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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Default Anyone paddle Vancouver Island (Nanaimo) 2 Vancvr?

Anyone paddle from Vancouver Island (Nanaimo) to Vancouver?

Just wondering if it's crazy lol? What route would you take? Approx length of time? Precautions.

Just kicking around the idea.

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There is a sea kayak site called "Westcoast paddler" (or something like that), I remember reading a few TR's about the crossing.
It's a fairly large undertaking with risk of high winds springing up and heavy vessel traffic. Obviously having more than one boat, and having a marine radio are important safety considerations.
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Two different sets of friends of mine have done it. Both were big undertakings and they took support boats. and
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Nanaimo to Sechelt is about 7 hours. When starting from shore on calm flat water, thinking this will be a 17 mile crossing , most people do not realize just how fast you can get into 3' breaking waves when you get to the midpoint of your journey. When arriving at the shore it was on flat calm water again without a hint of what we had paddled through. Depends on tide , wind, wave action,fatigue,breaks and vectoring.
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quote:Originally posted by Lupin

i remembered reading this one.
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