YakJam: Norwalk Islands Kayaker Jamboree (Sat.)

Announcing the Seventh Annual Norwalk Islands Kayaker Jamboree. This will be the world's (yes, the world's) biggest independent gathering of Kayakers to ever take place on the Norwalk Islands (since last year). 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.   Some people will camp Friday and Saturday, but day paddlers are welcome to attend.  To participate in the full day of activities most people will come to the Saturday morning meetup paddle time, but 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.

For those that want to come over for just the day (or one night) we are having a second meetup so you can paddle together. The Saturday morning 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 Calf Pasture at 9:00 AM) so others can meetup with you and paddle in a group. The Jamboree will be on Shea Island. We will try to meet at noon on the Island. We will begin activities at 10 AM. Our first activity will be an Environmentalist presentation. 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 Saturday then RSVP on this page. If you plan to join the group on Friday then RSVP on the Friday 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 accepted.   money collected will be used to pay for misc. YakJam cost 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 both Saturday and Sunday. To RSVP for Friday or Sunday go to the Friday or Sunday meetup page. For more information and discussion regarding this event go to the Message board. Please read the SKG disclaimer. You are responsible for yourself.

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  • Randal G.

    Always a memorable trip. Keep the fire burning people.:-)

    1 · August 13

  • Randal G.

    Always a memorable trip. Keep the fire burning people.:-)

    August 13

  • stephanie

    Lovely day out on the water . Is anyone interested in weekday, daytime kayaking next week. I'm taking some days off and would love done company on the water. Any joiners or ideas for a paddle are welcome. Thanks

    August 13

  • Linda

    Great day paddling with friends. Peter & Cynthia thanks so much for an enjoyable experience.

    1 · August 12

  • Linda

    Great day paddling with friends. Peter & Cynthia thanks so much for an enjoyable experience.

    August 12

  • cynthia

    Thank you everyone who attended. The weather gods were good to us; and the paddling, conversation and community were outstanding! Till next year.

    1 · August 12

    • erik k.

      And the moonlight and the mosquitoes were beyond compare!

      1 · August 12

    • Jonathan

      Mosquitoes Erik? What mosquitoes? This was perfect conditions if ever I've seen them. Thank you (again) to Peter and Cynthia for organizing this, and to Jaime for his insightful safety demos.

      1 · August 12

  • erik k.

    Hey, is anyone going out there later in the morning, or even around noon? I will be, and it would be nice to have some company for the crossing. Also, I don't recall if there are special arrangements for parking, or do we just pay for a spot?

    August 8

  • Randal G.

    Yeah Margaret!! I was wondering if you were gonna make it this year!! No Friday bonfire for you this year?
    See you out there!

    August 7

  • 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!

    1 · August 7

  • fred s.

    Hi Peter and Cynthia, please add blue Volvo tag #
    580 RYS to list.
    My schedule for paddling out is very indefinite so to quote the instructions, I am responsible for myself.
    Thanks, Fred Singer

    August 7

  • Bill W.

    Could you add my silver Prius 971 ZUF to the parking list for Saturday night. My girlfriend and I will be paddling over from Calf Pasture with the 9AM group.

    August 7

  • Ken

    Several of us go out to Shea on Friday and come back that night. You'll have plenty of company.
    Parking list has been updated for all requests to date. I have to hand in the list on Thursday at about noon, so beware, procrastinators!

    August 6

    • Ronald K.

      I will be paddling out around noon on Friday with several others. Will be coming back to the launch to paddle back with the 4:00 shift.

      August 6

    • Rindy

      Ken, I am probably on the parking list as Rindy Higgins, Subaru Forester, 784SLJ. BUT I might use my husband's car with him, Bill Armstrong, Jeep Cherokee, 292PST. Do you see both on the list?

      August 6

  • stephanie

    Anyone interested in kayaking out to the island friday afternoon and then returning to shore? I don't plan to camp out but was thinking about doing a late afternoon paddle to Shea Island. Will only go if others interested in going there and back Friday. Either wsy i'll be there Saturday

    August 6

  • Rindy

    Cynthia, my husband Bill Armstrong may join me. We might go in his jeep Cherokee 292PST. You already have my Subaru on file. Rindy. See you soon!

    August 5

  • Leslie

    Sorry, not 9am, but we are picking the kayak up at 10, so more like 10:15!

    August 5

  • Leslie

    Is anyone paddling over around 9am? A friend and I need a group to go with. We are renting a kayak at the Norwalk Sailing School.

    August 5

  • 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!

    1 · August 5

  • stephanie

    Last name is Goldpin, Stephanie. Black X5 BMw plates 413-TRL

    August 4

  • cathy

    Can you add my car to parking list for Saturday? Gold Prius 242XAZ Connecticut. I will give you my donation on Saturday. I will only be there for the day

    August 4

    • cynthia

      Hi Cathy - pls reply with your last name.

      August 4

    • cathy

      Cathy Paukner Thanks!

      August 4

  • stephanie

    Please put me on parking list too Black SUV x-5

    August 3

    • cynthia

      Hi Stephanie - We need your last name and plate #

      August 4

  • Jonathan

    Yay! Please put me on the list for Saturday parking at Calf Pasture. 2001 Silver Civic CT 783 XBH.

    If anyone wants to paddle over with me, I will probably launch closer to 10.

    1 · August 3

  • robin

    Looking forward to see everyone --- I will not be camping -- just spending the day in Shea & paddling

    1 · August 3

  • cynthia

    Yak Jammers:
    On Saturday The Norwalk Coast Guard Auxiliary will be hosting an annual open house at Calf Pasture for us. There will be members there to answer any questions and they will be conducting voluntary boat inspections at our departure put in. I will be visiting as part of our bay tour in the morning, they will have munchies and they have a clean private restroom. I look forward to showing our appreciation by participating. I encourage you to visit them as you come into the park, they are one of the buildings on the right as you approach the parking area, next to the sailing school, or visit through out the day.

    August 1

  • cynthia

    CORRECTIONS:
    On the Schedule for Saturday:
    3PM - Jamie Gerelli & his lovely assistant Rachelle will go over rescue techniques. Participation is encouraged.
    5PM - Rindy Higgins will join us again to discuss the ecosystem of the island and do a beachfront exploration. Rindy is a local veteran marine educator.
    I will also be hosting a tour of the sound starting from Shea Island @ 10:00 am, returning @ 2pm. We will make a stop at Calf Pasture to welcome any paddlers.
    Remember, this is an island cleanup, so come with some gloves and trash bags to help us maintain the beauty of the Sound. You can help with the cleanup at any time during the weekend.
    If we plan anything else, I will post it here. See you there!
    Like · Reply · 1h ago · Mute

    July 31

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please put me in for parking. A gray 09 Honda Civic. Plate EVW 7333 NY.

    July 30

  • 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

  • Ken

    For those who may not have seen it, please see the Friday posting for the parking list, tidal information and maps.

    July 28

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