8 Paddlers, Believe It or Not!
Sunday September 3
By: Robert Tongen
Peter O'Sullivan, Keith Elliott, George Ball, Paul Jonason, Lance Pillsbury, Bob Glickman, and myself launched, just past low tide, around ~ three dozen seals on Kiddie Beach in Channel Islands Harbor this morning. It was an overcast, gusty, humid, warm morning. There was very little boat traffic as we paddled out the channel.

Bob and Lance headed off north into the wind, but they did not seem to make a fast exit against the wind and waves. Normally they are out of sight in almost no time. The seas were choppy and confused by the wind, and 2 different swells all coming from different directions. They struggled to the Mandalay Resort and back.

The rest of us explored the pond in confused seas there too. There was a large flock of Snowy Plover flying and landing on the breakwater. We meandered back into the harbor and were joined by Phil Sager, who lives on a power boat in the harbor. He pretended to be intimidated because he was the only one with a Euro Paddle. After we turned back in the harbor Phil headed out to the pond and maybe beyond.

We discussed holding a Kayak Rescue Practice day soon. Watch for the announcement.

I again tried the Superior Greenland Paddle that used to belong to Bev Waldron and had picked up a bad habit of paddling into other kayaks. I was hoping that not having been paddled for several months it would have forgotten it's bad habits, but I am afraid those habits are now ingrained in the paddle. It was very hard to paddle straight and not to run into others. Luckily we all made it back to Kiddie Beach safely. If Jimmy Buffett were still alive he may have described it this way:
Wastin' away again in Margaritaville
Searchin' for my long lost Greenland paddle
Some people claim that there's a woman to blame

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