FLOW - Fun and Learning on the Water


FLOW - Fun and Learning on the Water - Golden Gardens

Paddle to West Point off Discovery park for play in strong winds.

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  • Sea Kayak IV/V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 4.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 30 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 3.5

Meet at Golden Gardens at 1pm to organize and launch.

Meeting location is parking at the southern end of the beach, nearest to Shilshole. 

West Point provides a great venue for gaining experience in strong southern winds.  We can approach from the north with protection from the bluffs of Discovery Park.  At west point we can poke out into the winds and waves and then tuck back into protection on the north side of this point.  

This Friday afternoon winds are forecast to be 15kt with gusts to 28kt.  Perfect for expanding our skill set.

We will meet at 1pm.  Get our boats launched, paddle through Shilshole and along Discover to West Point.  There we will play for a while.  Hopefully, return will be a downwind run from West point back to Golden Gardens

Participants should have experience in wind and waves.  This is not intended as a beginner's clinic but is the next step to develop skill and experience.

You will do best in a shorter boat.  15ft or less is idea.  Boats over 16ft can be difficult.  When you ask for permission, tell me what boat (and length) you plan to paddle.

If you do have some foundation paddling in rough water (wind, currents, surf, etc) and want to gain further experience, please come join me!

(There is another opportunity on Sunday but at present some models show wind in the morning and others show wind in the afternoon.  I don't know when to schedule!)



Golden Gardens

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

We are paddling in rough conditions in the winter.  This is the time to bring all your emergency and spare gear.
Tow systems
Extra clothing
First aid kits
High energy foods
Recommended Equipment
VHF radios
Storm CAG (especially in winter)
Trip Reports