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Anacortes to Friday Harbor - Three-Day Paddle

  • Seafarers Memorial Park

    601 Seafarers Way, Anacortes, WA (map)

    48.510006 -122.606529

  • Meet at the beach at Seafarers Memorial Park.
  • Description: We are going to paddle from Anacortes to Friday Harbor and return by rolling onto the San Juan Islands ferry.  Our route will loop behind Guemes Island and pass through the scenic Wasp Islands.  We will camp one night at the CMT campsite at Pelican Beach at the north tip of Cypress Island and one night at the CMT campsite at Blind Island in Shaw Island Harbor.

    Sign-up Requirements: This is a 33 nautical mile paddle in cold water, with open crossings, current effects and likely wind waves.  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.

    RSVP and Logistics:  The size of this paddle will be somewhere from 8 to 12.  If interested, please sign onto the waiting list.  RSVP for this multi-day paddle will be populated from the waiting list.  If the weather forecast approaching the weekend is settled, we will arrange transport of our kayak wheels to Friday Harbor on Thursday for storage until we arrive.

    Schedule and Itinerary:

    Friday, July 4

    8:00 a.m - Meet at Seafarers Memorial Park, offload, pack our kayaks, park (free parking at the adjacent marina gravel lot), and shuttle two cars to the San Juan Islands ferry terminal (10 minutes each way).

    9:30 a.m. - Launch, paddle 3 n.m. around Anacortes harbor and to an ~11:30 a.m. lunch stop at Saddlebag Island State Park, 4.5 n.m. to a ~2:30 p.m. shore stop at Hunts Park on Guemes Island, and 4.5 n.m. through the Cone Islands and to Pelican Beach on Cypress Island (12 n.m. total).

    ~ 4:30 p.m. arrive at the CMT Campsite at Pelican Beach and set up camp.

    Saturday, July 5

    ~ 10:00 a.m - Launch and paddle 6 n.m. across Rosario Strait and through Obstruction Pass to a ~12:00 p.m. lunch stop at Obstruction Pass State Park, and 5 n.m. to Blind Island State Park (11 n.m. total).

    ~ 3:30 p.m. arrive at the CMT Campsite at Blind Island and set up camp.

    Sunday, July 6

    ~ 9:00 a.m - Launch and paddle 5.5 n.m. with a flood current assist through the scenic Wasp Islands to an ~11:15 a.m. shore stop at Yellow Island, then 4.5 n.m. to the Friday Harbor Marina, hugging the shore of Shaw Island to be in the eddy of a mild opposing flood current (10 n.m. total).

    ~ 2:30 p.m. arrive at the Friday Harbor Marina and roll our kayaks 0.2 mi. to and onto the 3:45 p.m. (or later) ferry back to Anacortes.

    ~ 4:50 p.m. (or later) arrive at Anacortes, complete the car shuttle (10 minutes each way), and head back to the real world.

    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, waterproof hat, VHF radio if you have one, drysuit, kayak-wheels.  Layered warm and cool clothes.  Extra change of warm clothes in a dry-bag.  Camping gear, food, and water.

    Immersion Gear:

    Wearing immersion protection (wetsuit or dry-suit, preferably a dry-suit) is mandatory for this paddle.

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  • Aaron S

    I'll update the RSVP shortly after the Memorial Day trip. I appreciate the extent of the interest in this trip. The Memorial Day trip will be a good "shake-down cruise" for determining the best size and logistics for this trip.

    May 20, 2014

  • Jeff

    Ed, we paddled Sucia together. Would like to paddle this 3 day trip. Can I partner up with you in the Tandem?

    May 16, 2014

    • Ed H

      Sure Jeff, that would be fine.

      May 17, 2014

    • Aaron S

      Jeff, this trip has qualification questions and at this point a wait-list only. You need to get on the wait list individually. This is especially so with zero information on your sea-kayaking meetup profile.

      May 18, 2014

  • Walter R.

    Thanks Aaron for the feedback

    May 17, 2014

  • Patrick T. D.

    Looking forward to starting the official NW day of summer out on the water kayaking!

    May 17, 2014

  • Walter R.

    what is with the long wait list???
    only 2 going ???

    May 16, 2014

    • Aaron S

      Because this is a long, multi-day, exposed, very committal trip of limited size, the RSVP format is different than my other trips. The waiting list is an expression of interest. The "yes" RSVP will be populated from the waiting list, primarily based on known qualification and compatibility from prior multi-day trips together and from multiple trips this winter in a variety of conditions. I'll do that soon so folks know early if this trip is in their holiday weekend plans. This is a ways out from the trip date and additional paddles that weekend will likely be posted by other event hosts.

      1 · May 17, 2014

  • Keith S.

    I would love to go. Count me in if anyone drops off.

    May 16, 2014

  • Ed H

    A usual I'm looking for a paddle partner since I have a Delta tandem.

    May 16, 2014


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