I've mentioned it before, paddling there solo a couple of years ago.
Clearing the deck.
With temperatures in the 30s F, water about 50 F, everyone was wearing drysuits. At least one member was wearing one for the first time in actual conditions, and a couple others were relatively new to drysuit and cold water paddling. The wind prediction was on the high side - broaching F4 from the west - but turned out to be milder, and more from the south.
Shuffling to and fro.
Mister Cowgirl readies his steed.
We also had sunshine on most of the journey, so after layering up to meet the predicted wind chill, several of us found ourselves warm, in some cases overheating.
While we'd had several inches of snowfall the day before - incidentally, something I drove in briefly, making the rounds of various holiday parties - some was still on our deck, but mostly it had melted. We had "movie snow" decorating the cliffs and trees, but otherwise the water was indistinguishable from any other day of paddling.
Five of us set out. Along the way, we met up with AA, another club member who'd been supporting a swimmer out for a photo shoot. That is, someone swimming in the water, without anyof our fancy thermal protection, near the Little Red Lighthouse, for about half an hour, just for the sake of some photographs. We were amazed. AA came over and said hello, but opted not to join us - he'd worked late the night before, and went back to get some shuteye.
Our landing at the beach.
We landed and secured our boats, then went into the market. I had a hot pork and noodle soup.
After about an hour, it was time to return. We took in a good view of Manhattan across the way.
From parking lot to Manhattan.
It was a great trip. If you want to see the on-water portions, check out my video with a lil' holiday music set to it.
Happy holidays to all !