lighthouse in exploding surf

One Small Navigation Mistake

This is said to be a transcript of an ACTUAL radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. 

Americans: “Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.” 

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The Glide

The Glide and Boat Speed

July 4, 2016

We all appreciate a ‘fast’ boat. The following training exercise is suggested to help increase your speed over a day’s paddle.

All our 15’-18’ Greenland style sea kayaks slice our waters at average rates of speed when considering the range of kayaks. Our touring boats are way faster than 6’ whitewater play boats, but slower than a 20’ surf ski. (And I’ll wager Greg Barton could paddle our daily-use sea kayaks at nearly twice our average travel speeds.)

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people swimming

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

by Mario Vittone

This work has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder.

The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the couple swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his wife.Continue reading

Paddle Power

Paddle Power

June 17, 2016

Powering the Kayak

Two of us are paddling along the undeveloped coast of Great Diamond Island. Noticing that my student is allowing too much of his paddle effort to be absorbed by his body, we work on “driving the boat forward”.Continue reading