I will be leading a San Juans overnight kayak camping trip. Between the survey and the current charts we came up with a 11:30am launch so that we can cross as the water slowly speeds back up after the 10:30am slack. This is a trip that will have some of the shorter crossings we'll do. We will be paddling from Guemes Ferry Launch in Anacortes to Saddleback Island and camping there. The island is near the SE end of Guemes Island, it is about a 30-45 minute paddle if things go easy, an hour or two if we screw up.. You'll need to wear either a wetsuit or a drysuit.
Of the trips I do in the San Juans, these routes are probably more suited to those paddlers that have more limited experience, not quite beginners, you need to have practiced and succeeded with your safety skills, self rescue, but your experience can be pretty limited. If you didn't do one of the safety skills checkouts we had last year and want to do this trip send me an email or phone and we'll work out a time/date to get it done before the trip. The following trip is rated SK1+/SK2, see descriptions at this link: [url=http://students.washington.edu/ukc/seakayaking/sea_rating.php]
I will have 3 tandems and 2 single loaners available, let me know in your RSVP if you need to borrow.
[url=http://students.washington.edu/ukc/seakayaking/sea_rating.php] I will bring a group cook kit with two large 5qt plus sized kettles as well as a frying pan, spatula, etc. I will bring one stove, several others of you said you could bring one as well, so bring it - thanks. What to bring: A sense of humor and plenty of energy The stuff for the meal you're making for the group Wetsuits or Drysuits - I have a few to loan, let me know if you need one. Headlamp Water in a container - the island doesn't have any fresh water TP - the island has an outhouse, sometimes it runs out.
Dishes and utensils to eat and drink, clothes to stay warm and dry, Drysacks for your stuff, especially for your clothes and sleeping bag - I have a few to loan let me know if you need one. Typical camping stuff - Tent, pad, sleeping bag, toiletries, several changes of clothes
Who is in which kayak: -
Necky Green Amuruk Tandem - Saul
Necky Green Amuruk Tandem - Jackie
Necky Yellow Amuruk Tandem -Cindy A
Necky Yellow Amuruk Tandem - Peter Rosenblum
I am also recruiting for the drive up if anyone would like to carpool leaving my house at about 9am on Saturday.
Meals - we will do group meals for Saturday Dinner, Sunday Breakfast and Sunday Lunch. Meal teams as follow: Saturday Dinner: (Seared Ahi Fish tacos, Cheese Tortelinni with Chantrelles and Pesto, Red Wine, White Wine) Saul - Ahi, wraps, dressing, shredded cabbage, cheese, sesame oil, chantrelles Jackie - tortellini, pesto, 1 red wine, 1 white wine. Jenn - 2 tomatoes, 1 onion, 1 bottle of white wine
Sunday Breakfast (Omelletes in a bag, oatmeal with fruit, coffee) Cindy A - Eggs, cheese, Onion, ham Elanor - oatmeal, fruit, tomato Saul - coffee, cream, honey, freezer ziplock bags,
Sunday Lunch - paddle stop (Martina to determine and post) Martina M Brian V Peter Rosenblum
So contact your team members and work out a menu plan ;-) Thanks - Saul
Saturday - Launch Guemes Ferry beach 11:30am arrive Saddleback 12:30pm
Sunday - circumnavigate Guemes - launch 9:30am - arrive Guemes Ferry Beach 2pm - lunch stop will be near the north end of Guemes or Cypress - exact route will depend on wind conditions, the tidal currents are very weak this weekend. Floods under 1/2 knot, ebbs near 1 knot.
Guemes Channel, West entrance of, Washington Current 17 May 2014 - 19 May 2014 48.5167° N, 122.6500° W Flood direction 95° true Ebb direction 255° true 2014-05-17 02:52 PDT 0.00 knots Slack, Flood Begins 2014-05-17 04:15 PDT 0.48 knots Max Flood 2014-05-17 04:49 PDT -0.00 knots Slack, Ebb Begins 2014-05-17 05:27 PDT Sunrise 2014-05-17 08:17 PDT Moonset 2014-05-17 10:30 PDT -3.32 knots Max Ebb 2014-05-17 14:33 PDT 0.00 knots Slack, Flood Begins 2014-05-17 17:17 PDT 1.96 knots Max Flood 2014-05-17 20:20 PDT -0.00 knots Slack, Ebb Begins 2014-05-17 20:47 PDT Sunset 2014-05-17 23:49 PDT Moonrise 2014-05-18 00:00 PDT -1.54 knots Max Ebb 2014-05-18 03:53 PDT 0.00 knots Slack, Flood Begins 2014-05-18 05:07 PDT 0.41 knots Max Flood 2014-05-18 05:26 PDT Sunrise 2014-05-18 05:34 PDT -0.00 knots Slack, Ebb Begins 2014-05-18 09:24 PDT Moonset 2014-05-18 11:05 PDT -3.11 knots Max Ebb 2014-05-18 15:16 PDT 0.00 knots Slack, Flood Begins 2014-05-18 18:04 PDT 1.92 knots Max Flood 2014-05-18 20:48 PDT Sunset 2014-05-18 20:59 PDT -0.00 knots Slack, Ebb Begins
Bellingham Channel, off Cypress Island, Light of, Washington Current 11 May 2014 - 13 May 2014 48.5500° N, 122.6500° W Flood direction 45° true Ebb direction 185° true 2014-05-11 00:32 PDT 1.00 knots Max Flood
2014-05-11 02:17 PDT -0.00 knots Slack, Ebb Begins
2014-05-11 04:00 PDT Moonset 2014-05-11 05:35 PDT Sunrise
2014-05-11 06:38 PDT -2.74 knots Max Ebb
2014-05-11 10:43 PDT 0.00 knots Slack, Flood Begins
2014-05-11 13:57 PDT 1.16 knots Max Flood
2014-05-11 16:19 PDT -0.00 knots Slack, Ebb Begins 2014-05-11 17:25 PDT Moonrise 2014-05-11 19:15 PDT -1.28 knots Max Ebb 2014-05-11 20:39 PDT Sunset 2014-05-11 22:31 PDT 0.00 knots Slack, Flood Begins 2014-05-12 01:18 PDT 0.99 knots Max Flood 2014-05-12 02:43 PDT -0.00 knots Slack, Ebb Begins 2014-05-12 04:29 PDT Moonset 2014-05-12 05:33 PDT Sunrise 2014-05-12 07:19 PDT -3.02 knots Max Ebb 2014-05-12 11:14 PDT 0.00 knots Slack, Flood Begins 2014-05-12 14:29 PDT 1.61 knots Max Flood 2014-05-12 17:18 PDT -0.00 knots Slack, Ebb Begins 2014-05-12 18:34 PDT Moonrise 2014-05-12 20:09 PDT -1.39 knots Max Ebb 2014-05-12 20:40 PDT Sunset 2014-05-12 23:19 PDT 0.00 knots Slack, Flood Begins
Here's my proposal for the trip back on Sunday (if it's a nice day):
We circumnavigate Guemes Island, with a short stop to check out Jack Island, and lunch at the WWTA trail site at Cypress Head. Returning to the dock around 4:30pm. Mileage below is approximate. Total will be 12-13 mi. Jack Island adds about 2 miles.
We'll have a bit of help on the second leg with the ebb current, but we'll want to hit Guemes Channel after 3pm, otherwise we'll be fighting against it.
Here's a nice pic of the Jack Island landing