This Meetup is especially designed for beginners, first-timers, and those needing a rental. All paddlers are welcome, and I could really use some experienced paddlers to help the beginners. We have a great deal on rentals from Lake Ridge Park and Marina - only $15 rental for the Meetup, which will last about 3 hours. Those bringing their own kayaks will need to pay the $3 launch fee. The wind direction and speed that day will determine the direction and distance we paddle. We will be back by 1:30 PM and we will probably paddle between 3 and 4 miles.
I am an ACA kayak instructor, and I will give paddling instruction to anyone who requests it. We will have some instruction in the beginning of the paddle, and probably at the turn-around point.
PFD (lifejackets) MUST be worn at all times on the water by everyone. Bring an extra change of clothes in a waterproof bag. Capsizes are very unlikely, but the water is still chilly.
Park in the lower parking lot, but parking is available in the upper lot if the lower is full. Meet at the boat ramp and pay for your rental or launch fee at the marina building. Find me by the ramp when you arrive. I will be wearing the white shirt with "Bay Mystic Paddling" on it and a white ACA hat.
We will launch at 10:15 AM, so have your kayak ready by 10:00 AM. After the paddle, those who desire can join us at Pizza Gourmet at 12425 Hedges Run Dr, Woodbridge.
As paddlers, we are free to paddle wherever we want on the reservoir and in whatever direction we choose, but please give the crew and scull rowers the right-of-way. They go fast, do not turn quickly, and have difficulty seeing us since they row facing the stern of their boats. Also respect those fishing and be aware of their lines.