Description: Saturday, we are going to paddle from Port Gamble to the Hood Head CMT Campsite, set up camp, paddle to dinner at the Inn at Port Ludlow, then paddle back to camp. Sunday morning, we will pack up camp, paddle to Port Gamble, have brunch in Port Gamble, then paddle around Port Gamble Bay before heading home. All of our paddling will be with the current. The only food needed this trip will be your lunches and snacks ... the dinner and breakfast this camping trip will be fine dining at gourmet restaurants! :)
Sign-up Requirements: This is a medium length paddle (22 n.m. in two days) in cold water with open-water crossings. 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: The paddle size is subject to campsite capacity limitations. RSVP is waitlist as an expression of interest. The paddle group will be populated from the waitlist, with preference for paddlers and campers of known experience and pace from past paddles.
Port Ludlow, Washington,[masked]° N,[masked]° W
[masked] 9:47 AM PDT 7.18 feet High Tide
[masked] 3:25 PM PDT 3.69 feet Low Tide
[masked] 8:44 PM PDT Sunset
[masked] 9:47 PM PDT 9.50 feet High Tide
[masked] 4:42 AM PDT 2.05 feet Low Tide
[masked] 5:49 AM PDT Sunrise
[masked]:01 AM PDT 7.07 feet High Tide
[masked] 4:15 PM PDT 4.75 feet Low Tide
Schedule and Itinerary:
Saturday, August 2
9:00 a.m - Meet at the Port Gamble kayak launch site, off-load and park.
10:00 a.m. - Launch, paddle 5 n.m. to the CMT Campsite at Hood Head, including an exploration of Bywater Bay along the way.
~ 12:30 p.m. - Arrive at the CMT Campsite, have lunch, and set up camp.
~ 3:00 p.m. - Paddle 4.5 n.m. to Port Ludlow.
~ 5:00 p.m. - Have beverages and dinner at the Inn at Port Ludlow.
~ 7:00 p.m. - Paddle 4.5 n.m. back to camp.
~ 9:00 p.m. - Arrive back at camp.
Sunday, August 3
7:30 a.m. - Pack up camp.
~ 8:30 - Launch and paddle 4 n.m. to Port Gamble, have ~10:00 a.m. brunch at the Port Gamble General Store Cafe, then at ~11:00 a.m. either ...
... pack up and head home or ...
... paddle a 4 n.m. loop around Port Gamble Bay and pack up and head home at ~1:00 p.m.
Water is not available at our campsite. Water must be brought along, although it can be refilled at Port Ludlow.
A boat light, lantern or headlamp is required in case the Saturday paddle back to camp runs to after dark.
The only food you need to bring are picnic lunches and snacks. No cooking utensils and equipment are required. Dinner and breakfast will be at restaurants.
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 for Saturday, waterproof hat, VHF radio if you have one, wetsuit or drysuit. Layered warm clothes, warm head and ears protection. Extra change of warm clothes in a dry-bag. Camping gear and water. Charge card or cash for dinner. Boat light, lantern or headlamp.
Wearing immersion protection (wetsuit or dry-suit) is mandatory for this paddle.