Pre-Trip Skills Practice


Pre-Trip Skills Practice - Possession Sound

This trip is specifically for pre-trip training for Prince Rupert. Kayak sails are expected. This trip is 18.7 nm, with the hopes of seeing Gray Whales feeding, while sailing.

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 18.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts

Meeting at Edgewater Beach Park, 12676 Mukilteo Lane, Mukilteo, WA  (7:50 AM - due to ferry schedule)to launch as close to  8:30 AM as possible.  

We will kayak toward Getty Island (Hat Island) on our way to Sandy Point, Whidbey Island and then toward Langley.  We will cross to Camano Island, Mabana Beach for lunch.  We will paddle south to Camano Head and back by Getty Island(Hat Island) on the return to Mukilteo.  Distance is 18.7 miles.  We could paddle a shorter distance if we did not cross to Sandy Point and Langley -where there are fewer whale sightings - but beaches to get out of boats.  Most Gray whale sightings are around Getty Island and E. of Getty and Camano Head.  I have some friends who own a house on Hat - I'll ask about stopping on a beach there.  
Low tide is -.4 @ 7:53 AM  
 High is +.5 @ 3 PM
We should be able to return to Mukilteo by 3:30 PM, depending on how long we stop and watch whales, if we see one.  Hope we do!

Possession Sound

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The kayaking essentials (see below) plus the Ten Essentials. Additional equipment may be required by the leader - please check the Leader's notes for additional information!

  1. Flotation in both ends of the kayak
  2. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle
  4. Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with flotation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Appropriate clothing and immersion wear for the conditions


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