Paddle with the President set for June 25

Join Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum President Kristen Greenaway, shown here using her Greenland paddle, as she kayaks on the Miles River and demonstrates how to use a Greenland paddle on Tuesday, June 25.

ST. MICHAELS — Join Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum President Kristen Greenaway for a relaxed evening paddle on the Miles River and a demonstration of how to use a Greenland paddle from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Greenaway spent part of her youth with her parents and two siblings living aboard a 32-foot wooden yacht her father built. She is a frequent participant in the annual WaterTribe Everglades Challenge, a 300-mile, day/night small craft event from Tampa to the Florida Keys.

Noted to reduce stress on hands, elbows, and shoulders without sacrificing control and power, the Greenland paddle has a narrower and longer blade. Based on a 1,000-year-old Intuit design, the paddle measures about the width of the kayaker’s shoulders, with a blade that is less than four inches wide that tapers to a shaft or “loom.”

The cost for paddlers bringing their own kayak is $20, or participants can rent a kayak and gear for $35. A 20% discount is available for CBMM members. Kayaks will be launched from CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove, and paddlers should bring water and a head lamp.

Participation is limited, with advanced registration required at cbmm.org/Greenawaypaddle. The rain date for the event is Thursday, June 27. To learn more about this and other programs at CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

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