Basic Sea Kayaking Student Paddle

Field trip: Basic Sea Kayaking Course

Basic Sea Kayaking Student Paddle - Skagit & Hope Islands

Basic Sea Kayaking Student Paddle - Cornet Bay to Skagit and Hope Islands, Ben Ure Spit

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  • Sea Kayak II
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 9.0 nm

Meet at Cornet Bay at the north end of Whidbey Island at 8:30 AM. Launch time will be 9:30 AM.

Automated pay stations: This park is equipped with automated pay stations for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass and boat launch permit.

Cornet Bay

Opportunity to complete a student paddle on a trip that is only open to students and instructors.

Trip: Cornet Bay to Skagit and Hope Islands, Ben Ure Spit

Pace: Comfortable 

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2016

(SKII) 8-9nm round trip 

We’ll leave Coronet Bay on Whidbey Island at 9:30 AM and catch a 1.3kt ride East.

We’ll paddle around Hoypus Point then head around the NE corner of Skagit Island stopping briefly to make adjustments or use the vault toilet before continuing South via the fish pens to Lang Bay on Hope Island where we’ll take a short break, have a snack and have access to the vault toilet.  

We’ll leave the beach around 11:05 and head East, then South around the back side of the island exploring the coastline and sandstone walls along the way until we reach Hope Island light at the Western tip of the island. 

From there we’ll make our crossing at slack over to, and around Ben Ure Spit, and into the cove and beach where we’ll stop at the park for lunch just after noon. We’ll have an hour to eat, use the facilities and play in the cove before departing at 1:05 to enjoy a nice ebb current growing from 1.5kt to 2kt when we round Hoypus Point and zoom back to the put in to arrive around 2:00 PM.

Dry suit required.

Questions and sign up with Daniel Hale @ 425-343-8661 or email

Paddle will be limited to 8 paddlers.

Please arrive by 8:30 AM so we can unload, prepare and launch promptly at 9:30 AM. Here’s the plan for the trip: 

Check out SeaTrails Chart WA 101, or NOAH Chart 18427. This is our planned route: 

The NOAA marine forecast as of 4/28 is:

Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming NW 5 to 7 kt in the afternoon. Sunny. Wind waves 1 ft or less. Local forecast for Anacortes calls for a high of 67 degrees. 

Here is a link to the NOAA site so you can check out the conditions as we get closer: 

Click on PZZ133 Northern Inland Waters including San Juan Islands. You can also look at the Admiralty Inlet.

Check out SeaTrails Chart WA 101, or NOAH Chart 18427. This is our planned route:

 Our Route



Skagit & Hope Islands

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Boat, paddle, drysuit, pfd, paddle float, bilge pump, 10 essentials, signalling device

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