|From Sebago Frostbite Regatta, Jan 8 2011|
Of course what was really going on there was a warm-up balance brace -- or would that be cool-down? -- getting ourselves acclimatized for the traditional Sebago Frostbite Regatta rolls. That water is COLD these days, you don't want to just plunge in without a little preparation.
It was another very nice paddle. Despite it being a LOT frostier than it was on the 1st, we had a good crew of 9. Fortunately there was almost no wind (well, fortunately for us, not for my sailing friends who were hoping for a bit of a sail but wisely realized it wasn't going to be worth the bother of rigging, paddles & oars were really the only way a person was going to get anywhere). We saw a couple more seals over by Ruffle Bar, we hit both of the salt marshes near Sebago, and we had a lot of silly fun when we found some thick ice in the closer of the 2 salt marshes.
And as I said when I posted this over on YouTube - I think this video proves without a doubt that any child who thinks that growing up means you stop playing is simply hanging out with the wrong grown-ups.
Another great day on the bay, and another in a great series of winter weekend paddles. I haven't been keeping track but I'm pretty sure it's been at least 4 in a row, and we're hoping for another one this weekend - it's time for the annual Sebago Seal Paddle, the official one at Jones Beach. We've had some nice sightings in the bay, but Jones Beach really is Seal Central in the wintertime. Can't wait!