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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  • John B.

    Greg: I did the class with Erica on re entry techniques with my sit on top,( at the time) in West Lake last year and the bottom is black, mucky, soil and literally sucked my footware off when trying to stabilize myself. Not a good place to practice, we need a clear, sloping , dandy bottom area, like Peanut Island, for example, for this practice. How about sending me the address of that Boca Lake you referred to, that sounds like a good place close enough for me to jaunt up there on a Saturday to practice re entry. Maybe some of the others on Wednesday nite meet up would even agree with your idea of going there on a Wed. This re entry need seems to be a major concern for lots of us, especially new paddlers. WE need make safety a priority and get some instruction and practice on this and I hope a few others agree with you and me.

    June 8, 2013

  • greg

    not only experience it but practice too,iv'e got that open tandem kayak and i need to figure out how to deal with a capsize in it[ whitneys got basicaly the same boat im sure he can show me some shortcuts] i suggested wednesday partly because thats when i'm off work and partly because theres little boat traffic we could start out early and folks could just paddle out as they arrived. it's nice and warm now's a good time for a bit of swimming. if wednesday night doesn't genertate enough interest i suggest west lake on the weekend as an alternative [no motor boats allowed there]

    June 6, 2013

  • John B.

    greg, Whitney is amenable to a " play day" to do exactly what you proposed and several other paddlers have also voiced interest in exactly what you state we need to learn. Chris was assisting me getting back in my boat last night until the cruiser returned , allowing me to climb aboard , while the boat operator, his girlfirend , and Chris steadied my boat, allowing me drop right back in with no further problem. I was able to flip my boat earlier , getting most of the water out,and my next move was to try the " cowboy" reentry method. Thank goodness Margie was ahead of us and steadying herself at the dock of what used to be the US 1 restaurant we frequented. It would have been hairy if more that one of us was swamped at the same time. I was never worried because I'm a good swimmer, but others might have had a real problem in that situation. You have to experience it before you know what to do.

    June 6, 2013

  • greg

    these wednesday night trips are getting far too interesting lets schedule an earlier trip to lake boca [theres a shallow sandy area outside the main channels perfect for messing about in] and play with some re-entry and assisted rescues , towing techinques etc.. start at 5 pm out of sable palm park [adjacent to lake boca so any late commers can just paddle on over] and maybe a short padddle up the icw once it gets dark.

    June 6, 2013

  • John B.

    Whitney and Shana showed up at the launching park to bid us fair sailing before returning home and to bed with flu-like symptoms. Chris is new to the group and an excellent paddler and learned first hand , with instruction from me, the art of rescue of a sit in paddler. Margie did great in the Zephyr that she commandeered from me and paddled it with expertise, only falling out getting in and falling out getting out at the end of the ride. I was broached by a big cruiser when he approached from my right stern, casting a 2 to 3 foot wave, which flooded my cockpit and sent me over into the H2O. Like a gentleman, and being chastised by his girlfriend for broaching me, he turned aound and assisted me onto is cruiser while Chris steaded my boat and allowed me drop right back in. Ahh, another new skill I acquired, placing me one up on a lot of you expert paddlers!! See ya'll next week for new thrills in my Tracer 165!

    June 6, 2013

  • Christopher S.

    I'm on my way. Running a little behind...

    June 5, 2013

  • greg

    weather looks i bit poor ,made other plans

    June 4, 2013

  • charlotte

    I love the outdoors, new to kayaking. Used to own a small row boat.

    June 3, 2013

  • greg

    put me down as a definte probably

    May 31, 2013

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