Jericho Upwinder/Downwinder

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Conditions were not ideal in any sense of the word today. I didn’t have a paddling partner, the wind was medium, and it was raining. But I did have a green light to go out for an afternoon paddle as our boys were preoccupied with two brand new kittens.

I had been keeping an eye on the weather so I knew I would be able to do a mini-downwinder on the south coast of Burrard Inlet. I double-checked the conditions and there was some wind coming from the northeast. I planned to head to the Jericho Sailing Club and paddle east towards Kitsilano Beach. Depending on how far I got I would have a small little downwinder to finish on.

Screenshot of the Windy.com forecast for Burrard Inlet.

Paddle Plan

DATE: Saturday Dec. 19, 2020
ROUTE: Burrard Inlet: Jericho to Kits Beach (round trip)
EST. DEP.: 1345
EST. ARR.: 1515
Details:
Tides (Vancouver)

  • 1001 High 4.9 m
  • 1621 Low 3.1 m

Wind

  • Forecast: see windy.com app
  • Southeasterly (ESE, E) 9-11, 11 kt (13-17, 17-18 kt wind gusts)

Sunset

  • 1617

Paddle Distance ~7 km
Paddle Time ~1.5 hrs

Personal Info

  • TRAVELLERS: 1 (Mon Jef Peeters)
  • VEHICLE: [Colour] [Year] [Make] [Model] [License Plate]
  • PHONE: [xxx-xxx-xxxx]

The wind was pretty fierce, but the chop was easily manageable. I decided to head straight into the headwind towards a moored barge in the distance and then I would turn around.

I came across a group of Laser sailboats who I think were doing a lesson. It was nice to see that I wasn’t the only one fiending to get out on the water. I decided to take a few pictures.

A group of Lasers sailing in Burrard Inlet with the Vancouver skyline in the background. Photo by Mon Jef Peeters.
Vancouver’s skyline on a beautiful inclement day. Photo by Mon Jef Peeters.
The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Photo by Mon Jef Peeters.
Looking back towards the Jericho Sailing Club. Photo by Mon Jef Peeters.

It was a slog into the headwind. Just after passing the sailors, I decided to see if kneeling on my board would make me advance any easier. It was easier to paddle but I am not sure I was going any faster. I alternated between kneeling and standing a couple of times before setting my sights on the barge for my turn around point.

The pitter patter of the rain and my destination barge on the left. Video by Mon Jef Peeters.

As soon as I turned it was as if the wind was gone. On a few occasions, I felt it pick up. There wasn’t enough swell to catch any real waves, but a few small ones have me a little ride. And for sure my pace was significantly faster. And the stats here show what I was feeling on the water. I was twice as fast coming back as I was going out.

Google Fit activity tracker screenshot.

I have the green light to do a paddle tomorrow so Trevor and I are going to try our luck downwinding in Boundary Bay!

My Route

Google Fit activity tracker screenshot.

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