Thursday, January 05, 2006

Message 5 Release Date 12/29/2005

Message 5 Release Date 12/29/2005 @ 9:30


Released this bottle as I started a multi-day trip to paddle from Montauk back to Brooklyn, in sections. It was about 40 degrees and raining. Wind was from the SW shifting to south. 10kts going up to 15kts.

We launched at the park in a sheltered area, then paddled out and release the bottle in front of the lighthouse. I capsized fooling around with the camera, because I wasn't used to the tippy shiloutte boat.
We then had an exciting paddle in steadily increasing seas. We paddled about 6 miles down the coast to the cars, then moved the cars again another 6 miles. After lunch launching was very difficult, and some of the waves were up to 6ft tall. Even about 1/2 mile off shore some of the waves were still breaking in the open ocean and deep water. I had never seen this before. We really had to pay attention. I was knocked over 3 times total during the day, and once side surfed for 30 or 40 yards by a large wave that broke outside of the sandbar.

On 1/5/2006 I received the following via email:

Hi, I found your message on the beach near the Montauk Point
lighthouse on Dec. 31st.... no bottle.... just the piece of paper
lying on the rocks. Guess it didn't get very far (you wrote
that you released it on 12/29 off of Montauk). Not very
exciting... better luck next time.

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