It all began with the lousy political situation we have with
Turkey that is kinda preventing me from spending the regular sailing vacation. I
tried to find appropriate substitute in the form of paddling. The paddling club
trips abroad sounds like a super fun thing but they require longer engagement
so I ended up combining a business trip to NYC with paddling around. Hadas, our
club instructor, got many kayaking friends in the
My trip to started with 2 working days in NY and on Friday afternoon I found myself on the train to New London Connecticut. Trains in this area are far more specious and convenient then airplanes and the first part of the ride during daylight amazed me by the green area and blue water coves and rivers we crossed. Good sign for what was coming next.
The next morning Gerry picked me up from the hotel. We had
short introduction time and we hit the
road towards nice little town a bit
Then the other guys started coming in. Experienced paddlers
with their boats that looked very high techish and nice to ride. They were
Steve, Ron, Carolyn and Nick which is the designer and builder of Guilmount
Kayaks. Steve and few other people from our club in
It took a while to get organized but we launched and started paddling toward Fisher’s Island, an Island ~4 miles out the Connecticut shore, place full of rich people houses and land that belongs to the navy so much of it is very much preserved. The paddling along the island was nice ride on the way to real fun spot.
At the south-western tip of the Island there is mouth of the
When it felt like we just packed everything and headed back
I think it will be hard to explain in words the fun I had with this group of fun and interesting people, and the generous hospitality and care I’ve got during this day. Apparently there is something unique and in common with all of us Kayaking people all around the world.
Right after Gerry brought me back to the hotel, I went to
Want to locate this on a map? here you are.
The second day, Gerry picked me up with his car and a
trailer with 5 other boats on it. This was the class day. We went into the
It was also the first time for me to take a formal skills class but eventually from that many years of paddling I already knew the basics, or as Gerry says, “he’s got the theory”.
The Class covered a lot of stuff that was new to me even if they are basic. I learned methods for rescues and self rescues. I learned nice hints about towing. This was the first time I really learned bracing (although after all these years this comes naturally). It was the first time for me to learn side stroke (paddling sideways) and bow tearing which was pretty cool.
We had nice lunch break where I gave the guys the “special treat” of Arabic coffee cooked on Gerry’s famous Primus Stove. I must say the guys were initially terrified by the way it looks and how Muddy it is comparing to the (lousy) American coffee but after a sip or two the seem to actually find it tasty.
This was an excellent day with a great chance for me to learn A LOT from someone like Gerry and also to give the people some of my knowledge and experience for all of us to get better.
We finished the day with delicious fruits on the way and nice Thai meal me and Gerry had before heading to the train station.
Wanna see where the lake is: it's here:
To Summarize: This was not a good compensation for the
Lots of pictures here:
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