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| 08-09-2016 2:41 PM|
|Customer Mike Stout's remarkable story of crossing Lake Michigan in his NC Kayak.
SOLO PADDLER CROSSES LAKE MICHIGAN
From Wisconsin’s Rawley Point Lighthouse to Michigan’s Sable Point Lighthouse
At 7AM (CT) I complete my solo paddle across Lake Michigan. It takes 17 hours, 5-hours longer than my worse case scenario. I estimate the total distance to be 55 miles.
Tuesday was a beautiful day for a paddle across Lake Michigan. Beginning at the Rawley Point Lighthouse, just north of Manitowic, the clear blue skies and mid-70s temperature provides a spectacular backdrop for a cross lake journey.
Lake Michigan isn’t angry, but it isn’t inviting either. The
cool breeze from the south proves deceptively challenging, although the white caps give warning of the difficult paddle ahead. At 10 mph the wind speeds are slightly above projected rates and instead of weakening during the early evening, the wind picks up
reaching speeds of 12 mph and gusts surpassing 15 mph.
With the waves crashing over the side of my 17’2” NC kayak, I change course to avoid being knocked over. With a new direction I take the waves on diagonally. My confidence and excitement increases, so does my distance and time.
There is no looking and going back. I am all in.
I select this route due to its distance and the convenience of returning on the SS Badger when done. To prepare for the challenge, this spring and summer I log over 525 miles of kayaking on the Minnesota, Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers, with several day trips in excess of 35 miles, one reaching 58 miles. Additionally, several days a week I work out at my local health club and cross train.
Failure is not an option. I am confident in my preparation and paddling skill. With ample safety and rescue gear I am ready in the event of an emergency.
The trip is packed with incredible beauty. It begins with the charm of the historical Rawley Point Lighthouse. The first ship spotted is a schooner with its two large masts displaying seven sails. From
miles off shore the orange glow of the sunset provides closure to a spectacular day. The Cassiopeia the W-shaped constellation, gives me an early evening greeting and needed calmness. In the distance I spot the SS Badger on its last leg of the day. The Milky Way with its 100 billion stars lifts my spirit, and the aurora provides a dazzling light display. Great lakes freighters and single cruise ship give me a welcomed hint that I am nearing the eastern shore.
In the distance I spot a bright red light! A landmark to guide me in. Finally!
It is past 4AM and fatigue is setting. It is past the time I thought would be my worse case scenario. For 12 hours I have been battling a steady southern wind, relentless waves, and I am out of food. Fortunately, at arms reach is 6 quadrillion gallons of thirst quenching fresh water. I so love Lake Michigan.
I wonder, will someone notify the US Coast Guard of a possible rescue situation? So tired, it didn’t even occur to me that they would first give an alert over channel 16. My ship-to-shore radio is tucked inside my life vest within listening distance.
With my compass now reading due east, I realize the wind has shifted. It is coming from the east, head on, with gusts nearing 10 mph. Its strength is much greater than what I had planned. With my energy nearly spent, I didn’t need this additional challenge. I wonder if I am making any momentum and how many more miles (hours) remain.
Committed to the tallest red light on shore, I pick up my pace. I’m going in.
I begin crossing paths with early morning fishermen with their lines in tow. The red light is now surrounded by others. I must be careful and avoid being distracted by other false targets.
The clouds north of me begin to display as the sun announces it will soon be arriving. A glance at my red light, I notice another nearer water’s edge. I don’t know why, but I choose this to be my final guiding light.
The sun reveals itself. WOW! The first sunrise I experience from a Great Lake miles from shore. That’s good and bad. The view is stunning, but I am still miles from shore and running on fumes.
Now daylight, I can clearly see all the activity on the water. To the north, coming toward me, is a sailor enjoying the morning’s strong breeze. In front, there must be a hundred recreational and charter
fishermen taking the same oval course around a popular fishing ground. I think, each one is sure a record size fish is at the end of their line and hoping that their harvest is the greatest of them all.
In front of me is my new guiding light. I now see that it is a lighthouse. I don’t know which one.
Soon, I notice its discernible black and white horizontal design and realize it is the Sable Point Lighthouse. How is it possible? With only a compass, 17 hours of zig zagging across Lake Michigan through day and night, selecting random red lights for my final destination, somehow I hit my original target dead on.
Thrilled that this journey is completed, a success, I run my kayak straight into the beachhead. I carry it up a slight ridge, then quickly unpack and form a pocket in the sand to the shape my body. In minutes, this is where I fall asleep.
| 08-09-2016 11:55 AM|
|Kayak camping on Blake Island.|
| 08-05-2016 12:01 PM|
|Sunset on the Narrows.|
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NC Kayaks are extremely fast, effecient thru the water and very light.
Our boats demonstrate extraordinary tracking and stability, due to our unique hull design and superior construction methods.
NC kayaks are a consistent race winner, but as a touring paddler you'll love the benefits of our boats. Effeciency and speed translates to a more enjoyable paddling experience. The speed means it takes fewer paddle strokes to go from point A to point B, and can make a longer trip that much more attainable and enjoyable.
We achieve this speed and effeciency by utilizing an extremely narrow bow and stern coupled with a streamlined mid hull design.
In conjunction, the external performance flange reduces boat flex, effectively transferring more paddle energy per stroke to your forward propulsion.
The extremely narrow stern demands our kayaks track exceptionally well. The kayak is virtually unaffected by wind or tidal conditions, reducing the need for a rudder or corrective strokes.
Essentially, once a paddler picks a landmark or compass point, the kayak will track to your destination, allowing you to be more aware of your surroundings and scenery.
Our hull design yields excellent initial stability. A highly desirable trait, allowing you to build confidence, and to develop and refine paddling skills. For the more advanced paddler, our soft chine and performance flange result in unrivaled secondary stability and great turning performance.
At NC Kayaks we take great pride in the construction of our ocean kayaks.
We handcraft each composite component in-house. Significantly reducing the weight by eliminating excess resin in the laminate. Using such care in the manufacturing process, we produce some of the lightest kayaks available.