New Event: San Juans trip Prior kayaking experience required

From: Saul_K
Sent on: Wednesday, July 25, 2007 6:39 PM
Announcing a new event for Seattle Area Sea Kayaking Meetup Group!

What: San Juans trip Prior kayaking experience required

When: Friday, September 28, 2:45 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Event Description: I will be leading a San Juans overnight kayak camping trip. This is a trip that I do each year with other friends of mine, so I keep it fairly small.

We have a great trip going from San Juan Island (Friday Harbor) to Turn Island. Of the trips I do in the San Juans, this is probably the most suited to those paddlers that have more limited experience, not quite begginers, you need to have practiced and succeeded with your safety skills, but your experience can be pretty limited.

The following trip is rated SK1+/SK2, see descriptions at this link:

http://students.washington.edu/ukc/seakayaking/sea_rating.php

This trip will be in a Marine environment and will have a variety of associated hazards. These include, tidal currents, wind, waves, fog, boat traffic and many other challenges, so we need to be prepared. That means you have to have prior paddling and self rescue experience as well as good equipment.

This is not a guided trip. This is a bunch of friends going on a cooperative paddle with a variety of skills. That means that you need good kayaking safety skills and equipment to avoid endangering yourself or others. You will need a seaworthy boat, a paddle and safety items such as a PFD, light, whistle, strobe or flares, sprayskirt, paddlefloat or a demonstrated roll, and either a wetsuit or a drysuit. Anyone who can?t successfully demonstrate a roll prior to the launch will need to wear the wetsuit or drysuit the entire time we are on the water on this trip. We owe it to each other to work as a team and be safe while we?re having fun. Each participant is responsible for their own safety and for contributing to the safety of the group. Each participant must have demonstrated a successful self rescue and assisted rescue to the satisfaction of the organizer or leader, in this case that means me. If I have any concerns I may ask the participant to demonstrate one prior to the launch. While the group has informal skill practice sessions to help all of us improve our safety skills and they are a good starting point, it is recommended that participants have taken formal sea kayak training such as offered by the many clubs and companies in the area, many offer ACA or BCU certification tests. See the links page for more training related information.

I will make a few kayaks and related gear available for loan. I have very few wetsuits, so you need to make sure you bring one that you'll wear.

Overview of trip

Friday
Catch 3:10 Ferry from Anacortes arrive 4:15 at Friday Harbor and walk carrying kayaks about 1/4 mile - so bring wheels.
Even as a walk on you need to be there a bit before 2:40pm to get on. That means leaving Seattle around lunch time. You have a fare for you and a fare for your kayak.

Launch from the Marina. Launch fee varies but is usually about is $15 per kayak and
includes landing on return.

Launch by about 5:00pm
Paddle to Blind Island and camp - sunset is at 6:55pm

Saturday paddle along parts of San Juan Island

Sunday paddle back to Friday Harbor and catch either the 1pm or the 5pm ferry arriving Anacortes
90 minutes later.

We will do group dinners and breakfasts with a vegetarian option if needed in sort of
a potluck format.

A detailed trip plan with routing and tidal current information will be provided to participants after they RSVP.

Learn more here:
http://seakayaking.meetup.com/35/calendar/6078070/

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