While no stranger to wind, upwind kayak row sailing felt nearly impossible for me above 15 knots. A sad sort-of slide is best you can hope for, all the while stressing the rigging, steering, lee boards, etc to the max. Even boats with deep draft keels were having trouble with the added current- lots of spray, lots of wind. After experimenting with several different sail combos in a consistent 20 knots, I was forced to row for a couple hours at a mere 1.5 knots. If you stop, you are blown backwards quicker than you can swallow a sip of water. Tough, wet work.
Stumbling into Nanaimo, I quickly realized the oasis of camping/ cruising beauty tucked into the lee side of Newcastle and Protection Islands. This marine park and anchorage has been my home the last few days as I wait out Gale and High Wind Warnings blowing directly down the Strait of Georgia on my intended course. Twice I left, fully loaded, only to sail back to Nanaimo. Weather improves on Friday, hooray.