This is a relatively short paddle around the island of Virginia Key. The idea is to launch at the beach across from MAST high school at 8:45 (promptly). This means you should be there by 8:15 AM and have your boat and gear ready to go by 8:45. We will paddle out through Bear Cut and head north along the Key, perhaps stopping at the beaches to swim or snorkel. Then, we'll continue around the Key heading in through Norris Cut by Fisher Island and cross the flats to pass under the big Bay Bridge and return to the launch site. Total distance: about 6 miles, Estimated time: 2 1/2 hours.
This is a nice paddle, it will provide some exercise and experience paddling in current and tide. The incoming tide at Bear Cut can be strong so you will have a chance to play in the tidal race and gain confidence and experience in open water. Once through the Cut, the current slacks off and you can practice various strokes and skills as you feel necessary.
There will be an incoming tide at Bear Cut reaching a high at around noon and similarly, we should be able to take advantage of the same tide at Norris Cut. The Weather Service predicts a breezy morning: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Breezy, with an east wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
This means it will be warm, but the wind will keep things bearable and will favor us on the return leg.
You should bring water or something for hydration, snacks, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, PFD (required).
We can grab lunch on the Key afterwards or you can take off with most of the day still in front of you.
Be there or be square.
My cell is 305 799-4094 if you have any questions.
Rentals are available through the Paddle House or Miles (see the organizer list for contact information.)