Well, this post might be a little off topic as it's not a weekend :wink: but I'll post anyways. I went out for an afternoon paddle today; I wanted to do a bit of a 'workout paddle', and push myself to hold a hard pace for a reasonably long paddle. I was lucky in that the water was quite calm - not a lot of current, wind, or waves. I headed out on the same trip as I tried 2 weekends ago; from Cordova Bay, out past Zero Rock to Kelp Reef, then around D'Arcy Island and back. I had set waypoints in my GPS for navigational beacons and notable rocks, so I had something to aim for and fine-tune my ranging skills at the same time (to ensure that I was not being delivered off-course by the effects of wind and current). I also wanted to try doing a longer paddle using a high-angle paddling style; usually I seem to paddle with a fairly low blade angle (to the water) and wanted to try something different. Here's a track log of the paddle: The total distance was 24.856km. I headed out at 1:02pm and the total trip took 3:37. Not including a 14 minute rest stop to have a quick bite to eat, my average paddling speed was 7.314 km/h (about 3.94 knots). The high-angle paddling style seemed to make a big difference - I could increase my speed from about 6.8 km/h to almost 8 km/h with the same amount of effort simply by using a high blade angle. The draw-backs seemed to be 1) that I got a lot wetter from paddle drips, and 2) it was a little harder to keep the kayak on course. As you can see from the very straight lines on the track log, I used the GPS capabilities quite strictly to keep myself perfectly on course, despite a reasonable amount of flood current in places. Phew - a fun paddle! Lots of loons out today and it seems the sea lions are starting to return for the fall. :?