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Sequim Bay and Protection Island

Description:  We are going to paddle from Sequim Bay to Protection Island, circumnavigate Protection Island, then paddle to take-out at Diamond Point at the mouth of Discovery Bay.   Protection Island is one of the premier wildlife viewing locations in Puget Sound; it is estimated that three-quarters of the sea-birds in Puget Sound nest on Protection Island.

Sign-up Requirements:

This is a 14 nautical mile paddle exposed to the Straits of Juan de Fuca and it will be subject to wind, wind waves, current effects, large ship wakes, and ocean swell.

To sign up for this paddle, you need to be an intermediate or advanced paddler, you must have bracing, re-entry, and rescue training, skills and practice, and you must be able to paddle at 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.

P.T. Paddles Party-time?  This will be one of a two or three posted paddles in the Port Townsend area for the extended weekend of July 11 - 13.  If you'll be staying in Port Townsend, mention such in a comment if pre-, post-, or 'tween paddles coordination and get-together is of interest.

Schedule and Itinerary:

9:30 a.m. - meet at John Wayne Marina, off-load, and do a car shuttle to Diamond Point (20 minutes each way).

11:00 a.m - launch and paddle north in Sequim Bay, around the lagoon at Gibson Spit, to a lunch stop at Travis Spit (2.5 n.m. ~12:00 p.m), north along the Miller Peninsula shoreline to a rest stop at Thompson Spit (4 n.m., with 0.6 knots flood current,  ~ 2:00 p.m.), out to a circumnavigation of Protection Island (6 n.m., ~5:15 p.m.), and in to Diamond Point (1.5 n.m., ~6:00 p.m.). (14 n.m. total)

~ 6:00 p.m. - arrive and take-out at the Diamond Point beach access, complete the car shuttle, and head home or to Port Townsend

Conditions and Contingency:

This paddle is contingent upon reasonably safe wind and weather conditions. If the predicted weather conditions are unsafe for this paddle, the paddle will be revised to a more protected paddle.

Equipment Requirements:

Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks, picnic lunch, VHF radio if you have one, immersion gear.

Immersion Gear:

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

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  • bjhedahl

    If anyone missed going on this outing, as I did, and would like someone to go with, then I am definitely interested. Am on Jefferson County Peninsula. Thanks.

    May 14

  • Kathy T.

    The Puffin pictures- wow! I am sooo glad you got pictures of them. Thanks so much Aaron for hosting.

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Aaron S

    A great day out on placid Pond de Fuca! :)- Protection Island is really special ... with awesome bluffs and stark terrain, a wide variety of sea-birds, dozens of eagles, a buck deer, hundreds of seals and sea lions (... we kept over 300 yards out and even at that distance, occasionally a group would plunge into the water in unison like an instant landslide), baby seals riding on their mothers' backs checking us out, an amazing din of thousands squawking gulls and howling marine mammals, and last and not least, right at the end of our circumnavigation, a pair of the elusive tufted puffins! And thanks Kathy and Donna; you guys are the best ... this was a delightful paddle-party all day long! :)

    July 12, 2014

  • Kathy T.

    I hear that the only Puffins in the state are on Protection Island!

    June 22, 2014

    • Aaron S

      Tufted puffins?!!!!! We'll see .... Oh, we will. :)- I read the north coast of Miller Peninsula is a nice place in its own right. This is gonna be a cool paddle!

      July 2, 2014

    • Aaron S

      Check. Right at the end of the circumnavigation. Friendly critters, not real people-shy. :)-

      July 11, 2014

  • Aaron S

    For any coordination, I'm at cell phone[masked]

    July 11, 2014

    • Aaron S

      The weather and wind forecasts (http://www.iwindsurf....­) are great for this paddle! Solid sunshine, upper 60's and low 70's, and a steady six-knot northwest tailwind. See y'all out there!

      July 11, 2014

  • Kathy T.

    I will be staying in Sequim on thurs night - see you at the launch site at 9:30.

    July 9, 2014

  • Lonnie R.

    I will be coming from Whidbey Island, and will take either the 7:15 or 8:45 ferry, arriving at either 7:45 or 9:15 in PT, and then driving to Sequim. Do you need me for the car shuttle? If so, Ill take the earlier ferry. otherwise, probably the 8:45.

    July 5, 2014

    • Aaron S

      Cool; sign on up, Lonnie. If the other three remain on the trip (Donna and I may carpool in one car) and are on time, you could possibly come directly to the launch location; otherwise you're needed for the car shuttle. Stay tuned on the logistics and figure on coming to the launch location at 9:30 if you don't hear otherwise.

      July 9, 2014

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