WCP Spring get together

Discussion in 'General Paddling Discussions' started by DarrenM, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. Helen

    Helen Paddler

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    I have the recipe for the salad... do you really want it here somewhere? Astoriadave - try it out and enjoy a taste of our weekend!
    So, um yeah, it was me that swam... in a whole lot of clothes and sailing boots not 10 minutes after pushing off from the shore in Mark's Romany. I'm really glad that Dan loaned me a proper kayaking pfd and I didn't wear my self-inflating sailing pfd. I hate to think how my wet-exit would have been if I'd had that thing inflate the moment I tipped over. I probably would have got less than 9/10 :lol: . It was great to meet all of you, spend time absorbing your combined knowledge and try out some kayaks. I've learned that the word 'stability' should be on the top of my shopping list and that kayaks don't have lead keels! When a book says they 'feel' tippy but are actually quite stable, it's relative to kayaks and not any other boat. Kayaks don't heel over and come back up again unless you're Mark! I've also learned that you can learn to wet-exit from reading a book. Really :wink: :lol: . Thank you Mark, Dan and Darren for loaning Chris and I your kayaks.
     
  2. Mark_Schilling

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    Well I certainly wouldn't classify the Explorer as a 'stable' boat, so don't be put off by that little mishap. :oops: It's not a boat that most would recommend for new paddlers (we probably should have let you try out Minnie [the Tern 14] first - sorry!)

    Ha! Not always... :oops: 8O :lol:

    You're absolutely welcome! Any time you want to go swimming - uh, I mean, paddling - again, you're welcome to use any of my boats!

    Great trip everyone - by all accounts from people stuck in the city, we did very well with weather! Seems it rained lots here, but we had one night (Saturday) of a few showers and that was about it! 8)
     
  3. Dave_Barrie

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    I have a great Before and After picture :p
     
  4. Mark_Schilling

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    Don't worry Helen - there are other photos from this weekend that are not from our best moments! 8O :oops:

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  5. andreas

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    :lol: 8O
     
  6. Dave_Barrie

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    And that was a good hair day 8O
     
  7. Astoriadave

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    Do I have to swim for it? Victoria is a long paddle, let alone swim! :lol: :wink:

    I'm headed out to Long Island in Willapa Bay, down in the SW corner of Washington State for an overnighter. You guys inspired me!

    A few stories about paddling on the Willapa, off Wes Boyd's site:

    1. A short piece on a lady and her recently completed Coho:
    http://www.kayakplace.com/essay/dkn/dkn30.htm
    2. Another short piece describing a circumnavigation of the Island:
    http://www.kayakplace.com/essay/dkn/dkn20.htm
    3. And one about Martha, the matron saint of Lower Columbia sea kayaking (this one has stuff about food in it ...) :wink: : http://www.kayakplace.com/essay/dkn/dkn16.htm
     
  8. Dan_Millsip

    Dan_Millsip Paddler & Admin

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    Cool links, Dave.

    Here's some more photos of our Portland Island trip:

    Heading out: Steve and Dave:
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    IanC on his way:
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    Mark's new Pygmy Tern 14, Minnie...
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    Mark and IanC greeted by Andreas and Carol at the beach at Arbutus Campsite:
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    Enjoying some conversation:
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    Looking towards the campsite from the point.
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    IanC having a good time hanging up his tarp:
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    Mmmm... Mark has hash brown potatoes and sausages for breakfast:
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    Mmmm... again. Steve and Dan have BLT's:
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    A visit from Park Wardens:
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    Looking east at the campsite:
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    Not everyone arrived in a kayak (but they did bring kayaks with them):
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    Sailors (and paddlers):
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    Heading out for a paddle around the island:
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    Helen and Chris take Dan's double for the round the island trip:
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    "I won't let you fall in Dave". Mick holds Dave while he gets an underwater shot of a starfish:
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    Crab hunters:
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    Caught one! Too small for dinner though:
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    On the trail from Royal Cove. Part of the trail is boardwalk:
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    Mmmm... the potluck dinner:
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    Andreas and Carol on the beach before departing home:
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    Heading home: Andreas and Carol are the first to head home:
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    Wet Elvis, Mac, and Greg stop in while on a day paddle:
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    Everyone always gathers around the kitchen:
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    Wet Elvis waiting for Mac and Greg:
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    Greg does a roll before heading off:
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    Mac:
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    Packing boats for the trip home:
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    Thanks to everyone for a very enjoyable weekend!

    *****
     
  9. Peel

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    Nice photos Dan! :)

    Really makes me wish I could have been there.
     
  10. DarrenM

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    ditto 8)
     
  11. Dave_Barrie

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    Great shots Dan!

    And to everyone who didn't make it.....na na - we had a great time :p
     
  12. IanC

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    Yup - that was fun. Nice pics boys. Thanks all. Where to next?
     
  13. Mark_Schilling

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    Hmmm... maybe a circumnavigation of Saltspring Island this weekend? 8O 8) We'll see what the weather's like... it's a long paddle (~150km). :?
     
  14. kayakwriter

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    Sorry I missed it. My wife took a tumble a couple of weeks back and broke her hip. So it looks as if I'll be kayaking vicariously through you guys for the next little while. Which was helped by the great photos. They brought back good memories of previous trips to those locations. Looking forward to meeting you guys and gals in the flesh down the road.

    Philip
     
  15. wetelvis

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    Saltspring

    I was thinking the same thing. They are calling for moderate to strong southwest winds for tomorrow.
    What was your plan?

    Elvis
     
  16. Mark_Schilling

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    Re: Saltspring

    Not sure... I think I'd like to do that when the weather is better (clear skies make for a better gallery). So, now I'm thinking of a different route:

    Friday: Sw. Bay to South Pender (Beaumont) ~20km
    Saturday: S. Pender to Cabbage (via south side of Saturna) ~25km
    Sunday: Cabbage to Prevost via Straigt of Georgia, Active Pass ~35km
    Monday: Prevost to Sw. Bay ~25km

    Just an idea - I'll decide tonite, but it'd be a good trip.
     
  17. glock

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    Re: Saltspring

    Paddling into questionable weather off the south side of Saturna and trying to get around Boiling Reef in a blow - I can feel the hairs on the back of my neck standing up.
    A moderate current (3-4 knotts) and strong winds will bring most intermediate paddlers to a stop at Boiling Reef. And remember there is always a strong ebb between Cabbage and Saturna even when it's flooding.
    Be very careful on this route and be prepared to turn back. Narvaez Bay makes for a good bolt hole. The place to land is on the left shore as you paddle in. If it's blowing out of the SE it will look like a hard surf landing at the end of the beach. But there is a small head land on the left, round that, and there is a small protected beach. On shore there are picnic tables and an out house. This is a day use area so tread lightly and light no fires or the locals will be upset.
     
  18. glock

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    Mark

    Just looked closely at your proposed departure date. When you get back if you did the Plan B let us know how it went. As I sit here listening to the SE wind wistle around my house, always a sign of, big winds down in Haro St. - I'm wishing you good luck and hoping for fair weather.

    Glock
     
  19. Mark_Schilling

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    We changed that plan - Elvis and I paddled from Swartz Bay on Friday, up Sansum Narrows to Wallace Island. Had a nice tail wind most of the way up, and went for a short paddle in the wind yesterday around Wallace. Just got back this evening - the wind was quite strong against us and after the first 20km I wasn't sure I wanted to do the second half, so I let Elvis carry on and I took an hour for lunch. Getting back on the water I felt stronger again, so I slogged against the current in Sansum and managed to get back to Swartz Bay in pretty good time (all things considered!).

    A great weekend playing in some waves - it's nice to paddle with someone stronger and more skilled; there's always lots to learn and you feel your confidence grow while playing around in rougher weather.
     
  20. andreas

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    i'm glad you guys made it home safe.... i was a bid worried about you on saturday with all that wind.
    the winds where a bbbiiittttt tooooo high for my taste :roll:

    any crazy wave surfing pictures of you guys?