Welcome Back Anders Thygesen

Delmarva has had a tradition of getting new guests each year, but we are bucking tradition a bit and are pleased to have Anders return for the 27th Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat.  Top on the list of comments from last year was the request for Anders to return.  All of us felt there was so much more we could learn from him.  We are not sure if we will have Anders give his presentation of  a 10 day of paddling trip in Greenland, a workshop on sea sock use in deep water, or maybe we have him build that Skin of Frame paddle board he casually mentioned last year.  We know they will all be well received. 

Anders showed us this video last year and about half way through it there is perhaps the best explanation of why we use the Greenland paddle we’ve heard.  It's worth a view. The Greenland Style Paddle

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The 27th Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat Oct 8 to 11th, 2015

We are heading towards our 27th year!  Delmarva is an instructional event for seakayakers with a strong emphasis on kayaking’s traditional origins.  Beginners to expedition kayakers will find the experience fun and rewarding.  A sharing mentality abounds where paddlers exchange skills with one another.  We call it the mentoring approach to learning.  Participants are encouraged to use a Greenland paddle (The Skinny Stick).  We have extras for your use and an opportunity to make your own if you so desire.  A Greenland style kayak is helpful, but not at all required.  We will have the Qajaq USA fleet of skin on frame kayaks, also referred to as qajaqs, for experimentation and use.  Many of the participants bring extra kayaks, as well.   

So come and immerse yourself in all aspects of Greenland paddling skills and culture at the Delmarva Paddler's Retreat, where you'll enjoy a rustic camp-style weekend on the scenic shores of Rehoboth Bay on the Mid-Atlantic Coast. You're guaranteed to learn something new, improve your paddling skills, make new friends, and have an all around exhilarating experience.

Official news, classes, guests and schedules will be posted right here as they are developed.  Registration will open around July 4th.  And you can follow us on FaceBook too.

Please put us on your calendar, you’ll be glad you did.  Oct 8-11, 2015

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Ralph needs your help

To all of the paddlers who helped me set up, run the test trials, analyze all of the things that went wrong in the test trials, formulate and implement solutions to our problems, and then helped to organize and manage the races, thank you, thank you, thank you. For those of you who weren't there Thursday night, the dry runs were a disaster, nothing worked right, but with the help and guidance of some really insightful people we were able to figure out what was causing the problems and how to prevent them from reoccurring, and for all of the people who helped with the launching, timing, set-up, breakdown, etc, again thank you. This whole test turned out to be a lot more complicated than I thought it was going to be, and it was only with the support of many people we could pull it off. Having said that, I need just a little more help to finish this project. We know which vessels were the fastest, and we have some theories as to why, but there is still a lot that we don't know, and you may have the key to help us better understand what we witnessed. Every vessel left a different wake behind it, and every vessel exhibited slightly different behaviors during their heats. The images of the wakes as captured on your cameras and phones, and the videos of the races themselves can be studied to provide a better understanding of what makes for an efficient kayak. If you would be so kind as to email any pictures and videos of the kayaks underway to me I would greatly appreciate it, the results of the races and your pictures and videos be used in an article for the Masik and hopefully a Vimeo clip on the whole event. Please email anything you can to qajaqdown@hotmail.com or if the files are too large email me your address and I will mail you a flash drive.
Thank you again for all you help and support,
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Thank you Anders and Christopher

We had the pleasure of having Anders Thygesen and Christopher Crowhurst with us this year.  Anders has a video that promotes his Norwegian business, but half way through it there is perhaps the best explanation of why we use the Greenland paddle.  It's worth a view. http://vimeo.com/90005167

Christopher's website has a lot of information of Greenland paddling also and some very inspirational videos.  http://qajaqrolls.com/ We were honored to have than attend and hope they will both consider returning.

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Thank You!

Well the dust is settling, the bills are all paid, a second order of tees and hoodies has been placed, and planning has begun for next year.  Thank you everyone for your participation and generosity in supporting Delmarva.  It is the participants that make this the excellent event that it is .  Compared to last’s 25th anniversary blowout it was a much more intimate Retreat, and hands down that was the positive comment we have received the most.  So noted and we are working with camp to make sure it stays that way. 

Look for additions and updates to the website in the near future.  The 2014 photo gallery is taking shape and that should be up soon.   We will be letting you know what changes we may be making for next year and also adding a FAQ page.  We want to make sure that those new to sea kayaking understand why this is a great event to learn and improve their skills no matter what they may be paddling.  The plastic and hard shell composites were well represented along with the skin on frames (which we like to call qajaqs just cause it seems right) .

Thanks again to everyone, 

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Hey Delmarva Camera people, we need your help!

We need several volunteers for the Delmarva Virtual Video Booth. We plan to make available the opportunity for folks to have their roll filmed for their use, if they wish. They might use it for feedback and analysis, posting to the internet or maybe submission to Storm-On, Eiichi Ito's storm roll campaign.

I'm hoping to have folks take a 30 minute shift, either at the pool or on the beach. We only need raw footage, so you won't need to do any editing.

Your shift can be anytime your schedule allows, but to make it easy for subjects, we'd like to make a sign up sheet available saying when and where filming will be available. You will need to track the identity of who you are filming, so we can get the footage to them. (We all look similar in tuiliks and brown skin qajaqs!)

If you can spare 30 minutes and are able to shoot some footage, drop me a line @ khamilto@umd.edu or call at 443-980-4746. Sept is a busy month for me, so it may take a few days to get back to you.

 Mike Hamilton

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Registration for the 26th Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat is Open!

October 10th to the 12th, 2014. and a little before and after that.

Registration for the 26th annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat is now open.  We are continuing to plan programs and workshops.  One thing we are pretty sure of, we will be starting Wednesday night at Dogfish Brewing and Eats, Anders Thygesen will give us a presentation on traditional paddling in Norway, there will be excellent instruction under Jules’ leadership, and plenty of good camaraderie.  Brian Shulz's qajaq building class will be in full swing.  Dana’s popular workshop on making your own Akuilisaq will be returning.  Make it on Friday use it on Saturday and Sunday.  Dave Niles is returning with his Guide on the Side series on woodworking tools.   We will be having at least a skinning demonstration and maybe a total build. 

And no one is sure of what Ralph will want to test and destruct this year. Except he might be doing some hull speed demo's.  Stay tuned!


We continue to search for traditional kayakers who are making a difference.  Those paddlers who are out there everyday teaching and encouraging the methods of traditional paddling.  If you have someone in mind, let us know we would like to invite them to Delmarva.

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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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