Energizer Paddle - Port Browning on Pender Island to Port Browning on Pender Island Paddle

Description

What:
A SISKA Energizer paddle from Port Browning on Pender Island to Port Browning on Pender Island GIGABite Camping tour - Gulf Islands Gourmet Adventure

Skill Level:
This paddle is rated as an Energizer Paddle because of its distance and open water crossings and possible current. To understand this designation better, please read SISKA's Paddle Guidelines
Paddlers taking part in this paddle are required to have PC Level 1 or equivalent experience. For information about PC Levels click here.
The total distance of this paddle is estimated to be approximately 41.00nm.

When:
Monday, July 08th, 2024. Meet at the launchsite by 9:30am to be on the water by 10:00am

Where:
We will launch at Port Browning on Pender Island. Need directions to the launchsite? Click here.

Who:
TBA

Details:
Our leader will introduce the Plan and make sure everyone is comfortable with the requirements and any concerns that you may have. Please stay off the water until we are all ready. The leader may choose to enlist helpers and establish communications protocol. If you have VHF radio please bring it with you.
Plan A:
Take the ferry from Swartz to Pender on Monday morning. We will camp at the Oak Tree site at Port Browning Marina for the 3 nights. Since this will be a fairly large group, we will usually divide into two smaller groups for the day paddles. Car pooling is highly recommended
Monday's schedule will be to arrive on Pender on the morning ferry (arrives around 9am), and drop off kayaks at Port Browning. Then we'll drive to Thieves Bay to drop off some cars. Returning to Browning, we'll launch and paddle under the bridge between the Penders, then out around Wallace Point, and along the 20m bluff zone. We'll pull out at Thieves Bay after about 8nm and head to Browning to set up camp. Dinner at Port Browning Marina pub in the evening after a nice hike up Mt. Norman.
Tuesday and Wednesday we'll go in groups alternating the following trips:
a) a clockwise loop of South Pender with a late lunch at Poet's Cove pub (10nm) and a round of disc golf
b) cross to St John's Point for a 3km hike, then to play in Boat Passage via Irish Bay, and a late lunch at Saturna pub. (12nm)
Thursday we'll pack up camp early and drive to Mortimer Spit. We'll paddle to Taylor Point/Beach, then back to Saturna Beach for disc golf or Mount Warburton-Pike hit and lunch at the Sage Hayward bistro. The return to the Spit (total 11nm) will be in plenty of time to catch the 8pm ferry back to Victoria.
Plan B:


Plot:
There is no plot for this paddle at this time

Registration:
Registrations for this paddle are not open at this time.

Note:
Always dress for the possibility of immersion and please bring a drybag containing a spare change of clothes.
Please bring a lunch / snacks and sufficient beverage to keep you hydrated, as well as a themos of something warm.
All participants are expected to have read, and to comply with SISKA's Policies and Procedures
SISKA strongly encourages members to follow the latest provincial guidance regarding Covid-19. The latest BC guidance can be
found at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof.