Silverdale to Port Orchard Farmers' Market (with 4.7 knots current)

Description:  We are going to paddle from Silverdale to Bremerton to the Port Orchard Farmers' Market, then back to Tracyton.  On the way out through Port Washington Narrows, we'll catch a 3.2 knot ebb current ... and on the way back in a 4.7 knot flood current.

Sign-up Requirements:

This is a 15 nautical mile paddle, except with 3+ knots current for 3.5 n.m. each way, it will be like a 9 n.m. slack-water paddle.  Port Washington Narrows has a smooth channel and the current, while swift, is not exceptionally turbulent.  We will pass under two bridges in swift current and paddlers must have sufficient boat-handling skills to line up their approach to midway between bridge piers to avoid hitting the piers.

To sign up for this paddle, you must be an intermediate or advanced paddler with good boat-handling, bracing, re-entry, and rescue skills and be able to paddle a sustained 2.5 knots pace.  The required kayaking experience and skills need to be documented in your meetup-profile information and your answers to the sign-up questions.  RSVP's without answers to the sign-up questions will be deleted.

Schedule and Itinerary:

~ 8:45 a.m. - optional breakfast stop at Monica's Waterfront Bakery and Cafe, 3472 NW Byron St, Silverdale, WA 98383.

9:00 a.m. - meet at the Silverdale Waterfront Park beach, offload, and car shuttle to Tracyton (10 minutes each way).

10:00 a.m - launch and paddle to Bremerton (7 n.m.).

~ 10:45 a.m. - enter Port Washington Narrows southbound and catch 3.2 knots ebb current.

~ 12:00 p.m. - shore stop at the Bremerton Ferry Dock.

~ 12:45 p.m. - launch and paddle around central Sinclair Inlet to the Port Orchard Farmers' Market at Annapolis Beach Park (2 n.m.).

~ 1:30 p.m. arrive at the Port Orchard Farmers' Market, have lunch (to-go food available at the Farmers' Market, including BBQ), and explore Port Orchard.

~ 3:30 p.m. launch and paddle around eastern Sinclair Inlet back to take-out at the Tracyton Boat Ramp (6 n.m.).

~ 4:30 p.m. enter Port Washington Narrows northbound and catch 4.7 knots flood current.

~ 5:00 p.m. - arrive at Tracyton, complete the car shuttle, and optional party-down at the Tracyton Public House pub.

Conditions and Contingency:

This paddle is contingent upon reasonably safe wind and weather conditions.

Equipment Requirements:

Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks, picnic lunch, waterproof hat, VHF radio if you have one, wetsuit or drysuit.  Layered warm clothes.  Bicycle lock and cable if you have one.  Extra change of warm clothes in a dry-bag.

Immersion Gear:

Wearing immersion protection (wetsuit or drysuit) is mandatory for this paddle.

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  • Kathy T.

    Thanks Aaron - it was a great day on the water and at the watering hole afterwards!

    June 16, 2014

    • Aaron S

      We all should have bought you a beer (... and some of the actually good deep-fried chicken winglets?) for driving down from B'ham, Kathy. Glad to hear the paddle and party were worth the drive. I'm due to run a few paddle-yacht cruises up in your hood (... like Fireworks Weekend for starters).

      June 16, 2014

  • T.-

    Fantastic paddle with a really fun group of people! The marine life, current, low wind, in-town wandering, decent milage, kind weather & a nice stout made this one fantastic day trip. Thank you, Aaron for another great day on the water! :)

    June 15, 2014

  • Kerri

    First time I've ever seen that much sealife diversity in the Puget Sound waters. Thankyou Aaron for organizing and running a great day trip.

    June 15, 2014

  • Jody B

    I saw an octopus, sea cucumber, baby seastars..amazing diversity of sea life near the Bremerton Marina. This really made it a memorable trip..that and the velveeta grilled cheese sandwich!

    June 15, 2014

    • Aaron S

      Too many froofy cafes around these days; yay for paddling, good friends, draft beer, and good ole tav' food. :)-

      June 15, 2014

  • Aaron S

    Yep, 75 pix again (... selected pix, to tell the story) ... 'cause this paddle had it all! The big surprise was the amazing marine menagerie at our Bremerton landing. And at the end, having a beer together at the Tracyton Public House, it occurred to me that y'all were a great bunch of friends and we had a really good time. Thanks everyone!

    1 · June 15, 2014

  • DCC

    Another outstanding plan right down to the weather by Aaron.

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • Aaron S

    See y'all in the morning! The Puget Sound marine forecast as of 9 p.m. Friday is okay for this paddle: Sat...SW wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 or 2 ft. A chance of showers.
    For any last minute coordination, I'm at cell[masked]

    June 13, 2014

    • Aaron S

      FYI, as of 6 a.m. Sat., the wind in Bremerton has been under 4 knots for six hours. Check it out at: http://global.iwindsu...­ this Station on Global iWindsurf&utm_medium­=widget&utm_source=i­windsurf.com&utm_cam­paign=widgetForecastTabl­e

      June 14, 2014

  • Mark B.

    Sorry Aaron, was looking forward to the paddle tomorrow but my Dad went into emergency tonight. Don't nix me from future paddles. Thanks.

    June 13, 2014

    • Aaron S

      Solid reason, Mark. Hope your Dad's okay and see ya next paddle

      June 13, 2014

  • bjhedahl

    Yay!! Gonna catch the 7:35 am ferry.... on my motorbike, unless someone is interested in carpoolling; I live in Beacon Hill, but could possibly meet you at the Seattle Ferry dock. [masked] or [masked]. or not. See ya!!

    June 13, 2014

    • Kerri

      Nix that, I'm going to take the Edmonds ferry.

      June 13, 2014

    • bjhedahl

      Yeah, seems we all have different plans going every which way... I am not going home afterwards, will be going to Lake Forest Park Saturday night. So, taking my motorbike; and (as it says above) Aaron is graciously letting me use his extra kayak... see ya there! (Silverdale Waterfront Park, 8801 Washington Ave NW, Silverdale) !!

      June 13, 2014

  • Kerri

    This sounds great! Anyone keen to carpool from the Edmonds ferry? IF Aaron lets me join.

    1 · June 13, 2014

  • Aaron S

    As of 8:30 a.m. Thurs., the marine forecast for Puget Sound is: Sat...SW wind 10 to 20 kt...becoming S 5 to15 kt, in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft.

    The paddle remains a go under those conditions. This paddle has a variety of good and interesting protected and moderate route options available, including have lunch in Bremerton rather than cross Sinclair Inlet to Port Orchard, which can be taken to avoid large waves.

    We will meet at the planned location at the planned time, and modify the route as necessary to fit the conditions. Please expect paddling in windy and wavy conditions without large waves.

    Please also check back here before the paddle for any updates if the marine forecast changes significantly.

    June 12, 2014

    • Aaron S

      Hey, T and Dave, de ja vu! Almost identical wind and weather forecasts to when we did this in March. :)- 30% swifter currents this go-round. :)-:)-

      1 · June 12, 2014

    • T.-

      Giddy-Up!! =:-D

      June 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Aaron, since i am doing a paddle on 15th do you think this one in addition would be too much? its sounds like fun but i do not want to over do it. thanks .

    June 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Aaron, Thank you for your feedback. I have few days off in a row so I have decided to do both trips if you can find a spot for me on Sat trip. Although, I would need help with getting there in terms of directions or Following you. Also, I have an extra carrier on my car if anyone needs it. Thanks again. I posted pics from Friday night paddle. If you would rather discuss this on the phone, my #[masked]

      June 11, 2014

    • Aaron S

      If you take the Bremerton ferry over from Seattle, it's a short drive from the ferry to the launch location. Or you can drive around through Tacoma, a much longer drive unless you live south of Seattle.

      June 11, 2014

  • Jody B

    Hi Aaron, If you think of it...could you bring the foam carriers and blue sponge that I left in a red crate in your car at Marrowstone? I have your laminated map to give back.

    June 9, 2014

    • Aaron S

      Sounds like a win/win trade, Jody. :) Will do.

      June 9, 2014

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