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Potomac River DC/Georgetown adventure (12-14 miles)

Update: Due to the SCA in effect on the Chesapeake Bay (see discussion below), I would like to move this event to the Potomac River. We'll paddle from Columbia Island Marina towards Little Falls with a rest stop at Fletchers. Same time: Meet at 9:30, launch before 10 am.

Marc


From this soft-sand beach, we will paddle the Severn River into the Chesapeake Bay, where rhythmic waves remind us why we love kayaking. We'll go past the Naval Academy into the Bay, where we will head South to Thomas Point, helped by the tide.

After 5.5 miles, we'll pull ashore at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at Highland Beach. From there, it's only about 1.5 more miles to Thomas Point Lighthouse or Thomas Point Park (where we might be able to pull ashore).  At the stop, we'll assess weather conditions, take the temperature of the group (orally, not the other way ;) and decide whether to go for the lighthouse or wimp out.  

Jonas Green is a great launch site: sand beach, grass, picnic tables, usually easy parking, both real bathrooms and a porta-potty -- and free. Meet at 9:30; launch about 9:45. Expect to spend about 5 hours on the water and return to launch site by 3-4 pm. Bring lunch and water; wear sunscreen; vote early and often.

THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER PADDLE. No rentals are available. You must wear a spray skirt, must bring a pump and paddle float, and must have practiced wet exit and re-entry. You should be able to maintain a 3-mph pace, and should be comfortable paddling in 2-foot waves. Most people need at least a 14-foot kayak to do this comfortably, but we have a few Superwomen (are you listening, Lisa?) who can do this with a 12-foot boat. If you've paddled the lower Potomac (below Belle Haven) and felt comfortable, you may be ready to graduate to more waves.  Unsure? Email me. 

High tide at Annapolis is 7:30 am, low at 1:30 pm, and high again at 8:20 pm. At the Thomas Point Lighthouse, low tide is at 1 pm.   Thanks to your organizer's excellent timing, the tide will help us both ways.


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  • Ted B.

    Hey Marc and Dennis,
    Thanks again for letting me tag along on Sunday. I enjoyed paddling with you both. Hope to see you on the water again soon!

    September 23, 2013

  • Dennis

    Marc, Thanks for leading this paddle when poor OMA had to bow out -- and thanks for the good photos.
    It was a marvelous day!

    September 23, 2013

    • Dennis

      OMA can have many meanings.
      And, yes, ‘Outstandingly Muscular Andy’ is surely a good one and true.

      September 23, 2013

    • Marc

      :)

      September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Marc, I see small craft warnings through Sunday evening. What are your thoughts?

    September 21, 2013

    • Marc

      SCA is still in effect and the wind direction is now coming from the NW which would have a long fetch along the Severn River. I expect that this would produce more waves there. I haven't paddled this area enough so I'm not confident leading this trip under these conditions. I think we should cancel this trip and paddle on the Potomac instead.

      September 22, 2013

    • Marc

      This looks like a good day to paddle at the same time from Columbia Island marina up to Fletchers or Little Falls. High tide at 10:42 am and marine forecast of "NNW wind 9 to 11 kt. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.". This does not account for tidal flow so I expect the waves to be a little higher on the paddle upriver. Anyone interested?

      September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoy gentleman, I think I will get some stuff done around the house today.

    September 22, 2013

  • Madeline

    Sorry, I need to stay close to home for family stuff. Have a great paddle!

    September 21, 2013

    • Marc

      We'll miss you. :(

      September 21, 2013

  • Andy

    I hurt my shoulder, so I shouldn't paddle on Sunday. Enjoy it!

    September 21, 2013

    • Marc

      Bummer. Take care.

      September 21, 2013

  • Aht

    I think I know almost everybody going on this trip! Have a great time!

    September 20, 2013

  • Aht

    Sorry I chicken out again' Madeline. I want to paddle with you so badly, especially this one which I haven't made it to the light house yet. Hope to paddle with you soon!

    September 20, 2013

  • Marc

    Parking lot was full when we did this trip.

    September 18, 2013

    • Andy

      There's parking nearby at the World War II Memorial. It's a short walk.

      September 18, 2013

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  • Marc
    Vice Commodore, Assistant Organizer
  • Dennis
    "Navigator"

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