Cold Spring Kayak Club Stories

Rhinecliff trip report, Saturday October 2, 2010.

 

Barney, April, Wendy and Rick launched from the tiny hamlet of Rhinecliff into the choppy waters of the Hudson River. Quite silty from 2 days of heavy rains the previous days, we were jostled around a bit as we crossed over to the Kingston side and slowly made our way up the Rondout Creek. Paddling slowly up stream gave us opportunity to view classic tug boats and a re-conditioned WW2 PT Boat, both moored along the shoreline. Kingston's waterfront was still full with moored sailboats and powerboats, their owners hoping for a few more warm weekends. A low to the water dock for kayaks is a nice touch. Though not on this trip, it's ideal for a stop to check out the local eateries, etc.

We had a lunch stop a couple miles up at "kayak friendly" Rondout Bay Restaurant and Marina then headed back down stream, the creeks swelled condition making it a swift paddle to the Hudson. Waiting for a couple of barges to pass, we crossed over to Rhinecliff, ending an enjoyable trip.

Thanks, Barney, for putting this paddle together. Photos by Wendy and Rick.

Rick Loggia, CSKC Commodore

 

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Team CSKC - 2010 Triathlon, Sunday, September 19, 2010.

 

CSKC put together a team for the 2010 Cold Spring Triathlon, consisting of Jackie Rose - run, Jon Moore - bike, and Rick Loggia - kayak. Deciding to enter with only 10 days before the race gave us very little prep time, but we were very energetic and psyched to compete as a club effort. There was much excitement on race day, with 35 individuals and 12 relay teams competing. Walking around the field prior to the start, checking out the racers we would be competing against, their boats and bikes, we could tell there were many athletes in top condition with top of the line racing equipment. We looked at each other, smiled and said "we're here to have fun, right?". And fun we had. Exhausting and exhilarating fun.

Saw some old friends, made some new ones, it was a wonderful day.

I'm very proud of my teammates, Jackie and Jon, who certainly had the most grueling and exhausting legs of the race, for stepping up and giving their best.

I would also like to thank Barney and new member Kyle, as CSKC members that volunteered their time as kayak support and to other members that came out to support their team.

Rick Loggia, CSKC Commodore

 

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Norwalk Islands Trip Report, Saturday September 18, 2010.

 

The weather was perfect for the club paddle around the Norwalk Islands off the shore of Conn. Crisp air to start and warming nicely as the day progressed, a dramatic display of clouds all day and some moderate choppy water to liven things up. We decided on a late start due to the Soundkeeper's Lighthouse to Lighthouse Kayak Race that morning, and whose course was along the outside (south side) of all of the islands we intended to paddle past. We paddled east and stuck to the inside (north side), paddled to and took a break at Cockenoe Island (the eastern most island) and were in time to see many of the racers making their way back to the finish. The view of the racers, various sailboaters and Long Island in the distance was breathtaking. We eventually continued on, paddling west past a few islands until we came to Shea Island, where some decided to take a swim in the surprisingly warmish water, possibly the last swim of the season. After another leisurely break, Cal, Kathy and Dave decided to paddle west to the tip of Sheffield Island to check out the lighthouse there, while Jackie, Wendy, Bill and I lounged around longer, soaking up the sun, (Jackie and I hoped to conserve some strength for the Triathlon the next morning, which was a very good idea !).

Dave, Jackie, Cal, Bill, Kathy and Wendy joined me on this always popular paddle.

Rick Loggia, CSKC Commodore

 

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Cold Spring trip report, Saturday August 7, 2010.

 

Participants- Rick, Cal, Kathy, Jeanne, Dave.

We had beautiful weather for this paddle while viewing a gorgeous part of the Hudson Highlands, with Storm King and Breakneck Mts. as the backdrop. Crossing over to the western shore we followed the flooding current and headed into a light morning north wind which created some fun chop, continued up past the Cornwall Yacht Club as pairs of West Point helicopters were buzzing past and conducting maneuvers. A very "Apocalypse Now" vision. We crossed back over to view Bannerman's, had a shoreline snack while watching an Osprey conduct her own ariel maneuvers and hoped the "West Point/Bannerman" helicopter security force wouldn't radio in our position :-) Headed south with the ebb and made a stop at Little Stony Point and practiced some skills of our own choosing before paddling back to the Foundry Park launch.

A very enjoyable morning with good company!

Rick Loggia, CSKC Commodore

 

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Friday Skill Session at Plum Point, NY, Friday, July 9, 2010.

 

We had a nice turnout for the Friday Skill session at PP. Jackie, Ellen, John and new member Cal joined me in the windy and choppy Hudson River. After a few minute paddle warm-up we all took turns wet exiting, proceeding with some self-rescues and assisted rescues. The "heel hook" rescue was performed by a few and found to be a new useful tool. Various discussions and demonstrations on paddle strokes went on throughout. The wind, modest chop, and a swift current all made for a more interesting and fun session.

Thanks to all who participated.

Rick

 

Trip report for Hudson River Paddle, launching from Manitou, NY, Saturday, June 26, 2010.

 

Another fine day on the mighty Hudson River. The "regulars" Rick and Jackie were on the trip and a new member Anne. We tried a shorter slower paddle to get some new faces out on the river. Next week we are starting a bit later. The weather was sunny and beautiful, the water is warming up, mid 70's. The group was Jackie Rose, Rick Loggia, Anne Jackley and Philip Jache

All photographs by Rick Loggia.

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Jackie Rose, Philip Jache and Anne Jackley.

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Anne Jackley our newest member, the background is West Point.

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Anne Jackley, Philip Jache and Jackie Rose.

 

Trip report for Hudson River Paddle, launching from Plum Point, NY, Tuesday, May 25, 2010.

 

The weather was sunny and beautiful, the water is warming up, low 60's. The group was Jackie Rose, Rick Loggia and Philip Jache

All photographs by Rick Loggia.

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Trip report for Hudson River Paddle, launching from Englewood, NJ, Saturday, May 15, 2010.

 

It turned out to be a dual club participation with some members from the Hackensack River Canoe and Kayak Club (of which I am also a member) joining in.

The weather was sunny and mild when we launched from a nice sandy beach at Englewood Boat Basin's northern end. Six of us paddled north with a moderate current helping us along, had a quick rest stop 5 miles up at Alpine Boat Basin, then with a 10+ mph wind in our faces and a 1 foot chop, continued another 4 miles to a pleasant site just past the NY/ NJ state line. We had a short discussion about the pair of Bald Eagle's we spotted, nesting about half way up the cliffs, in a small cut-out in the rock. After a brief lunch and a wait for the current change we headed back to Englewood. With the wind at our backs now and the 1.7 kn.current, we made it back in about half the time. A very enjoyable trip with good company!

All photographs by Rick Loggia except first group photo (we asked a passing hiker).

Rick

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Bill, Bob, Mimi, Rick, Andy and Jim.

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