Every year, the Windhappers Kayak/Canoe Club celebrates the end of summer paddling season and the beginning of winter paddling with a short paddle and campfire in a nearby park. The Windhappers Kanovereniging (windchasers kayak/canoe club) is a paddling club based in Den Haag (the Hague) in the Netherlands. Every Wednesday evening, members gather at the swanky clubhouse to either (1) practice kayak polo, (2) go for an evening paddle, or (3) loiter around the bar. Elizabeth and I visited a few weeks ago and participated in item #3. I asked at least 5 people how the club works, and how an experienced member can join and use the equipment. They seemed baffled by the fact that:
Click below to read more about our first club impressions!
Yesterday Elizabeth and I biked 50 minutes from our apartment to the clubhouse and joined in the end-of-season campfire festivities. I finally recieved a key to the boat shed, where we outfitted ourselves with kayaks and gear. So far, it seems the club only has old-style kayaks (fiberglass/rounded hulls/no rocker what-so-ever) and heavy paddles with 90 degree feathering sans drip rings. Watch out, wrists!
Distance: 1.8 miles (2.9 km), round trip
Duration: 2 hrs (1.5 hrs at the bonfire!)