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Death's Door Downwind Race

July 11, 2015

Mandatory Race Briefing for all Paddlers - Saturday, July 11, 10:00 a.m. at Red Barn/Gislason Beach


Registration is from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., safety check at 9:00 a.m.. Both at Red Barn/Gislason Beach. Race start at 11:00 a.m. at either Gislason Beach or Schoolhouse Beach.

The race course will be either from Gislason Beach to Schoolhouse Beach or from Schoolhouse Beach to Gislason Beach, and either on the east side or west side of the Island, depending on the wind direction. Whichever course gives us the best tailwind will be selected. The route selected will be announced at Gislason Beach at 9:00 a.m. The west side route is 11 miles, the east side 13 miles. Kayaks will be transported to or from Schoolhouse Beach. Paddler recognition will be at 3:00 P.M.

    Map by Phillip Taylor. Blue line: East Side Course; Green Line: West Side Course
    Race Start: Red Barn Park - Gislason Beach or Schoolhouse Beach


    East Channel of Washington Island - Sandy to rocky bottom; 0 to 7 ft depths, gradually deepening to 5 to 10 

    feet further eastward. Rocky outcroppings and shallow waters close to Washington Island shoreline.


    South East Side of Washington Island - From the Sand Dunes Park, to Njord Heim (small harbor with

    100-ft tall flag pole).


     Shallow and rocky shore of the Washington Island South East Side


    Hog Island and Percy Johnson County park are half way between East Channel and Rock Island Cut.

    North east shore of Washington Island with flat ledges of table rock extending from shore into the lake.


    Rock Island Cut -- North East corner of Washington Island where waters of Lake Michigan join Green Bay.

    The small gap in the isthmus between Washington and Rock Islands, man-made in the 1930's,

    is known as "the Cut."


   The Cut narrows is a small strait with some swift current that may be only knee-deep, or ankle deep,

    depending upon the day, wind direction, or lake levels. Approaches are shallow from the southeast

    (lakeside) with a sharp drop-off to the west of the cut.


    Jackson Harbor -- A boat channel marks passage for the Karfi Ferry between Washington and Rock Islands.


                             North Shore of Washington Island approaching Washington Harbor.





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