Finger Lakes Paddle Fest and Skills Week

Passing along a notice about a paddling festival near Ithaca this summer.

Dear ACKC members –

Please save the dates (June 29 – July 7, 2013) and plan to join us for all or part of the Finger Lakes Paddle Fest and Skills Week, which will be held in the spectacular setting of Cayuga Lake near Ithaca, NY. The Paddle Fest is a multi-disciplinary event that will be fun, exciting and informative. There will be classes and trips offered in sea kayaking, canoeing and SUP. The range of classes will meet the needs of paddlers at all ability levels and there will also be classes designed specifically for kids (ages 7-12).

There are over 25 classes to choose from: come learn basic, intermediate or advanced strokes and rescues; discover the art of navigation; learn to roll or learn new rolls; enhance your Greenland skills, or analyze your strokes and maneuvers via video. There will be something for almost everyone!

In addition to the classes, there will also be a series of FREE evening events that will include:

• A rolling demonstration by Greenland champion Alison Sigethy
• A “hands on” Dragon Boat demonstration
• Sunset and 4th of July fireworks paddles and
• Slide show presentations on paddling in Baja and Greenland

As you know, the Finger Lakes region is a great paddling destination with rolling hills, spectacular waterfalls, wineries all over the place and easy access to the great shops and restaurants in the nearby, very vibrant city of Ithaca. And there is a huge paddling community in the region, so you’ll have the opportunity to make a lot of new friends.

We’ve pulled together a great team of instructors for this event, including Alison Sigethy, Rick Wiebush, Jennifer Miller, Mike Cavanaugh and more!

You can view the full schedule, course descriptions, and instructor profiles by using the following link. The link can also take you to the registration page.!paddle-fest

Please also visit the Paddle Fest page on Facebook at:

The Paddle Fest is jointly hosted by local outfitter Paddle-N-More (Lansing, NY) and Cross Currents Sea Kayaking (Baltimore, MD). We hope you can join us. If you have any questions or need more information, contact Rick Wiebush at or call 410.788.1241.
Jennifer Miller, Paddle-N-More
Rick Wiebush, Cross Currents Sea Kayaking

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