The “Circ”, Circumnavigation of Manhattan
When I first heard about the “Circ,” I wanted no part of it. Paddling 30 miles in one day around Manhattan sounded like a recipe for disaster. I wondered if I could make it that far without running out of energy. I passed on invitations for this trip on several occasions, then my friend Dave did the trip and reported back to me. Dave said it wasn’t that hard and he was sure I could make it. I trust Dave’s judgment, so I signed up for the trip this year (2013) with a group from the Cold Spring Kayak Club.
The secret to this trip is to go with paddlers who have done it before. We had 8 paddlers, with about half who had already completed the trip. Rich, our leader, had done the trip before and had worked out the timing so the currents would be in our favor. (This is THE key to this trip).
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About the Author
Donald Urmston has been kayaking for more than 18 years. He enjoys all types of kayaking from quiet water to sea kayaking, and loves to share his passion for kayaking with newcomers to the sport. He is a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club and he leads kayak outings and gives kayak lessons for the club. He has owned over 30 kayaks throughout the years and is constantly buying, selling, testing and researching kayaks. Donald gives presentations on how to get started kayaking to audiences all over the Hudson Valley. He has paddled the Hudson River from Albany to Manhattan and is currently working on section-paddling the entire Erie Canal and circumnavigating Mount Desert Island in Maine. When he is not kayaking, he teaches business management as a full-time instructor at Orange County Community College in Middletown, NY.