Whiffin Spit to Cabin Point - March 28, 2015

The wind overnight in the Strait of Juan de Fuca had been very strong, but forecasts called for it to lessen in the morning, so 17 hardy SISKA paddlers arrived at Whiffin Spit ready to paddle to Cabin Point, if the wind decreased, or Sooke River, if it stayed too strong.

 

We launched on the Sooke Harbour side of the Spit as there were still some whitecaps dotting the bay outside, and enjoyed a leisurely paddle along the protected inner shore to the entrance. It appeared that the wind had indeed dropped, but swell and waves were still being funnelled through the narrow opening.

We proceeded cautiously across to the East Sooke shore and gathered to assess the situation and see how everyone was doing. After a brief rest we continued around the next headland and stopped again, noticing that the whitecaps had all disappeared and the wind was diminishing. This process was repeated and eventually we paddled out and around the headland opposite Secretary Island, and into the calmer waters of the next bay.

Those who had not experienced this type of residual sea state after a strong wind were well-supported by the numerous strong and experienced paddlers on this trip to use their strokes and braces to move more confidently.

As we paddled along the East Sooke shore and into Cabin Point the wind continued to drop, so after a sunny lunch on the shore, with an ebb current we enjoyed a pleasant paddle back to Whiffin Spit, landing on the Strait side this time with no difficulty.

Our debrief at the Little Vienna Cafe and Bakery in Sooke was a very pleasant way to end another great paddling day!

 

 Whiffin Spit to Cabin Point - Mar 28, 2015 

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