"Good Seamanship Begins on Shore"

Yes it's deja vu all over again, Unfortunately, we have pulled the plug on Delmarva for 2021. With the rise in Covid cases and the number of vaccinated people still coming down with it we looked at all the options and just didn’t see a way to pull it off safely. Even if it is usually a mild case, we don’t want anyone taking anything home with them but big smiles and a desire to return. Please put Oct 6-9, 2022 down on your calendars. Plus Camp Arrowhead will have a new dining hall by then with great food (and heat and toilets). And we’ll be back with a lot of pent-up demand for having fun.

33rd Annual Delmarva Paddler Retreat
Save the NEW Date:
 October 6-9, 2022

Here's what we were going to be doing

"Having Fun with Friends "

Class Descriptions, a Tentative Schedule and Special Guests have been updated.

Peter Gengler had an idea a few years ago about celebrating the real reason events like Delmarva exist, “It’s all about Friendships”. Coming off of a year and half of Covid we thought this would be the perfect theme for this year’s Delmarva. Thank you, Peter.














We have had a lot of feed back; with the uptick in Covid and not knowing what October will bring

We will be requiring that all participants be FULLY vaccinated for Covid.  

Given our general demographic and the close nature of rolling instruction we think this is the prudent path to take to keep everyone safe. we will also be following the current CDC and DHSS guidelines.


Thank you for understanding. 

So a few things to know about this year. It is doubtful that we will be able to have any international guests, including Canada, so we aren’t planning for that.

The new dining hall will be under construction in place of the old dining. Walt and Shawn (Big Jim’s replacement) feel very good about being able to serve us meals. They have several large groups in the weeks ahead of us and figure will they easily have the kinks worked out by the time we get there. But to help them out will be capping registration to 75 participants. 

The pavilion is finished (see photo above). It’s very nice and has a fire pit which will have a roof over it to allow socializing around it if it rains. The plan is to use it for meals. They may be able to get sides put on it, but we are not planning on it. By capping the numbers to 75 we can use the Quails Nest if necessary.

The new bathrooms south of the dining hall amongst the platforms are operational. Luxury Accommodations! Using the platforms over there will be a whole lot more convenient.

We will be emphasizing instruction, learning new skills and then using your new skills in a series of games and participation workshops. Jenny has some new ideas she can’t wait to try out.

Delmarva = Friends Having Fun!

Our Special Guest page is taking shape. We are glad to announce the return of Jeff Atkins. Mike will be putting him to work that's for sure.  Others to be added shortly. 

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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 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.


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!