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Wednesday Night Paddle

RATING - Beginner SK2 (click on link to see rating info), Night Trip, approx 5-8 miles, Medium Speed


This trip tends to have flat water, currents up to about 2MPH under some bridges, and can sometimes have brisk winds, though we usually pick a sheltered route on windy nights.


LOCATION & DESCRIPTION - This trip launches from George English Park (the park at the corner of Sunrise and Bayview Drive, across from the Galleria) and has about a dozen possible routes depending on wind and current. This trip can be as long (or short) as we feel like making it! Snacks/dinner afterwards sometimes, location TBD.


PARKING - FREE at the Tennis Center - don't park in the metered area, there are occasionally break-ins over there.  Don't park in the spaces reserved for Tennis Center, though it's OK to pull in briefly to offload.


LAUNCH - The launch is from a flat rocky beach near the Tennis Center toward the north side of the park.


KAYAK RENTALS - Kayak rentals are not available for this trip.


GEAR - BASICS plus NIGHT TIME GEAR. Please visit the GEAR page link for specifics!

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  • greg

    easy tow rope diconnect reachable from seat would have realy helped

    May 12, 2013

    • Whitney

      I have tow lines in 4', 18' and 50' - I like the 18' for everyday use. Let me know and I'll bring them for you to play with.

      May 12, 2013

    • Phil R

      I have one I got from Whitney, connects around your waist and clips on to whatever. I towed a friend with it one time and barely noticed I was towing anything. It's stached in my deck bag where I can reach it any time.

      May 12, 2013

  • greg

    LESSONS LEARNED: water shoes, first aid kit, tow rope with easy disconnect form cocpit, reflective tape on paddle [im still against paddle leashes due to entanglement issues] feel free to add

    May 10, 2013

    • Terri

      Can you use a tow rope to tie up you kayak when docking?

      May 11, 2013

    • Whitney

      I sometimes do.

      May 11, 2013

  • greg

    spare paddle perhaps [i do take one for open water trips]

    May 10, 2013

  • greg

    when i got within a few yards of the bridge where i lost it it came zooming through the middle of the bridge staight for me like a lost puppy

    1 · May 9, 2013

    • Phil R

      So you found it?

      May 9, 2013

    • Lynn

      Wow-- a homing paddle! So glad you got it back!

      1 · May 9, 2013

  • greg

    so dare i say it "once again up the creek without a paddle"

    1 · May 9, 2013

  • Laurajean

    Hi everyone,
    Few stitches, tetanus shots and some antibiotics. We'll be ready to go (SOUTH!) in a couple of weeks. Thanks for all your help-very nice group.........

    2 · May 9, 2013

  • greg

    technically two people ended up in the hospital

    May 9, 2013

    • Terri

      I can't believe you found your paddle today. I was sure that it had washed out to sea by now.

      May 9, 2013

    • Terri

      Any world on the injured?

      May 9, 2013

  • Terri

    Well that was interesting. Not sure how to rate a Meetup that resulted in someone ending up in the hospital and another person losing their paddle. Guess I'll rate this one Disastrous.

    May 9, 2013

    • Lynn

      It was a learning experience for sure. Hope we get good news from Laurajean that they are ok.

      May 9, 2013

    • John B.

      sorry that I couldn't make it last night. Lotsa work before going to the kayak races at Johnathan

      May 9, 2013

  • Whitney

    Still at work.... :-( Have fun out there tonight!

    May 8, 2013

  • Jeanette

    Sorry, still at work and my kayak is at home I won't make it.

    May 8, 2013

  • John B.

    Lets do it !

    May 7, 2013

  • Phil R

    Tentative and hopeful yes. Don't know my schedule for sure but should have Wednesday off this week.

    May 6, 2013

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