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