Circumnavigate Indian and Marrowstone Islands

Description: We are going to circumnavigate Indian and Marrowstone Islands, with a lunch and explore-town stop in Port Townsend along the way.  This paddle will be assisted by some of the strongest currents of the year, including 4 knots flood current all the way down the east coast of Marrowstone Island.

Sign-up Requirements:  This is a 20 nautical mile paddle.  There will be substantial current assist most of the way. This paddle is exposed much of the way and there will likely be current effects, rips, wind, waves, and container ship 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 kayaking experience and skills needed for this paddle must 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.

P.T. Paddles Party-time?  This will be one of a two or three posted paddles in the Port Townsend area this weekend.  If you'll be staying in Port Townsend, mention such in a comment if pre-, post-, or 'tween paddles coordination and get-together is of interest.

Schedule and Itinerary:

8:00 a.m. - meet at Lagoon Beach, off-load, and park (no parking passes required).

8:30 a.m - launch and paddle through Port Townsend Canal (with ~2.8 kts. ebb) and north to Port Townsend, visiting Port Hadlock and Fort Townsend State Park along the way. (8 n.m.)

~ 11:30 a.m. - arrive at the Wooden Boats Foundation beach in Port Townsend, secure our kayaks, walk into town, get lunch, and be tourists :)-.

~ 1:00 p.m. - launch and paddle across to Ft. Flagler State Park (with ~2.0 kts. flood), around Marrowstone Point at ~2:00 p.m. (with 4.0 kts. flood), down the beautiful and varied east coast of Marrowstone Island (with 4.0 kts. flood all the way!), with a stop at East Beach Park, around Kinney Point at ~4:00 p.m., and back to where we started. (12 n.m.)

~ 5:00 p.m. - arrive back at Lagoon Beach, take-out, load up and head home or into Port Townsend for the evening.

Conditions and Contingency:

This paddle is contingent upon reasonably safe wind and weather conditions.  If conditions out in Admiralty Inlet are too windy, returning to Lagoon Beach via Kilisut Harbor and the portage at the Indian/Marrowstone isthmus is an option.

Equipment Requirements:

Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks, 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.  Bicycle lock and cable if you have them.  Kayak wheels if you have them, in case we end up portaging.

Immersion Gear:

Wearing a drysuit is mandatory for this paddle.

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  • T.-

    Amazing day on the water with enjoyable paddle folk! Nice to see seals, turns, eagles, deer, puffins & paragliders! Nice challenging 2 mile paddle at the end back to the cars. :D

    July 14

  • Aaron S

    Another gem. This is one of my favorite paddles. My camera battery ran out mid-paddle. The east coast and south end of Marrowstone Island are magical they're so scenic, varied and mellow. The crew on this long, enjoyable journey were fantastic all the way, too! Thanks Brian, T, Bill and Karen. Y'all were a joy to paddle with. And thanks for the sag-wagon-type cameo hellos along the way from Kate and Paula, too.

    July 13

  • Aaron S

    See y'all at the beach; it's beautiful out here! Please try to be on time ... we've got some big-time current to catch. Woo-hoo!!!

    July 12

  • Kate D

    If I can repair my kayak rack, I'll come down to join you. I wish I could put you guys up at my Marrowstone I. home...but my floors are being ripped up. This is truly the best time of the year to kayak here. A large aircraft carrier just came past on the east side...another surf opportunity missed, Aaron.

    July 11

    • Aaron S

      Hope you can join us, Kate. This is gonna be a good one! If you don't get your rack repaired, give me call early morning at[masked] and we'll see if we can help you get your boat to the beach.

      July 12

  • Karen

    I am planning to leave Seattle this evening and stay in Port Townsend tonight (will try to get a room at the Aladdin also). My cell is[masked]-1609. Looking forward to meeting you all and enjoying a lovely sunny paddle tomorrow!

    1 · July 11

  • Aaron S

    I'll be staying Friday night at the Aladdin Motor Inn in Port Townsend. If anyone gets in Friday and wants to say hi, and for any other kind of coordination along the way, I'm at cell phone[masked]

    July 11

    • Aaron S

      Also, a little detail, some folks please bring bicycle locks and cables. We may need to lock up the kayaks while we're lunch-partying in P.T. (Stashing the gear, and maybe even the kayaks, will be easy. The hotel I'm staying at is on the beach right near Pt. Hudson, plus the Wooden Boat Foundation at Pt. Hudson will likely let us stash stuff.)

      July 11

    • Aaron S

      The weather and wind forecasts are fantastic for this paddle! Solid sunshine and upper 70's (... while the mainland suffers in the 90's? :)- ... and a steady six-knot tailwind from the northwest (... in case the following current, up to 4.7 knots, doesn't move us fast enough? :)- Woo-hoo-hoo!!

      July 11

  • Karen

    Is there anyone else from Seattle going on this paddle who would be interested in driving together? I could either leave Friday evening and stay somewhere in Port Townsend (camping or motel) or leave very early Saturday morning.

    July 10

  • DCC

    Hey Aaron,
    Sorry, I forgot I had RSVP'd on this one (in fact I don't remember doing so). Anyway, my kayak is out of action and I have made other plans. I am truly going to miss an awesome time. Hope there is enough time to fill my slot.

    July 10

  • T.-

    WooHoo!! It's going to be a good day out on the water!

    July 9

    • Aaron S

      Agreed! This is cool route, one of the best, we'll have four knots current running with us the whole way down that beautiful, scenic and varied east coast of Marrowstone, the weather and wind forecasts all weekend are absolutely perfect, everyone in this paddle-party are enthusiastic paddlers, Port Townsend's a great party town, etc. Woo-hoo-hoo!!!

      July 9

  • Whitney

    Sorry, I have to be out of town after all. Can't make it. Next time!

    July 8

  • Whitney

    Anybody camping out the night before? I can get there early to grab a site.
    Also I'm hoping a wetsuit and paddle jacket are okay.

    July 8

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