Location: Kitchen Shelter, Fort Worden State Park
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Contact: Claire Acord
Launch ramp and parking:
Launch ramp ($7 fee) is just south of the Fort Worden Kitchen Shelter. The sandy beach works well for hand launches and for beaching boats. A Washington State Parks Discover Pass ($30/year) is required to park within Fort Worden OR you can buy a one day pass on-site for $10. There is plenty of car and trailer parking between the picnic shelter and the ramp.
"Schedule" and Activities:
Suggested launch time is early morning. We will stop for the potluck and Annual Meeting in the afternoon. Specific timing and activities will depend upon the weather and the boats and people in attendance. Possibilities include a trip south to Port Townsend Bay, and perhaps a grand sail-by so we can get a good grpup photo of TSCA boats in motion. Don't let the annual meeting scare you away - it will be kept very short and you don't need to be a member of TSCA to be present.
Tides for the day, (data for Point Hudson). Note: from 9am on we will have rising water until later in the afternoon.
08.56 PDT 1.11 feet Low Tide
16:26 PDT 8.20 feet High Tide
Food and Shelter:
We will have a potluck Saturday afternoon/early evening. We have the Beach Kitchen Shelter until 8:00 pm in case a camp fire breaks out.
Although the waters are protected, the currents in Admiralty Inlet are serious, especially for unpowered boats. There are significant rips NW of Point Wilson, especially at times of stronger current. Check here for more info.
Point Wilson and waters north of Point Wilson are officially off limits.
There is also heavy shipping traffic through the Inlet to be aware of. In addition, boaters need to be aware of the fact that waked from outbound cruise and container ships tend to reach shore 15 - 20 minutes after the ship has bassed - especially important to know when your boat is beached near the waterline!
If you are planning to camp, make your reservations for a beach campsite as soon as possible as teh campground typically fills up. There are three mooring buoys available on a first come basis for $10/night. Overnight space on the dock is also available on a first come basis for $0.50/foot with a $10 minimum.
Host: Claire Acord
RSVP: Please RSVP to the TSCA Puget Sound group on Yahoo.