On the Water And In The Woods

Sea kayaking, sailing, and lightweight backpacking in the-Chesapeake Bay, Mid-Atlantic region

Monday, August 25, 2008

CPA Gear Day 2008




Our local sea kayaking club, the Chesapeake Paddlers Association recently held a "gear day". A gear day is when club members gather together to show off their boats and favorite pieces of gear. Some members had displays on greenland paddle building, some on skin-on-frame kayaking, some on navigation lighting. It gave people a chance to see and touch other peoples gear, and hear the honest pros and cons. People also tried out members kayaks on the water, and took short kayak tours along the creek we were located on.

The day also proved to be a good way to get new club members to come out and meet the other club members. Since it was a "show up when you want, and do what you want" kind of day, there was no pressure to paddle X number of miles, or to have a certain skill set. On the other hand, eating was required - members did a potluck meal, which had at least one member doing a post lunch snooze in the camping hammock they had brought to show off.

What did it take to organize this? The idea started in some email exchanges last winter, and two people in the club put it on. They made the park reservation, and posted a couple of notices on the forum and calendar, and invited everyone to participate. It snowballed from there, with over 50 people showing up.

Here are some photos.

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