Introduction to Kayak Sailing

Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend

Introduction to Kayak Sailing - Deception Pass

Increase your range and speed on long paddles using a kayak sail

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 2.5 - 5.5kts

Hello everyone and welcome to beginning kayak sailing.

We will meet at the Bowman Bay boat launch at 8:30 am, where we will unload our kayaks and gear for the day.  Next we will shuttle our vehicles to Joseph Whidbey State Park (1798 Crosby Rd.) and return north to the launch site.  

Please come geared up (dressed) for cooler conditions in layers that can be removed and stowed, as we will be performing water rescues in the morning, transitioning to warmer conditions while sailing/paddling with the wind as the day warms. Bring the sun glasses, a lunch, and snacks.

We will be "hand railing" our way south along the west Whidbey Island shoreline, taking breaks at Deception Pass West Beach Park, Moran's Beach Park, or as needed.  

Kayak sailing can be an effective way to increase your range and speed on long day trips or multi-day expeditions ... plus, kayak sailing is fun! Learn how to sail a kayak using a versatile sail rig which allows for upwind sailing and paddling while sailing. No previous sailing experience is necessary. Students must have solid sea kayaking skills, including reflexive bracing, edging over a sustained distance, stern ruddering, sweeping, and efficient assisted rescue skills. Students do not need to have a kayak sail, as kayaks outfitted with sails will be provided.

Notes: With sharing of equipment, we can accept up to four students. If there is less than ~ 7-8 kt of wind, the class will be canceled.


Deception Pass

  • Sea Trails Deception Pass and Skagit Bay WA101

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Anacortes to Skagit Bay No. 18427
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Mountaineers' essentials and sea kayaking essentials. Drysuit required. Helmet not required - bike helmet okay.

Additional gear: we may have to swap/rotate kayaks to ensure everyone has an opportunity to sail. 

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