31st  Annual Delmarva Paddler Retreat will be virtual. 
Save the Date:
 October 17, 2020


We are excited to announce that Hudson River Greenland Festival and Delmarva Paddlers Retreat will be hosting a virtual auction/event Saturday, October 17th via Zoom! Soft opening at 6:30 PM, auction will begin at 7:00 PM. 

Register online for the event at



for $10 plus their handling fee of $2.24. Everyone who wants to participate will need to log in via Zoom on their desktop computers or laptops. Phones and tablets won’t have the capacity for an enjoyable experience. Live Auction Bidding will be through the chat function (which would be difficult if you use a cell phone, so computers only please).

The Silent Auction will be through Bid-Beacon. Dave Murphy and Shannon are adding items daily. The plan is to open up the silent auction several days ahead of time. But you can use the Bid-Beacon link to take a peak. 


As with all those HRGF & Delmarva Saturday nights of merriment, we are looking for auction items - BUT this time we would like small, easily shippable items OR “experiential” items like Mike & Cindy Hamilton’s donation of a 3-night stay on Chincoteague Island, VA. And just in a 1 day open water session with Jeff Adkins. Jeff's been to Delmarva several times and was going to be joining us in 2020 as an instructor. He's good. 


Auction item contributors will cover the cost of shipping - USPS has boxes of various sizes that have fixed rates as long as the item fits (see attached photo). Again, small items are encouraged for simplicity. Note: if international shipping is required, the cost will be split with the winner.


Items should be submitted with a photograph and/or a short little film. All items need to be submitted by September 27th to sml0920@yahoo.com


Like with the auctions many of us have attended, we will have a combination of silent and live auction items. The auction team will decide which items will be used in the live auction.


Soft opening will be at 6:00 PM with short films combined with photos and movies of items. At 6:50 the moderator will do a short presentation on how the event will be run.


Proceeds from the auction will be split between Delmarva & HRGF. HRGF will donate a portion to the Native American Rights Fund. Delmarva will donate to the Camp Arrowhead Dining Hall Fund.


We hope that this event will provide an opportunity for many to attend, as no one will have to travel from such places as the West Coast, Greenland, Japan, Norway, Denmark, the Channel Islands, etc. 


Unkel Dave will be the auctioneer. His shirt is not for sale! Or is it?


We VERY MUCH look forward to seeing you all!!!!

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32nd Annual Delmarva Paddler Retreat
Save the Date:
 October 6-11, 2021

We won't be able to hold the 31st Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat 2020 at Camp Arrowhead this year, but we are planning to be back there in 2021

Because of the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19, where we will be come October, what protocols we will need to adhere to, and most importantly the health and safety of our volunteers and guests we have found no responsible way to hold the event this year. 


Camp Arrowhead has cancelled their youth camp activities for this summer. They do not know what their requirements for physical distancing and disinfecting will be by October. We have been keeping in regular contact with them. 

We Hope too see everyone in October 2021,

stay safe.


Another successful Delmarva is behind us.

Thank you all.

Where do we start? 8 gorgeous kayaks were built and launched. The workshops were exceptional. The on water classes were well received. The weather wasn’t perfect but was very workable. Susan Conrad was spotted several times having too much fun. Sign up for her newsletter and let her know we want her to return next year to tell us about her latest adventure.

Mike Hamilton keeps coming up with new ideas, we can't wait till next year. 

Have you seen Peter's Videos?

What if the kayak build was reality TV? Peter and friends have the answer!

And for good measure here's Peter's video tribute to Delmarva 2019

Special Guest Susan Conrad,

a confused woman and who can't make that final commitment to go with Greenland.

We're going to have to help her out.

Click the image to hear her tell about it.

Accomplished paddler and writer Susan Conrad will be our Special Guest this year. A ‘Women Who Paddle Ambassador’, among many other paddling achievements she has paddled the Inside Passage and written a book about it. She’ll be our presenter Friday night, ‘Get Outside, Find Your Inside’. She wants to learn the Greenland paddle. We think she’s coming to the right place. We will have copies of her book on hand for purchase as a fundraiser for Delmarva. 

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2018 Delmarva Paddlers Retreat


Just a little reflection on the 30th Annual Delmarva. Peter couldn't make it but with a lot of help from his friends he still put this together.

Go to our Peter's Delmarvalous Videos page and see some more of Peter's Videos.


2018 Delmarva Builders Forum


We had some of the skin on frame kayak builders in the world at Delmarva last year. Anders Thygesen-Norway, Svend Ulstrup-Denmark, Peter Strand-Georgia, Vernon Douchette-New Foundland, and Harvey Golden-Washington.


Go to our Peter's Delmarvalous Videos page and see some more of Peter's Videos


Need some motivation to sign up, click on the image above.

Go to our Peter's Delmarvalous Videos page and see some more of Peter's Videos

Delmarva Paddlers Retreat 2018 is over and it was one of the best and from the feedback so far it looks like that was pretty much a unanimous consensus.

Well Done Mike and the rest of the Team!

Delmarva Paddler's Retreat

Lewes Delaware

Columbus Day Weekend

Info: info@delmarvapaddlersretreat.org