Victoria man set to try to cross Strait of Juan de Fuca on paddleboard today

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A Victoria man who has been planning to paddle his stand-up paddleboard across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Angeles today said his attempt will start on schedule.

Darren Bachiu, 36, said Monday that he plans to start at 4:30 a.m. today and reach his destination between noon and 2 p.m.

Weather conditions call for fog and westerly winds changing to northwesterly.

Bachiu had two windows of opportunity — July 5-7 and today, but tidal conditions and the lack of availability of his support boat eliminated his chances last week.

Bachiu thinks he may be the first person to ever make the attempt on the surfboard-like craft.

Bachiu will begin the six-hour, 26.7-mile trip at Cheanuh Marina, 20 miles west of Victoria, and cross southeast, toward Port Angeles.

He aims to land in Port Angeles near the Railroad Avenue pier of the Black Ball Ferry Line Terminal, which operates the MV Coho ferry.

Last modified: July 14. 2014 7:22PM
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