I had a wonderful time at Surge Narrows and the Octopus Islands. Thank to a my friends for sharing these moments with me.
After a short discussion on shore before heading out we acknowledged that the wind was blowing offshore, and was forecasted to increase to 30 knots. We decided to stay close to shore. I thought some experience in the wind would be good for the least experienced of us, since we are planning a trip in the deer group in the spring, and we have no idea how his kayak handles in the wind. We left Oak bay marina and headed south along the shoreline. No problems, all three of us were comfortable with the conditions. As we rounded the point at the gulf course, we made a choice to head toward Trial Island. The wind was in our face, and the waves quite manageable. The wind increased in intensity, and we decided to turn around. In the process of turning around, one of us had such a difficult time that he got pushed further away from shore, where the waves were larger, and growing. I was concerned that he may be close to going swimming so I paddled to him, and at that point he was not comfortable enough with the waves and winds to get broadside of the waves to paddle towards the shoreline. Since we were getting pushed towards the Chain Group, I decided to raft up with him and let the wind push us to safety. The third kayaker, who had managed to stay close to shore, could not see us well enough to know if we were still dry and ok, so he called the Coast Guards, who came within minutes with a full crew. They did a great job; Very professionally done.
Lessons learned again:
Don’t forget radio
Don’t take an inexperienced paddler in offshore winds. Practice paddling in wind when you will get blown towards shore, otherwise things can get out of control way too fast.
Have a spare paddle, always. You never know when a beautiful one can decide to slip away.
See a demonstration of my kayak clothing in this video
I was very happy to see so many people show up on a wet windy day. Great time with a good bunch of people.
Kayak clothing video
Olivier and myself joined Dan, Mike, and Gordin for a quick paddle to Chatam Island on Saturday. The wind was cold but with the tuilik it was actually quite comfortable. Olivier and I did a few rolls at the end, and ya the water is definitely cooling down.
For a video detailing the how to adjust the hood of the tuilik
Video of my kayak clothing
This new closure is just for the outer protective piece of the sleeve. The new wrist strap minimizes the water coming in between the latex gasket and the outer sleeve of the tuilik, so you don’t have extra water that could get trapped there and cause your hands to feel heavy. Another improvement to the tuilik.
Another video you might be interested in if you like my kayak clothing