Monday, January 05, 2015

A Greenland Summer

The Jersey Canoe Club held a Symposium in May 2014. which attracted a significant number of paddlers to the Island.  One of the aims of the Symposium was to generate some funds to help purchase some kayaks to place on the west coast of Greenland, which will be available for members and friends of the Club to hire at what is planned to be a very reasonable rate.  The aim is to allow as many people as possible to experience the joys of paddling in the northern waters.
The great news is that today we received the date for when the kayaks are due to be shipped out, so our paddling trip for the summer of 2015 is sorted.  Ilulissat here we come, hopefully experiencing kayaking similar to that in the photographs below.
Classic Greenland paddling on a day with plenty of ice.
 Head nets, an essential piece of kit on evenings when there is little or no wind.
 Classic lunch spots  can be found most days.
The larger bergs require a wide berth.
 The launch spot in Ilulissat, on the west coast of Greenland
 Saqqaq, one of the small settlements in northern Disko Bay.
 On previous visit to Saqqaq the weather had been superb.  It was an ice cream day!
 Although it never went dark there were some memorable sunsets
 The tipi, an essential item of group equipment.  Protection from the insects or the weather.
Some things you will never forget.

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