RATING (http://files.meetup.com/270488/Trip%20Ratings.pdf) - Beginner SK2 (click on link to see rating info), Night Trip, approx 5-8 miles, Medium Speed
This trip tends to have flat water, currents up to about 2MPH under some bridges, and can sometimes have brisk winds, though we usually pick a sheltered route on windy nights.
LOCATION & DESCRIPTION - This trip launches from George English Park (the park at the corner of Sunrise and Bayview Drive, across from the Galleria) and has about a dozen possible routes depending on wind and current. This trip can be as long (or short) as we feel like making it! Snacks/dinner afterwards sometimes, location TBD.
PARKING - FREE at the Tennis Center - don't park in the metered area, there are occasionally break-ins over there. Don't park in the spaces reserved for Tennis Center, though it's OK to pull in briefly to offload.
LAUNCH - The launch is from a flat rocky beach near the Tennis Center toward the north side of the park.
WEATHER - This trip needs to be free of lightning and thunder to begin; if we are caught out by lightning on the trip we will seek shelter and proceed when safe. Rain is OK - you're in a kayak, you expect to stay dry?
KAYAK RENTALS - Kayak rentals are not available for this trip.
GEAR (http://kayaking.meetup.com/130/pages/GEAR%21%21/) - BASICS plus NIGHT TIME GEAR. Please visit the GEAR (http://kayaking.meetup.com/130/pages/GEAR%21%21/) page link for specifics!