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The challenge is coming! It is that time of year again when the swell is growing and the winds are building, making our little area of the sea, Fishers Island Sound, an active and wild place. Fishers Island Sound is known for its tide flows and is home to Kayak Waveology’s major annual event. As we have made the turn around Labor Day and start the journey into fall / winter, we have the 10th year of the famed Autumn Gales rough water paddlers training event on the horizon. This year the Gales is back around its original timeframe, November 2- 4th, 2018, as some previous years the weather was just too warm and kind. Check out this web site link for event details: http://www.autumngales.com/
A lot of confirmed great British and International coaches are coming over again, along with some North American local greats from the Kayak Waveology team of coaches and rough water guides. Names like Eila Wilkinson, a top UK female coach, Peter Jones, one of my early BCU coaches who set me straight, Harry Whelan, known for his crazy surfing antics, Axel Schoevers, the Netherlands' top BC Coach, Rick Cooper from Cornwall with all hands and legs on deck with this guy, Calvin Croll from BBB, calm and collective budding BC coach, Steven Henkind, a master navigation instructor for the USCG, and last but not least, the Manx wild cat Keirron Tastagh, one of the UK/IOM top coaches. Have a read through their bios on the Coaches page: http://www.autumngales.com/coaches--guides.html
Here's how the Autumn Gales format works, and it has worked this way since its commencement 10 years ago. Each morning we run a Weather/ Sea State briefing with all the coaches and participants, figuring out where to go, what to work on, and what “you” want. Groups then divide up with the coaches and local rough water guides to deliver that great rough water learning experience for you. We can deliver this range of courses depending on whatever mother nature dishes out - Course link: http://www.autumngales.com/courses---main-event.html
After the Autumn Gales proper we will offering some British Canoeing Performance, Leadership trainings and assessments. See this link for BC courses: http://www.autumngales.com/courses---british-canoeing.html
Registration is via this link: http://www.autumngales.com/registrationcontact-info.html
Evening happenings are another fun thing while you're staying in and around Stonington Borough for the Gales. Friday evening after a great day on the water we all head to the Holy Ghost Portuguese Club for the community fish fry, then downstairs into the private pub. This year as a celebration of our paddling event running for ten years, we will have a great local band playing from 8PM on. The Dizzy River Band certainly will rock you and loosen you up for the next few days of the Gales. Saturday evening will be a little more relaxing, where we will have some informational after dinner talks and a presentation of a Vancouver Island Winter Solo Paddling Expedition.
Lastly, all this happens in Fishers island Sound running out of Stonington Borough, CT. We use the New England Science and Sailing (NESS) Center as our home base. NESS is located at 72 Water Street in Stonington. There are lots of creative lodging options around. Air B&B’s, off season house rentals for friendly paddler groups to bunk together, area B&B’s and motel/ hotels. Lodging link: http://www.autumngales.com/locationlodging.html
So we do hope to see many of you again for this 10th gathering of like minded rough water paddlers and those who want to grow and learn more.
See you on the next wave and please register soon, as we are spending good money getting these coaches here and reserving facilities and festivities.
Greg and Paula
The Connyak Commercial Bulletin Board