Paddle from Gravelly Point across the Potomac, around the West and East Potomac parks into Washington Marina, back along the War College and we will be doing the "optional" extra excursion up the Anacostia past the National's Stadium to the Cruiser in the Naval Yard before going back across the Potomac. This is the route I am planning (between 8 and 10 miles depending on when we turn around at the end of Washington Marina and how far we go up the Anacostia).
At present prediction is 48 degrees with 15 mph winds from the SSW (subject to change, of course :o). THIS WILL NO LONGER BE A "MIXED" PADDLE SO THE PACE WILL LIKELY BE FASTER (moderate pace for long sea kayaks). FYI, no launch fee at Gravelly Point.
Push off at 10am (so please be there early as it does take some time prepare for cold weather paddling) from the boat ramp at Gravelly Point. A number of us have to be back and ready to leave by 2pm for Mike Aronoff's class so I would ideally like to be back at the boat ramp by 1:30pm (except those who want to do the side excursion who may be returning later).
Prediction is that it is going to be a mild day but the water is still deadly cold (39 degrees). So now for the usual disclaimer: wetsuits or drysuits please (NO COTTON). Wetsuit/Drysuit and PFD required. As always folks are responsible for their own safety but dressing inadequately still puts not only the paddler in jeopardy but the entire group as well so please keep that in mind. Let's be overly cautious so optimally bring a change of clothes in a dry bag (such as fleece) to keep in your kayak as well as typical safety gear (pump, float, sponge, etc). I will bring a VHF radio that also does FRS/GMRS and I will bring 2 FRS/GMRS radios (all submersible and floating) to make sure we can keep in touch. Feel free to bring radios designed for water use. Don't forget to bring a snack and something to drink.