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YakJam VII: Norwalk Islands Kayaker Jamboree (Fri.)

Price: $5.50 /per person
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Announcing the Seventh Annual Norwalk Islands Kayaker Jamboree. Once again Connecticut's biggest independent gathering of Kayakers will take place on the Norwalk Islands. Kayakers from ConnYak, CT AMC, Sound Kayakers, the Hudson River Kayaking Meetup, the Brandford Kayaking Meetup, The Hartford Kayaking Meetup, The Tuesday Night Paddlers, and any other group are welcome to come and to invite friends. The Jamboree will span the entire weekend. You are welcome to come over any day at any time. We encourage that you paddle in pods of three or more. Check the weather and tide, and always be aware of the boat traffic. Paddle safe. Many kayakers are paddling over on Friday afternoon for the night, but for those that want to come over for just the day (or one night) we are having a second meetup Saturday morning so you can paddle together. The Friday afternoon meetup will be at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. Some may want to Meetup at another time or location. Possible put-in spots are Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, the Rowayton Community Beach on the Five Mile River, or State Boat Ramp on the Saugatuck River. Please specify in your RSVP where you plan to launch from and what time (if it is not at Calft Pasture and 4 PM) so others can meetup with you and paddle in a group. The Jamboree will be on Shea Island. Camp sites are reserved for Friday night and Saturday night. Any one can paddle over to the island and join the Jamboree. You must bring your own gear, supplies, food, and beverages. If you plan to paddle to the island on Friday then RSVP on this page. If you plan to join the group on Saturday then RSVP on the Saturday event page: Camp sites are reserved by SKG in advance. We are asking that participants make a $5 contribution to the SKG. If you are not camping, please consider making a $2 contribution. You can pay via Paypal, but add $0.50 to cover Paypal fees. Any size contribution will be excepted. Money collected will be used to purchase supplies for the YakJam and any extra money collected will be donated to a local environmental awareness and preservation group. We are planning to do an Island Clean up on Sunday morning. We hope every one can join us for this. We try to clean the island of trash that has gathered over the previous year. Please bring heave duty garbage bags and gloves. Yes, unless you have sail boat, motor boat, or can swim very well, you must have a kayak. Kayaks can be rented from the Small Boat Shop, Downunder Kayaks, EMS, or Outdoor Sports. You should reserve your boat soon as available rentals may be short on the days leading up to the Jamboree. Yes, if you do not want to camp, you can still paddle over to the Island and join the festivities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To RSVP for Saturday or Sunday go to the Saturday or Sunday meetup page. RSVP is only necessary to let others know you will paddle with them on that day and time. The Jamboree is an open event. Anyone can come and the above mentioned fee is a voluntary contribution. For more information and discussion regarding this event go to the Message board. Please read the SKG disclaimer. You are responcible for yourself.