Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Release Date 8/31/2015

Went for a paddle at Breezy on the last day of August.

The surf was pretty good the day before on the beach, according to one friend who was at the same spot, but there was almost nothing to speak of for us when we got to the sandbar. We did try a bit, and got some small broken waves.

Also paddled around and tried a bit of fishing, then had a long slow lunch on the beach. It was really warm day, and felt so good to be by the water.

Did a bit of rolling and rescue practice.

Truth: Its different in October.

Release Date 8/24/2015

Went for a North Shore paddle.

We launched under the Whitestone bridge and paddled East along the shore to Sands Point. There were huge schools of small bluefish but they did not bite my large diamond lure, maybe it was too big for them??? 

We found a deserted part of beach where a few other boaters were hanging out and we had lunch and soaked-up the sun.

It was a beautiful paddle back into the sunset. 

When we arrived at the park it was FULL of people of all shapes and sizes picnicking fishing and hanging out, really popular park. 

Have been practicing rolling and re-entering and rolling on each trip and got the re-enter and roll down to about 75% success rate. The trick is to get ALL the way into the boat and start on the correct side.

Truth: Things can work backwards as well as forwards.

Release Date 7/26/2015

Brought to double to Coney Island to support the Grimaldo's Mile swim race with the CIBBOWS folks. 

It was a nice easy race to supervise. It was a bit of hassle in the double to do all the quick moves and positioning and we didn't get a chance to tow or rescue anyone, which would have been super easy in the giant boat.

After the race we paddled over to breezy point to bask in the sun. 

We practiced swamping and recovering the double. The fastest thing was to have one person re-enter and roll and then help the 2nd person in.

We did have a real problem with the swamped boat on the beach. The only way to get the water out was to drag it back out into the surf and empty it in waist deep water then bring back in. It is so big that it is really really heavy when full of water.

It actually got pretty rough later in the day as the wind picked-up and we had to paddle back over to Coney Island. It was a bit sketchy in the following sea. We took out on the far far east end of the beach. We got lucky with a good landing no surfing or dumping but had to really work to carry the heavy boat all the way back to the parking lot.

Truth: Some lost things get found.

Release Date 7/20/2015

We went out for some surfing at Breezy Point.

There was no real surf so we just paddled around and did a bit of fishing and had a long relaxing lunch on the beach.

Truth: Its cooler by the water