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Lk. Union to Pike Place Market Paddle

Description: We are going to paddle from south Lake Union, out through the Ballard Locks, around West Point (with a lunch stop at the beach), and down the Magnolia coast to Bell Harbor Marina in downtown Seattle, where we'll stash our kayaks and party-down at Pike Place Market.  Then we'll paddle south across the ferry lanes and west across Elliott Bay to our take-out at Seacrest Marina in West Seattle.

Sign-up Requirements:

This is a 13 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.

Schedule and Itinerary:

7:30 a.m. - meet at South Lake Union Park, off-load, and car shuttle to Seacrest Marina in West Seattle (15 minute car-shuttle each way).

8:30 a.m - launch and paddle out through the Ballard Locks to West Point (5.5 n.m.).

~ 11:30 a.m. - shore stop and picnic lunch at the beach north of West Point.

~ 12:30 p.m. - paddle to Bell Harbor Marina (5.5 n.m., with peak flood current assist, 0.7 knots at 0.3 miles west of West Point; we'll swing a little ways out into Elliott Bay, as the flood current has an eddy swirl south of West Point).

~ 2:30 p.m. - land, stash our kayaks at Bell Harbor Marina and walk up to Pike Place Market (1/4 mile walk).

~ 4:30 p.m. - launch and paddle to Seacrest Marina in West Seattle (2 n.m.; cross in front of the ferry dock after a 4:40 p.m. ferry departure and before a 5:10 p.m. ferry arrival).

~ 5:30 p.m. - arrive at Seacrest Marina, back-drive the car shuttle as necessary, and optional beverage and dinner at Marinations restaurant at Seacrest Marina.

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, and street shoes for our shore-side activities.  Extra change of warm clothes in a dry-bag.

Immersion Gear:

Wearing immersion protection (wetsuit or drysuit, preferably a drysuit) is required on this paddle.

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  • Lee M.


    May 12, 2014

  • Aaron S

    This was a great paddle!!!! (... and with perfect sunny weather and conditions :)-. And the paddle-party crowd (... well, one, besides myself :)- was a joy to paddle with. This paddle is 14 n.m., but it seems a lot shorter, as it's broken up with lots of fascinating sights, events and activities along the way. This is a grand tour of fun and fascination, and right here in town! I'll post this one again soon.

    May 12, 2014

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