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Kayak Waveology

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Tide Race and Rock Gardening Works Shop Series 2011
« on: April 28, 2011, 08:37:40 PM »

Maine Island Kayak Co along with  Kayak Waveology and the Fishers Race Team are offering a set of three 2011 Tidal Race & Rock Garden Workshops in CT/RI, Maine and Downeast, ME./Can

We had a great time last year at Camp Fuller, RI. So good we needed to take a year off. New England Rough Water Symposium (RWS) will be back in 2012. But we hope to see you this year at our three Tidal Race and Rock Garden Workshops in CT, ME and way Downeast. The first one is on June 10-12, 2011 in the Stonington Borough, CT.

Here's the sign up link.
http://www.maineislandkayak.com/tiderace_rockgardn_2011.html

You can also find the link as well on each companies web site
www.kayakwaveology.com
www.maineislandkayak.com

We certainly hope to see at one of these challenging water events.

All the best
Greg P
Kayak Waveology,LLC.
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Re: Tide Race and Rock Gardening Works Shop Series 2011
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2011, 05:56:36 AM »

To post an update on the Stonington Ct Series I.  We are starting to get the attention for this event now, must be as the waters are warming up.  There are two distink groups forming, beginner tide race and advanced tide race folks.  So there still room for some more.  It's great to see this forming and the range of skills that paddlers have been developing.  Looks like the kayak instructors have been doing there jobs.


The Down East / Canadian Martimes Series II.  This adventurous area is home to some of the most exciting moving waters here on the East Coast, and pristine stunning beauty that is rich in maritime history.
This event as well is gathering participants.  Hope to see more of you up there, we have few RI folks for this event.  Way to go ;)


Cheers

Greg Paquin
Kayak Waveology, LLC.

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To our new paddling friends,

Kayak Waveology, Fishers Race Team, and Maine Island Kayak Co.  Thank you all for participating in the Stonington Ct/RI Tide Race Series (I) work shop.
As coaches and guides we hope we were able to reach each and every one of you to meet your individual goals. 

We had a wide variety of sea conditions that changed from day to day.  Friday being hot and flat, gave us a chance to sort  out rescues, towing in current conditions using the eddies, and skills needed to break in and out crossing eddy lines .  Skills which not many want to practice off shore, but I’m sure your glad we did.   Saturday with the easterly winds blowing gust to 20 knots /Force 5 and strong tide race conditions probably being the high light of the weekend.  Working on boat maneuvering in strong winds has a real value when you need it most, and Sugar Reef looking like you’re in N. Wales Anglesey UK got the boys thinking and dreaming even more.  Sunday yielded a manageable shore break surf day in RI to round out a full day of performance surfing skills, with many smiling faces filling their bag of tricks with new information.

Our guide and photographer Captain Carl was able to capture every one’s hard  work on Friday and Sunday, but missing Saturday as he had a great day in the races himself.  Can’t blame him for getting his own taste of the Sugar Reef.  As our tide races were in best form.

Here are some photo links, (see below)  If you like a captured action shot of yourself, just let me know the photo number and we can get a print off to you.

http://ct-pov.smugmug.com/Other/PaquinSymposiumDay3/17528150_hXTjSL

http://ct-pov.smugmug.com/Other/PaquinSymposiumDay1/17528255_vk3MMQ

We hope to see you again on the water soon.  Our Tide Race and Rock Hoping Work Shop series is moving next to Down East Maine and the Canadian Maritimes for Series (II).  Dates July 17th – 19th, 2011.  A place that holds rich in maritime culture and history, stunning environmental beauty, and home to some of best moving waters at the mouth of the Bay Of Fundy.  There is something for every paddler.  We will be driving up that Saturday early morning and staying the week for some expeditioning paddling, but need to back for RICKA's BCU 2 Star Training on July 23rd.



We enjoyed working with you all.

All the best
Greg Paquin

Lead Coach / Owner
Kayak Waveology


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Dear Paddlers and Friends,

We are excited to be going Down East into the Lubec/Eastport, Campobello, Deer Island area that includes Passamaquoddy and Coobscook Bays at the end of Maine's 20 mile Bold Coast. Here's hoping for some decent weather, but regardless, I believe we'll have a rocking good time with all the possibilities to explore, play, and enjoy this lovely corner of our world.

We'll be a small group, I hope, currently about a dozen with a large number of coaches and guides wanting to get back Downeast with us. For those unfamiliar with this venue, it’s generally cooler than Casco Bay, the fog often thicker, the water definitely colder, and the stormy weather often hangs hard as its closer to the constant low pressure of the Canadian Maritimes. Yet the waters are clean, the tides more amazing, the currents stronger, wildlife more varied and the options for challenge and real world paddling are numerous. It’s one of the best areas I know for focus on developing 'expedition think', to integrate basic seamanship while fine tuning our piloting skills - all while bouncing around in gorgeous rock gardens or figuring out how to cross that strong current with your friends. I will be sending out some 'homework' for those wanting to work on their expedition skills which we'll regularly refer to for those wanting to develop their leadership.

We will be messing about at the Reversing Falls, journeying around Eastport and the Old Sow, playing on the Bold Coast and likely traveling into Canada and back into the US, so bring your passport - and let me know ASAP if you don't have one.

If you are receiving this quick email, I have you 'on the list' and will be back at you this weekend with a detail sheet so you can figure out lodging or camping options for yourself.

Tom Bergh, MIKCo. Greg Paquin, Kayak Waveology, and the Fishers Race Team

Sign up link below:

http://www.maineislandkayak.com/tiderace_rockgardn_2011.html

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Friends and Paddlers,

So we’re getting close to getting Downeast into the magic and mystery of the Lubec-Eastport-Bold Coast-Campobello area. Greg, Paula,Rick and I are excited for our upcoming days; hope you are getting that nervous giggle going as well. Let’s all hope for a bit of sun as we know we’ll have some wicked thick fog.

Dates: Because of Tom’s ‘focus’ (lack thereof) on the date details, we will be running two (2) trainings, one 15-17 and the other 17-19. At this point the group sizes are about 5-6 paddlers for each. We will likely have one to two primary offerings each day, depending on tide and sea states.

Directions: Really? Its Doweast. Rt 1 a long ways past Bar Harbor. Millbridge, Jonesport, Machias to Whiting, where local 189 runs East into town of Lubec while Rt 1 heads North another few miles to turn off on R to Coobscook Bay State Park.

Preparation: I will be sending out a separate package that will aid any of you wanting to dive deep into the wonderful puzzle of expeditioning in a wilder environment. It will have both references, data points and questions to consider. If you consider yourself a leader on the sea whether commercially or just w friends and family, then do your reading and lets maybe take things up a notch for you.

Paperwork & Arrival: Need to receive a signed Waiver and a Confidential Health form from each of you. Print, sign and mail or fill in and email back. Otherwise we have to take up valuable time when we meet.  http://maineislandkayak.com/pdfs/MIKco_waiv.pdf . Also please tell us when you are planning on arriving. Thurs pm or Sat pm is best but you could meet up with us at 0830 on Fri the 15th or Sun the 17th; just don’t be too late as we hope to head out fairly quickly.

Meeting Place: 0830 Fri June 15th and 0830 Sun June 17th at TBD.TBD.TBD.

What to Bring: PASSPORT if you have one. Its not a requirement but may limit some routes as Canadian border is up the middle of our primary waterway.
                Camping and cooking gear as needed. Plenty of spare clothes. Probably will still be some bugs if camping. Rain gear.
                Helmet if you have, tow lines, spare paddle, good skirts and other normal expeditionary safety gear. If you don’t have and don’t know about, don’t buy until afterwards…or talk to one of us beforehand.

The Program: We’ve a wealth of venues for exploration and play. The Reversing Falls is a short paddle from the campground. The Bold Coast hosts terrific areas of rock gardens. Lubec/Eastport/Campobello/Deer Island has a fair bit of current to test out crossing methods, route selection, working the flows. Oh, and did I mention the abundance of marine mammals?

Food and Meals: We sure enjoyed having Bill Hinderer cook for us all at Camp Fuller but for this event, we’re assuming you’re going to be able to handle your own meals. The town of Lubec is 20 min away and it offers a decent set of places to eat out. The campground is definitely self serve so bring your stove and cook pots if you’re staying there to eat. We’ll probably end up having a few dinners together out, and maybe a breakfast as we commute to a put in.

Camping: We all are staying at Coobscook state campground http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/search_name.pl?state_park=15&historic_site=&public_reserved_land=&shared_use_trails=&option=search#services .

Here is a map of the campground itself:
http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/PropertyGuides/Maps/FullSize/cobscookbaymap.pdf

Here are the camp rules, note the 2 car limit per site, the open hours and the quiet hours. Plan your arrival time as it’s a long ways down here; getting in late at night won’t be very satisfying as its manned by state rangers and I find they often lock the gates by 2200…and I’ll be asleep by then as its getting light at 0415.
http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/parkrules.html

Here is the reservation search page if you’d care to try and join us at Coobscook State Park. Greg and I have sites 80T and 81T reserved for ourselves and other coaches. Note when you fill out the form that you need choose Coobscook, start date (probably the 14th or the 16th for you), number of nights, number of campers up to 6, water/electric preference, dog preference. Non tent sites require a camper type RV/trailer. Tent sites are a bit more than $100 for 3 nights. Send us an email on where you are going to be (forward your confirmation), and if you want others to join you. 
http://www.campwithme.com/doc/parks/reservations

Other sleeping options:
Cohills is Irish Pub style by the boat docks in Lubec: http://www.cohillsinn.com
The Inn on the Wharf in Lubec has apartments and suites in an old cannery: http://www.theinnatthewharf.com/theinn.html

General Lubec information: http://www.visitlubecmaine.com

Until we meet Downeast,

Tom Bergh
MIKCo
70 Luther St
Peaks Island, ME 04108
tom@maineislandkayak.com
207.232.6733 cell

Greg Paquin
Kayak Waveology
coach@kayakwaveology.com
860-304-4000
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