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Lopez - Level 2 Paddle - Decatur Island Circumnavigation

  • September 15, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Hunter Bay County Dock, 24 Crab Island Road, Lopez Island

This trip is limited to members who are WEC.  Registration for every trip is always conditional upon final approval by the TO. The TO may communicate with you to assess whether your skills & equipment are appropriate for the conditions. Signups will be done at the event.
 Let’s paddle around Decatur Island...a very beautiful island just east of Lopez...9 miles around. It has beautiful sandy beaches and otter and some spectacular homes along the shore for our viewing pleasure. I’m told that while most of the island is privately owned, the beaches are “mostly” owned by the State.
Leaving from Hunter Bay on Lopez, we will cross over to the public beach on the south end of Decatur Island, and then take a spin or two around Trump Island before heading north, toward the light. (Forgive the editorial comment.). We’ll hug the shore to circumnavigate Decatur clockwise. We’ll stop as needed for breaks, and stop for lunch at James Island before returning along the south shore back to Hunter Bay, cutting through Lopez Pass around 3-4pm.
The total distance is 14 miles, and we will be paddling against some currents and possibly wind, so you should have good stamina for this trip. It will be a long day on the water. Bring plenty of snacks and water and lunch.
Meeting Time: 8:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Hunter Bay, Lopez Island
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Connie Lively
Assistant Organizer(s): Fred Harsman
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
First Aid /CPR Person: 
Maximum number of paddlers: 12
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 65
Estimated Water Temperature: 55
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 7-8 hours
Tide times & heights: HIGH TIDE: 10:46am, 6.5 feet; LOW TIDE: 4:01pm, 4.5 feet
Current information: 1.5 knots max 
Wind strength: Level 1: 0-7 knots (8 mph)
Swell/Surf size: Level 1: Under 1' waves, no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 1: Waves up to the deck seam; water glassy to rippled, no whitecaps
Landing types: Level 1: Frequent easy landing opportunities including gently sloping, sand, gravel or grass
Currents: Level 2: Mild currents (up to 2 knots): current increases / decreases group speed by half
Total distance: Level 3: 11 to 15 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: Trip will be re-evaluated with weather conditions.
Location (Optional): Hunter Bay County Dock, 24 Crab Island Road, Lopez Island

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