Seals Watching at N.Y Bay

  • March 1, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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DESCRIPTION :

It is way more exciting to see animals in the wild than it is to see them at the zoo. And even here in  N.Y Bay we are able to glimpse some animals in their natural habitat. Each fall hundreds of harbor seals start their annual journey from Maine to a warmer waters traveling south until they reach the temperatures waters surroundings the N.Y Bay ( Swinburne Island / Our primary spot watch ).

We will go with the tides coming out and within 1 hour ( 4 Miles ) we should be at the Swinburne Island watch the seals and then come back to our put in with the tides going in .

SKILL LEVEL :

* Intermediate and UP

* Boats 14 Feet and UP

* Wet, dry suit or a combo

*  Self rescue techniques is requiered

NOTES :

* PFD's at all times

* Extra set of dry clothes on a dry bag

* Extra gear such as sponge, ropes, marine radios, paddles and more.

* Lunch, water and hot beverage

* Distance ; 8.25 Miles round trip

* Duration ; 3 Hours +/- 30 Minutes

IMPORTANT :

* The G.S.K collects NO money. NO dues and assumes NO responsibilities for your OWN safety

* Please don't get into the water before our safety meeting

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  • Cheryl O.

    Any chance of it happening twice in a lifetime?

    February 21

    • Andy F

      If we have water instead of ice sure

      February 22

  • Charles L.

    Excellent, thanks for the big adventure

    March 2, 2014

  • Cheryl O.

    FANTASTIC!!! A beautiful sunny day, the water calmed down quickly, (good thing or I would never have made it out to the islands!) historical ruins were awesome, the bridge magnificent, the people (as always) were so fun but the SEALS... That was a chance of a lifetime!!
    Thank you so much Victor for a very successful trip and awesome adventure!! Great planning of the area to go see the seals and perfect timing with the tides!!
    Thank you Andy for, well, driving me, loaning me the yak and skirt, giving me the perfect fitting purple wet suit, for feeding me, and all you sent me home with for my family and dog!!!!! You are my hero!
    I think we should do it again!!

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great trip. I apologize to my buddies if I dragged them along in my excitement to see the seals. It was a great day. Thanks, Victor.

    2 · March 2, 2014

    • Cheryl O.

      I would have stayed for another two hours to watch them but, it was getting dark. I hope we get to do this again!

      1 · March 2, 2014

  • Victor M Q.

    It was a wonderful time with good weather and good friends. Also the buddies system works pretty nice.

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Larry L.

    beautiful day, mild , partly sunny, great company; overall excellent

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Sheldon L.

    Would be joining if I could. Home recuperating!

    March 1, 2014

  • Victor M Q.

    Hello Guys.
    Nice weather ( Thanks Lord ), Shuttle ready ( Thanks Andy ) and good company ( Thanks Michelle, Todd, Larry, Lauren,Jim, Charles. Cheryl and Maverick ).

    2 · March 1, 2014

    • Cheryl O.

      It is the most beautiful day!

      1 · March 1, 2014

  • Jeanie

    Andy, Victor,

    I had to get a new car this week and I have to get a new rack to transport my kayak on my car. I am planning to get down to Jersey Paddler sometime this week to have them fit a rack on my car. Andy, in case I don't get the rack in time for this trip can I drop the wet suit for Cheryl at your house on my way to Jersey Paddlers?? If so pls provide your address.

    February 23, 2014

    • Andy F

      at noon

      February 28, 2014

    • Lauren

      Thank you!

      March 1, 2014

  • Cheryl O.

    I'm so excited... I'll NEVER get to sleep tonight!!!

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • Jeanie

    Hi guys,

    Thanks Larry for your offer, but, I think I'm going to back out of this trip because I don't think my wet suit will keep me warm enough for this weather. I hope there will be another trip in warmer weather.
    I will see you guys at the hike, and the trips to Cheesquake Park in Matawan. By then I hope I'll have my rack.

    1 · February 26, 2014

    • Larry L.

      No problem Jeanie.

      February 28, 2014

  • Karen J.

    Have to work. Have fun.

    February 27, 2014

  • Jeanie

    Carolyn,
    I have a wet suit I do not use. I think it is a size L. You are welcome to use it.

    February 5, 2014

    • Carolyn

      Hi Jeanie and Andy....thank you for your generosity, but I'm going to cancel my participation in this trip. I was on a multi-day kayaking trip last week and based on that experience, realize that I would not be able to complete this trip's 8 miles in 3 hours (the most kayaking we did on any one day of multi-day trip was 4 miles and that was over a longer period of time). Sorry to back out, but I think this trip is beyond my skill level.

      February 24, 2014

    • Andy F

      its to bad you gave up your spot, since the paddle was designed by victor to do a minimal amount of kayaking by taking advantage of the tidal flow to push us out and then back. but best you build up your skill level first.

      February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So as someone who is completely brain dead and moving my own kayak, where am I supposed to be and when? I am completely confused by this entire conversation and am not embarrassed to admit it.

    1 · February 24, 2014

    • Charles L.

      Jim, I'm the same status as you and going directly to the launch location on Staten Island at 1:00.

      February 24, 2014

    • Andy F

      thats fine.. the shuttle is for a few people who have done staten island paddles before and want to save a few bucks thats all

      1 · February 24, 2014

  • Jeanie

    I live in Hamilton

    February 24, 2014

  • Andy F

    i will be offering a limited number shuttle for a few people. since im loaning a kayak that counts 2 out of the total of 6 to 7 kayaks i can take.
    i can probably already count on shuttling Cheryl,Ed, Jeanie, and victor. so thats 5 so i can probably take 2 more. we will meet at the parking lot for Rudyk Park
    500 Valley Pl
    Perth Amboy, NJ 08861 this is located directly under the highway
    Victor will post the time for meeting for this shuttle and those listed above can contact me for my address if you wish to meet at my house for loading before heading to shuttle point.

    2 · February 23, 2014

    • Andy F

      you mean the outbridge crossing .. thats fine we will be meeting victor there to transfer some kayaks at noon

      February 23, 2014

    • Michele

      Lol yes .... Damn auto correct.

      1 · February 23, 2014

  • Cheryl O.

    Oh my, you do not know how excited I am about this!!!

    1 · February 2, 2014

    • Cheryl O.

      OHMYGOSH!!!! Somebody pinch me!

      1 · February 4, 2014

    • Michele

      I am so excited,,,,,,,

      1 · February 14, 2014

  • Andy F

    Just a reminder... you must have a wetsuit and or drysuit AND a kayak to attend this event.

    for those who have made arrangements please disregard this post

    February 11, 2014

  • Sue B.

    i saw a bunch of seals basking in the sun on a small island on the bayside of Sandy Hook. There were a few kayaks out there too. So, if you miss this trip, you can see the seals at Sandy Hook, by lot "c"

    2 · February 6, 2014

  • Carolyn

    I'm really interested in going on this (and other trips), but I don't have my own kayak. I have a moderate amount of kayaking experience (25 or more times). Is there any place you could suggest renting equipment so I could go on this trip?

    February 2, 2014

    • Carolyn

      Can I be on a wait list?

      February 5, 2014

    • Carolyn

      Ah, I see the list for "wants a spot".

      February 5, 2014

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