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Sun. April 27. “CLEAN THE PLANET, PADDLE FOR FREE” Empire Kayaks celebrates Earth Day by offering a free hour of paddling between 10am – 3pm. To receive your free hour, you have to pick up some litter while you are on the water. Call 516 889 8300 to reserve.
Captain Kayak is proud to announce The 2014 Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay will run Thursday, May 15th to Sunday, May 18th 2014, at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn NY.
The Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay is a great way to catch the first fish of the year and hook up with old and make some new friends, all for the benefit of worthy causes. Those of us who share the enthusiasm for the sport of Kayak Fishing know this is a premier event that shouldn’t be missed. The tournament has again been chosen as 1 of only 4 tournaments in the United States as a qualifier for the 2014 Hobie Fishing Worlds Championship to be held inAmsterdam October 5 -11, 2014.
Proceeds benefit Heros on the Water, The Robert K. Sweeney Sport Fishing Education Center and the Fisherman’s Send a Kid Fishing Fund.
“Here are photos from NACK’s first L1 paddle of the 2014 season at West Meadow Creek. Special thanks to Bob Horchler and Debbie Horne for their joint effort in planning and leading the trip, as well as to Alan, Julie, Lynne, Paul and Peter for their support in helping to “kick off” the new season. It was a beautiful day to be paddling, with plenty of sun, wildlife (including an osprey in its nest), and crystal-clear water. Photos were submitted by Lynne Basileo and Bob Horchler.” GPS Tracking image provided by Alan Mayors.
(Lynne shared these files using Dropbox. Enjoy!)
It’s mid April, there have been some really nice days, but it’s possibly the most dangerous time to be on the water. The reason is Cold Water. It is essential that you dress for immersion, not the air temperature.
There have already been several unfortunate incidents in our area. A couple of days ago the news media carried the story of two fishermen who capsized their canoe in Smithtown Bay at the mouth of the Nissequogue River. Luckily for them a bird watcher spotted them in the water and was able to notify 911. Nevertheless they were last reported to be in critical condition at a local hospital
In another incident two young men lost their lives in the Hudson. One apparently fell from a pier and the other jumped in to rescue him. Neither made it out alive.
Newsday recently published a couple of photos showing people enjoying their day on the water. The first picture was of a couple of fishermen in their boat on Lake Ronkonkoma. Both appeared to be wearing heavy thermal hooded sweatshirts…..and apparently no Personal Flotation Device (PFDs or Life Jackets). That is in violation of NYS Law which requires PFDs be worn until May 1. The second photo depicted a father and son on the Connetquot River. The son is in a kayak and wearing a PFD but the father, on a stand up paddle board, appeared to be wearing just a tee shirt and shorts…. no PFD as required. I will assume that the folks in these photos ended their day successfully but I wonder how things would have turned out if they had gone into the 40 degree water.
Cold water presents two lethal hazards. The first is Cold Shock. That’s an uncontrollable gasping reflex-action that occurs when your body gets immersed in cold water. If you’re gasping uncontrollably while your head is under water you are finished right then and there. The second hazard is Hypothermia. That’s the lowering of your body temperature which in itself can be fatal. It quickly results in a loss of muscular control which causes swimming failure. You might be a good swimmer but the lack of muscle control will quickly take away even your ability to tread water. Without a PFD you won’t be able to keep your head above water.
At this time of the year, with water temperatures still in the 40′s, it is essential that you’re dressed for immersion in cold water. Either a drysuit or a wetsuit will provide adequate protection for a brief immersion, and properly fitted PFD will help keep your head out of the water. A heavy cotton sweatshirt will afford absolutely no protection in the water, it will soak up so much water and weight it will be harder to pull yourself out, and once soaked it has no insulating value. Wet clothing and wind will just add to evaporative cooling and hypothermia.
Don’t take chances, dress for immersion and wear your PFD.
A Public Service Message from North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak. We’re serious about fun!!
The latest North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak Newsletter by Hal McLaughlin, Spring 2014, is now available. Check it out!
The Hudson River Greenland Festival is an opportunity to learn Greenland Kayak skills, carve a paddle, meet some special guests from Greenland and paddle on the Hudson. All food is provided as is camping in Croton Point Park right on the river. This years’ event has been expanded for an additional day and will be held from June 26 thru June 29, 2014. Registration for the Hudson River Greenland Festival opened April 1, 2014, so if you are planning on attending it’s time to submit your registration. Space is limited and the event always sells out very quickly.
It’s official, after a really tough, cold winter Spring is finally here. Even in winter there are usually a few good paddling days but this winter was different. Water access was difficult if not impossible with the bays mostly frozen over. Then came the relentless winds sometimes gusting up to 30 knots.
Fortunately many North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak paddlers spent the winter in the pool at Suffolk Community College. The winter pool program, which ended this past Sunday, featured a rolling session with Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson. They’re probably the best known kayak rolling instructors in the world. Check out the video on their website Kayakways.net
So now it’s time to plan the trip schedule and that’s the focus of our April meeting.
With the arrival of Spring also comes the Jersey Paddler Kayak Show this weekend March 29, 30, and 31st. It’s held at the 70,000 square foot Garden State Exhibition Center in Somerset, New Jersey.
Paddlesport 2014 is the largest canoe, kayak and standup paddling show on the East Coast. The show features manufacturers of kayaks, canoes, accessories, sportswear, paddling clubs professional instruction and expeditions, as well as lectures and video and slide shows of paddling trips, expeditions and paddling techniques.
If you’re a paddler or just thinking about paddling this is the place to be. North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak will again have a booth staffed on all three days of the show so stop by and say hello.
The Winter 2014 edition of the Newsletter is now available on-line. It’s got 35 pages of info including cold weather paddling, wetsuits, drysuits, the Pawlata roll and more.