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Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival enewsletter

From: Darlene
Sent on: Friday, October 21, 2011 2:09 PM

Please enjoy the October 2011 Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival newsletter below.
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Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival
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The 2011 Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival is mere weeks away. It’s going to be the highest-quality, best-attended event yet in our six year history. Make plans to join us.
Most of this year’s events happen around the Sanibel Causeway (first island, called by locals and parks types as Island A) and the corridor leading down to the picturesque Causeway.
  • The best deal is to purchase a four-day pass. Valued at $150-plus, the pass costs $60 and covers your daily admission, trolley ride and admission to evening events. Plus there are lagniappes that come with it such as a subscription to Canoe & Kayak magazine and a waterproof Calusa Blueway decal for your paddlecraft. This pass will look like a blueway-fest ID card hanging on a blue lanyard. Click here.
  • A day pass will be available as well for $8. This will get you on the trolley to the site and allow you to demo the myriad paddlecraft on Island A. This pass will be a wristband.
  • Evening events have separate admission. Those without a four-day pass will pay at the door. Each evening event has door prizes galore and more. Click here.
  • You can buy your four-day pass online now. Click here.  (Online sales will stop after Nov. 1.) You can also buy your four-day pass on Nov. 2 at the evening photo event at Rutenberg Park (see below for details) or on Nov. 3 at the Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Myers-Sanibel evening event – our kickoff reception sponsored by O’Brien Subaru. After that, you can buy both day passes and all-inclusive passes at both the Residence Inn and the Causeway Island A site throughout the festival. Blueway Mobile App
Just in time for the 2011 festival, Lee County Parks & Recreation has launched its state-of-the-art smart-phone application to help you navigate the trail. Click here to read more.
FishingThe Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament is Nov. 5, with the captains’ meeting Nov. 4. New this year: online pre-registration. Grand prize is a Pro Angler fishing kayak from Hobie and Estero River Outfitters. Click here to enter. The Calusa Dash is Nov. 5 and the Calusa Classic is Nov. 6. Check out the details here. Register by clicking here.
If you don’t want to wait till Nov. 3 to start the festival, join us Wednesday, Nov.Photo Contest Winner - Deb Wedeking 2, at Rutenberg Park in South Fort Myers for our annual Photo Contest Reception and Speakers’ Event. It’s free and fun for shutterbugs and water-loving, camera-carrying paddlers. Plus at this event, you can buy your four-day pass and your festival event shirts as well as a raffle ticket to win the 16-foot Luna kayak donated by O-Sea-D Aquatic Adventures. Click here for event details. Click here to find out who won.
Several paddling clubs are leading trips. Join Southwest Florida Paddling Club, Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers or Paradise Coast Paddling Club, to name a few. Scroll through the schedule and find what fits your needs. Click here.

Last time, we told you about our great speaker line up this year. See the array of options here. You can check out who is doing what when at our main festival events – such as the Causeway -- by clicking here. Learn to cook better when you kayak with Michael Gray. Learn how to use your GPS with Ken Fink. Talk about efficient core paddling with Greg Stamer. And more!

TrollyThe festival trolley is your best option to avoid the $6 Sanibel Causeway vehicle toll, and there is very limited parking on Causeway Island A. Check out the trolley schedule here. Race-day parking is available for competitors who arrive during the 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. race registration time. If you can, why not paddle to the site? Launching options are abundant and the paddle to the Causeway is loaded with wildlife. When you get there, a Lee County Parks & Recreation volunteer will keep an eye on your boat while you explore the festival. There will be a designated “parking” area on shore for kayaks, canoes and SUPs. Click here to see a map of launch sites nearby.
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