The Big 30th Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat

It’s our big 3-0. 30 years of providing top level instruction to the paddling community.



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This year we will be focusing more than ever on Makers Workshops. Historically, Inuit communities made mostly everything that they used, so holding these workshops serve to support and honor these "handcrafted" traditions. Look for workshops in making mittens, harpoons, Aleut and Greenland paddles, float bags, seasocks and more. Jannie Heegaard is back and bringing Anders with her this time. Harvey Golden is returning, finally! Other special guests to be announced. We will continue to have plenty of on water and big water clases. This mentor rich event has a great student teacher ratio, often one on one.

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You're guaranteed to learn something new, improve your paddling skills, make new friends and have fun.All this in a rustic camp-style setting on the scenic shores of Rehoboth Bay, Delaware, USA.



The Auction items are already starting to take shope. Ed may have outdone himself this time

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Plus good country cooking 3 times a day.


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Adam's video

Adam Kieper put this together. Follow this link to Adam Kieper's Facebook page and this tribute to the 2017 Delmarvalous Paddlers Retreat is a must see. 2017 Delmarva Paddler's Retreat

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Peter's Videos

Videos and photos have been all over and many have been linked to our Delmarva on FaceBook page.

Here are some of Peter's from his Vimeo page.

Greenland Ropes : Delmarva 2017

Kayak Build @ 2017 Delmarva Paddlers Retreat

Some of the fun on the water

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Delmarva Turns 30 next year

Won't you Please put Oct 4th -7th, 2018 on your calenders for next year.

We will be turning the Big 30!

Held over Columbus Day weekend. Please note that this is different date from what was announced earlier.

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THANK YOU everyone for making the 29th Delmarva a Success

Delmarva Paddlers Retreat is over and it was a great one. When we were assembling the combined schedule the Sunday before Delmarva, it was clear that Mike had put together a stellar class list and from the feedback so far it looks like that was pretty much a unanimous consensus. Well Done Mike!


Anders Skin On Frame build class was a great success. Maya said it best, it was so much fun to see the other participants come through and marvel at what was being built. 7 Beautiful qajaqs left Delmarva. Plus we now have a “Delmarwa” qajaq. Not sure how the spelling got changed, but the qajaq is made of all locally harvested wood including “crooked wood” from Camp Arrowhead trees. It was a truly a community effort. Long range planning has us doing the next SOF build in 2019.

Planning is underway for next year, we turn the Big 30. Anders and Jannie have been invited back. More on that soon. Please mark your calendars for next year, Oct 4th -7th 2018, Columbus Day weekend. This is different from what was announced earlier. Look for mentor training offerings on Thursday as part of the extended stay packages. Friday sessions will be open to attendees and mentors alike.

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Skin on Frame Building at Delmarva

Anders will be bringing his skin on frame building class to Delmarva. The class will take place the week before the main event beginning September 30, 2017 and going through October 6th or 7th if needed. Email us if you are interested. Signup for this class closes September 10th 2017.

He is an accomplished expedition kayaker and to support his habit (and the family) Anders also builds kayaks and makes paddles in Norway. A favorite guest at Delmarva he will be at Delmarva in 2017 teaching kayaking building. We will be offering both traditional Greenland qajaqs and iqyax (aka the baidarka)

Below is one of Anders many informative videos. See more of what he does at Kajakkspesialisten (don't miss his blog) and at Norwegian Wood Paddles. Grab a beer or wine before you sit down, you won't want to stop looking at his next video.

=====A Thousand Hands Ago=====

A short film about of recalling the knowledge of long dead craftsmen.

Over the course of three days, Danish kayak builder Anders Thygesen builds an Aleutian iqyax by the shore of his local lake. He reflects on the process of learning these skills from masters whom he has never met.

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From Peter - Delmarva Paddlers Retreat 2016

If you haven't seen Peter Gengler's tribute to this year's Delmarvalous Paddlers Retreat is a must see. 2016 Delmarva Paddler's Retreat

=====Thank You Gengler=====

 Catriona, our very active FaceBook editor, has been collecting participant's photos and posting them on our FaceBook page. Delmarva on FaceBook

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The 2015 Kayak Build Competition

Ralph Young has done a film on the 1st Annual Kayak Build Competition.

=====Thank You Ralph=====


Delmarva Paddlers Retreat Kayak Build from Ralph Young on Vimeo.

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Videos and Photo Albums

If you haven't seen Peter Gengler's tribute to this year's Delmarvalous Paddlers Retreat you must take a moment.2015 Delmarva Paddler's Retreat

=====Thank You Gengler=====


DJ has links to  his wonderful images posted on his Favebook page. 2015 Images from DJ


Catriona has been collecting participant's photo posting on our FaceBook page. Delmarva on FaceBook

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