Mark your Calendars!
34th Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat
 October 5-8, 2023


Ander’s Qajaq Building class will return to the Camp and begin early Saturday Sept 30, participants can begin arriving Friday afternoon, Sept 29.

Delmarva 2022 is in the books.

Thank You All

One of the best ever. Beautiful weather, a new and greatly improved dining hall and a new pavilion all adding to the experience. The roots of Delmarva go back to 1988 when the owners of the Millpond Paddler, Charlie and Cindy Cole, saw a need to provide sea kayaking instruction to their customers. I was told in 1999 by some sea kayakers paddling in through the Indian River Inlet they considered it the premier instructional event on the east coast. With the quality of instruction shown this year Delmara is certainly continuing that tradition, Greenland style. It was great to see many new participants mixing in with the veterans, all enjoying themselves.

The event is in good hands with Sue and Mike leading their team of volunteers to run this event. They really have been doing it for the past couple of events anyway. Abbie has taken over the website, Catriona still maintains the Facebook page, plus Laura, Jane, Ben, Liz and Kathy all helping out as needed. John Huber has taken over managing the fleet and helping with the Qajaq builds. I look forward to seeing Delmarva continue and grow. Delmarva is in good hands.

It’s time for me to get out of their way and participate as a kayaker.

See you on the water. Chris

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Another successful Delmarva (2019) 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 Anders with help from their  friends have the answer!











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

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2019's 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.

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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

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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

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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!