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Let's Meetup for Kayaking and Some Hobie Island Sailing

This is going to be a very fun event and family oriented so bring the kids too. Although our focus will be Hobie Island sailing, all WaterTribers and other kayakers and small boat sailors are welcome.

Once again we have Ian Lineburger coming out to give us some really good sailing instruction. Those of you who were at our June Meetup last year will remember how valuable his tips can be. We will also have a lot of fun racing each other in a short loop while trying to remember everything we learned.

I will add more detail later, but I want to give as much notice as possible so you can have a chance to reserve a camping spot at Fort De Soto Park. Here is a link to the camping reservation page:

Some of us will use the free primitive camping spot on Shell Key. See this link:

Remember that camping overnight is optional. Sunday will be a very layed back day with a trip to Egmont Key for snorkeling or whatever.

Fort De Soto campground is very popular so make your reservations as early as possible. If they fill up you will be able to primitive camp on Shell Key or there are many motels and a KOA nearby. The daily meetup location will be on Shell Key. If you don't plan to camp, there are plenty of kayak launching sites including the boat ramp. Fort Desoto charges a $5 per day fee.


• Shell Key Meetup Beach[masked] [masked]

• WP2 Egmont Snorkeling[masked] [masked]

The Shell Key location doesn't look right on my Home Port charts, but looks better on Google Earth.

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  • Bernie

    hello kayakers and sailors, I am single, sober and looking for fun people to do fun outdoor stuff with. I would love to hear about any water activities that you have in the future. Thanks enjoy this beautiful day!

    November 16, 2014

  • Clare

    Sorry I could not make it. I have decided to sell my Adventure Island, if you know anyone who is interested.
    I am asking $2400 for everything including the trailer.

    June 23, 2014

    • Wesley

      Clair, Bring your boat to the (Paddle sports Yard Sale) July 19th at the Expandacraft store,[masked]th st. east Bradenton. It's only $10 if you sell it and it's posted all over the web so we should have a lot of buyers and sellers.

      1 · July 2, 2014

  • Don H.

    Enjoyed the get together even though I arrived a bit late for Ian's always useful talk. Was great camping out there Saturaday night with Royd and Deven this time.

    June 30, 2014

  • Nick H.

    Very useful information, Ian, and a perfect opportunity to relax and learn. Thank you and also TackleShack for their support of 'fun'. I've never bothered much about speed, focusing more on comfort and sightseeing, but maybe I'll change with the insights I gained this weekend. Mark caught a large Flounder on the way back, which we had for dinner that night. It was a great ending to a terrific day. Thanks for putting it together, Chief.

    June 23, 2014

  • Todd

    Thanks Ian. I learned a lot. As always, a great time with great people!

    June 23, 2014

  • royd w.

    Another great outing. No flooding this time. Good crowd.

    June 23, 2014

  • Roy E.

    Was great to have all the Hobies out there. Should be a blast at the next ECC. Maybe we can do a local rally again in the fall

    June 23, 2014

  • Wesley

    I'll bring a few of my Expandacraft boats to share.

    June 11, 2014

    • Wesley

      Swing by camp site 234 and I'll have a few Expandacraft boats ready for a night sail. I plan to get there Friday and stay till Sunday.

      June 12, 2014

  • Tom D.

    Consider me tentative. This is the weekend after the TWS but going to try and make it with the kids again this year.

    May 2, 2014

    • Steve I.

      OK, I hope you can make it. Tough Mudder?!?!?! Sounds like a description of Chokoloskee :)

      May 3, 2014

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