It’s time to get some distance on! Got rebuild the miles and here we go. Seven miles each way, open-water, must have solid boat/board handling skills and be prepared for the weather to change in the blink of an eye (or two). Let’s paddle to Soldier Key, over the Safety Valve, past Stiltsville. It’s a beautiful paddle with lots of sea creatures to be experienced.
This paddle is not suitable for boats under 14’. Ideally, 16' and over are best for this event. Be sure you bring plenty to drink and some food as well. Water alone will not be enough. Hydration is important on a longish summer paddle. We like Nuun tabs. There are other products but those have worked great for us. It will be hot. Don’t pull an Esther and get all burnt. Use your sunblock, wear a hat, and don’t forget your camera. Marine radios are recommended. Solid shoes are a must. The bottom around Soldier Key is jagged.
With all that being said, be prepared to be rewarded for you efforts. Swimming, photos ops, relaxation are phenomenal on this paddle. So get ready to paddle, and paddle hard.
Distance: About 14-miles, 7 each way
Difficulty: Moderate to extreme, expect boat traffic, currents, possible chop. This is an open water crossing.
What to Bring: Your boat or board, paddle, PFD (which you will wear), proper hydration (min 1 gallon per person recommended), snacks, sun protection, hat, cool sunglasses, camera.
Tides for Soldier Key starting with June 15, 2013.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 15 High 2:05 AM 1.9 6:29 AM Set 12:19 AM 31
15 Low 8:41 AM 0.2 8:13 PM Rise 12:28 PM
15 High 2:32 PM 1.8
15 Low 8:59 PM 0.3