Description: We are going to paddle around Penn Cove and south in Saratoga Passage, (... in peak whale-watching season? :)-, from Coupeville to Greenbank. (This Sunday paddle is in addition to and separate from the Saturday paddle in Saratoga Passage.)
This is a 13 nautical mile spring paddle in cold water that may be subject to wind waves and boat wakes.
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.
Paddlers from Saturday's paddle can stay over on Whidbey Island, or paddlers can come over Sunday morning on the 8 a.m. ferry. While the required timing varies, prior experience indicates that to catch the 8 a.m. ferry, cars should be in the ferry line by approximately 7:30 a.m.
Schedule and Itinerary:
7:30 a.m. - if taking the morning ferry over, get in the ferry line to catch the 8 a.m. ferry.
9:00 a.m - meet at the Coupeville Boat Ramp, off-load, and do a car shuttle to Hidden Beach in Greenbank (17 minutes each way).
10:30 a.m. - launch and paddle around Penn Cove (3 n.m.).
~11:45 p.m. - stop back at the Boat Ramp for picnic lunch.
~12:30 p.m. - launch and paddle south to Hidden Beach (10 n.m., with a moderate tailing ebb current).
~ 4:00 p.m. - arrive at Hidden Beach, load up, complete the car shuttle for any cars back in Coupeville, and catch a ferry from Clinton back to Mukilteo and the mainland.
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 required on this paddle.
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