Emeryville Marina to San Francisco

The paddle is paddle from the Emeryville to San Francisco and back (Plan A). We will meet at the Emeryville Marina at 9am and OTW about 9:30. 11:30 or when ever we get there, we will have lunch in SF at Pier 1.5 or the ferry building, then catch the flood on the way back (after 12:30). R/T = 11 miles. An alternate depending on how the group is feeling, would be to stop at Yerba Buena for Lunch and return back to Emeryville from there (Plan b). R/T total would be 7 miles. On the way home, there will most likely there will be a 5-15 kt. wind on our backs. let me know if you will be interested in this paddle. Must dress for immersion, have self rescue and bay paddling skills. If there is not enough interest or if conditions are poor, I will reschedule.

Below are the projected conditions in Emeryville for Sunday.

8:34 AM PDT -1.15 kt Max Ebb
12:05 PM PDT 0.00 kt Slack, Flood Begins
2:59 PM PDT 1.43 kt Max Flood

Let me know if you have any questions!!!!

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  • Tatyana

    Bravo! I am glad to hear you guys did it as you were planning it for some time. Even though the experience was not quiet what you planned, it is wonderful that you went to at least YB. Hopefully, next year you will plan something similar, and could join in too. Great pictures of the bridge!

    August 5, 2013

  • Kevin T

    Wish I was there. Looks like it was a nice day, wind, wave and all.

    July 29, 2013

  • bert

    3 stars for the trip due to the weather and 5 to John who joined me for a paddle to Yerba Buena (YB) instead of to SF. The wind was steady at 6-8 kts in the am. 1-2 foot swells met us as we left the harbor but subsided as we neared the bay bridge. We stopped and admired the belly of the new eastern span. The coast guard came by and gave us a holler when we got too close to one of their vessels. Apparently on high alert today. After knowing our intentions and that we we're honorable, they let us go without incident. Conditions were calmer closer to YB. Rounding the west side, we passed a small beach filled with Harbor Seals. They also let us go by without incident. We stopped for lunch then headed back. Winds blew steadily against our backs at about 8-12 kts. and also creating 1-2 foot wind waves. I was very impressed with Johns abilities and comfort level. Thanks John for a good day and I look forward to paddling with you again!

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • John H.

    5 Stars for the leader Bert, a really nice guy, an experienced kayaker, considerate of others' abilities, and very helpful.
    4 Stars for the trip rather than 5 because we only got as far as the south side of Yerba Buena Island. But it was very interesting seeing the new Bay bridge from below, and seeing a bunch of white spotted baby Harbor Seals on Yerba Buena. Their mothers popped their heads out of the water around us as we paddled through their area before we landed on a small sandy beach for lunch.
    1 Star (or zero) for the weather. The plan (hope) was for blue sky and no wind in the morning, so an easy paddle to SF, then gliding back across the bay to Emeryville with an afternoon tailwind. The reality heading toward SF: Totally socked in, cold, strong headwind, and big waves. That's the reason we decided to stop at Yerba Buena Island. And that's why everyone else bailed out. It was just Bert and I. But I'd definitely try it again if the weather cooperated.

    2 · July 28, 2013

    • Jonathan

      You guys are tough and brave..good on ya!

      1 · July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry cannot make it this morning. Have fun. :-)

    July 28, 2013

  • Jonathan

    It's looking a bit too foggy ..very low vis...for me and my SOT putt putt yak. Hope to join you guys next time.

    July 28, 2013

  • Kevin T

    Sorry. Have to back out to handle a home security emergency.

    July 28, 2013

    • bert

      Hey, Kevin. Sorry to hear about your security issue. I hope it all goes well and maybe we can paddle another time.

      July 28, 2013

  • Mehdi A.

    Hey, I'm thinking about joining. What kind of boat do you use?
    I hesitate between my very slow 10 feet "slalom" one and the very fast 21 feet long surfski... (Yeah... nothing in between)

    July 27, 2013

    • bert

      It sounds like you need another kayak! How many kayak does a person need? Just one more!

      July 27, 2013

    • Mehdi A.

      I won't make it finally, maybe next time!

      July 28, 2013

  • Kevin T

    Bert, I apologize that I am not going to be able to do the paddle tomorrow. My car was broken into last night on our driveway, and I have to install a security camera. I was really looking forward to the paddle. In fact, I was at Pier 39 today for other business and did some scouting: wind was light until about 2 PM, moderate till 4 PM, and a bit stronger by 4 PM. At no time were there white caps and only one tanker passed by.

    July 27, 2013

  • John H.

    This sounds interesting. Count me in. I assume a shortie wet suit is advised.

    July 24, 2013

    • bert

      Hi John, I don't mean to sound like Mr. knowledgeable (because im not). Since I dont always know someone's experience on the water I usually go with some sort of drawn out explanation. It is supposed to be somewhere in the mid to upper 60s on Sunday. I'm not sure what thickness your full wetsuit is but it might be too warm for the paddle. Shortie might be the right thing. Do what's right for you! Don't worry about the ferry building. I've been in there with my space suit (drysuit) and full neoprene. You get a lot of funny looks but they will still serve you a sand which and a beer!

      July 25, 2013

    • Kevin T

      For formal occasions, I just roll down my wet suit to my waist and wear a T-shirt. :-) And I sometimes do that when I am paddling as well to avoid heat stroke.

      July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yea it would be great.

    July 26, 2013

    • bert

      I will bring the shorty wetsuit and another farmer John option.

      July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was wondering if there is a place to rent shorty wet suit somewhere nearby the place we are meeting?

    July 26, 2013

    • bert

      I have a Aleksey, I have a XL shortie wetsuit you can try on. It runs a little small. Let me know.

      July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shortie wet suit, my apologies...:-)

    July 26, 2013

  • bert

    Kevin, thank you for that. I usually do this crossing from Berkeley and don't know the Emeryville Marina as well (it's been a few years). It's also good to know about the parking fees. I'll add that to the description.

    July 25, 2013

  • bert

    Please remember to bring water and a bag lunch. If we make it to the ferry building (as planned) you can buy lunch there. Sunscreen and a hat is also adviseable. Depending on the weather and what you normally wear paddling, you might also consider layers and possibly wind breaker for the way back. You should check the weather the day before!

    July 25, 2013

  • bert

    I have a fiberglass looksha 4 if anyone needs a boat on this trip. 17 feet long and 22" wide. Skeg, no rudder.

    July 25, 2013

  • bert changed the location from Emeryville Marina LLC to 3199 Powell St

    July 25, 2013

  • Kevin T

    Bert, I assume that you would like to use the boat ramp across the parking lot from the Hong Kong East Ocean Restaurant. I used this ramp the last time and it was very nice - very close to the parking spots. The best GPS address to use for this location is 3199 Powell St, Emeryville. When arrived, the restaurant is on the left and the boat ramp is across the parking lot on the right. I believe there is a small fee to park, a few dollars using the parking machine.

    July 25, 2013

  • debbie

    Would be interested next week-end

    July 24, 2013

  • MAG

    Hopefully, I'll be doing the 2nd China Camp paddle that day. Have fun!

    July 24, 2013

  • Jonathan

    I hear we can even go to a bar on Treasure Island....where can we go to in SF that has a dock and a place to eat?...

    1 · July 24, 2013

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