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Paddlefest 2013!!!

That's right folks...it's that time of year

Paddlefest 2013

 

This is just about the largest gathering of paddlers in the country
and the entire Ohio River is reserved just for us


Where – All of the festivities start at Coney Island. Beyond that, just follow the kayaks on the roofs of cars to the parking lot and off-loading area.

When This is a two-part effort...if you're smart.

Friday - This is when you should bring your boat...only. Folks will be available to off load your boat, assist with your registration confirmation, and give you a matching wrist band to the tag on your boat. From there you'll be able to see where your boat is being stashed so you can retrieve it easily on Saturday morning. If you don't do this on Friday, expect a lot of rush-rush in the morning.

But don't just go home...see below

Saturday - This is when you retrieve your boat and shove off. But here's an inside tip that worked extremely well last year for me. Park your car at the Sawyer Point parking lot ($5.00 but worth it) and catch the shuttle bus up river to Coney Island. The buses only run from 6:00 - 8:00 AM. When you get done with the trip, your car is waiting for you, and you're not standing in a long line of sweaty paddlers waiting for a ride back to Coney Island followed by the drive back and another long line to get onto the Public Landing to pick up your boat. But here's the trick...catch the first bus!

This is when you bring all your paddling gear.

Friday Evening - Drop your boat and join the party! There's all kinds of booths, food, things to do, and entertainment. Bring some grub to share and if we happen to see each other, then it will likely be near where the bands are playing. (By the way, one of the bands is Rev Payton and His Big Damn Band...I've been wanting to see these guys for some time.)

Paddlefest Swapmeet - Boats, gear, and so on. You never know, this could be the place to score a great deal. But it's all as the water flows and brings boats and stuff downstream with it. It's on Friday evening only, so there's another great reason to park it and look around.

Saturday Launch - It may sound like it would mayhem on the Ohio, but not so. These folks have got it wired and you'll be surprised at how quick and efficient they get it done. You'll collect your boat, get into a four to six boat-wide line, and the traffic cop (last year it was our Larry) will get you moving ricky-ticky quick. But here's the catch, with so many folks putting in, finding our TSK group might be a challenge. We'll try, but no guarantees.

Number of Attendees – Thousands and thousands! Really...about 3,000 last year.

Registration – This is entirely up to you and here's the link: https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=7590

Scroll down though the list, click on the register button, and follow the instructions.

What To Bring – PFD / sun hat / warm weather clothing / water / lunch or snacks (if eating on the water / sun screen

Restrooms – At the Coney Island put in, at a half-way point, and at the Public Landing.

Weather Forecast – I'll let you know as soon as it's evident, but the show will go on rain or shine.

River Forecast – This is the only thing that could put a kink in the plans, but only if things are really out of control. And if this happens, an email blast will go out from your online registration.

Experience – Suitable for…beginners, but keep in mind the 8.5 mile trip. If you can't do it, with all honesty, keep yourself and others safe. However, if you should have a problem on the river, there will be a multitude of water marshals within the pack...many of which will be from TSK.

Post-Paddle Sustenance – At Sawyer Point...food, drinks, and lots of odd-looking kayakers.

Liability Waiver – As always, by joining in this event you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to abide by the Tri-State Kaykers liability waiver. You can find this waiver in the Files section of the Tri-State Kayakers web site

It's a lot of fun

Something every paddler should do at least once

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  • Liz

    I thought that the boys from Hughes High School were a big help and was a little embarrassed when I couldn't donate to their athletic programs (I never have cash with me when I kayak.) Anyway, I got the contact information for donating to the school and will be making a contribution. I thought there might be others in the same "boat" (see what I did there?) Here is the contact info:If you would like to make a donation, please make the check out to ABC Foundation c/o Hughes!
    Mailed to:
    Brian Leshner
    2330 Victory Parkway
    Suite 307
    Cincinnati, OH 45206 Or you can donate by paypal here:
    http://abccincy.org/feature/make-a-donation

    1 · July 1, 2013

    • Bill G.

      Thanks for the effort & info!

      July 1, 2013

  • Lynette J.

    Batting a thousand for the past five years I've attended! Great weather, great paddlers, new friends and old. Loved it!

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • Lynda G.

    This event was a blast from start to finish! Music Friday night was great. The bike route was well planned, And my float went off without a hitch. Special thank you to Debra Gordon and her friend Jeff who kept me company and kept me entertained the whole time! Great event!

    June 22, 2013

    • Debra G.

      Enjoyed your company Lynda. We will have to plan a float soon.

      June 24, 2013

  • Debra G.

    We had an awesome time!!

    June 24, 2013

  • marcia

    Lot's of fun. couldn't have been better

    June 22, 2013

    • Lynette J.

      Hey Marcia...send me your email address and I will send you the super photos I took of you! [masked]

      June 23, 2013

    • marcia

      Sent!!

      June 23, 2013

  • Kathy J.

    awesome weather, gentle crowd, good bands, swift current! Great job Larry, Brewster and many others!!

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Lynette J.

    Hi there! Let me know if you come up with a meeting place...I have a group of enthusiastic friends who are paddling together...anyone from the group is welcome to join us! We are trying to plan a Hawaiian Flotilla...decorating our boats with grass skirts and flowers from the Dollar Tree store! I will also have a box of flower leis...anyone feeling the ALOHA spirit??? Join us! We are also going down to the Ludlow-Bromley Yacht Club for burgers and beers after the float! Respond here if interested and I will share more details!

    June 21, 2013

    • Lynette J.

      Haha!! "Husbands Flotilla"...love it! Okay...I just got back from dropping off my boats. I am heading back down this evening. I decided to post my bright green ALOHA TRI-STATE KAYAKERS poster and box of leis on one of the picnic tables opposite the registration tables. It will be clearly visible and accessible. I plan to catch the shuttle at Sawyer Point at 6-ish, so I will be down there early. Please come and help yourself to the leis and join us by decorating your boats! My cell is[masked]-2128. Feel free to text me! :)

      2 · June 21, 2013

    • marcia

      Lynette, Thanks for "gathering" me into the Luau group.

      June 22, 2013

  • Kathy J.

    OK, First, there is NO hurry to be the first one on the water.........
    Second, Stand on the ramp facing the river. over to the right side is a area taped off for the water marshals to stack their boats. They will be in the water early so lets meet there 7:45 to 8:15 am (With your kayak, ready to launch) We should be able to launch by 8:30. My cell is[masked]-0528. Lynette's is [masked]-2128. Feel free to text her! :) I guess just look for the Leis!! :D

    June 21, 2013

    • Kathy J.

      ok larry,

      1 · June 22, 2013

    • Larry

      Oh, what the heck, we're all pink on the inside. We can cram together.

      1 · June 22, 2013

  • sabrina

    Section 12 for us!

    2 · June 21, 2013

  • carole

    Well I just dropped my baby off. Section 12. Will b looking for you all tomorrow morning. Was told shuttle runs every 20 mins starting at 600 until 800 tomorrow morning.

    1 · June 21, 2013

    • sabrina

      We are section 10!

      1 · June 21, 2013

  • Bill G.

    WEATHER UPDATE:
    Saturday, June 22 at 8am
    Temperature: 70 °F Dewpoint: 66 °F Heat Index: N/A Surface Wind: S 0mph Sky Cover: 7% Precipitation Potential: 3% Relative Humidity: 87% Thunder: <10% Rain: <10% DON"T FORGET THE SUN SCREEN & WATER!

    1 · June 21, 2013

  • Bill G.

    I got off the fence....I'm IN!

    3 · June 21, 2013

  • KT

    I plan to be there early. I will try to get a leis to be revognized. Would like to go with someone from
    Club. I have to go early ad I am going to visit my daughtet ltr.

    June 21, 2013

  • Patti M.

    Thank you for all of the helpful instructions regarding paddlefest. My Kayak is in section 2 at Coney Island. I am humbled and grateful for my new status as a TSKer!

    2 · June 21, 2013

  • Larry

    It will be hot and very humid and sticky. Dress lightly and bring enough water and snacks to last you for 3 hours. Hat, sunglasses and sun-screen are good to have. Cell phone for communication is also wise. River level will be 29 feet, quick current and water temperature of 72. If you get tired, go to the middle of the river where the current is quickest and float. Current will make the trip 20 minutes quicker for a rough estimate of 2 hours or less.
    have fun!

    Larry

    1 · June 21, 2013

  • sabrina

    Kathy, I love your idea about having a shirt or something made up! Here is a last minute suggestion. Why don't we pick a color, as a group, and those who want to can wear that color t-shirt? I think it would help everyone who is new and first timers for this event. Someone pick a color! (Kathy, Tom, Larry?) I'm on board! This might do for now!

    1 · June 21, 2013

    • Kathy J.

      The TSK members who are water marshals will have safety vests on and meet with Larry. I am not safety this year.....

      June 21, 2013

    • sabrina

      Kathy, that's fine I will probably end up texting you anyway.

      June 21, 2013

  • James

    At the pit stop halfway, do they have grills to cook on?

    June 4, 2013

    • James

      Wise move sabrina... If I have to get out of my boat to snatch some food I might not be able to get back in so I'll end up clinging to your boat. Best you bring lots of food offerings to prevent this.

      June 21, 2013

    • sabrina

      I will just throw the apples one way, and paddle the other! lol :P

      June 21, 2013

  • Jim

    In past years we have met on the hill with the shelter to your back and the driveway down to the river in front of you.  This way you are elevated to people watch and see all the boats but you are out of the main traffic flow so people can find you. There are a few picnic tables that up there as well. Having a same color shirt is a nice idea however it is challenge to find people among a sea of colors from clothes and boats. In the past I use to have a TSK sign that I printed from the TSK logo that helped in finding other members.  That is just a suggestion on where to meet.
    I am a water marshal again this year along with other members of this group and I would like to be able to be able to meet you.  I have been away from the group for a year so I do not know many of faces and short of asking each person if they are from TSK I have no idea who is a member.  At least all the marshals are in the same area however it would be nice to know before you approach someone that they are part of the TSK group.

    June 21, 2013

  • Kathy J.

    I wish we had a sweet design that could be put on t-shirts and ordered from Zazzle.com on line. Some one else suggested those little flags on long poles. Maybe we could have a design contest this fall and get that going!?!

    June 20, 2013

    • James

      But I'd like to know what the shirts are regarding... TSK in general? Paddlefest? What?

      June 21, 2013

    • Kathy J.

      TSK IN GENERAL!

      June 21, 2013

  • Cynthia V

    Am canoeing. Son using kayak

    June 21, 2013

  • Bill G.

    WEATHER FORECAST:

    Saturday, June 22 at 7am
    Temperature: 67 °F Dewpoint: 65 °F Heat Index: N/A Surface Wind: S 0mph Sky Cover: 19% Precipitation Potential: 8% Relative Humidity: 93% Thunder: <10% Rain: <10%

    Saturday, June 22 at 11am
    Temperature: 81 °F Dewpoint: 64 °F Heat Index: 82 °F Surface Wind: SW 3mph Sky Cover: 27% Precipitation Potential: 15% Relative Humidity: 58% Thunder: Slight Chance (10%-20%) Rain: Slight Chance (10%-20%) RIVER FORECAST:

    Saturday June 22 @ 8am – The Ohio River is forecasted to be at 28.7ft., with a flow rate of 93.6 kcfs (thousand cubic per second) or 1.8 mph. Normal for the Ohio River is 25.4 ft and less than 18 kcfs.

    June 20, 2013

    • Larry

      Where are you getting this great information?

      1 · June 20, 2013

    • Kathy J.

      Bill just makes up all this stuff! :D

      June 20, 2013

  • Larry

    Just a note for the first timers at Paddlefest. If you paddle this event and like it, next year, consider volunteering to be a water marshal and that way, you paddle for free. No registration fee. All you have to do is attend one of the water marshal safety briefings, sign a special registration form and that's it.

    1 · June 14, 2013

    • Cathy B.

      7 and 10 pm.

      June 20, 2013

    • Lynda G.

      I'm going tomorrow and cling for the night. Don't think I should volunteer to be the point person for this because I'm also pedaling on Saturday, but I'd be happy to scout a spot and made a sign?

      June 20, 2013

  • sabrina

    Where is the "half way" point? Is there camping anywhere? Are TSK-ers going to try to keep their kayaks grouped together?

    June 2, 2013

    • Kathy J.

      Sabrina, drop off the kayaks fri eve, then hang around for the festival.

      2 · June 15, 2013

    • sabrina

      I just didn't know if there was a spot where the kayakers could leave their kayaks as a "group". Kathy, are you going to be at the festival?

      June 19, 2013

  • Lynda G.

    Is anyone else camping at Coney on Friday night? I've made reservations, but would love to be among familiar faces. I have a big tent if anyone would like to share

    June 18, 2013

    • Debra G.

      I am camping Friday night - would live to meet up.

      June 18, 2013

  • Gordon C.

    I have to back out this year. I have to go to AZ on Thursday night which i was not planning

    June 18, 2013

  • Lynda G.

    I am another first timer. And I'm a bit worried about logistics. I signed up for the bike ride as well without considering what I was going to do with my gear. Is anyone else doing both? Any suggestions?

    June 16, 2013

  • Lynette J.

    Hi Everyone, last year, the highlight of Paddlefest weekend for me was the sunrise paddle on the Thursday morning before kick-off of the festivities. Does anyone know if that is planned again? Thanks!

    1 · June 4, 2013

    • Larry

      It is depending on the weather, river level and local media coverage. I will announce and post it here as soon as I find out. Larry

      1 · June 14, 2013

  • marcia

    My first time. I plan on coming up Friday afternoon from Lexington and staying at some hotel or B&B.

    June 13, 2013

  • Sandy

    This sounds like a great time. Are there campgrounds around? Regardless I'm going to try my best to make it :

    May 26, 2013

    • Lynette J.

      Sabrina, you won't be able to miss the halfway point. It is at the bend in the river. There will be a band playing on shore, lots of activity and you will paddle straight to it if you don't turn your boat! You will see it without a problem!

      1 · June 4, 2013

    • sabrina

      Thanks Lynette!

      1 · June 4, 2013

  • Steve C.

    My first time, I look forward to this experience.

    June 4, 2013

  • Keith L.

    Hopefully I'll know people from TSK by then... If not, I'll meet you there anyway.. Really looking forward to it

    June 4, 2013

  • Debra G.

    What time should I expect to be off the water Saturday?

    May 29, 2013

    • Tom L.

      Time on the water is a factor of three things: (a) When you start downstream (earlier is recommended); (b) How fast you decide to paddle; (c) How fast the river current is running on that day. That's the easy part. Getting your boat onto your car and off the ramp is more difficult. If you follow my recommendations on where to park your car and how to use the morning shuttle, then it will be easy. Leave your car at Coney in the morning...expect a good 2+ hours before you even touch your boat on the public ramp.

      May 31, 2013

  • Brewster R.

    Thanks for spreading the word about Paddlefest! We are also looking for more volunteers for registration Friday at Coney as well as water marshals.

    May 17, 2013

  • Tom L.

    Due to known conflicts, I will very likely not be participating in Paddlefest this year on Saturday, but might be able to make it to the Friday night events.

    There is MUCH more to the whole Paddlefest experience than the Saturday paddle on the Ohio. Be sure to check out the various events from Thursday on thru the weekend.

    1 · May 15, 2013

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