Summer Sunshine Row. July 24th, 2013.

 

Summer Sunshine Row
The Summer Sunshine Row.  The tide was high at 6:47am at 4.3 meters or 14.1 feet.  It will be going out until 1:40pm at .5 meter or 1.6 feet.  The next high is at 8:32pm at 4.8 meters or 15.7 feet.
The rowing plan is to row across the shipping channel, South along Stanley Park, West along Kits, Jericho and Point Grey beaches, across English Bay, back to the West Vancouver shore and return to Hollyburn Sailing Club.
Gwragedd Annwn at Hollyburn Sailing Club
Gwragedd Annwn at the beach, Hollyburn Sailing Club
I have Gwragedd Annwn on the beach at Hollyburn Sailing Club at 8:45am.  The weather is perfect.
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A loaded freighter outbound from First Narrows.
Just as I launch Gwragedd Annwn, a deep sea freighter comes out of Burrard Inlet and sails West out from under Lions Gate Bridge headed for the Strait of Georgia.  I have my VHS radio tuned to channel 12,  Vancouver Harbour Traffic radio.  There are no freighters due under the bridge for a while, so I make for the crossing.
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Not much wind at the club.
Leaving the Club behind, there is almost no wind, only a slight Westerly drift to rustle the flag.
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Gwragedd Annwn in the Maelstrom
Crossing the shipping channel, the ebbing tide creates quite a current.  The swells always build here.
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Almost through the Maelstrom
In the picture you can see the edge of the current.  Sometimes the Maelstrom goes all the way to Lighthouse Park (Point Atkinson).  In the distance you can see the freighter heading out.  The freighter is only ten minutes past where I am now.  Those things really move.
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The Maelstrom is in the centre of the shipping channel
Again, you can see a boat on the North Side of the current.  I am almost at the South edge of the Maelstrom heading for Siwash Rock.
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The Bowen Belle races out of First Narrows.
I think that this is a water taxi.  I have seen her in False Creek at Granville Island.
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The Prince of Whales tour boat coming out of Burrard Inlet
Sort of a cute name…”The Prince of Whales”.  A whale watching tour boat?  How far do they have to go to see whales, I wonder?
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Siwash Rock
It has taken me about 30 minutes to get here.  I will row up to the gap between the Seawall and Siwash Rock to see if it is deep enough to navigate.
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The gap between Siwash Rock and the Seawall.
There is a breaking rock in the middle of the channel.  The tide is falling.  I will not be able to circumnavigate Siwash Rock today.  I am too late for the tide.  It is 9:20am and the tide was at 3.4 meters at 9:00am.  The ballpark is for a 3.5 meter tide for Gwragedd Annwn be able to float in the gap.
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The Urban Oarsman in Gwragedd Annwn at the Gap.
The Urban Oarsman in his natural habitat.  I was speaking to a fellow on the Seawall, an oarsman named “Mike” and he offered to take my picture with my camera.  I do not often (or ever!) get to have a picture taken of me in Gwragedd Annwn.  Mike used to do a lot of rowing on the lakes in the interior.   He was bicycling around the Seawall.
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The Urban Oarsman in Gwragedd Annwn leaving Siwash Rock.
The Urban Oarsman in his natural element without sunglasses.  Stanley Park casts quite a shadow just South of Siwash Rock.  Mike was trying to get a photo of me with a freighter in the background.  I would like to thank Mike for taking these pictures.  One meets oarsmen in the most unlikely places.
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The Gun Emplacement above Siwash Rock in Stanley Park.
Most people who see this structure (from above) think that it is a viewing platform.  It is not.
I have seen people on top of it looking out at the view.  A good view for harbour defence.
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Tour boat out of False Creek
A tour boat zips along the Seawall.  Looking for whales I guess.
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Harbour Patrol boat laying floats for the English Bay Fireworks.
The Harbour Patrol boat “Takaya” was putting out floats to mark the exclusion zone around the fireworks barges.
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Buoy Q52 off English Bay Beach.
This buoy marks the Southern boundary of the False Creek Shipping Channel.
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Fellow rowboats in the Heritage Harbour by the Maritime Museum.
Three wooden rowboats at the Heritage Harbour.  The floathouse is the Heritage Harbour Wooden Boat Shop.
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North Star of Herschel Island.
In the Heritage Harbour there a number of wooden boats tied up.  The North Star of Herschel Island is probably the biggest one.
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Reflections on the stern of the North Star of Herschel Island.
Nice looking rowboat on davits.  Too bad that is is made of fibreglass.  Even in calm water, the reflections always dance on the hull or transom.
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A lone Cormorant watches.
Probably a good spot to spy fish from.
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Night Wind.
Big sailboats always look more impressive from the water.  See how smooth her hull is.
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Northern Spray.
I wonder if she has the same number of planks on each side.  Hard to tell from this photo.
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Cat boat Sylvester
A cat -rigged boat called Sylvester.  Too cute.  The Mariah Sea is the power boat behind her.
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Stand Up Paddle Boarders and the Kits lifeguard rowboat.
Following the current, I row West along the South shore towards Jericho Sailing Centre.
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Kitsilano Yacht Club float
When I was at UBC, and in the UBC Sailing Club, My friends and I entered a 24 hour enterprise race held here.  We did quite well, getting a medal and only one crew member got bonked on the head by the boom.  Those were the days….
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“The Wall”, the RVYC Breakwater at the Jericho Outstation
The “telephone” pole breakwater is quite impressive.  Some of the piles are loose and you can see them working in the swell.  The club holds its Optimist training programme to the South and East of the breakwater.
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The weather turret at the wall.
This structure and the light is marked  QY on the charts.  It is the RVYC Jericho weather station.
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Jericho Sailing Centre Association.
Because of the dry burger last time, I have brought my lunch this time.  A better deal.
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Urban Oarsman’s lunch.
All I need now is a cold one to go with it.  Or perhaps a cup of tea.
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A rubber Duck emergency at the Jericho Pier.  No room for anyone else to have an emergency.
I drifted around the pier while eating my lunch because the rubber ducks took up all the room at the float.  Why are there so many?  Are they in for lunch too?
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Life guards launching their rowboat at Spanish Banks Beach.
Almost two years ago, I went to the city works disposal yard, they were trying to sell a bunch of lifeguard boats in pretty rough shape and wanted real money for them.  This was before I built Gwragedd Annwn, and I was looking to see if it would be worthwhile to buy a lifeguard rowboat and rebuild it.  The answer was no, it was not worth it.  I estimated that it was cheaper to build from scratch rather than try to rebuild on of the lifeboat hulls.  A real shame.  I suppose that the boats were all trashed eventually.
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Cherry Galaxy at anchor in English Bay.
Leaving Spanish Banks/Point Grey Beach for West Vancouver.  The water is a little choppy, and the tide will be turning to flood into Vancouver Harbour any time.  Should make good time across.
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Freighter off Point Grey coming into Harbour.
This deep sea freighter is coming into English Bay on it’s way into Burrard Inlet.  Thanks to Vancouver Traffic for the info.  Twenty minutes later it is at the bridge.
Film clip of the freighter passing the Besiktas Azerbaijan (Istanbul) going into Burrard Inlet.  These deep sea freighters really move!
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Full Steam ahead into Harbour.
I guess that sometimes you just want to get ashore.  Now.  Right Now.
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Besiktas Azerbaijan (Istanbul)
Stern shot of the Besiktas Azerbaijan.  I believe that she is anchored at anchorage 9.
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Crab trap line float showing which way the current is flowing.

The flood tide is coming into the harbour at 1.5 knots.  The incoming swell is astern of Gwragedd Annwn.  What could be better?
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Coast Guard rubber duck zips by.
I wonder where this Rubber Duck is based?  How long to False Creek?  Well it is good that they are out.  Note the deep sea freighter in the centre of the picture.  It is far off of Point Grey and inbound for First Narrows and Burrard Inlet.  30 or 40 minutes?
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Another freighter lurks off Point Grey
Good thing that I am already on the West Vancouver side of the traffic separation buoy.  An easy row along the shore to Hollyburn Sailing Club.
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The Pink Building
The famous “Pink Building”.  It is called Villa Maris.  Its street address is 2222 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver.  It was built in the 60’s.
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Lurking freighter closes.
It has been twenty minutes since I last took the freighter’s picture.  She is moving fast.
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The freighter is making good time into port.
Five minutes after the last picture.  She is closing fast.  It is always a good idea to stay out of the freighter’s way.
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Freighter Passing in front of Hollyburn Sailing Club.
Another five minutes later.  Passes by in front of the Sailing Club.  I will have to wait until her bow wave reaches the beach before I land Gwragedd Annwn.  I do not want to have a panic party landing at the club.  Too many cameras.
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Deep Sea Container Ship going under Lions Gate Bridge.
Time to beach Gwragedd Annwn.  Row time: six hours forty-five minutes.  Twelve and one-half miles.  Quite the row.
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Mike

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