Description: We are going to paddle from Tracyton to Bremerton and Port Orchard and then back to Tracyton. Through Port Washington Narrows, we will have a three knot current running with us both ways through.
This is a 11 nautical mile early-spring paddle, except with 3 knots current for 3.5 n.m. each way, it will be like an 6 n.m. slack-water paddle. Port Washington Narrows has a smooth channel and the current, while swift, is not exceptionally turbulent.
To sign up for this paddle, you must be an intermediate or advanced paddler with good boat-handling, bracing, re-entry, and rescue skills and be able to paddle a sustained 2.5 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. RSVP's without answers to the sign-up questions will be deleted.
Schedule and Itinerary:
~ 8:30 a.m. - optional breakfast stop at Monica's Waterfront Bakery and Cafe, 3472 NW Byron St, Silverdale, WA 98383.
9:00 a.m. - meet at the Tracyton Boat Ramp beach, off-load, and park our cars.
9:45 a.m - launch and paddle out Port Washington Narrows (with a 2.9 knot ebb current) to an ~11:00 a.m. shore-stop at the Bremerton Ferry Dock and downtown Bremerton (4 n.m. total), then paddle along the Bremerton Navy Shipyard and across Sinclair Inlet to Port Orchard (1.5 n.m.).
~ 12:30 p.m. - arrive at Port Orchard's Annapolis Public Beach. Have lunch and explore Port Orchard.
~ 2:15 p.m. - launch and paddle back through Port Washington Narrows (with a 3.5 knot flood current) to take-out at the Tracyton Boat Ramp (5.5 n.m.).
~ 4:00 p.m. arrive at Tracyton, load-up, complete the car shuttle, and party-down at the Tracyton Public House pub.
Conditions and Contingency:
This paddle is contingent upon reasonably safe wind and weather conditions.
Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks, picnic lunch, waterproof hat, VHF radio if you have one, drysuit. Layered warm clothes, waterproof insulated paddle gloves and/or pogies, warm head and ears protection. Extra change of warm clothes in a dry-bag.
Wearing a drysuit is mandatory for this paddle.