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Chili cook off wrap up

The 2017 Reef Warrior chili cook-off is in the books, Thanks to every one who brought chili. They were all good, the voting was close. A single vote decided the winner and there was a tie for 2nd.

After a vote off,  2nd place was awarded to Joe, in his first chili

cook-off

Sydney , also a first timer took home the hardware this year.

The highlight of the night (other than the chili) was “The Rain water” rum fountain. A genius creation by our Mad Scientist, Cam.

 

A great reef sunset was enjoyed by all.

Click here

to view the end of year video.

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Paddle pics and Chili Cook-off reminder

In my excitement to share the video post of the Once Around the Wreck paddle I forgot to add these links to photos from the labor day paddle.

 https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1hsnNVf5QvBQUVYa2ZmOTNBQlk?usp=sharing

https://1drv.ms/f/s!AmHHoJ0r1ux-qlozc5Yw4LN9G22Q

 

And a quick reminder, Chili cook -off will be September 30th, at Caseys place, ledge 4, please have your chili warm and delivered between  4 and 5 pm.

Crock pot cooker bags will be available for pick up the weekend of 9/23 here at ledge 12.

Hope to see everyone there!!!!

 

 

Once Around the Wreck/Labor Day Weekend

Thanks to everyone who braved the chill to participate/help out/ and share  photos for the  Once around the Wreck Paddle.
Even though the morning was a bit cold with a very uncommon east wind we still had a great turn out for this event. 70 +  paddlers braved the elements.  Give yourselves a round of applause!
The magic of the Reef was apparent the whole weekend, as the early morning chill made way to a warm day with a nice east wind that created a breezy, flat water, fun Hobie day. Then the remains of Hurricane Harvey cleared the beach in record time and left us with a Sunday Funday.
Waking up to waves for breakfast, a 2+ hr surf session turned into a great day for the sailors lucky enough to be here.
Big winds were forecast for Labor day Monday although they never materialized, it was an outstanding day,  the warmth and sunshine provided a perfect day at the Reef.
Here is a video recap of the paddle and funday Sunday.
Enjoy

once around the wreck/labor day weekend

The great poet laureate of Margaritaville once said:

” It is hard to reason with the hurricane season”

This statement is a fact when it comes to planning for this year’s

Once around the Wreck Paddle.

Our event will be held on Labor Day weekend Saturday, Sept. 2 at 10am.

Let’s get everyone on the beach by 9:30ish.

As of now the weather is looking most promising for a Saturday morning paddle. Light winds are forecast for the morning with the breeze picking up later in the day. (Unlike Sunday’s forecast which has the sailors jumping for joy!)

https://www.windfinder.com/forecast/lake_erie_pleasant_beach 

https://www.wunderground.com/weather/ca/elco-beach/IONTARIO1245?mr=1&MR=1 

Please bring your pfd! The aqua cops have been around often and we don’t need to raise funds to bail someone out of the brig!

Join us as we gather all manner of paddle craft for a trip around the Sherkston ship wreck. Then gather in front of ledge 12  for some post paddle treats, make new friends, catch up with old friends and swap some stories.

A great tradition to begin the countdown to the end of the summer of 2017
Reef Warrior swag will be available for purchase.

If any one would like to donate some time to help set up or any goodies to share (morning snacks/water/soft drinks/ice,  ect.) please stop by and see Lou or Gail at ledge 12.

Please spread the word and let’s attempt to get over 100 paddlers involved!

See you all Saturday morning! Stay tuned for updates! (just in case :))

SUP and general water safety rules

 

As many of you have recently witnessed here at Da’ Reef there has been a great disrespect of water safety by a large number of power craft users.

This unsafe operation has prompted many calls to the Coast Guard and Niagara Regional Police water patrols requesting increased enforcement of laws/regulations in our corner of Lake Erie.

I have it on good authority that the patrols will be in the area on this coming weekend so let’s all be safe, aware and set a good example of what watermen and women should be.

As a reminder of what is necessary I have done some research and this is what I found….

Transport Canada pdf link

Transport Canada, like the United States Coast Guard, classifies Stand Up Paddleboards as human powered vessels when they are being used for navigation. When being used within the surf zone for surfing activities these requirements are not in force. When undertaking a trip or circuit such as a group crossing or solo outing, this is considered navigation.
As human powered vessels, Stand Up Paddleboards are subject to all carriage requirements, including lifejackets. There must be one Canadian approved lifejacket or personal floatation device available on board and available for immediate use. There are many PFD options available for ease of use, such as waist-pack inflatables (a popular choice among competitive rowers, who are also short on space and require a broad range of movement) or low profile paddling vests.
While we have received many requests for the consideration of a leash in lieu of a PFD, Transport Canada does not recognize the leash/paddleboard combination as a floatation device.

If everyone on board is wearing a lifejacket or a PFD of appropriate size, you are only required to carry .1) a sound-signaling device; and .2) a watertight flashlight if the boat is used after sunset or before sunrise or in periods of restricted visibility.

Transport Canada supports leash use, but not as an alternative to a lifejacket or personal floatation device.

What does all that mean for you?

Wear or carry a PFD with you when you are heading out for a paddle, safety 1st. It is just common sense. A sound signaling device is also recommended.

Wear your leash, this prevents you from being separated from the board should you fall. Your board is the thing with the most float available should an emergency arise.

The PFD  guidelines apply for our friends on kayaks, canoes, and other paddle craft as well as sailors, wind surfers and kiters.

Ultimately the decision to wear a PFD is your choice, choose wisely.

Let’s all avoid hefty fines and keep the PFDs with us and have a safe summer out at Da’Reef.

Below are some links for inflatable waist pack PFDs.

 

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-marine–ultra-slim-manual-inflatable-life-jacket-belt-pack-blue–15911308?recordNum=7

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/dakine–uscg-approved-type-v-inflatable-pfd–16975757?recordNum=18

 

Minimum requirements for all other craft are:

a PFD for all aboard,  a sound signaling device,  throw-able line,and a paddle.

Please refer to the Transport Canada link above if you are unsure about anything. Continue reading SUP and general water safety rules