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2017 Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation

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Jul 15 5:30AM - 6:30AM

Registration OPEN!

To: Jerry & Steve's Manhattan Circumnavigation

Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club

2017 Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation

July 15, 2017 (Rain date: July 16, 2017)

The 14th Annual Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation will take place on Saturday, July 15, 2017 (Rain date: July 16, 2017). This annual 30-mile kayak paddle around New Yorks Manhattan Island will begin and end at either the Dyckman Street Beach on the Hudson River in Northern Manhattan, or the alternate launch and return site at Hazards Ramp across the River in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Hazards Ramp.

From the first circumnavigation in 2004 organized by Steve Blumling and Jerry Blackstone, the event has grown each year. Sponsored by Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club since 2014, the paddle has come to represent and celebrate the publics increasing interaction with a more environmentally healthy New York City waterfront and Hudson River Estuary. The 2017 Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation will be an in your neighborhood event as part of the annual City of Water Day celebration

Support of the circumnavigation has broadened to include several other NYC area organizations including the Waterfront Alliance, New York City Watertrail Association , the Inwood Canoe Club, Long Island City Community Boathouse, the Village Community Boathouse, The Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse and the Long Island Kayaking Enthusiasts.

The Circumnavigation is open to all who qualify based on their paddling abilities and experience. All participants must have a decked sea kayak 14 or longer and have open water experience. Specific qualification requirements will be detailed in the registration form. Club membership is not required and out-of-towners are welcome. Careful planning means that the tidal currents help rather than oppose the paddlers. Safety of the large group is enhanced via general marine radio use; safety boat and jet-ski escorts and Coast Guard notification. Kayakers can socialize, exercise and take pictures during this amazing 30 mile excursion around Manhattan Island.

2017 Circumnavigation Tentative Float Plan/Schedule

5:45 - 6:15 AM Registration for Group A: Slow /Meditative Paddlers at Dyckman St Beach

6:30 7:00AM Registration and check-in Group B: Hazards Ramp, NJ

6:30-7:45AM Registration and check-in for Group C: Dyckman Street Beach

6:30 AM sharp! Launch from Dyckman Street Beach Group A (slow and meditative)

7:15 AM sharp! Launch from Hazards Ramp--Group B

8:00 AM sharp! Launch from Dyckman St --Group C main group.

After launch Group A and C paddle south on East side of Hudson River;

Group B paddles south on West side of Hudson

11:05 -12:05 AM Cross Battery and head east and then north along east side of East River

In two or three pods

12:30--1:30 PM Arrive at Hallets Cove for Lunch

3:00 PM Launch from Hallets Cove: Cross East River to west bank;

Continue north on the Harlem River.

5:45 PM Arrive at Swindler Cove/Peter Sharpe Boathouse

7:00 PM Return to Dyckman St. beach or Hazards Ramp in Jersey

Please note:

1. Group A: a group of slow and/or meditative kayakers will start out at 6:30 AM. They will need to arrive, unload and park an hour earlier than the main group.

2. For rain date (7/16) schedule, add 1 hour to the Saturday Float Plan

3. Dyckman Street Beach is just north of La Marina Restaurant at 348 Dyckman Street

4. Hazards Ramp is reached via Palisade Parkway Exit 1 or Rt 9W-Palisade Avenue.

Registration Fee, Non-Refundable:

ACA Member: $75.00 Non-ACA Member: $80.00 (includes purchase of ACA $5 single day insurance). Join us on July 15 and be sure to also plan for rain date, July 16. You must register for the 2017 Manhattan Circumnavigation at:

Upon successful registration, we will review your registration. Once accepted into the event you will receive a link for PayPal payment and a link to sign an ACA waiver online.

Questions or comments can be sent to: [masked]

See photos from previous years at the Facebook page:

The YPRC website also has a special section on the Manhattan Circumnavigation with photos of past years and updates about this years circ. Here is the link:

Best regards,

Bill Dennison

Commodore, YPRC

The 2017 Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation

Saturday, July 15, 2017 (Rain date Sunday, July 16, 2017)

Registration open

Questions? Email us at:[masked]

Check out our Facebook page with photos from previous years and updates about this year's event!

You must be vetted by the Circ team to attend this event.

Liquid Skies is co-posting but you must follow the circ team and ACA rules. Rain date will be Sunday, July 16, 2017.

This event is not suitable for beginners!

Check Kayak the Liquid Skies, July 9, 2016 for last years information and pictures.

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