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Seventy48 - How to Stay Overnight in Style!

Eagle Harbor Inn - Bainbridge Island
If camping with blown up mattresses, bivy bags and tarps aren't your thing while paddling up Puget Sound, no worries! 

From Tacoma to Port Townsend there's 3 luxury inns and several AirBnb's and VRBO's...

Hotels – Travel in Style… There's 3 along the route: 

Bainbridge Island, SE corner in Winslow:

Port Ludlow, just north of Cape Foulweather and the entry to Hood Canal:
Port Ludlow Inn

Port Hadlock, just after passing through the Port Townsend Canal (last check-point):

Rent a Home or Room:

VRBO - Accommodations from Vashon to Port Hadlock

AirBnB - Accommodations from Vashon to Port Hadlock

VIP AirBnB Listing - Hot tub on Beach in Kingston (epic). 

Where to Find Food 
Old Alcohol Plant - Port Hadlock
-Vashon ferry dock – La Playa Mex Café - 
Epic Airbnb - Garden Studio - Kingston, WA
-Blake Island – Tillikum Village Salmon Dinner – call to reserve a spot, (206) 623-1445 
-Manchester – Manchester Grill, 8am-9pm (360) 871-8199 – Right above boat ramp 
-Winslow/Eagle Harbor – In Marina - Harbor Public House and Doc’s Marina Grill 
-Suquamish - Agate Pass Cafe – 5-10pm - 360-930-0911 (And grocery across street)
-Indianola – Indianola Country Store – Above beach (Darrell Kirk recommends it) 
-Kingston – Drifter’s Galley/Café. Above marina. 
-Hansville (Pt No Pt) Hansville Grocery 7am-10pm / 7532 NE Twin Spits Rd, Hansville, WA 98340-7779 
-Port Ludlow – Small grocery 
-Port Hadlock – Ajax Café – Soon re-opening! Classic spot, great food, right above boat ramp. 

More Dining/Grocery Info: 

Additional Guides for the Route: 
- My book – Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips – Mountaineers Books 

- Waggoner’s Cruising Guides (books and online) 

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and PSUPA certification.
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Port Ludlow Inn


Seventy48 Training - Are you Training Enough? If Not - No Worries....

In the paddling community here in Seattle, I know several folks signed up or are planning on signing up for the Seventy 48 race in June.

One thing I'm hearing from many paddlers is that they're worried how they'll do.  A few have had weird dreams about it, including myself.  This is a result of other paddlers who are either stressed out and/or from highly competitive paddlers who already are training hard and bragging about their progress / miles paddled per day.

Another paddler told me today someone was surprised in a sarcastic way that she was doing the race 'You?' She replied, 'Yes me!'.

Here's my take - Don't worry about it.

It's supposed to be fun.

I've heard from 3 groups of paddlers, each with a different take on the race..

Ultra Racer Personalities
These folks plan to paddle non-stop to the finish as fast as the can go. Not sure where/how the sit-down paddlers plan on peeing during the 13hrs? Or SUP'ers, standing for 13hrs?

Those Who Plan on Stopping For a Few Hours at Blake
These folks will paddle to Blake Island or a similar good stopping spot, take a few hours off then jump on the minus ebb at 3-4 am to the next good stopping spot, then continue again.

Those Who Plan on Staying 1 Night
I've spoken to quite a few looking to spend a night at Blake Island or a similar good gunkhole for the night, then start again in the morning. Look for legal camping at the site or guerilla camp where necessary.

Those Who Plan on Staying 2 Nights
These folks will be seeing the race as a great opportunity to do what they can, and/or see it as a Tour - Race opportunity. Enjoy the views and get there probably just under 48hrs.

Good camping options include Blake Island, Manchester or Ft Ward the first night. Then guerilla camping or the WWTA sites on Marrowstone/Indian Island the second night (Kinney Pt, etc)

Or stay the night in style at the 3 hotels along the way - Eagle Harbor Inn, Port Ludlow and Port Hadlock Alcohol Plant.

The One That Plans on 3 Nights
What?? Yep, there's at least one.  I'll update with him to see if that's still the plan.

Support the Washington Water Trails and Cascade Marine Water Trail to keep paddlers' access and paddle-in camping spots open along the Salish Sea. 

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and PSUPA certification.
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Seventy48 Training - Karl Kruger on Endurance Racing/Paddling March 28th - Seattle

Join Karl Kruger in Seattle on March 28th for a unique experience to learn from the master how to paddle at your rate, continuously for long distances. 

Karl Kruger was the first SUP to complete the Race to Alaska last year in 14 days - 750 miles from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, Ak. 

Click here to hear the podcast about Karl's R2AK race last year

Wed March 28th @ 7pm in Seattle. 

Holly Rasmussen's PT Studio: 10916 Linden Ave N, 98133

Cost: $75 ea 
(Salmon Bay Paddle alumni, $65ea)

**Add class fee and title. 

Questions? / 206-465-7167

NOTE: WA Water Trails Assoc is hosting Karl the following night, 3/29 for a slideshow on his R2AK race.  More Info

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Maui Tips for Stand Up Paddlers - 10+ Tips

I had the opportunity to visit Maui in early March this year to train and be trained by Maui PSUPA instructor trainer, Jaecey Suda.

In a whirlwind weekend, we surfed, downwinded Maliko, talked to local experts, saw a few pro's, enjoyed local culture and of course I was able to catch up on some desperately needed Vitamin D.

Maui felt like another planet. And one that holds some of the worlds top paddle boarders, kiters, and big wave surfers. But also a small town where it's impossible to not bump into friends at every turn.  On the end of my virgin Maliko run, Dave Kalama foiled by us and a whale jumped next to me. Wild!

My guide, Jaecey Suda, one of our PSUPA Instructor Trainers graciously let me stay at her place while we shared instructor tips on safety, basic how-to's and SUP business.

Here's 10+ Tips to Make your Maui Paddling Trip More Successful..

- Hire a local expert to take you to the surf spots and downwind runs. They'll know where to be and when, keep you free of sharks, possibly provide better gear than you'd find on your own, and help with your skills offering pro tips. See my list of pro instructors below..

Visiting Andre @ SIC's HQ
- Keep your feet on your board when waiting for waves.

- Find out which spots are ok for SUP.  Honolua Bay for example on Maui's NW shore isn't open to SUPs.

- Take advantage of Maui's top SUP/Surf shops and try different gear you can't find at home.  Second Wind Sports and Hi-Tech were the best shops I saw.  Adventure Sports has Imagine/NP gear. I was able to rent my Imagine Connector 29" there, nice to rent gear I have at home for unfamiliar waters.

- Doing Maliko? Hire an instructor. It was way bigger (on a small day) than I had expected. I'm glad I had Jaecey Suda and Ralf Sifford at my side giving me tips.  Getting out of Maliko is tricky if you don't have the right info. The wrong line will get you strung up on the rocks at Maliko or elsewhere down the coast.  Other reputable instructors are Jeremy Riggs, Dave Kalama and Suzie Cooney.

Other Maliko Tips: 

- Double leash or two leash strings.

- High visibility - If going downwinding, look as bright s possible. Hi-vis yellow and orange are best.

- Bring a floating waterproof VHF radio attached to you or waterproof cell phone.

- Use Maliko Shuttle to get you to the top. Great way to meet other paddlers too.

- Bring good hydration and a proven system attached to your and/or your pfd.

- Robert Stehlik of Blue Planet recommends that you are able to swim to shore and can paddle the length of Maliko with no wind.

- Consider a vest hi-vis style PFD. Swims there are gnarly. Can u swim 2m to shore in 30-50kt winds and swell from open water then through shallow reefs with waves? And good for body protection if you hit your board. I work with MTI whose Vibe PFD comes in a bright orange. NRS's Ion has a low profile shape for minimalists.

- Helmet - I bonked my head twice on my board lightly. Bringing by Gath next time. Helmets are uncommon on the water over there, so a personal choice. 

- Bring booties. Sounds kooky? My feet are covered 9mo of the year and aren't ready for prime time on Hawaii's reefs.  Surfing several times I touched the bottom. Walking the ramp at Maliko where many slip and fall - no problem with my ankle high NRS Freestyle Wet shoes.  No cuts either.

- Sunblock - Raw Elements has a thick physical block that is skin tone colored. Spread it on and forget about burns. Sol Sunguard is another great product (from Seattle) I saw at Hi-tech.

- Bring a Neoprene Top. Hawaii doesn't mean the water will be cookin hot especially Fall-Spring.  I found it a bit chilly in early March. Also consider a shorty wetsuit or neoprene shorts and/or a top. Lots of neoprene accessories available. I use ProMotion and NRS.

Social - 
Maui Fridays - Super cool event with locals, food trucks, music and crafts. Held weekly in a different neighborhood.

Drum Circle - Sunday Nights, Makena.  Yes you can party with Steven Tyler near a naked beach with a local naked surfer. Missed it, next time..

Surfing Thousand Peaks (Jimmy Lewis boards)

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Puget Sound Webcams - Use to Check Wind, Waves & Shipping Traffic

We have a few useful webcams around Puget Sound. I use them to get a real time view of the wind, waves, tide levels and boating traffic.

This afternoon, I use the Point No Point cam to double check the status of an incoming freighter which I later surfed it's waves in Ballard.  I wasn't sure if the AIS tracker on was working, so using the cam I was able to confirm the location of the ship as it passed by the cam.

Seventy48'ers can use the cam to see how the water works around the point and/or check on race day to see if it's doable to pass by.

Point No Point Cam

The Skunk Bay Cam - just slightly north of Point No Point is another great resource also with tides, wind and shipping traffic info.

The Port Townsend Cam - can be rotated 360 degrees. Great for ship spotting. 

Race Rocks by Victoria BC - can also be rotated 360 degrees and has sound!

I use the West Point cam a lot to check tide levels. On lower tides, the entire South Beach of the point can empty up to 1/4m off shore.  Or I'll use it to check how big the waves are during high wind days.

Brichmond West Point Cam at low tide

The West Point Cam hasn't been as active but check in just in case it's working. It's privately operated.

Other Cameras - 
Skunk Bay Cam

WSDOT Ferry Terminal Cameras

Port of Seattle Elliott Bay Camera

Misc Puget Sound and other WA Coast Cams

For BC Wind and Surf spots - Big Wave Dave

West Point Cam at 40kts SW

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Paddling Puget Sound and How to Avoid a Collision with a Ferry

One of my out of town students who is doing the first annual Seventy48 race inquired about all the ferry routes we'll have to cross to get from Tacoma to Port Townsend.  At first I only thought of ferries I use most often - Bremerton, Bainbridge and Kingston.

But then I was also reminded of Port Townsend, Southworth and Tacoma-Tahlequah (S. Vashon).

How to avoid a collision with a ferry? 

- Check their schedules on the WSDOT site and note the crossing times for each. Not only arrival and departures but also the crossing duration.  Use the WSDOT's Vessel Watch link for real time ferry updates. Webcams of each ferry terminal (also good for checking tides and weather)

Also consider use of MarineTraffic or ShipTracker to track all major boats on the AIS system in Puget Sound. These apps are also useful in fog or at night.

- Note their route

- Know that they have the right of way. Not only is a ferry larger and faster than you, but legally the Learn USCG rules
have the right of way and post 9/11 the Homeland Security Dept has developed regulations requiring paddlers (and boaters) to stay at a specific distance from the ferries. 

- Report your position to the CG (see directions below in 'Paddling at Night and the Fog'.

- Knowing the above, try not to take a nap or a lunch break on a ferry route as this boat did in 2016.

How to use a Compass to Determine if you're on a Collision Course with a Boat

By Don Casey (no relation) / Revised by BoatUS editors in April 2012
Distance Off

Perhaps you have wondered whether a hand-bearing compass is really useful or just another nautical toy that seems like a good idea when you buy it, but then spends its life inside a locker. To help you answer that question for yourself, here are some ways that a hand-bearing compass might be used....
** My SUP book has this same technique, but instead adapted to use your fingers to gauge the distance instead of a compass

Paddling at Night or in the Fog
The little solar light that looks so cool at your paddling store won't be seen well by a passing ferry. Look at a paddler with those or similar single white lights at night - looks like a bobbing tiny white light.  Best to avoid them, don't expect them to avoid you. 

Listen and Look - If your phone is dead so you can't access Marine Traffic, bring a ferry schedule and track ferries with your watch. If that's not working, listen and look for any boating traffic. If you have a line of lights along the shore, look for red/green navigation lights of boats passing by or a black void blocking those lights. Listen for boat engines and sounds of wakes/waves or water moving. 

Call Channel 14 - You can call the Coast Guard on your VHF or mobile phone and tell them of your intended route. Mention your boat type, length, route and destination. The CG will report your position over local harbor channels (Middle Puget Sound is Channel 14) so other boats will hear and know to keep your presence in mind.  Tips for calling the CG

Advantages of a Ferry Passing Near You
- If you're a legal distance from the ferry and the wake is going in the direction you're going - surf it! Ferry wakes can get big especially if running against the tide. We surf ferry wakes off Duwamish Head in West Seattle thanks to Bremerton and Bainbridge boats in both directions that can throw up waist high sets over a sandbar at low tides.  

How to Paddle over a Boat Wakes
If the boat wake is going to hit our beam (side), keep paddling and if it's steep, learn or dip your sup rail slightly into the wave then release on the top (crest) of the wave. Keep paddling!!  Learn into it - lean away, you'll flip.  
If the wake is coming at you, just keep paddling and go over it. Don't stop paddling on the top (crest) of the wave. Keep your speed up for the next one.  For sups, bend you knees and use short quick strokes to get over and stay stable. Keep your paddle low (don't stick it up in the air if tippy.  

Puget Sound Ferry Routes

More Info for Paddling in Boating Areas

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Seventy48 Training - Route Finding Class - Tues March 27th in Seattle

Seventy miles in 48hrs seems like a lot!  But in truth it's totally doable if you do the research, make smart decisions and work with the conditions.

Join me on Tues March 27th in Seattle for a 2hr clinic on smart route planning for the Seventy48 (or any Salish Sea trip). Location - TBA

We'll discuss:
- Which resources to use for planning tides and currents.

- How to use the currents to your advantage thus avoiding those that will slow you down.

- If the wind blows, how can you take advantage of it?

- If mother nature packs a surprise, what are our alternative routes?

- On-water tools to help make the smartest decisions

- What other tools, skills or advantages can we use to get there sooner (or less painfully)

- How to train for the race to improve paddling skills, overall physique and fitness

Cost: $75ea.

Give me a holler to sign-up - / 206-465-7167

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Beginning to advanced SUP instruction in the Pacific Northwest
and PSUPA certification.
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