Doing the Bellehaven "Envy" Tour

Paddle from Bellehaven Marina south along the VA side past the Dyke Marsh entrance (but not going in as the tide will be too low) and past all of the huge houses probably turning around before Collingwood Park to head back. Andy jokingly called this the "house envy" tour.

A lot of emails going back and forth about cold water and whether it is safe to paddle or not. The air will be quite warm (mid to high 60's) but the water is still deadly cold (in the high 30's) so we will still need drysuits or wetsuits. To be safe we will stick pretty near shore the whole time. Expect the pace to be moderate (for a kayak). At the moment I am not cross posting with the SUP group so we will be able to maintain a slightly faster pace (this could change depending on who really wants to paddle).

FYI, there is a $3 launch fee paid at the trailer. We will launch from the green beach at the end near the rental shack. Bring your safety gear, snacks, and drink.

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  • Kristine S.

    Always have a good tme. Even though we were socked in with the fog - I managed to see my eagle maintaining my 100% track record. Yeah!!!

    January 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For everyone interested in Rock Gardening, check out this YouTube channel Most of these are places I've played in when I was living in California.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/NeptunesRangers?feature=mhee

    January 14, 2013

    • Dennis

      Looks like serious fun and excitement with JUST A PINCh of death-defying danger. Oh, to be young and indesctuctable . . . like Patrick! Garden with care.

      January 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Actually it's a lot easier than it looks. And starting small, making baby steps it's not hard to progress to those types of runs.

      January 15, 2013

  • Becky

    Fantastic paddle ... Even with the fog.

    January 14, 2013

  • Becky

    It was such an interesting paddle... Thought it would be sunny not foggy ... But it was cool! Thanks again for planning it.

    January 14, 2013

  • Deke M.

    Thanks to everyone. I was touched by how great the group clicked. I really enjoyed the paddling itself not inspite of the fog but somewhat because of it. Thanks also to Dennis for his great photos (and tracking with annotations: you forgot when a dock tried to eat Patrick's paddle!). Also thanks for the exit and re-entry demo from Patrick: never knew that was even possible!

    January 14, 2013

  • Scott

    Nice day on the water. I think we paddle from Belle Haven past some pretty house, but quite frankly the fog was so thick I could barely see the front of the kayak. Good to see everybody on the water again.

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lotsa fun going under the docks, close to the stumps and rocks, etc.

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, that sound a lot more appropriate for this type of paddling.
    B^)

    January 12, 2013

  • Patrice M.

    I haven't been joining the winter paddles because my kayak's rudder detached from the boat leaving an open hole. Still trying to find a way to get it repaired.
    Also, can anyone recommend a good dry suit for cold water kayaking?

    1 · January 12, 2013

    • Deke M.

      Many folks in the group paddle the Kokatat "paddle suit" sometimes called a "semi-dry" suit. Big difference is that instead of being made with Gore-tex, they are made with a slightly less expensive but still breathable material like Tropos. Also "paddle suits" use neoprene necks rather than latex gasket necks. Assuming you are not doing whitewater and don't roll a lot, they will do fine. I can attest personally to the fact that they don't let in any water through the neck if you go totally under (the neck is still pretty tight, just not as tight as latex). I have used my suit about 25 times already this season and gone into the water on every paddle and the only time I got water in is when I failed to completely close the zipper on my "relief" zipper. In any case, I love my suit and my wife bought one as well. FYI, the ladies is $525 and is frequently 20% off (which is what she and I paid: $420 for hers and $400 for mine as the men's is slightly less expensive).

      January 12, 2013

    • Patrice M.

      This is great news Deke! I don't do a lot of rolling and I like the idea that there are suits out there for paddlers like me. I know that you can spend way over a $1500 for a dry suit and I was wondering if you can purchase a sufficient dry suit for less. I appreciate your input.

      January 12, 2013

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