601 Seafarers Way, Anacortes, WA
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.
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.
Wearing immersion protection (wetsuit or dry-suit, preferably a dry-suit) is mandatory for this paddle.