But it was our Plan B
Our starting point was to be Neah Bay, our pull out point for Leg 4. We’d make our way down the Strait ending at Pillar Point County Park. With the weather changing, we’d stand a better chance of having good conditions in the Strait now than later. The North end of the Puget Sound, while not immune from rough weather, is fairly protected, and could wait, increasing the chances for covering more miles and completing the project before year’s end.
A week out, the forecast wasn’t looking promising. It didn’t improve as launch day grew closer. Friday’s wind report was sitting at 4-5 knots sustained out of the north with 9-12 kt gusts and 6-7 ft seas.
Plan B would have us leave from Fort Worden for Fort Flager on Friday, then head south down the Sound. The wind would be stronger at 6-12 knots sustained and up to 21 knots gusts, but it would be at our backs. With following seas, the potential for large waves would be minimal. The intent was to paddle down the western side of Marrowstone Island, we would be sheltered from the worst of it.
Thursday evening the call was made to opt for the safer route and launching from Point Townsend.
I had few concerns as we headed to our launch point. The strength of the wind, and being constant, would be new though not unmanageable, especially at our backs. Wave height would be at a minimum. I’d be paddling the Whisky 16, a boat I have shear confidence in paddling. It had the makings for a great trip.
My biggest worry was hoping all of my gear for the 2 nights would fit in the Whisky. I ran a test fit the day prior so I knew it would all get in, but the thought still lingered. Things never go as planned.