At this point, I am planning to paddle over to D'arcy Island this Thursday (July 4), leaving the beach at Island View Park at 3:30 pm. We will cook supper that evening and breakfast the next day, camping on the east side of D'arcy Island for the night. We will return via a possible circumnavigation of Sidney Island and be back to Island View Beach in the late-afternoon on Friday, July 5, 2013.
Sea kayakers should be at least intermediate level and comfortable in moderate waves (1m+), swells, and wind (15-20 knots) as well as current.
The east side of Discovery Island has 10 designated campsites and 2 pit toilets, but no running water. Each paddler should be self-contained (i.e., his/her own cooking gear; water; strong/wind-resistant and waterproof tent; sleeping pad; food, incl. high energy snack food; and complete safety gear).
Safety gear would include at least: drysuit or wetsuit, incl. extra pile clothing, hat, goggles, gloves; a thermos of hot soup (to be put on the boat deck to-from Oak Bay); pump; paddle float; extra paddle; throw bag; strong sprayskirt; + an intermediate or higher paddling ability, incl. self-rescue skills. It is important to understand that each participant is responsible for his/her own decisions and safety at all points in time on this trip. There is no "leadership" as such for this activity. We are a group of peers.
To record our fun, bring a waterproof digicam or videocam (if you have one).
As well, bring a good book!
Camping fee is $10 per night per camper. Please bring the fee with you.
As well, please bring your cooking and drinking water.
Best regards, Brad