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Rough Water

Over Labor Day weekend I attended the second annual New England Intermediate Rough Water Symposium hosted by Tom Bergh of Maine Island Kayak Company. Tom brought in BCU kayaking coaches from England as well as top paddlers from the US. I was there as a local guide to the waters and as an assistant coach.

The video below is something I put together giving my impressions of the event.

Catching Up

It has been a long time since I have made any new entries on my blog. I hope my excuse is considered a good one. I've just been too busy, not only have I been helping Chesapeake Light Craft get my designs into their kit catalog, but I have been building boats, writing and buying a new house.

I am just now finishing up the boat building projects and will be delivering a microBootlegger out to Cape Cod later this week. I also just finished up a Night Heron and delivered that out to Long Island.

New England Rough Water Symposium

Aug 29 2008 12:00 pm
Aug 31 2008 12:00 pm

The New England Rough Water Symposium was created by Tom Bergh and other local paddlers to gather paddlers together to exchange skills and ideas. It is a great event for intermediate paddlers to improve their boating skills and experienced kayakers to pick up new ideas.

I will be helping provide a little local knowledge again this year and providing a little bit of coaching.

OkoumeFest 2008

May 9 2008 1:00 pm
May 10 2008 5:00 pm

Chesapeake Light Craft's annual gathering of boat builders held in Annapolis, MD. John Harris has asked me to do a little presentation and bring down some boats.

For more information go to the OkoumeFest webpage.

Not so Deadly Waves

Tropical storm Noel swept by New England in late October and sent some fun waves towards Napatree Point. I didn't get much good footage while paddling, but the resulting video is still fun.


A minimalist cedar strip pack canoe for light paddlers

Rough Water Sea Kayak Play Video

More video from the reefs in the passage between Watch Hill, RI and Fishers Island, NY. This is out near buoy #2 on a day with about a 3 knot ebb. I'm paddling my Petrel. Also on the water were a Chatham 18 and a couple NDK Explorers.

Fictional Guillemot Kayaks

I got a call from Bob Van Dyke of CVSW the other day. He said he had just been reading a book by Clive Cussler called Polar Shift. He had just picked up the book recently and was shocked to read the following:

Playboating at Blue Hill Falls

After teaching my class at the WoodenBoat School, I got a chance to head up to Blue Hill for some play time. There is a reversing falls that has a nice play wave popular with the whitewater crowd. I took my Petrel in for a little surfing action:

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