Description: We are going to circumnavigate Marrowstone Island, clockwise, starting and ending at Mystery Bay State Park in Nordland. This is a fascinating paddle, with a variety of different environments, sights, and interesting shore stops.
Overnight Accommodations: This is the second of two associated Labor Day weekend day-paddles. For anyone who wants to stay over for multiple paddles, please indicate such in your answer to RSVP Question 4 (unless you've already answered Question 4 for the Day 1 paddle), and we'll work on arranging accommodations.
This is a 15 nautical mile paddle that will be subject to wind, current effects, tide rips, and large ship wakes, all on an open exposed coast. On the Sound side of the island, the paddle will be assisted by flood current up to 2.7 knots.
To sign up for this paddle, you need to be an intermediate or advanced paddler, you must have bracing, re-entry, and rescue training, skills and practice, and you must be able to paddle at a sustained 3 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.
Wait List and Add-ons: If the paddle RSVP is full, sign up for the wait-list. The paddle size may be increased with add-ons from the wait-list; add-on priority may be given to those staying over and doing both paddles.
Schedule and Itinerary:
8:00 a.m. - meet at Mystery Bay State Park, off-load and park.
8:30 a.m - launch and head north in Kilisut Harbor, paddle 15 n.m. around Marrowstone Island, with a variety of stops and explorations at parks and beaches.
~ 5:30 p.m. - arrive back at Mystery Bay State Park.
~ 6:00 p.m. - head back to the Edmonds ferry, or head back to accommodations at Port Ludlow/Port Townsend.
Carpooling and Details:
Carpooling is encouraged. After there is some sign-up, carpooling locations will be suggested and sign-up-ees can arrange carpooling amongst themselves.
Conditions and Contingency:
This paddle is contingent upon reasonably safe wind and weather conditions. If the predicted weather conditions are unsafe for this paddle, the paddle will be revised to a more protected circumnavigation of Indian Island.
Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks, lunch, VHF radio if you have one, bicycle lock-up cable and lock if you have one, immersion gear.
Wearing immersion gear (drysuit or wetsuit) is mandatory for this paddle.