The Kayak Build

Ralph Young has done a film on the 1st Annual Kayak Build Competition.

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Delmarva Paddlers Retreat Kayak Build from Ralph Young on Vimeo.

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What Coming for Delmarva in 2016?

What's coming for 2016, here's a preview:

  • Anders will be bringing his Iqyax (Baidarka) building class to Delmarva. The class will take place the week before and begin October 1, 2016 and go through the 6th or 7th if needed. Email us if you are interested.
  • John Pedersen will be returning. Look for mentor training offerings with him on Thursday including some open water sessions.
  • Don Beale’s paddle making class will be back. We are hoping Joanne will also come and replace that old grey beard we had helping him this year.
  • The kayak build competition will return. We are sure this will become an annual Delmarvalous event.
  • Look for class schedules and offering on the website before Registration opens in July 2016. Mike's got this!
  • And this is only the beginning, more updates will be posted as they come together.
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Videos and Photo Albums

If you haven't seen Peter Gengler's tribute to this year's Delmarvalous Paddlers Retreat you must take a moment.2015 Delmarva Paddler's Retreat

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DJ has his wonderful images posted on his Zenfolio page. DJ Manalo

Catriona has been collecting participant's photo posting on our FaceBook page. Delmarva on FaceBook

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Thank You Delmarva Participants

Another fun Delmarva in the Can

Be sure to clck on our FaceBook link.  Catriona is sharing participants postings to it almost as fast as they are being posted.

Thank You everyone for helping make this one of the best ever!

Save October 6-9th, 2016 on your calenders.  We will be announcing news big about next year this week.

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Team Kayak Building

Anders and Ralph will be heading up a team kayak building competition. Anders has had great fun with this in Norway, so he’s bringing it to Delmarva. We will be looking for 2-3 teams with 3 persons on each team.

Rules and thoughts can be found at Kayak Build Competition

For ideas on how this is done be sure to see photos of the Kayak Building in Norway

The teams have 1 hour to make the frame, ½ to wrap it in plastic. Then the teams race their creations. Much like the Palo's wedding race each team member does a round, last team member gets 3 trys to impress the jury with rolls.

We will have 7-8 pieces of 15x15 mm and 5 m. long wood stringers for each kayak. Rolls of duck tape each and the plastic wrap. Teams will need some tools, the "leatherman" or similar multitools. Anders suggests a suitable bicycle wheel rim for the cockpit.

Dubside called to ask if we really were doing this, and highly endorses it. So just a month a way, start talking up teams!

Delmarva Paddlers Retreat

The Delmarva Paddlers Retreat is less than 3 weeks away

Less than 2 months now, have you registered yet? Delmarva has a wealth of water available and we hope to make full use of it. This year’s guests have done amazing things with their kayaks from traveling the coast of Norway, to video making, to hunting seals in Greenland. start of PaloChristopher Crowhurst has been putting out excellent instructional videos including an in-depth explanation of the The Forward Crunch Stroke. We still think one of the best explanations of why we use that Greenland Stick is given halfway though Anders Thygesen’s Video The Greenland Style Paddle.

Need something a little more laid back? John Pedersen will be teaching the quiet stroke he uses while hunting from his kayak in Greenland. Now we don’t necessarily recommend that here in the States but sneaking up on wildlife with your camera is surely an option. John will be bringing with him the president and vice president of Qaannat Kattuffiat. Also a past vice president and the Greenland Qayaq Man of the Year.

Maligiaq Padilla will also be returning to Delmarva this year. We think of it as a home coming. It was his visit to the USA and Delmarva in 1998 with John Heath that helped spur the growth in Greenland paddling.

paddlemakingNeed a paddle? Don’t forget to sign up for Don Beale's, of Beale Paddles, paddle making workshop on Friday. Don’s an excellent paddle maker, but also an excellent instructor.

Dave Niles will continue his popular Guide on the Side series of tool exploration and instruction.   If you have a question about a hand tool from how to use it to how to sharpen it, Dave knows and can show how to do it.

Peter Gengler graciously does the Delmarva Short film festival each year, aka Getting into Peter’s Shorts. Here is his tribute to the 2014 Delmarva Paddlers Retreat

Not sure if Delmarva and this Greenland stuff is for you? Take a moment and read Virginia’s The Delmarva Difference.

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2013 Delmarva Paddlers Retreat Slideshow

Many of you saw that guy in black running around all weekend with 1-2 gigantic cameras in front of his face. That was DJ Manalo. You can check out his gorgeous photos here.  DJ is a paddler who wanted to come to Delmarva. Since we are historically late in getting our photos into the gallery we asked him if he would take over this year.  Once we saw his work we gave him front page billing.  Enjoy.

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Article in Delmarva Beach Life

We must have made it big time -we're in a mainstream publication! You'll need to go to their site to read about our article in Delaware Beach Life.   Marla Aron's photos of Rosanna Lovecchio graces the opening page of the piece.

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