Friday, May 28, 2010

Continental Circumnavigator Freya Coming Soon

On January 19, 2009 Freya Hoffmeister got in her kayak (with a rudder) to begin what is considered to be one of the most challenging trips in the world of sea kayaking. After 332 days, 245 paddling, 13 nights afloat and 5 time zones, Hoffmeister became the first women to circumnavigate Australia on December 15 2009.

On June 24 Freya will be here in Charleston at the Terrace Theater on Maybank Highway at 7:00 pm to share her trip with us. Tickets are $20 and are for sale ahead of time. Please call Coastal Expeditions 843-884-7684, with your credit card ready, to purchase tickets.
Coastal Expeditions
514-B Mill St.
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Buisness # 843-884-7684

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Skeg Vs Rudder

Ogeechee Audubon Bird Walk- Saturday May 22

Please join leaders Larry Lynch and Sandy Beasley for an Ogeechee Audubon bird walk through the grounds of the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum and Nature Center on Saturday, May 22. Our primary targets will be the "swamp warblers", including Prothonotary, Hooded, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula and maybe a Swainson's if we're EXTREMELY lucky. We'll also be on the lookout for cuckoos, raptors and other breeding birds.

The group will assemble at 8:00 a.m. at the Ride-Share lot on the northwest corner of the intersection of I-95 and Route 204 and proceed from there to the Canal. Alternatively, participants may meet the group in the Canal parking lot at 8:15 a.m. There is a $3 per person admission fee to the property (Canal Society members are free). The trip is open to the public.

Bring $3 cash, binoculars, water and snacks, sun and insect protection and shoes that can get damp/muddy.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tybee Race Day is also England Vs America

June 12th is, of course, the Tybee Kayak Races, but it is also the second day of the World Cup. On this already auspicious day, we see England squaring off against the USA.
Kick off is at 7.30 GMT.. so pretty much straight after the Tybee Races, which usually wrap up around 1pm. Now we just need to find a suitable pub for viewing.
If England was up against the women's US team, I would say they would be in trouble, but the men's team should be an early invitation to the next round.. or maybe the next biggest humiliation since the Revolutionary War. Compulsive viewing indeed.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Old Soldiers Never Die

While out walking in Bonaventure and Forest Lawn cemetaries, Joeys old stomping grounds, we came across this epitaph on a soldiers grave.

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
I am not there
I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamonds gilt on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet
Birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there I did not die

Joey's ashes will be scattered to the four winds in several locations on the planet.
If you are interested in a copy of the above picture please drop us a line.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Race Practice 5.30 Every Wednesday Eve

Whether you are looking for a physical workout or just a paddle and chin wag, the Wednesday Paddle Session is back on. Meeting at Desposito's on the Wilmington River at 5.30 followed by refreshments in the bar at 6.30.

Thanks to all those that made it this evening and later shared a big
round table of sausage dogs. Hope the rest can make it next week.

Pictured are: Caitlin, Jackson, Cindy, and Steve. Not pictured are
Mike, CJ, Becca, Cristi, and myself.
Editors note: Paddlers should be 'on the water' at 5.30.

New Trailer From Malone

Great little trailers now available at SC&K.
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to transport your boats, these trailers are well worth a closer look. With a comfortable 4 boat carry capacity and light weight design, it makes for an easy haul option to the beach. Basic trailer package starts at $1200. Contact us here for more info.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Citizens Get Wave Ski Back

After several sightings yesterday on Tybee Island, Anna was reunited with her wave ski, which was stolen from her home six weeks ago.

Mike R of Saltwood Paddles was leaving the island after the Sunday morning surf session (conditions were poor due to strong NW winds). On the causeway, he saw the distinctive kayak strapped to a roof racing past him towards the beach. He called it in to Anna. Then, moments later, Ronnie K at SKG saw the same car pass by. He jumped in his truck and gave chase, but lost the perpetrator in downtown Tybee. By this time Anna was out scouting the south end and soon came across the car and wave ski parked outside the Chapel by the Sea. The cops were called and the suspect vehicle was surrounded. The Ski was retrieved without a struggle.

We reported in late March on the theft of the surf kayak. A few weeks later, we received a tip off from a customer, Joseph H, that he saw the board in Play It Again Sports! Unfortunately the board was sold just before Anna could get there. Play it Again were at first helpful, but would not reveal to whom they sold it. They paid the desperate junky thief and his girlfriend $100 for the kayak and then re-sold it for $400. PIAS told the Police that they sold the kayak for cash and had no way of tracing the buyer. As it turned out, the buyer was a cop and he paid with a debit card.

So there you have it... a sad story of unfortunates casting a whole lot of bad vibes in the world.'s up and the waters are a balmy 72'.
Thanks to the keen-eyed kayak community for getting this one back!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

House on Tybee Wanted

Hope you are well!
I know you are busy so thanks in advance for taking
a look at this and seeing if you can help!

I have a favor to ask on behalf Anna Pierce, the guidance counselor at
May Howard Elementary. She is working with a family who's two little
girls are 1st and 5th graders at May Howard.

Their father has been diagnosed with terminal cancer (stage 4 colon cancer) and is not expected to live through the summer. The staff at May Howard are
looking for someone to donate a house at Tybee for week or more in the
near future where the family could spend some quality time together
during his last days. She shared the story with me today because she
knew we lived on Tybee and thought I might know someone.

If you or someone you know would be able to help this family out you can
contact Anna at the #'s or e-mail soon as possible.

Thanks so much!

Work # at May Howard: 395-3925
Cell #: 659-9267
Home #: 898-9231
or on Facebook Anna Moseley Pierce

Friday, May 7, 2010

Life Renewal on Tennessee Ave.

Not long after Joey's passing we came across this Cardinal nest in one of our Camellia bushes.
There were three little chicks until yesterday, when two flew the nest.
This little guy left today.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Race Course Marshalls and Safety Kayaks Needed

If you want to get involved with the Tybee Kayak Race...
but do not want to race, we are looking for a few extra paddlers.
To prevent racers from taking the a wrong turn in the marsh, we need race course marshalls in kayaks. No better job than sitting in the marsh pointing the way.
We also need some seasoned kayak rescue boaters for the front side of Little Tybee.
This is a great place for possible surf action rescues and helping with re launches from the beach.
If you are interested in helping out in any way contact us here or Chief Race Organizer Deb Kearney at

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Classic Kayak Race-Little Tybee Challenge - June 12th

Many East coast towns have a strong connection with the Atlantic, either through fishing, naval or maritime heritage.
If Little Tybee Island is known for anything, and it's not known for much, it is it's great kayaking environment.
Tybee Island is an island for Sea Kayaking.
It's been described as the best kayak race on the east coast, but many have never heard of it, let alone taken part. So what is it that makes The Little Tybee Challenge a 'cult' classic ?

Well, firstly, it starts and finishes in a bar. Aj's Dockside has been hosting the event for almost all of the races 12 years. Racers and non racers alike are out in force for a great community gathering on the water.

In distance, it's a short race, but this can have little bearing on the outcome. In an area with the second largest tidal variant on the US east coast and constant shifting sandbars, and breaking waves, distance is irrelevant. This is a race against nature.

The course takes the racer through the heart of a wilderness barrier island, striking in it's simple beauty. There is nobody roadside to cheer you on, just the cool breeze rustling through the grass.

Racers can and do get lost. With a maze of tight creeks and switch backs, even return racers have taken a wrong turn and lost their lead position. Long, fast surf skis and outrigger canoes fair poorly through Jacks Cut.

One quarter of the race is on the open ocean. The course takes racers through two shoal areas with breaking waves. If the wind is blowing, the surf is up and many a overconfident racer has been 'washed ashore' trying to cut distance on the 'inside'.

The last two miles of the race are against the now strong ebbing tide. Pick the wrong
course here and your winning margin will slowly be whittled away. You can see the finish line (the bar) and almost hear the crowds cheering. You can hear the paddler behind you, slowly climbing onto your wake, as your muscles and pride burn through your soul...or not.

And then it's over, a mere 1 and half hours after it began.
And everybody gets a cool prize, a beer and a bowl of gumbo.
And the Tybee Marine Science Center raises $10,000

Did we say it was a 'classic' ?

Editors Note: There are three races altogether on the morning of June 12th.
1/Across the river, 2/down the river and 3/around the island.
Something for everyone.
Sign up here...

Thanks to Mike Robinson of Saltwood Paddles for the photos.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tybee Paddle Event Day - June 12th

Mark your calendars...

....for this year's Tybee Island Kayak Races, and
for what has been described as the best little kayak race in the Southeast... The Little Tybee Challenge!

The races are a fund-raising event for the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. The Marine Science Center has been providing interactive marine education to children and adults alike for over twenty years. As you know, the Marine Science Center on Tybee is crammed into a small and outdated space. Plans are afloat to upgrade the infrastructure and increase the education programs, completely relocating the facility to a purpose built center on the more peaceful north end of the island.

For Race Day, apart from competitors, race course marshalls and safety boaters are needed for on-water assistance. Volunteers are also needed to help set up and break down the event.

If you are interested in volunteering your time, contact Deb Kearney at

For more race info and to download an application for any of the races click here .