not before I got a shot of the sideways cardinal buoy in enterprise channel. When I got up near it, a lone cormorant stepped out of the black triangles and hung out front. I was able to get almost a full frame of him and the buoy.



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Approaching Gonzales point, I ran into the kayakers again and they were taking a breather at the point. I passed by them and got caught in a fairly fast eddy. I paddled hard to the other side of it and realized the ebb had started. I headed up north to Mary Todd Island. The going was pretty slow in the reefs and the currents were coming from all kinds of directions. I saw a fairly large Bald Eagle eating the last of a fish he'd caught.



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The rain started coming down pretty hard, so ended the trip. I headed into the marina and got the boat safely back to scum beach. I put the yak on the car and headed into the marina for a much needed coffee. It was colder than I thought.


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Sunday, December 7, 2008 Leave a Comment 0 comments

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I met up with Aaron again to take out a cal 20 and try and get out sailing. We left oak bay marina to find that we were in a bit of a situation. There were large swells near trial island from the incoming gales and the route through Baynes was directly upwind which would mean a bit of beating in a pretty tight space. We couldn't get the boat to listen to us as we tried to head up wind, then we realized that the current was dragging us south in quick order. We motored back and went for coffee rather than trying to motor out and around ten mile point. A quick day, but always good to figure out the limits of your patience.


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I thoroughly enjoyed reading about and looking at all of the photos of a few travellers who came to Canada and fought their 19' inflatable catmaran up the rivers of the west coast. Have a read! The photos are to absolutely die for - I'm scheduling that route by kayak soon ;)

The experience

"In salmons´ land against current"



about the boat

The Ducky 19 Inflatable Catamaran


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