April 14, 2018 at 7:08 am #1089Anonymous
Blake Island, west of Seattle / north of Vashon, looks like a good place to stop the first evening for those of us not paddling through the night. There’s regular campsites, but also a group site, suitable for up to 100 people. Sounds like a great fit for Seventy48 – has anyone thought about / done anything about this yet?
April 14, 2018 at 11:35 pm #1090Anonymous
The site was available on June 11, so I went ahead and called to make a reservation in the name of Seventy48, with myself as contact. All racers are welcome.
It’s $70 per 25 people ($70 for up to 25, $140 for 25 to 50, etc.) so a $5 contribution to help defray expenses would be nice. As we get closer to race date it’d be nice to have an idea of how many people there would be, but no action needed now.
April 16, 2018 at 6:17 pm #1091Anonymous
How long do you guys think it would take to Blake? Based on a quick math, I thought it would be 10hrs or so? First time joining this year…
April 16, 2018 at 6:46 pm #1092Anonymous
22 miles-ish from the start (I’d first been thinking the race was leaving from Point Defiance, so I’d been going off of the 15 miles-ish from there.
It becomes a bit less attractive at 22 miles.).
My speed (in an 18′ canoe rigged for sliding-seat rowing) ranges from 3mph in crap conditions, to 5mph in pretty good conditions. Assuming 4mph, that’d be an 11pm-ish arrival.
Your mileage may vary… 10 hours would imply you’re averaging 2.25 mph, so you’ll want to compare that with actuals of some of your training outings.
April 16, 2018 at 8:16 pm #1097Anonymous
April 20, 2018 at 4:22 pm #1330Anonymous
I’m up for group camping, will be good to have company. Id spotted that island as a potential stop point, from what i can see, the tide starts going out again in the early hours of morning, so a few hours kip will be great !
May 9, 2018 at 7:14 pm #1512Anonymous
Count me interested, depending on the wind, weather, and whether (I want to push into the darkness).
May 26, 2018 at 7:19 pm #1623Anonymous
Steve, thanks for making the reservation for the group site on Blake Island. I plan to camp there and have no intention of rowing into pitch darkness. I’ll be happy to contribute. …Tom
May 28, 2018 at 9:27 am #1627Anonymous
That was a great idea… I will pitch in if I make it there that night, or even if I don’t.
I spoke to the Ranger responsible for Blake about SEVENTY48 a couple of months ago, he basically said the park officially closes at dusk but they probably wouldn’t hassle us as long as we kept it under control. It didn’t occur to me to ask about the group site!
Getting more and more stoked,
Team Hello Waterface
June 1, 2018 at 9:08 am #1658Anonymous
Hi all, more than happy to contribute to camping.. which campsite are we aiming for? there look like quite a few on blake island, and it will likely be dark by the time I haul myself there, so unless there’s a blazing bonfire, I might be paddling round the island for hours
Cath, 1 of 8
June 1, 2018 at 7:56 pm #1659Anonymous
See https://parks.state.wa.us/DocumentCenter/View/1843/Blake-Island-State-Park for a detailed map – there’s a “4 tents” icon indicating the group camp on the northeast corner.
I stopped there on my way across the sound a couple of weeks ago. The corner of the jetty on the northeast end is very obvious (plus it protects a marina, so I imagine it must be bright at night). There’s individual campsites immediately south of the jetty; south of that, the spot where there’s a break in the driftwood for a pathway is the entrance to the group camp area. Satellite view: https://goo.gl/maps/2TntiBpQgqx
If all goes according to plan, the Team HMS Swiftsure yellow rowing canoe will be there on the beach. I can’t guarantee I’ll get there before you, though!
Contributions to defray the cost appreciated. Virtual tip jar is via Paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Real-life tip jar / bailing bucket will be sitting in my boat 🙂
June 7, 2018 at 7:52 pm #1682Anonymous
Thanks for setting this up. I don’t currently plan on staying on Blake Island for too long, but it’s reassuring to know the option is there. I’m happy to help defray the expense either way.
June 19, 2018 at 6:59 pm #1734Anonymous
Steve – did you get sufficiently compensated? It was an excellent camping site – especially the hot shower! If not I’ll drop you something via PayPal..thanks, Tom
June 19, 2018 at 11:04 pm #1735Anonymous
Contributions are at a grand total of $5 out of $70 so far. I’m sure that’s in part due to me not being present at the finish (I was DNF with a broken oar at Point No Point, and my retrieval crew wanted to get back to Seattle).
Glad you had the energy for a hot shower! I’m in awe of everyone who went straight thru all the way. I was fairly well bushed by 11:00 when I got in.
I was very impressed with the rangers’ laid-back approach to this inaugural S48. They were very proactive in walking around and contacting people, both checking that folks were doing all right and of course letting people know that there was supervision present. It turned out that I’d misread the actual location of the group camp – it was up the hill a bit. But they didn’t mind, especially as there were no other reservations on the “regular” camping area on that Monday night. And when I let the ranger know that I’d reserved the group site, he said that’s great, that’ll take care of all of the folks camped down in the “regular” camping area.
June 19, 2018 at 11:42 pm #1736Anonymous
I’ll drop you a contribution – again, thanks for making the reservation. I found the actual location of the group site extremely confusing. The maps posted online are useless. I gathered by looking at a number of sources that when you get out of the water at the old ramp, the group site is to the left and the individual sites are to the right. it was dark and difficult to figure out, not having been there previously. I don’t understand the “up the hill” reference. I forgot to ask the ranger about it since he seemed ok with our location. He came by and handed out plastic garbage bins for food storage. Very polite. BTW for future reference, you can put $1 or $5 bills in the token machine mounted on the porch of the ranger station. Those can then be used for the hot shower in the restrooms. I think it’s 3 minutes per token, but I can’t remember how many I got for $5. It didn’t matter! I offered free extra tokens to my neighbor campers but they said they were too tired to use them! I was worried when the hot water took a long time to warm up but it eventually got very hot.
June 20, 2018 at 7:52 am #1737Anonymous
Hi Steve, I’m being dumb, I can’t work out how to send you some money with that paypal link, it comes up as an eamil address? It was great to get a few hours of rest.. even with the screaming raccoons. I couldn’t find your bucket / boat that night, I’d packed my torch “somewhere” and couldn’t find it !
June 20, 2018 at 4:12 pm #1739Anonymous
Perfect, have just sent you £20. huge thanks for organising, i really needed that short break.. raccons and all !
June 20, 2018 at 5:33 pm #1740Anonymous
Cath, Tom, and Mike, thanks for your contributions!
Cath, I don’t know if you’ve run across raccoons in your travels before. They are sometimes infuriating, but mostly just impressively smart. On a bike trip years ago, I woke in the night to rustling, to discover a raccoon sitting on my handlebars. He’d opened the zipper of my handlebar bag, had opened my ziploc bag of trail mix, and was proceeding to eat all of the M&Ms out of it. When confronted with a flashlight, he just looked up at me like “yeah? what are you going to do about it?”.
At Blake Island, I thought I was doing great with my 5-gallon-bucket / screwtop lid system. In the morning, though, I found that I’d forgotten about a chocolate bar I’d left in the boat. I found the wrapper neatly opened, and empty, next to the boat.
Well, I suppose that one could have been a racer. It was good chocolate :).
April 10, 2019 at 12:44 am #2291Anonymous
Clearly there’s going to be a bunch of people on the island – probably pulled up on the beach on the NE corner. Per last year:
“I was very impressed with the rangers’ laid-back approach to this inaugural S48. They were very proactive in walking around and contacting people, both checking that folks were doing all right and of course letting people know that there was supervision present. It turned out that I’d misread the actual location of the group camp – it was up the hill a bit. But they didn’t mind, especially as there were no other reservations on the “regular” camping area on that Monday night. And when I let the ranger know that I’d reserved the group site, he said that’s great, that’ll take care of all of the folks camped down in the “regular” camping area.”
The ranger also said that they were really playing it by ear for the initial event, but perhaps a special event permit would be the way to go for future iterations.
Pretty sure no one actually ended up at the official group campsite, which was up the hill and a ways away from the beach.
Given that you’re aiming a large bolus of boats directly at overnighting on Blake, I think S48 leadership would be well advised to contact the Blake ranger directly and find out what their expectations are, and broadcast that out to the racer community.
Judging from my impression last year, they’ll be predisposed to think well of us due last year’s stellar organization.
April 10, 2019 at 1:11 am #2292Anonymous
I would like to echo what Steve (HMS Swiftsure) said.
Through my work as Volunteer Coordinator for Washington Water Trails I am in somewhat regular contact with the Park Ranger for Blake Island State Park, Paul Ruppert. Both last year and this year I informed Paul about the dates of SEVENTY48 and what to expect. He has expressed to me several times his disappointment at hearing it from me rather than the race organizers.
The beach where people camped last year is not actually designated as an official camp site. I myself did not camp, but did make use of the beach and bathroom before continuing on into the night. When I talked to Ranger Paul on the beach at around midnight during last year’s race, he did say that a special event permit would help justify the extra work that he and Assistant Ranger Stephen Tarr put in to supervise and check on folks. I have no idea what that would cost, but I bet some of us racers would be willing to chip in towards the extra expense (I personally would, whether I camped there or just stopped by).
If you would like to contact him I have included his contact info below.
Thanks for listening,
HarryO / Team Hello Waterface 2018 / Team Kidney Donor 2019
Park Ranger, P122
Kitsap Operations Manager
EDIT: PS, the fact that this year the race starts on Friday night means that there will be more regular campers at the State Park than last year.
April 10, 2019 at 3:50 am #2294Anonymous
I camped there last year and threw some $ in the pot. It’s a natural distance for a stopover and a great place for a rest, especially since there are picnic tables, water and rest rooms. The rangers were extremely helpful and friendly last year and deserve our full support. A couple of notes: pack-it-in and pack-it-out – no place to leave trash. The rangers brought plastic garbage bins for campers to store all equipment; if you don’t the racoons will shred your gear looking for food; I think somebody’s boat got raided last year for candy bars. There is a water spigot just up from the ramp leading down to the beach. It’s seriously dark with very limited signage and nearly impossible to find anything especially if you’re tired and haven’t been there before. How anyone can identify camp sites there in the dark is an unsolvable mystery. Unless you plan to go non-stop and finish top 10 there is every reason to take a break there. I did try to call the rangers a couple times before last year’s race to get some info but couldn’t get anyone on the phone. I sent them an email note of thanks after the race and heard nothing back. …Tom Kreyche
April 10, 2019 at 4:16 pm #2296Anonymous
Hello Team Hope Floats 2019!
Thanks for your willingness to chip in! I have left a message for Paul Ruppert asking about a special events permit so that we may use the beach landing area the first night of S48. Once he gets back to me I will share the info on this forum and with the S48 Facebook page.
HarryO / Team Hello Waterface 2018 / Team Kidney Donor 2019
April 10, 2019 at 8:28 pm #2299
SEVENTY48 did reach out last year and we’ll do it again. Blake Island is obviously a crucial spot for the race and we’ll do our darnedest to make sure they have all the info they need. It makes us sad that he felt uninformed last year. We’ll rectify that!
April 10, 2019 at 11:12 pm #2301Anonymous
Thank you, Daniel. I certainly didn’t mean to insinuate that you didn’t reach out last year, but I did want to pass along the nature of Paul’s remarks to me. I am super stoked that you had good contact with him today! I have dealt with several different land managers and park rangers in my work for WA Water Trails, and while Paul can seem a bit stern he is definitely one of the good guys.
Rock on, Race Boss!
April 10, 2019 at 11:46 pm #2302Anonymous
Thanks Dan, and thanks Harry!
Steve Kauffman (a.k.a. 1/4 of HMSSwiftsure 2019 edition.)
April 22, 2019 at 5:54 am #2386Anonymous
Washington Water Trails has been invited to lead a volunteer work party on Blake Island on May 18. Volunteers will be working directly with Ranger Paul Ruppert, likely on cleaning up campsites and removing invasive species.
Unfortunately, I am not available on May 18 to lead the work party. Would any of you SEVENTY48 racers like to help out?
I would like to meet with one volunteer and “deputize” them to lead the work party on behalf of Washington Water Trails. You will meet the group at Manchester Dock on the Kitsap peninsula (closest ferry dock is Southworth). You will collect signed waiver from 6-8 volunteers and help Paul lead the group and follow any instructions. We would love it if you would take photographs of the work party for our social media. I will debrief with you and collect the waivers afterward.
Let me know if any questions and if you are interested in participating or leading a work party. I think it would be great if SEVENTY48 racers pitch in with Washington Water Trails to help the staff at Blake Island.
HarryO – Team Hello Waterface 2018 / Team Kidney Donor 2019
Volunteer Coordinator, WA Water Trails
May 1, 2019 at 8:11 pm #2438Anonymous
I cannot be in the PNW until close to race day, but I’d be eager to give some financial support to the Blake Island Park/campsite/cleanup. If there’s a way to do this, I’d like to know!
May 2, 2019 at 4:18 pm #2441Anonymous
Hi Chris, thanks for your offer of support. You are welcome to make a donation to Washington Water Trails Association. WWTA is an active advocate for public access to waterways and takes part in a variety of stewardship and conservation measures.
If you wish to “join” for a $40 donation you will receive a copy of our Cascadia Marine Trail Guidebook, which has details on the “paddle in” campsites on and around Puget Sound.
See you in Tacoma!
May 17, 2019 at 6:19 am #2571Anonymous
Is the group site the one just southeast of the marina? I’d like to camp and am happy to make a contribution to whatever fees are involved.
Kat on Team Solo Selkie
May 21, 2019 at 2:29 pm #2575Anonymous
Mireille and Amy (Team Tiguidou) would also like to land and pause on Blake Island, but we can’t help with volunteering. I might join just for the guide book but I live in Wisconsin which drains to the Atlantic. Anything else we need to do to have a place to land?
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