The replica of Cabrillo’s flagship has been under construction near the airport, and will be launched sometime now in February (date will be announced). We are going to have a paddle to coincide with that event. This is a good opportunity to see the launch from the water, while possibly getting some free club publicity, given the news media coverage (does anyone have a small SDKC banner you can put on your boat?). We will meet at the Liberty Station launch ramp, then paddle down the canal to the build site of the San Salvador. That is a distance of about 1 mile on flat water, so this will be a very easy paddle, great for all abilities and boat types. We can also explore the nearby yacht basins on protected waters, so come join us for a fun paddle. You may just see yourself on the nightly news.
BOAT RENTALS AVAILABLE
Aqua Adventures has kayaks for rent, and will bring them over to Liberty Station. Jen is giving us a special rental rate of $30 for a single, and $40 for a tandem. Their phone number is 619 523-9577. If you want a rental, you must call and pay in advance to reserve your boat.
For more info on the San Salvador project, click on these links:
LAUNCH DATE AND TIME:
The exact date for the launch is not set, but current thinking is now sometime in February. We will update this notice as soon as the Maritime Museum sets a definite date and time, and will email it out.
DURATION OF THE PADDLE:
We will be on the water for 2 to 3 hours, checking out the San Salvador and the yacht basins.
WHAT TO BRING:
Bring your hat, sunglasses, camera, water and snacks for the paddle. There is a grassy area to clean off your boat, so bring water for that. Bring all safety gear and a VHF if you have one. Life jackets are mandatory, and must be worn. Please read the fine print below the map.
DIRECTIONS TO LIBERTY STATION LAUNCH RAMP:
From I-5 south and I-8 west, take the Rosecrans exit (which is Hwy 209 on the map). Take Rosecrans to Lytton Street (at the Sail Ho golf course) and turn left. Take the first right, into Liberty Station. Follow the one way street to Sims Road and turn left. Turn left on Historic Decatur, a one-way street which takes you back toward the entrance. You will immediately see another street named Perry on your left. Turn into the parking lot on your right at that juncture. The ramp is at the east end of that lot (LS Launch on the map). There are restrooms at the golf course and the park.
These paddles are not sanctioned San Diego Kayak Club or Aqua Adventures events. The announcer of this event is not the leader of such, merely a “coordinator”.
Disclaimer: We will have experienced paddlers on this trip, but they will not be responsible for telling you what is or is not safe for you to do. We watch out for one another and assist one another, but all individuals are responsible for, and manage their own safety. This responsibility includes assessing your gear, skill level, and physical conditioning relative to conditions and location, as well as making decisions about what you will or will not do. Participants acknowledge that kayaking on the open sea or bay is inherently dangerous and can lead to physical injury including death as well as property damage. Participants, on their behalf and on behalf of their heirs and assignees, agree to hold the announcers and other participants blameless in the event of such injury, damage or death. Please join us if you want to mildly stretch your capabilities, but please stay home if you would be wildly stretching them. Participants should have bracing skills, be able to self-rescue and assist in the rescue of others. They should be able to launch and/or land along the rocky bay front.