Description: We are going to paddle in Saratoga Passage from Greenbank to Langley (... in peak whale-watching season? :)-, and attend the Langley Welcome the Whales Parade and Festival.
This is a 10 nautical mile spring paddle in cold water that may be subject to wind waves and boat wakes.
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.
Paddlers can stay on Whidbey Friday evening or come over Saturday morning on the 7 a.m. ferry. While the required timing varies, prior experience indicates that to catch the 7 a.m. ferry, cars should be in the ferry line by approximately 6:15 a.m.
Most paddlers can drive directly in the morning from the ferry to the launch site in Greenbank. A car-shuttle ride from Langley back to their cars will be provided after the paddle and parade. (The event host is staying on Whidbey Friday evening and he and one other will spot their vehicles in Langley on Saturday morning to accomplish this.)
Schedule and Itinerary:
6:15 a.m. - if taking the morning ferry over, get in the ferry line to catch the 7 a.m. ferry.
8:00 a.m - meet at Hidden Beach, off-load and park.
9:00 a.m. - launch and paddle to Langley.
~ 1:00 p.m. - arrive in Langley, secure our kayaks, and watch the parade (starts at 1:30 p.m.), have lunch, and attend the festival. http://www.orcanetwork.org/Calendar/show_event.php?id=23&size=small
~ 4:00 p.m. - complete the car shuttle back to Greenbank and pick up the kayaks in Langley on the way to the Clinton ferry.
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, 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.
Wearing a drysuit is required on this paddle.