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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.  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 Jones Island.  Our route will be with the current all the way.

    Sign-up Requirements: This is a 34 nautical mile paddle in cold water, with open crossings, current effects and 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 minimum.  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:  The paddle size is limited by the campsites' capacities and the logistics of a one-way through-paddle.  Initial RSVP will be sign onto the waiting list as an expression of interest, with the paddle party populated from the waiting list, with preference for long-distance paddlers of known experience and pace from past paddles.

    Schedule and Itinerary:

    Friday, June 27

    8:30 a.m - Meet at Seafarers Memorial Park, offload, pack our kayaks, park (free parking at the adjacent marina gravel lot), and shuttle one or two cars to the San Juan Islands ferry terminal (10 minutes each way).

    10:30 a.m. - Launch, paddle 4 n.m. (with ~2.3 knots ebb) out Guemes Channel, to ~11:30 a.m. lunch on the beach under Yellow Bluff, then paddle 2 n.m. (slack to starting flood) to a ~1:15 p.m. shore stop at Cypress Head, with an optional hike (~5 miles, ~1000 ft. vertical gain) to a mountain lake.

    ~ 4:00 p.m. - Launch from Cypress Head and paddle 4 n.m. (with ~2.2 knots flood)  through the Cone Islands and to Pelican Beach on Cypress Island (10 n.m. day total).

    ~ 5:30 p.m. arrive at the CMT Campsite at Pelican Beach (or 3.5 n.m. beyond to Doe Island if space is not available) and set up camp.

    Saturday, June 28

    ~ 7:30 a.m - Launch and paddle 7 n.m. (with ~1.7 knots crossing ebb, early start needed before it increases) across Rosario Strait, and through Obstruction Pass to a ~ 11:00 a.m. shore and lunch stop at Obstruction Pass State Park, 5 n.m. (with ~0.5 knots flood), to a ~2:15 p.m. stop at Blind Island State Park, and 6 n.m. (with ~1.2 knots flood) through the scenic Wasp Islands to Jones Island. (18 n.m. day total).

    ~ 5:00 p.m. arrive at the CMT Campsite (or State Park campsite) on Jones Island and set up camp.

    Sunday, June 29

    ~ 10:30 a.m - Launch and paddle 6 n.m. (with 1.2 knots ebb) to Friday Harbor, with a shore stop at Yellow Island.

    ~ 1:00 p.m. arrive at the Friday Harbor Marina, catch lunch, and roll our kayaks 0.2 mi. to and onto the 2:15 p.m. (or 3:45 p.m.) ferry back to Anacortes.

    ~ 3:55 p.m. (or 4:50 p.m.) arrive at Anacortes, complete the car shuttle (10 minutes each way), and head back to the real world.

    Miscellaneous Logistics:

    Parking is free at our launch site; the parking cost for the shuttle car(s) at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal will be contributed by all.

    Water is not necessarily available at our campsites and water should be brought along, with water restock possible at various stops along our route.

    Specialized Gear

    Kayak wheels:  Everyone needs to bring a set.  Aaron has one extra set of wheels to lend.  We’ll almost surely carry the wheels with us on the trip rather than pre-transport them to Friday Harbor, as they are important if a bail-off logistic becomes necessary.

    VHF radios:  ??????

    Light hiking boots and hiking clothes: There is for-real mountain hiking available on Cypress Island for anyone who wants to do such.

    Large tarp:  Aaron

    Meal Arrangements:

    Lunches everyone's on their own. For dinner appetizers, snacks and desserts, bring whatever you want to share. For beverages to share, some folks can bring the ever-popular wine. :)-  And if a few folks bring good beer, your event host will be happy. :)--  If you wanna share some non-alcoholic beverages besides your own stash, bring a little extra bulk quantity or cans.

    For plates, bowls, cups, silverware, napkins, etc., each person is responsible for providing his/her own.

    Breakfasts and dinners will be community meals pre-planned amongst the sign-up-ees.  Stove, pots, pans and cooking utensils will be pre-planned amongst the sign-up-ees.

    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) is mandatory for this paddle.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Aaron, I really want to go on this trip. If I get sunday off, will definitely go.

    July 14, 2014

  • Ed H

    Ugh just remembered I'll be traveling to Oregon on this weekend so I won't be able to go. Looks like a great trip.

    July 9, 2014

  • Ed H

    In a Delta tandem so I have room for one other person. Paddled with you on Friday Harbor to Jomes Island trip in 2012.

    July 4, 2014


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