Description: We are going to paddle clockwise around Cypress Island. We will stop at Strawberry Island, Pelican Beach, Cone Islands and Cypress Head. Going north in Rosario Strait, we will catch an approx. 0.4 knot flood current. Coming back south in Bellingham Channel, we will be assisted by an approx. 0.9 knot ebb current.
This is a 16 nautical mile paddle in cold water in exposed conditions, with likely wind waves and current effects, eddies and rips.
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:
9:00 a.m. - meet at the Washington Park Boat Ramp beach, off-load, and park.
10:00 a.m. - launch and paddle north in Rosario Strait to Pelican Beach, with a stop at Strawberry Island. (7 n.m.)
~1:00 p.m. - stop at Pelican Beach, and explore and hike ashore.
~ 3:00 p.m. - launch and paddle south in Bellingham Channel, through the Cone Islands and with a stop at Cypress Head. (9 n.m.)
~ 7:00 p.m. - arrive back at Washington Park.
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, picnic dinner, 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. Minimal overnight bivvy gear, i.e. a sleeping bag and a tarp in a dry-bag, in case unpredicted high wind conditions force an overnight bivvy on Cypress Island.
Wearing a drysuit is mandatory for this paddle.