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PT Level 3 - Circumnavigate Protection Island

  • June 09, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Gardiner Boat Ramp
  • 6


  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the trip organizer
This trip is limited to OOPS members who are WEC.   As with all trips & classes at Events, registration will take place at the HQ campsite.

Narrative: We will meet at the Fort Worden campground to solidy the group, then drive to the Gardiner Boat Ramp to launch into Discovery Bay, and head north to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We will paddle out to and around Protection Island (which is a wildlife reserve: no landing, stay 200 yards offshore). There is a place on the north facing shore of the Strait near Thompson Spit where we can stop for an on shore lunch and pee break. Note that there is a porta-potty at Gardiner Boat Ramp, but no other restroom facilities along the route. Drinking lots of coffee before the trip might be a bad idea.
Since this trip goes out onto the edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, significant wind, wind waves, and choppy seas are possible and probably likely.
Total round trip distance about 13-14 nm.

Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Gardiner Boat Ramp
Take out: Gardiner Boat Ramp

Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Required equipment: Towline
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit

Primary Organizer: Dennis Pennell
Assistant Organizer(s): 
Has organizer paddled here before? No
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
First Aid /CPR Person: Dennis Pennell
Maximum number of paddlers: 6
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 50
Estimated Water Temperature: 50
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 6 or 7 hours
Tide times & heights: 9:42 AM low at -0.41 ft; 4:41 PM high at 7.26 ft.
Current information: Should be less than one knot
Hazards: Shipping traffic
Wind strength: Level 3: 12-16 knots (19 mph)

Swell/Surf size: Level 2: Waves up to 2', no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 2: Waves up to armpit; light to moderate chop, scattered whitecaps
Landing types: Level 3: Bad footing, rocky shores, or surf up to 1.5'

Currents: Level 1: None or mild (less than 1 knot)
Total distance: Level 3: 11 to 15 miles
Open crossing: Level 3: 1 to 2 miles
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 3
Rating Comments: It is about a 1.5 mile crossing to Protection Island. Possibility of strong wind.
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