|Our exclusive decks at Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina|
We spent this extended Easter long weekend out at Pedder Bay RV Resort with our good friends Dave & Kelly Reaville. But this time we bought the "good seats" RV sites with the decks overlooking the marina out towards Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific. The weatherman also went all out to provide early summer like conditions of blue skies, no wind and temperatures reaching 20 C. Man it just couldn't have been better.
|As the sun started to set the portable campfires came out along with a flat screen TV for the sports bar.|
|Dave & Kelly explore the rock gardens|
|A good roll|
|A grounding roll resulting in no paddle.|
We headed back to base camp (the deck) and spent the rest of the afternoon and early evening basking in the sun. I think there were several naps during that time as we all started on our first sun burns of the year. LOL
|Sightseeing Tour with Dave & Kelly Reaville|
2013 Paddle # 14 Pedder Bay Sightseeing
Distance: 9.11 km (4.91 nm)
Saturday was pretty much a repeat of Friday with Robyn and I completing a quick paddle to check out the crab trap (nothin .... again). We fitted Robyn in the Delphin to let her get used to it in more of an open water environment and she pretty much made it clear it was "her" kayak. I have to admit ... she does look good in it.
|Enough said ... it's hers!|
Saturday afternoon was even more lazy time on the deck as we watched HNC and the Ford Men's World Curling Championships around the fire.
|Saturday Crab trap check|
2013 Paddle # 15 Pedder Bay Crabbing
Distance: 4.62 km (2.5 nm)
|Peak 6.42 knots of ebb running through Race Passage but man .... what a view!!!|
On Sunday morning Robyn and I decided to take on a circumnavigation around Bentinck Island and get a view of Race Rocks while doing a little currents training. The predicted currents for the morning were for 6.42 knots of ebb at 09:56 and as we made our way to the south side of the island (right on time) it was running pretty good. With the calm sea state and no wind we could hear the rips roaring at Race Rocks as we rode the currents, tiny whirlpools and boils from Cudlip Point to George Point. Our track speed along this route came in at an estimated 12 km/h or 6.47 knots and it allowed us work on our bracing and rudder turns.
|Resting in a back eddy getting ready to take on Eemdyck Passage|
We paddled our way back into Eemdyck Passage and this is when the workout really began. Robyn had never been in these type of conditions where a burst of pure power was required as we paddled from one back eddy to another through the many islets. I only need to remind her a couple of times to "dig hard" when we got into the main current flow and man she did a fabulous job of taking control of the water. I only wish that I had mounted the GoPro as the footage would have been great to review after our training session.
I was really pleased with the Delphin's performance in the currents. As many of the reviews stated it transitioned from back eddy to the main current flow without any "grabbing" and seemed to just slide on top of the oncoming flow. From a stability standpoint it was rock solid and at no time did I feel that the water was taking control of me. In fact the fit of the Delphin made it feel like it was part of me and it reacted just as I expected it to when I used my legs through the edging process. Yes .... it was one sweet ride in the conditions we were practicing in today.
We checked our crab trap again (nothin) and headed back to camp to spend more time on the deck and watched Canada whoop Scotland in curling at the worlds.
|Bentinck Island Currents Training|
2013 Paddle # 16 Bentinck Island
Distance: 13.74 km (7.42 nm)
Monday we woke to our last glorious morning before we had to pack up and head home. One last trip out to the crab trap for Robyn and I before breakfast and once again ..... nothin. We are now convinced there really isn't any crab in Pedder Bay anymore. LOL
2013 Paddle # 17 Pedder Bay Crab Haul (not)
Distance: 4.65 km (2.51 nm)
YTD: 158.86 km (87.93 nm)