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YakJam VII: Norwalk Islands Kayaker Jamboree (Fri.)

Announcing the Seventh Annual Norwalk Islands Kayaker Jamboree. Once again Connecticut's biggest independent gathering of Kayakers will take place on the Norwalk Islands. Kayakers from ConnYak, CT AMC, Sound Kayakers, the Hudson River Kayaking Meetup, the Brandford Kayaking Meetup, The Hartford Kayaking Meetup, The Tuesday Night Paddlers, and any other group are welcome to come and to invite friends. The Jamboree will span the entire weekend. You are welcome to come over any day at any time. We encourage that you paddle in pods of three or more. Check the weather and tide, and always be aware of the boat traffic. Paddle safe. Many kayakers are paddling over on Friday afternoon for the night, but for those that want to come over for just the day (or one night) we are having a second meetup Saturday morning so you can paddle together. The Friday afternoon meetup will be at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. Some may want to Meetup at another time or location. Possible put-in spots are Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, the Rowayton Community Beach on the Five Mile River, or State Boat Ramp on the Saugatuck River. Please specify in your RSVP where you plan to launch from and what time (if it is not at Calft Pasture and 4 PM) so others can meetup with you and paddle in a group. The Jamboree will be on Shea Island. Camp sites are reserved for Friday night and Saturday night. Any one can paddle over to the island and join the Jamboree. You must bring your own gear, supplies, food, and beverages. If you plan to paddle to the island on Friday then RSVP on this page. If you plan to join the group on Saturday then RSVP on the Saturday event page: Camp sites are reserved by SKG in advance. We are asking that participants make a $5 contribution to the SKG. If you are not camping, please consider making a $2 contribution. You can pay via Paypal, but add $0.50 to cover Paypal fees. Any size contribution will be excepted.   Money collected will be used to purchase supplies for the YakJam and any extra money collected will be donated to a local environmental awareness and preservation group. We are planning to do an Island Clean up on Sunday morning. We hope every one can join us for this. We try to clean the island of trash that has gathered over the previous year. Please bring heave duty garbage bags and gloves. Yes, unless you have sail boat, motor boat, or can swim very well, you must have a kayak. Kayaks can be rented from the Small Boat Shop, Downunder Kayaks, EMS, or Outdoor Sports. You should reserve your boat soon as available rentals may be short on the days leading up to the Jamboree. Yes, if you do not want to camp, you can still paddle over to the Island and join the festivities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To RSVP for Saturday or Sunday go to the Saturday or Sunday meetup page. RSVP is only necessary to let others know you will paddle with them on that day and time. The Jamboree is an open event. Anyone can come and the above mentioned fee is a voluntary contribution. For more information and discussion regarding this event go to the Message board. Please read the SKG disclaimer. You are responcible for yourself.

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  • Helen P.

    Peter and Ronald- so sorry we missed you. The Gayton at Small Boat Shop felt our kayaks wouldn't cut it so we rented from him and put in at Rex Marina.

    August 8, 2014

  • Ken

    Parking - I have updated the list for everyone who has responded to date and have sent it to the Norwalk Rec & Park Director. The list is good for the whole weekend. If you have not responded by now you can tell the gate attendant and ask to be let in. Do not send any more requests or post any more comments to me or this site - I'm done. ;-)
    Remember to park your cars over by the beach volleyball courts when you're through unloading - this is one of the provisions that allowed us to receive free parking. Thanks, and see you on the water!

    August 7, 2014

  • John G.

    Will be coming out Friday afternoon but returning
    in the evening. Going to be fun !!

    August 7, 2014

  • Randal G.

    Hi Ron,
    Looks like Noon time Friday is popular this year. I will see you and everyone at noon on Friday!
    Randy

    1 · August 6, 2014

  • Helen P.

    Ronald and Brady,
    Steve and I will see you on Friday at noon. If your plans change please let me know. Also, we've never done this paddle, so are not sure of the directions. Our plan is stop at the Small Boat Shop and get a map and pick their brain.
    See you Friday,
    Helen

    August 5, 2014

    • Ronald K.

      if you can find the calf pasture boat launch, I can get you the rest of the way.

      August 5, 2014

  • Ken

    Apparently it isn't as easy to add to the parking list as advertized. From now until Friday morning if you wish to add your name to the parking list, post to the comments here or on the Saturday link. After Friday AM you are on your own. I will have already sent the list to Norwalk Rec & Parks.
    Again, please see whether you are on the list by clicking on the "More" tab above, then click "Files". Check to see that I have added you.
    Also, if you are leaving your car overnight, park it over near the beach volleyball courts after you have finished unloading.
    Thanks

    August 1, 2014

    • Paul L.

      oops, hit return too fast - Paul Lindoerfer - 705LEE

      August 2, 2014

    • Bardy J.

      Two cars for the list
      FTK 6602
      K9SNKATS

      August 5, 2014

  • Helen P.

    Any other kayakers headed out at noon on Friday from Calf Pasture Beach?

    August 3, 2014

    • Helen P.

      Hope to see you both at noon on Friday. My husband Steve will also be with us.

      August 5, 2014

    • Bardy J.

      Thanks Helen, we will keep an eye out for you. We did the Yak Jam last year and did another weekend out there later in the year so we do know the way. Not holding to the Noon time, but sometime around there.

      August 5, 2014

  • Ronald K.

    As I have done in the past, I will be bringing 2 hallas and a magnum of Manischewitz wine with me to welcome the Sabath at a short service around 7:30. If you can join me for the service, great if not drop by later for some bread and wine

    1 · August 5, 2014

  • cynthia

    Weather looking good folks:
    Friday - 82 deg - 0% Chance Rain
    Sat - 83 - 0% Chance Rain
    Sun - 80 - 10% Rain Make sure you bring water and sunscreen. Yeah!

    August 5, 2014

  • Helen P.

    Ken, I'll be at Calf Pasture Beach around noon on Friday and will want to park my Subaru. I'll probably leave by 5.

    August 2, 2014

  • Randal G.

    Hey Ron, I may be interested in launching earlier. I dont know about 10am, maybe closer to noon time? Ill know by wednesday that week if 10 will work.

    1 · July 27, 2014

    • Ronald K.

      keep me posted will wait till noon if you need me to

      1 · July 28, 2014

    • Randal G.

      No prblem, having hip surgery on the 4th, should be no problem by friday. Ill definitely post a message here by wed. ;)

      July 28, 2014

  • cynthia

    TIDES FOR NORWALK ISLANDS
    Yak Jam
    Friday August 8th. AM Time PM Time
    High Tide 9:46 10:07
    Low Tide 3:49 4:02

    Saturday August 9th
    High Tide 10:41 11:02
    Low Tide 4:43 4:58

    Sunday August 10th
    High Tide 11:34 11:56
    Low Tide 5:35 5:53

    July 28, 2014

  • Ken

    To clarify, the YakJam VII-2014 info is a discussion under "The Stamford Kayaking Group Open Discussion Forum". Also, the maps, tidal info and parking list can be accessed by clicking on the "More" tab at the top of this page, then "Files".

    1 · July 28, 2014

  • Ken

    Hi Everyone, I have posted the parking list and some other information on the message board under "YakJam VII - 2014" discussion.

    If your name is NOT on the parking list and you are a Non-resident of Norwalk, please add your name by Thursday, August 7. Thanks.

    I will try to add some maps and other information to the discussion list, but I'm not having much luck. If someone know how to attach files to the thread, please let me know.

    1 · July 28, 2014

  • cynthia

    Hello Guys - we have not organized much this year, sorry. Ken is the contact for our parking and I just spoke with him. He is posting the list tomorrow. If you attended int he last few years, your name will be on it.
    Any suggestions for paddles or discussions?

    1 · July 27, 2014

    • Randal G.

      Thank you Cynthia. :)

      July 27, 2014

    • Ronald K.

      missed last year because of a life threatening circumstance. My daughters wedding, my wife would have killed me. Please add me to the list if I'm not there.

      1 · July 28, 2014

  • Randal G.

    PETER????!!!?!?!?!? How is the parking going to work this year? :)

    July 27, 2014

  • Ronald K.

    Do we need to be on a parking list for free entry/overnight parking?

    July 27, 2014

  • Ronald K.

    I will be launching Friday Morning around 10:00AM Anybody want to join me?

    July 27, 2014

  • Randal G.

    Great to see some of the same names signing up. Been looking forward to this since I left the island last year sunday. I second Joes comment, Oh HELL YEA!!!!

    1 · July 10, 2014

    • John G.

      Hey Randy good to hear from you we have done some cool paddles lately where have you been See you soon
      John

      July 10, 2014

    • Randal G.

      Hey John! Been a crazy year so far. Are you going for the whole weekend this year? Im in for Friday-Sunday!! Ill be better prepared for the bon fires this year.....;)

      July 13, 2014

  • Nicholas C.

    God willing I'll paddle out tomorrow.

    July 12, 2014

  • Bardy J.

    So booking 5 and inviting others.

    July 12, 2014

  • Bardy J.

    Did this last year with my sons and one of their friends, all Boy Scouts. Had a blast and bringing girlfriend this year. Hopefully sailing in the Klepper kayak.

    July 12, 2014

  • cynthia

    Details to be posted soon.

    July 11, 2014

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