FLOW- Fun & Learning on the Water


FLOW- Fun & Learning on the Water - Washington Park to Friday Harbor

Washington Park to Friday Harbor or Burrows & Allan Islands, depending on conditions

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  • Sea Kayak V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 22.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 28 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3.7 kts
  • Pace: 3.7

Meeting will be sometime around 8:00am, but logistics still TBD. Launch time around 9:30am. We may need to shuttle a vehicle or two to the ferry parking lot.

To develop skills and expand our limits we will seek out challenging conditions.  
Where we go and what we do depends on conditions.  If weather is stormy we will choose a paddle where we can safely experience those conditions.  If weather is calmer we may go to Deception Pass for currents, to Crescent Beach for surf, or a circumnavigation for training.  
Participants should feel they are ready to paddle in SK IV, approaching SKV, conditions.  Should be willing to get wet, practice skills, try new things, push limits, and be safety support for others.  
  • Test our rescue skills in conditions we plan to paddle in
  • Manage the risk associated with paddling in rough conditions, near the limits of our ability
  • Stretch our limits by paddling at the edge of our ability
  • Ability to paddle SK V conditions
  • Able to paddle and maneuver in 20 kt winds
  • Able to paddle in 6 ft waves
  • Able to maintain 3.8kt flat water pace
  • Able to surf 4 ft waves
  • Able to rescue and tow other paddlers
  • Able to access your own limits
  • Seek out rough conditions and support each other to challenge our limits.
Since actual conditions won't be known until a few days before the trip you don't know exactly what you are signing up for.  Leaders will do their best to describe intended conditions.  Participants should do their best self-assessment.  Finally, let’s all support each other in developing skills and stretching limits, where ever they are.
Destination will depend on conditions. First choice is to paddle from Washington Park to Friday Harbor and return on the 6:15pm ferry, arriving Anacortes at 7:20pm. If wind is over 20kts or so, we will change destination and go around Burrows/Allan Islands. 

San Juan Islands from Anacortes

  • Rosario Strait & Bellingham WA001

    Sea Trails Lopez, Blakely, Decatur & Shaw Islands WA002

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca to Strait of Georgia No. 18421
  • See full route/place details.
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
Boat repair kits
Recommended Equipment
VHF radios
Storm CAG (especially in winter)
Warm tea or water
Trip Reports