The paddling season is quickly approaching as our moderate winter should allow us to get on the water earlier than ever before. The canoes are already at East Shore Marina and the iakos and amas are ready to be lashed on.
Please make sure that you are prepared for cold water paddling with the correct clothing and a PFD. Practices will start on Sundays and expand to Tuesday and Friday as weather permits. Dues have remained at $125 so we are one of the best deals in Ithaca for people wanting to workout plus you get to be on the water and hangout with awesome folks. See you on the water!
For the past three weeks, a few of our club members have been coaching
Cornell University’s Concrete Canoe team. We have already had 13
Civil Engineering undergraduate students show up for practices,
including 4 exchange students from Spain. Many of the students have
never paddled in any boats, and have excitedly climbed into the
outrigger canoes to learn the basics of paddling in preparation for
their race this upcoming spring.
The students have a daunting task — designing the concrete mix,
building a mold, and actually creating their own canoe out of
concrete. Once the canoe survives the journey on the road to the
regional competition, they must be sure that their canoe floats and
supports the weight of the paddlers, as they must complete three races
on the water. Last year was the first year that they completed all
three races, and we are hoping that after training in the outriggers
and in some other canoes, they will not only complete their races, but
maybe they’ll win!
Both the outrigger club and students are grateful to have Terry on
board, as he is such an experienced paddler and a very thoughtful and
motivating coach. It is an absolute joy paddling with the students —
they are excited to learn proper technique and to see the beautiful
scenery along Cayuga Lake during our last few weeks of “warm” water.
They have ambitiously climbed through the logs at the marina that
washed up after the hurricanes and tropical storms, and they are eager
to try to paddle the OC-6 single-handedly to impress their teammates.
A lot of the students are quite good — maybe we can convince them to
stay at Cornell for a few extra years so that they can paddle with the
club! I am grateful to have a few more weeks to work together this
fall, and will be crossing my fingers for a successful boat
construction and race come May.
Thanks to Terry, Paul W, Paul C, and everyone who has supported this
from the club, and to the students for their eager participation and
great attitudes on the water — certainly a fun way to end the season!
Just as in years past, we are placing an order for paddle jerseys. We’ll be using the same Patagonia capilene shirts as the past two years, but this year the design on back has been changed and we are switching the color to “crimson” (a nice rich red). On the front we’ll have the club logo and on the back will be the following graphic.
Cost for each jersey will be about $30 (a little more for longsleeved, a little less for no sleeves, although the back of a no-sleeve probably won’t have much except the club logo). I’ll have an exact number once we see shipping, print costs, etc.
We’ll also be ordering some t-shirts ($13 each) with the same printing front and back. There will be a woman’s cut available. Color will be “earth black” (I think that just means black, it’s a nice quality organic cotton shirt).
To order, please go here for paddle jerseys or here for t-shirts. We need a minimum of six pieces for an order.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Orders will be open for one week, closing next Thursday (June 23) at 9 AM.
If there is enough interest we can also place a sweatshirt order. Six sweatshirts would need to be ordered for this to happen. Cost was about $35 last time we did this. Email me if you are interested and we’ll see what we can do.
April 28th marked the start of Cayuga Outrigger’s 2011 season. Cold water, air temperature hovering around 50 degrees, a brisk wind and a setting sun did not deter 5 excited paddlers from launching A’no:wara onto Cayuga Lake. Starting with rigging at Myers Park the crew of Bill, Felix, Julie, Paul and me paddled for an hour until arriving at East Shore Marina. So started our season which is filled with an upcoming open house and ECORA races. Hope to see you on the water!
ECORA has finalized the 2011 OC-6 racing season schedule with some new races added. Cayuga Outrigger is dedicated to increasing our participation in the racing schedule so please feel free to check out the races listed below.