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 on: February 19, 2019, 04:07:07 PM 
Started by gerry p - Last post by gerry p
Based out of Connecticut, Sea Sherpa Kayak is owned and operated by Gerry Polinsky.  We specialize in coaching kayaker, of all level of experience, in the fine art of open water paddling. Our focus is on individualized instruction with no preset itineraries.  Aside from group events, we are often available for private, semi private and custom classes.  The list below includes a few highlights from the upcoming season.

Follow this link to check out our current calendar:  https://seasherpakayak.com
Note:  The calendar changes and expands often so please send end Gerry a note if you are interested in being included on his 4-5 annual newsletters/calendar updates.  Gerry at Sea Sherpa Kayak Dot Com

Baja is renowned for it's quality rock gardening and surf.  Couldn't be a better place to kiss the winter good bye. Gerry is hosting this event, proudly partnering with Jenn Kleck.

Back for the 4th year.  Carl Ladd, owner of Ospery Sea Kayak Adventures fame is joining in on the fun.  We will be joined by Kelsey&Johnathan Oltz.
Southern Maine offers classic nautical Maine scenery and is filthy with fantastic rock gardening & surf options, lighthouses and lobster boats.
Tim Gleason, skilled active water coach from RI, joins Gerry to host this event in their native waters. As a marine scientist who grew up on the water and experienced sea leader with international experience, he brings a unique perspective to coaching.  Gerry and Tim love paddling this area and are appreciative of the wide variety of condition options.  We'll follow where conditions are best.  Venues offer the potential of an open water trifecta:  Rock gardening, shore surfing and tide race play.

Our favorite event of the year.  Local luminary Nick Schade joins forces with Gerry in offering this one-of-a-kind combination of open water instructional, exploratorium and fine-living retreat. The Retreat is a good fit for both traditional (wood) and Brit style kayak enthusiasts.  We have three pods of participants so all from advanced beginner to advanced open water paddlers are welcome. There is a  non-paddling friends and family program with it's own events and a dedicated boat swap day so everyone can try Nick's Schade's boats in the waters they were designed for.
The Schoodic Peninsula exemplifies the very best of rugged, remote and dramatic down east shoreline.

 on: February 16, 2019, 07:50:30 AM 
Started by Tim G - Last post by Tim G
Hi John and others.

The next nav session is Saturday, Feb 23.  Last time we covered the info in charts that is most germane to kayaking, reviewed how to use a hand-held compass - bearings, magnetic and true north, how to use ranges or transits - and how to plot a course, all stuff that you've already been exposed to.  We touched ever so briefly on weather - all the info sources that we discussed are now posted on the message board.  In Feb, we'll do a quick review of the first session, go a bit more into weather and then introduce navigating with currents.  Ferraro 2007, is an excellent and very accessible source that covers all that you need for sea kayak navigation.



 on: February 15, 2019, 04:34:05 PM 
Started by JohnCarmody - Last post by JohnCarmody
2019 Midcoast Sea Kayak Rendezvous

For the last six years, as the color of the leaves signals the fall season in Maine, a little event has been inconspicuously taking place in the Midcoast region of Maine. A collection of really good coaches, an amazingly diverse environment all within easy access and some amazing participants have nurtured this event to quietly become a place where friends are made, personal skills are developed and a Community has grown!

On October 25-27, 2019, the seventh iteration of the Rendezvous will take place on the Georgetown Peninsula in the Midcoast region of Maine. While many coaches will be returning as in past years, new coaches are eager to join the Community! The Coaches page will be updated once all coaches are confirmed. If you’d like more information about the Rendezvous, check out www.midcoastseakayakrendezvous.com. If
you’d like to register, please go to https://www.midcoastseakayakrendezvous.com/registration and complete the Skills assessment form before registering.

This event promises to be another great time. We welcome newcomers to the Community! Hope to see you there!

If you have specific questions, contact me at john@seacliffkayakers.com

 on: February 15, 2019, 10:31:32 AM 
Started by Kayak Waveology - Last post by Kayak Waveology
Dear Sea Paddlers,

Just getting some early season British Canoeing courses out there for folks.

Here is what's on tap at Kayak Waveology from April - early June 2019.

April 21, Sunday.  BC, Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning (CNTP Certification).  Location: Stonington Ct

April 27, Saturday.  BC, Paddle Explorer.  New Personal Performance Award, Like the 2 Star and old 3 Star.  Location: Mystic Ct.

May 17, Friday.  BC, Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning (CNTP Certification).  Location: Stonington Ct.  Running as part of the Sea kayak Leader program.

May 18-19, Saturday - Sunday.  BC, Sea Kayak Leader Training.  Location Fishers Island Sound - Newport RI

May 26, Sunday.  BC Sea Kayak Award.  New Personal Performance Award.  Like 3 Star Sea.  Lower Narragansett Bay.

June 8, Saturday  BC Coastal Sea Kayak Award.  New Personal Performance Award.  Like 4 Star Sea, but with out the leadership component.

All of these British Canoeing courses are currently up on our calendar with registration details.  Additional details about the new personal performance awards are also out lined on our web site.  www.kayakwaveology.com

Feel free to call or email if you need more information.

Looking forward for the 2019 paddling season.

Greg Paquin

BC Performance Coach
Kayak waveology, LLC.

web: www.kayakwaveology.com
email: coach@kayakwaveology.com
tel: 860-304-4000

 on: February 09, 2019, 04:13:21 PM 
Started by Gary - Last post by Gary
Hi John.  Yes 1pm is fine. Don't forget to clean your boat if it needs it.


 on: February 09, 2019, 03:10:04 PM 
Started by Gary - Last post by johnjharkey
Gary, I will be there. My Sunday schedule is flexible. Is 1:00 a suitable hour for me to come? John at 654-3168

 on: February 09, 2019, 03:06:29 PM 
Started by Tim G - Last post by johnjharkey
Yes, Tim, I am absolutely interested in a nav course. I've had basic but want to sharpen up with a review.

 on: February 07, 2019, 10:48:38 AM 
Started by Tim - Last post by Tim
Need email address for new Bill from last season.

Tim Motte

 on: February 07, 2019, 09:38:26 AM 
Started by mbhazeltine - Last post by Tony M.
Hi Mike,
      It must be a thing with Kokatat drysuits...mine fits me well, but the waist is definitely the snuggest part of the fit. Or, maybe our bellies are just too big!  ;D ::) ;). Good luck selling the suit!    Tony

 on: February 06, 2019, 04:15:17 PM 
Started by mbhazeltine - Last post by mbhazeltine
I know this is slightly off topic.  I bought a Meridian Dry Suit last year and never got around to using it because of my surgery.  Once I recovered and was paddling again dry suits were optional.  Long story short - it is too small in the waist and I can't return it.
It is brand new with tags still on it.  I am hoping to sell it and recoup some of my money.  It was about $1150 new and I am hoping to get $700, it is on craigslist and facebook marketplace for $750.  If you are interested we can talk about the price. 

I am 175 pounds with a 35" waist, 6' tall.  Everything is good except the waist.

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