Paddle Description

Paddle Description

  A SISKA paddle from Spirit Bay to Cabin Point
A favourite of mine, Becher Bay and East Sooke shorelines are fun to paddle
Skill Level:
  This paddle is rated as an "Energizer Paddle" because of its distance and open water crossings and possible current. To understand this designation better, please read the SISKA Paddle Guidelines
The estimated distance for this paddle is 8.92nm.
  Saturday November 04th, 2017. Meet at 9:30 am to be on the water at 10:00 am .
  Meet at the Spirit Bay launch site. Launch fee of $4/kayak View map of launch site.
  Contact the trip leader, Alan Campbell, for more information or to register for the paddle.
The Plan:
Our leader will introduce the Plan and make sure everyone is comfortable with the requirements and any concerns that you may have. Please stay off the water until we are all ready. The leader may choose to enlist helpers and establish communications protocol. If you have VHF radio please bring it with you.
Plan A
We'll noodle out from Cheanuh Marina around Caffery and Hoskyn Pts through Murder Bay and Campbell Cove to round Creyke and Aldridge Pts and Beechey Hd to reach the beach at Cabin Point for lunch before returning. Even a low swell and light winds can make the East Sooke shoreline surge channels active, so bring your helmet if you plan to rock-garden along the way. Remember, there is a $4 kayak launch fee at Cheanuh Marina, and we need to keep one side of the ramp clear for fishermen to launch their boats.

There is a full moon on Saturday Nov 4, so the currents are strong:
Race Rocks: max ebb 0823 -4.6, slack 1149, max fld 1414 +3.3, slack1631

Tide height is no problem at the marina ramp, and we should be okay at Cabin Pt:
Becher Bay: LT 0802 4.6', HT 1349 8.6', LT 2134 0.9'

As of Friday Nov 3 at 5pm, the winds still look good for our Saturday paddle!

Environment Canada (JDF Central): Wind light increasing to easterly 20 knots Saturday afternoon
PredictWind (Race Rks): E 5-10 kts
WindAlert (Race Rks): S 5-10 kts
WindFinder (Race Rks): E 5-10 kts
Windy (Race Rks): E 5-15 kts
Big Wave Dave (Gordon's): E 5-10 kts

Please dress warmly as the temperature is predicted to dip to -2C tonight!
After some overnight frost, the high on Saturday is expected to be about 5C, cloudy with a few showers beginning in the afternoon.
A hot drink or some soup for lunch is a good idea on a day like this!

Plan B
If the winds are unfavourable and too strong we'll stay within Becher Bay itself, noodling both sides and exploring the islands and islets along the East side.
  If your browser does not display the plot of the paddle click here to view.
  Always dress for the possibility of immersion and please bring a drybag containing a spare change of clothes.
Please bring a lunch / snacks and sufficient beverage to keep you hydrated, as well as a themos of something warm.
All participants are expected to have read, and to comply with the SISKA Policies and Procedures.
Release 2.0.0