Description: We are going to paddle from Lincoln Park across to Blake Island, explore and hike on Blake Island, then paddle west to Manchester and southward around the shore to the Southworth ferry, where we'll roll-on and take the ferry back to Fauntleroy.
This is a 10 nautical-mile winter paddle in open water with a three-mile crossing that will be subject to wind and ship wakes.
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.
Schedule and Itinerary:
8:00 a.m - meet at the Lincoln Park south parking lot, off-load the kayaks, and roll or carry them down to the beach.
9:00 a.m. - launch, *launch time may vary slightly depending upon the expected passage time of any container ship traffic.
~ 10:30 p.m. - arrive and land at Blake Island, explore, hike (approx. 3 miles), and have lunch.
~ 1:00 p.m. - launch and paddle to Orchard Point and Manchester, then southward around the Kitsap Peninsula shore to the Southworth Ferry Dock.
~ 4:30 p.m. - arrive at Southworth and take the 5:10 ferry back to Fauntleroy.
~ 6:00 - arrive at Fauntleroy and roll our kayaks 1/4 mile back to our cars.
Conditions and Contingency:
This paddle is contingent upon reasonably safe wind and weather conditions. If the predicted or actual weather conditions are unsafe for this paddle, the paddle will be revised to a less exposed Blake Island paddle with ferry transport both ways, or a similar distance paddle route on Lake Union and Lake Washington.
Kayak, paddle, kayak wheels, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks, picnic lunch, waterproof paddle hat, VHF radio if you have one, immersion gear. Layered warm clothes, waterproof insulated paddle gloves and/or pogies, warm head and ears protection. Extra change of warm clothes in a dry-bag.
Wearing a drysuit is mandatory for this paddle.
Kayak wheels (or a very light hand-carriable boat) are required for this paddle.