Circumnavigating Key Biscayne

We are going to circumnavigate Key Biscayne! 

We will launch from the beach on Virginia Key, and based on the tides (Low 11am, high 5pm), we will likely start by going through Bear Cut and around the ocean side of Key Biscayne. We will probably stop near the lighthouse for a break and snack, then move on to the bay side of the Key, returning to the launch site. Meet at 7:30, boats in the water by 8am. Total time should be about 3 or 3.5 hours. If there is interest, we might practice some assisted and self rescues at the end of the trip.

Based on the distance and anticipated pace, you should have an ocean kayak, or one at least 14 feet long. We are not trying to set any speed records, but we don't want you to feel like you're being left behind. This is a 12 mile trip, and weather might not be optimal, as the forecast calls for afternoon showers. Thus, this is not a trip for beginners. (Try the monthly meeting paddle from Matheson Hammock, it's great!) Intermediate skill level or above.

You must have a PFD and whistle. Bring plenty of water, sunblock and snacks. If you have a skirt, paddle float, pump, etc, bring them along. 

Castaways Against Cancer Training Mission #1

This is the first in a series of kayak trips that we will be posting over the next few months, as we begin a training schedule for the CASTAWAYS AGAINST CANCER. The Castaways kayak from Miami to KeyWest, 160 miles over 7 days, to raise awareness and research funds in the fight against cancer. We launch our 15th annual trip on June 7, 2014. If you'd like to learn more about the Castaways and see videos of past adventures, check out www.castawaysagainstcancer.com

For information on how to take up your paddle and join the fight with Castaways Against Cancer, contact Scott Anderson at [masked]



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  • Scott

    What a great kayak adventure. Four of us launched at 8:15, and took advantage of the tides. Bear cut was flat and slack, and the Atlantic side of Key Biscayne was calm. We played around in some breakers, saw a shark, turtle and sea stars. Took a break at the lighthouse. Around the south side of the key, there was a bit of Boat traffic to deal with, as there is no clearly marked channel until West Point. Beware if you go during heavy boat traffic (spring/summer & holidays). Around the leeward side was shallow (1 foot at low tide), and we found many urchins at a brief break. The last push was through slow rolling water. The weather was amazing, as the clouds kept the heat away. No rain, and a very light breeze. We did a few t-rescues along the way, for practice. A beautiful route to paddle.

    1 · February 10

  • Daniela D.

    Why so early :(

    February 7

    • Scott

      Early to beat the rain and take advantage of the tides. Come on out!

      February 7

  • Jonathan

    tempting...

    February 7

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