Silverdale/Port Orchard/Tracyton Paddle

Description: We are going to paddle from Tracyton to Bremerton and Port Orchard and then back to Tracyton.  Through Port Washington Narrows, we will have a three knot current running with us both ways through.

Sign-up Requirements:

This is a 11 nautical mile early-spring paddle, except with 3 knots current for 3.5 n.m. each way, it will be like an 6 n.m. slack-water paddle.  Port Washington Narrows has a smooth channel and the current, while swift, is not exceptionally turbulent.

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:

~ 8:30 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 Tracyton Boat Ramp beach, off-load, and park our cars.

9:45 a.m - launch and paddle out Port Washington Narrows (with a 2.9 knot ebb current) to an ~11:00 a.m. shore-stop at the Bremerton Ferry Dock and downtown Bremerton (4 n.m. total), then paddle along the Bremerton Navy Shipyard and across Sinclair Inlet to Port Orchard (1.5 n.m.).

~ 12:30 p.m. - arrive at Port Orchard's Annapolis Public Beach.  Have lunch and explore Port Orchard.

~ 2:15 p.m. - launch and paddle back through Port Washington Narrows (with a 3.5 knot flood current) to take-out at the Tracyton Boat Ramp (5.5 n.m.).

~ 4:00 p.m. arrive at Tracyton, load-up, complete the car shuttle, and 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, drysuit.  Layered warm clothes, waterproof insulated paddle gloves and/or pogies, warm head and ears protection.  Extra change of warm clothes in a dry-bag.

Immersion Gear:

Wearing a drysuit is mandatory for this paddle.

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  • DCC

    Winds and equipment failure are all that brings the rating down but we had a great day altering our plan on the fly.

    March 30, 2014

    • Aaron S

      Glitched and fixed on the shake-down-cruise rudder. Eventually got it working fine.

      March 31, 2014

  • Aaron S

    Another totally enjoyable paddle. You all were a delight to paddle with! Nice current push both ways, and how about that sunny, warm weather for March! March goes out like a lamb ... as long as there are no long upwind fetches. :)-

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • DCC

    Guess the photos will have to wait until someone starts a folder for our trip. I'm a bit tech challenged and couldn't figure it out.

    March 30, 2014

  • DCC

    Yes. It was an awesome day in spite of the winds.
    Adding a couple photos.

    March 30, 2014

  • T.-

    Awesome time on the water with great group of people! Aaron had this planned well & with backup options too! His flexibility & in with the weather gods, really made this an all around fun paddle.

    March 30, 2014

  • Jenny

    Great to see everyone. Thanks Aaron!

    March 30, 2014

  • Audra

    Unfortunately, I have a special birthday dinner for my 19 year old daughter that evening with time constraints . So have a great time. I hope you all have fun, take some pics and post

    March 29, 2014

    • Aaron S

      I understand about 19 y.o. daughters, Audra; I have one here at home on Spring Break as we speak. Have fun and see ya on upcoming paddles. Got some other good ones coming up soon!

      March 29, 2014

  • DCC

    FYI, Winds forecast per NOAA are 15kt blowing up the length of Sinclair Inlet. Guess we'll see what it's like before we cross.

    March 29, 2014

    • Aaron S

      Exactly, Dave. This paddle adjusts well to any conditions. If it's too windy to cross Sinclair Inlet, we'll hang out in Bremerton for lunch. Port Washington Narrows has no fetch, especially for SW winds. The current weather forecast for Bremerton calls for only 20 to 0 percent chance of rain during our paddle. See everyone in the morning.

      1 · March 29, 2014

  • T.-

    Thanks for the kinder start time! :)

    March 29, 2014

  • Audra

    I need to be back in Seattle at 4 to 5 pm. Is this possible?

    March 24, 2014

    • Aaron S

      That's gonna be tight. Likely not.

      March 24, 2014

  • bjhedahl

    Would like to go, but sold my kayak last month because of moving. If Saul or someone has a extra or two-seater I would enjoy going... Am working on my new landlord/lady to see if they would let me store a kayak in the yard, so may buy a new(used) one.!!

    February 3, 2014

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