The year 2011 has been a great year in my kayaking life. I had set some lofty goals at the beginning of the year (see 2011: Post 1). They were:
- at least 3 camping trips
- at least 100 times in my kayaks
- more day paddles then the previous year totaling at least 750 km in distance
My tally for 2011 is:
44 ocean paddles totaling 802 kilometers
27 pool sessions
27 times at St. Philips (play and practice days)
4 times on the pond
1 New Year’s Day paddle that started off the year
103 times in my kayaks for 2011
Included in the above were four camping trips; Long Island, twice at Pinchgut, and Gulch Pond.
Although the year had started out poorly, I surpassed all of my set goals. Just a few days after the New Year’s Day paddle I had picked up a bad flu and did not get on the water any more until Feb 12. I had a couple more colds and a lot of sinus problems during the spring and then missed a full three weeks of water time in October. But I had some really good months where I was able to get on the water a lot - I managed 12 times in both months of March and May, and then 16 times in July!
Although not part of my goals, there were a couple kayaking highlights for me this past year. I did a couple solo paddles, one of which was a crossing to Bell Island. I made my first kayak; a modern day skin-on-frame replica of a 1931 West Greenland Disko Bay kayak and I made a couple more Greenland paddles. I helped a couple people learn to roll, had to do a real-situation rescue on my own, capsized about a half-dozen times (no swimming for me though), and did a lot more rock-hopping then the previous year. I also did a 37 km paddle in one day, which was 7 km longer than my previous daily record.
Some of the people that shared lots of my paddling memories this past year…
A big THANKS to all those I paddled with last year, whether it was just once or seventy times; you all contributed to a lot of good paddling memories for me in 2011. I hope in 2012 we can paddle together a whole lot more and I also hope to see new faces out there with us too.
Happy New Kayaking Year