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Welcome to ConnYak. Please visit our website for more information.

ConnYak has a very active bulletin board forum, a Classified Ad board and a Commercial Ad board all of which are open to the general public. Links to our Home Page and other popular pages are at the top of the bulletin boards. Here is the link to the ConnYak bulletin board. http://www.connyak.org/cgi-bin/BBS.pl/

Connyak has been active over 20 years. Our mission is to encourage and support sea kayak adventures within and outside Connecticut. We organize trips all along the Connecticut coast, set up pool sessions to learn and practice self rescue techniques such as rolling, and have picnics and parties to allow paddlers to meet and socialize on and off the water. We are dedicated to promoting safe, responsible sea kayaking skills through mutual support and encouragement.

For more information on what to expect on paddles, paddle ratings, etc., go to: http://www.meetup.com/ConnYak-Connecticut-Sea-Kayakers/

We welcome you to join us on paddles. If you would like to support our MeetUp and other activities, please consider becoming a member of the club. Our annual membership fee is only $20. An Online Membership Application and further instructions may be found at: http://www.connyak.org/Yakjoinusform.htm

Upcoming events (2)

Tide Race Clinic

10 Water St

$100.00

The moving waters near Fishers Island Sound provide some of the best play areas to work on advanced seamanship and personal paddling performance skills, like blending solid paddling strokes for efficiency, developing your body's balance to edge, carving turns in your boat, and of course, timing it all in fast moving water and standing waves. This class is designed to improve your understanding of why we have fast flows in Fishers Island Sound and provide various clues to read the water better and so enhance your seamanship skills. Skills include breaking in and out of eddies, crossing eddy lines with proper edge control, ferry glides, understanding set and drift to establish ferry angles for long crossings, and the super fun stuff like tide race surfing skills. All will be explored. This class is aimed at the intermediate and advanced club paddler, competent in self-rescue techniques including the ability to roll. It will improve your understanding of what's happening in current and help in your ability to pick up surfing in tide races. Incident management best practices can also present themselves. Rescue techniques and rolling skills in current may be explored and practiced if appropriate during the class. Eligibility: Open to ConnYak members only. If you are unsure of your membership status, contact us at [masked] . You may join or renew a membership at http://connyak.org/Yakjoinusform.htm . WAITLIST: In the event RSVPs are full, please Email your interest in the class to [masked]. We will contact you if a space opens up. COVID-19: Participants understand and acknowledge that while personal discipline may reduce the risk of coronavirus infection, the possibility of serious illness or death exists. Participants should observe physical distancing, wear a "Buff" style neck gaiter on water (or a mask on land), carry a hand sanitizer and refrain from sharing food, water or gear during the day. Coaches: ConnYak is delighted to have Greg Paquin and Paula Riegel of Kayak Waveology offering this course. Greg Paquin is a highly regarded British Canoeing Performance and Advanced Water Coach in Sea Kayaking, BC leadership provider, BC coach educator, and a long time ACA L5 Coach. He has enjoyed coaching and inspiring thousands of sea kayaking around the world. Greg says "Growing up in New England, I've always been drawn the the waters of the North Atlantic coast. After paddling open canoes for years, I discovered ocean paddling after graduating from Civil Engineering school in 1989. I have spent many years absorbing tons of technical information through self-discovery and formal training.I enjoy passing on this knowledge as a sea kayaking coach and guide. I'm a frequent visitor to may places in the world-- some of my favorites are Anglesey, Isle of Man, Scottish Western isles, Outer Hebrides, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Down East Maine, and the Canadian Maritimes. During the summer months you can find me working Kayak Waveology courses on Rhode Island surfing beaches and our local tidal race waters here in Eastern Long Island Sound. This brings me great gratitude and happiness to watch people grow with their skills, knowledge of the environment they work in, and working safely. This alone keeps me growing, motivated, and advancing in my coaching studies." Paula Riegel: Paula is quite at home playing in the surf zones and is very proficient at it. You usually hear some hooting when she hits the sweet wpot on a good wave while she surfs it in control. Certified as a BCU Five Star Leader in 2013, she is a current British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach and is one of the early ACA L5 Coaches in North America. She coaches from here in the Northeast to Anglesey, Scotland, the Isle of Man, and Southern Patagonia. She has grace and style as an up and coming BC performance coach. Paula is a prime example of not using brute strength, but rather skill and technique, which speaks to female and male paddlers alike.

Tide Race Clinic

10 Water St

$100.00

The moving waters near Fishers Island Sound provide some of the best play areas to work on advanced seamanship and personal paddling performance skills, like blending solid paddling strokes for efficiency, developing your body's balance to edge, carving turns in your boat, and of course, timing it all in fast moving water and standing waves. This class is designed to improve your understanding of why we have fast flows in Fishers Island Sound and provide various clues to read the water better and so enhance your seamanship skills. Skills include breaking in and out of eddies, crossing eddy lines with proper edge control, ferry glides, understanding set and drift to establish ferry angles for long crossings, and the super fun stuff like tide race surfing skills. All will be explored. This class is aimed at the intermediate and advanced club paddler, competent in self-rescue techniques including the ability to roll. It will improve your understanding of what's happening in current and help in your ability to pick up surfing in tide races. Incident management best practices can also present themselves. Rescue techniques and rolling skills in current may be explored and practiced if appropriate during the class. Eligibility: Open to ConnYak members only. If you are unsure of your membership status, contact us at [masked] . You may join or renew a membership at http://connyak.org/Yakjoinusform.htm . WAITLIST: In the event RSVPs are full, please Email your interest in the class to [masked]. We will contact you if a space opens up. COVID-19: Participants understand and acknowledge that while personal discipline may reduce the risk of coronavirus infection, the possibility of serious illness or death exists. Participants should observe physical distancing, wear a "Buff" style neck gaiter on water (or a mask on land), carry a hand sanitizer and refrain from sharing food, water or gear during the day. Coaches: ConnYak is delighted to have Greg Paquin and Paula Riegel of Kayak Waveology offering this course. Greg Paquin is a highly regarded British Canoeing Performance and Advanced Water Coach in Sea Kayaking, BC leadership provider, BC coach educator, and a long time ACA L5 Coach. He has enjoyed coaching and inspiring thousands of sea kayaking around the world. Greg says "Growing up in New England, I've always been drawn the the waters of the North Atlantic coast. After paddling open canoes for years, I discovered ocean paddling after graduating from Civil Engineering school in 1989. I have spent many years absorbing tons of technical information through self-discovery and formal training.I enjoy passing on this knowledge as a sea kayaking coach and guide. I'm a frequent visitor to may places in the world-- some of my favorites are Anglesey, Isle of Man, Scottish Western isles, Outer Hebrides, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Down East Maine, and the Canadian Maritimes. During the summer months you can find me working Kayak Waveology courses on Rhode Island surfing beaches and our local tidal race waters here in Eastern Long Island Sound. This brings me great gratitude and happiness to watch people grow with their skills, knowledge of the environment they work in, and working safely. This alone keeps me growing, motivated, and advancing in my coaching studies." Paula Riegel: Paula is quite at home playing in the surf zones and is very proficient at it. You usually hear some hooting when she hits the sweet wpot on a good wave while she surfs it in control. Certified as a BCU Five Star Leader in 2013, she is a current British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach and is one of the early ACA L5 Coaches in North America. She coaches from here in the Northeast to Anglesey, Scotland, the Isle of Man, and Southern Patagonia. She has grace and style as an up and coming BC performance coach. Paula is a prime example of not using brute strength, but rather skill and technique, which speaks to female and male paddlers alike.

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