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sailing & kayaking log: 2013-07-05 Round Lake

for the July 4th holiday this year, my wife and I joined several college friends at a lake cottage on Round Lake. this has become a little bit of a tradition, as I think this is now our 3rd year in a row meeting up there together.

Thursday afternoon we took the pontoon boat for a spin out on the lake and stopped to swim at the large sand bar.  we enjoyed some awesome food & drinks and fellowship, and then watched the beautiful sunset, followed by fireworks from all around the lake.

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I woke up Friday morning, and gathered up my things to take the Sunfish out for a spin on Round Lake.  the wind was pretty calm, but I thought I might as well give it a try… but it was pretty much a drifter the whole way.  at one point in a shallow area, I just got off the Sunfish, and walked a couple hundred yards through the shallow area, towing the Sunfish along behind me.  this is a screenshot from my GoPro video camera (that I ended up just turning off).

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I saw (4) other Sunfish out on the water, and thought I might try to sail over to them to say hello – but I just couldn’t make any headway in that direction, and I think they realized it just wasn’t enough wind to be on the water, as they each made their way back to shore.  you can just barely see a couple of their little triangular sails off in the distance.

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after a short while, I gave up on sailing, and slowly started making my way back to the cottage.  a little bit of paddling was required to speed things along.  once I got back, I left my Sunfish more or less rigged and ready to go if the wind was to ever pick back up again, but it never really did.

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while I was trying to sail, I used my new Aquapac (Micro Whanganui) dry bag to keep my iPhone dry, and then turned on my Runkeeper app to use the GPS to track my sailing movements.  I guess in theory, it would be a pretty neat result, but since it was such light winds, I basically just drifted in a large circle (sailing route shown with blue lines on the map below).

later in the afternoon, two of my friends and I each took a kayak for a spin, and ended up paddling quite a long way around the lake. I used Google Maps to trace our approximate route (kayaking shown by red lines) – it ended up being about 3.75 miles of kayaking! not too bad for maybe my 1st ever serious kayaking.

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all told it was a great couple days spent on the water, enjoying time with old friends, and mixing in a bit of delicious cooking and cold frosty beverages.  the Sunfish sailing left a little to be desired, but sometimes the winds just don’t like to cooperate.

oodles of canoes & kayaks

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photograph by Nancy Battaglia for National Geographic.

the picture set the Guinness World Record for Largest raft of canoes & kayaks.  it was an event set up called “One Square Mile of Hope” to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer.  the official count was 1,902 canoes and kayaks.

walk on water [kayaking video]

this is amazing – the story of a man, Greg Mallory, who lost the use of his legs due to a skiing accident, and he found extreme whitewater kayaking as a sport that he could get involved in, and not be hampered (too much) by the loss of use from his legs.  it’s great to see how other kayakers help Greg get to some of the difficult put-ins to start their kayak runs.

as usual, load it up in HD and watch full screen.

Greg is now on a 1-year kayaking trip in Patagonia – read more about it at http://www.southerntiptrip.com/

HT: Canoe & Kayak

of souls + water: the shapeshifter [video]

another awesome extreme kayaking video.

load it up in HD and watch full screen – it’s wild.

HT: @CanoeKayakMag

australian wooden boat festival 2013

a fantastic video showing off some of the wooden boats that were on the water and on display for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2013.

Australian Wooden Boat Festival is a biennial event held in Hobart Tasmania celebrating wooden boats of all sizes including wooden canoes, kayaks and dinghies as well as yachts and tall ships.

let this video load up in HD and watch full screen – it’s a beautiful video and some gorgeous wooden boats.

HT: @PredictWind

Adam’s Rib: Gull Lake Boat Works [video]

this is an amazing look at the process used by Marc of Gull Lake Boat Works as he creates his custom wood and canvas canoes all by hand.

plus, he has a sweet set of tattoos on his forearm of the 4 symbols from Led Zeppelin’s 4th studio album (3:18 into the video).

HT: @SailvationMedia


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