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Who We Are

The Fairfield County Paddling Group (FCPG) is a group of paddlesport enthusiasts looking to enjoy some time on the water. This group is open to all skill levels and of all types of paddle craft We meet regularly at the Westport public boat launch but also plan meetups in other areas of Fairfield County as well as select locations in New York.

Sea Kayak Connecticut (https://www.seakayakct.com/) hosts the site and is an excellent resource for renting kayaks and paddle boards, learning paddling skills, and purchasing both new and used paddling gear. Feel free to reach out to info@seakayakct.com with any questions.

Some events are common adventures and some events follow challenge by choice principles. FCPG, its organizers, and its members assume no legal and or civil responsibility for or to any individual or event. Any event hosted by Sea Kayak Connecticut (https://www.seakayakct.com/) will require participants to complete a liability waiver.

We Encourage Safe Paddling

Life jackets must be worn at any on-water event regardless of the month or type of vessel. We strongly encourage members to paddle in a group of three or more. We also recommend FCPG members learn about safe paddling principles, equipment, and procedures as well as the utilization of appropriate clothing for the range of seasonal water temperatures. Sea Kayak Connecticut (https://www.seakayakct.com/) provides on and off water classes for those looking to learn more about paddling safely and effectively throughout the year.

How We Set Up Events

FCPG is a member-driven forum. Paddlers are welcome to join the forum and suggest locations for common-adventure paddles. All members can suggest a place, date, and time for a meetup event.

As a member, you can schedule common-adventure paddles in the following ways:

Whenever visiting the FCPG Meetup page, you will see “+ SUGEST A NEW MEETUP” just below the word “Welcome”… this is the mechanism for scheduling common-adventure paddles. In the details please describe the type of water and be very specific about the vessel type, skill level, and pace of your suggested paddle.

Alternately, you can view others SUGGESTED events to see if there is a suggested event that you might want to attend. Often a member will throw out an idea but not include any details. You can expand on their suggestion by specifying place, date, time, and details for the suggestion.

SUGGESTED events become UPCOMING events when two other members decide to attend, making the minimum three person paddling group. The suggestion moves to the calendar and is announced to the group as an Upcoming event. Sometimes when an event is complete (i.e. name, place, date, time, and details are provided) one of the FCPG moderators will announced it to the group with less than three people on the RSVP list to get the word out to all members sooner. We will not announce suggestions without the basic details.

Once on the calendar your idea is no longer a suggestion, but an event and it gets announced to the group by e-mail. Whenever you visit the FCPG Meetup page, you should check the SUGGESTED events page to see if there is a suggested event that you might want to attend.

FCPG wants all its members to feel free to make paddle event suggestions. Such suggestions can be sit-on-top novice paddles in protected waters (i.e. lakes and marshes), intermediate-level day paddles, or advanced-skill sea-kayak paddles. Anyone can take the initiative to add paddle events to the calendar as described above...

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Possible kayak access out of Port Chester's Byram River, NY - Feedback needed!

Fellow paddlers, I recently spoke at the Port Chester Board of Trustees meeting regarding the repair of a collapsed bulkhead on the Byram River. I pitched an idea for kayak ramp worked into the redesign. It was received well. I have contacted the Journal News & The Port Chester Patch. If such a ramp were to be made, who would be interested in launching from the downtown Port Chester Area? Keep in mind the proximity to Calf Island, Great Captains Island, Island Beach, & the Edith Reade Marshlands. Aside from access to some great paddling spots, Port Chester's downtown (unofficially, the restaurant capital of Westchester) features a wide range of eating establishments including Peruvian, Brazilian, Mexican, Italian, Japanese, and pub fare. The SKMG will never lack a place to replenish their energy after an excursion! A simple reply of whether or not you would be interested, so that I may substantiate my efforts, would be appreciated. Thanks for your support! Warm regards, Rob Reis (Port Chester, NY)

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