Palm Sunday Paddle
Sunday March 25
By: Robert Tongen
Maryke Brannin, Joe Barrett, Peter O'Sullivan, Keith Elliott, Dick Brannin, and I launched from the East Side Day Dock/Kayak EXZ Launch in Channel Islands Harbor this morning. It was a quiet but chilly as we launched under clear skies. The water was full of debris from the rain runoff. We paddled through the harbor and noticed the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club was holding their opening day boat parade and the Harbor was full of large power boats. We continued to the south end of the breakwater which is more than a mile and a half from our launch place.

As we came around the end of the breakwater we were met by 6 foot or larger swells that looked like they would start to spill over. They were closely spaced to make for a fun and challenging paddle. Several of us headed toward the north end of the breakwater enjoying riding up and down the swells. By the time we got back to the south end of the breakwater the seas had quieted a great deal. Then the wind came up strong from the west and the swells returned. We were being pushed in the wind, waves, and current quickly to the south. It was a good slog back against the swells and wind to get back into the channel. Now we only had the 1.5 mile paddle back to the launch point against the wind.

That is the way it was this first Sunday of Spring 2018.

Robert Tongen reporting.

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