[NYCkayaker] Kayaking in Constitution Marsh, Cold Spring NY 12/30/12 by
Fri Jan 4 13:47:57 EST 2013
Thanks for the posting Lee. Sounds like you guys had a great adventure.
> Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2013 07:05:45 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
> From: Lee Reiser/Leona Fontaine <email@example.com>
> To: "NYCkayaker@rockandwater.net" <NYCkayaker@rockandwater.net>
> Cc: Rick Langer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: [NYCkayaker] Kayaking in Constitution Marsh, Cold Spring NY
> 12/30/12 by Ron Klieman
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> Kayaking in Constitution Marsh, Cold Spring NY 12/30/12 by Ron Klieman
> All sorts of great family stuff has kept me off the water since early fall
> so last week I called my friend Lee and asked if he wanted to go paddling
> this weekend. Being off the water for so long is detrimental to my
> health, causing symptoms similar to oxygen deprivation in the non-paddling
> community. We decided on Sunday and on Cold Spring NY as our launch. We
> posted our intent on several kayaking boards to see if anyone wanted to
> join us. None others did so.
> Paddling in sub- freezing weather is not dangerous, given the right skill
> set and equipment, otherwise it can be suicidal. With this in mind we
> listed requirements to scare off any neophytes.
> We launched at 10:00. As soon as we left the protected cove we were hit
> with 50 mph wind gusts and decided to alter our float plan to a more
> protected area. Always good to have "plan B".
> Though the marsh in which we were paddling offered more protection from
> the wind than the more open waters of the Hudson River, the gusts were
> still quite strong. At every turn we encountered geese and ducks paddling
> about, preferring the water to the windy sky. Around one bend we spotted a
> large white swan swimming in the same direction we traveled. He led us
> around the winding paths for 10 or 15 minutes, undisturbed by our 40 or 50
> yard following distance. The silence of the marsh was punctuated, now and
> then, by the crack of the patches if thin ice that we paddled through.
> I was paddling just behind Lee, on his left, in his blind spot, as he made
> a quick right turn through a narrow channel. Passing the channel before I
> could react I attempted to turn around but the wind and current pushed me
> farther downstream. By the time I got back 15 to 20 minutes had elapsed.
> Lee had noticed that I was no longer behind him and waited 10 or 15
> minutes for me to catch up then decided to proceed to our destination and
> join me there. He knew that I was familiar with these waters and that I
> would probably head in that direction if we got separated. He attempted to
> call me on his marine radio, as I did him, however we had omitted a
> standard safety procedure and not agreed on a marine channel to contact
> each other on. Lee had mentioned channel 68 but in the wind I had not
> heard. A radio check before launch could have saved much grief. Note to
> self, remember to practice what you teach others.
> Long story short, we never did succeed in finding each other until we got
> back to our launch. On comparing notes we realized that neither of us was
> very concerned about our own safety, but both of us had visions of having
> to call the others wife to tell her he was missing. Over lunch and a few
> beers we recounted our individual adventures, each reveling in the safety
> of the other.
> Ron Kleiman
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