Some of our past Mentors and Organizers

 Robin Snow

Robin Snow

– the Retreat organizer who ran the event from 1996 to 2004 and has been part of the current organizing team since 2008. The original Retreat embraced all sea kayaking styles and paddle types. Robin took the dramatic initiative of making Delmarva an all-traditional Greenland event starting in 2001. She was also responsible for bringing Maligiaq to the Retreat in 1998.

 

 

 

 Gary Grzybek

Gary Grzybek

I have been an active open water paddler for many years. From the very beginning it has been important for him to gain the skills and training in boat control, self and assisted rescue that has increased his confidence to further enjoy the water in a variety of conditions. This passion has also inspired him to explore the more historical and traditional aspects of kayaking. Gary headed up the mentoring staff at HRGF this past year.

 

 Dave Isbell

Dave Isbell

Dave is a retired Coast Guard officer with over 5 decades of experience in all manner of craft from 4000 Ton ships to 8' dinghies and everything in between. He has been kayaking for about 25 of these years in areas ranging from the Caribbean to the high Canadian Arctic. Having discovered the Greenland paddle about 13 years ago he quickly became a skin on frame qajaq builder and has about a dozen qajaqs to his credit scattered about the east coast. He paddles when he can and rolls when he has to. He is happiest on long self supported paddling trips.

 

 Anicca Jansen

Anicca Jansen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Tom Milani

Tom Milani from QUSA

Tom is the recently retired editor of The MASIK, Qajaq USA's online newsletter. He has been paddling since 1999 and using Greenland paddles exclusively since around 2002. He's a technical editor for a federally funded research and development center and has been editing and writing professionally for the last 19 years. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Alison Sigethy.

“My entrance into Greenland-style kayaking and kayak building has been more by fits and starts than any direct path. Seeing a two-piece Greenland paddle and hearing a description of its use led to my buying one a few years later. Using the paddle led to a half-day workshop conducted by Greg Stamer to refine my stroke. A class by Greg Welker of Chesapeake Paddlers Association at SK102, the group's annual training event, led to a poorly executed side-scull, which led to Internet surfing for a Greenland-style kayak, which led to Mark Starr's kayak-making class at Mystic Seaport and Qajaq USA membership.

“Not the most direct route, and my path to learning rolls, building techniques, strokes, and rope gymnastics has been much the same. But I like the direction I'm headed, and I look forward to learning more, building more, and doing more.

 

 Matt Moskal

Matt Moskal

 

 

 

 

 

 Greg Welker

Greg Welker