Bill Vonnegut offers us a crisp comparison of the difference that the same wave height (3 feet) has with two VERY different swell periods of 8 seconds and 18 seconds respectively. This is often a hard concept for paddlers to understand, and very helpful when planning open crossings and of course surf or rock gardening. 

I usually describe the difference as how much water and energy the wave has (longer period having exponentially more of both), and I feel that many folks find that hard to digest. As always, the “best” height/period combination will be group and site specific, but for surfing on our Long Island play spots, we generally prefer as long a period as we can get (18 seconds is unheard of here) and smaller waves to go with it. On days with very short periods, we need somewhat taller waves to compensate, but that quickly becomes dumpy and no fun.

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The recent passing of North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak Vice President Robert (Bob) Horchler was met with great sadness by the membership.  Bob had generously spent a great deal of time behind the scenes keeping our membership and work-credit files up to date.  

He was also an enthusiastic paddler and was always there at peer practice sessions helping others to hone their skills.  Bob was always willing to get wet for boat-over drills.  He will long be remembered for his outgoing personality and his devotion to the North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak motto: We’re serious about fun!

Alan has put together a brief video memorializing the good times with Bob.

Remembering the good times with Bob Horchler 

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November came in all warm and sunny, and Shannon, Alan and myself took advantage of it by off-roading it onto Democrat Point (Robert Moses) for some play in the splashy stuff.

The air was 36F when we woke up, but sunny and in the 50s when we were out and we were toasty warm and having a blast. Here are some highlights to enjoy.

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North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak is on Facebook

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Check out North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak on Facebook 

There is plenty more about North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak on Facebook.  Lots of photos and information on some of our latest trips. 

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NACK Fall 2019 Newsletter

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The Fall 2019 Newsletter is now on line.  Hal has done another great job with lots of interesting content.  Read about Paddling with the Whales in Novia Scotia,  Kayak Camping in the Adirondacks, and Paddling from Cape May NJ to Sandy Hook and lots more. 



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Inspiration for a local paddling challenge perhaps?

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Click the photo or this link to read a great writeup of an impressive day touring challenge in the San Fancisco bay. If it gets you energized, think about what we might come up with locally in the NYC/LongIsland area! It need not be quite as gruelling as this 61 mile monster, but surely we can find some interesting route that incorporates some planning, timing, and navigation skills to accomplish (Hi Troy! Look at me talking about navigation!)

To include areas that could be affected by tides and currents (forcing planning and ferrying, and boat handling skills, and chatwork, and….!!) my mind quickly turns to the far west and far east end of the Island. Time to think this through.  

Either way, enjoy the read, and see you on the water!

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Shannon and I spent almost two weeks holed up with Tom Humphries (of Neptune’s Rangers fame <–link is to their youtube channel), and explored some of the amazing California coast. Here is a qucik highlights reel of some of it. Lots more never got recorded, as is always the case, and a longer piece will likely be edited eventually.

The trip included several days camping in Mendocino, and day trips out to San Francisco, Monterey, Dillon, Big Trees park (hiking), American River (standing waves). Rock gardening, ocean swell, flatwater practicing, downwind surfing, caves, and great company all along the way….it really had it all. Moslty rain, hail, and wind, but….hey that’s sunny California for ya!

The trip absolutley pushed me well beyond my comfort zone time and again, whether in rocks, surf, or terrifyingly out at Point Bonita where we sat in 18 foot waves watching them explode a quater mile north on the cliffs. Tom was a phenomenal steward, keeping watch on us and ensuring both our satefy and enjoyment. 


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Below is a link to Paddling Magazine’s recent article raising the question of if there is negative impact in the kayaking community due to the pressure and focus on certification. Take a read. What are your thoughts?

NACK was born (as I’ve been told by our elders!) out of a desire for more training and skill building, and a natural path for that has been to leverage ACA guidelines and certifications. To that end, NACK offers yearly FREE  training and assessments. We just had one June 1


Certification killed paddling adventures

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