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.