May 4, 2011

Hudson River Greenland Festival

June 24-26th, Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

our goal

The focus of this weekend is to learn, refine, and share traditional kayaking techniques in a stimulating and enjoyable environment. Whether you are new, along, or far down this path, come join us for a great weekend of Greenland-Style kayaking!

the instruction

We will have a passionate group of mentors that will offer, for all skill levels, the opportunity to either discover or further engage the deep and significant repertoire of the Greenlandic seal catchers. No matter what your paddling experience, come explore these very practical strokes, braces, and rolling skills.

A comprehensive strokes session will be offered both days for all levels, beginning with the best teacher of all, the paddle itself. A short land talk/Q&A on history, material, paddle-sizing, kayak fit, basic stroke, posture and legwork will be followed by an on-water session covering forward stroke, canted stroke, back-paddling, braces, sweeps, rudders, draws, and more.

Did we mention rolling? Kayaks can be rather tippy sometimes and you can find warmth, security, and dryness by staying in the kayak rather than in the water. Hence, the ‘eskimo roll’. There are many ways to roll. Are you interested in mastering sculling for support or the basic standard roll? More advanced layback techniques, such as the crook of arm or spine roll? Norsaq rolls? Hand rolls? Would you like to learn forward-finishing techniques, like the storm roll, or the reverse sweep? Do you want to push even deeper into the ‘rolling list’?

And there is more to Greenland-style than paddling and rolling! See a Greenlandic Ropes demonstration (how the Inuit kept fit during the long winter months) and try it yourself. Participate in discussions on paddle-carving and Skin-On-Frame (SOF) construction. Hear our guest speaker present her trip to Greenland and learn about Greenland culture. See how many rolls you can accomplish in the Roll-Off. Try your hand at some skill-inspired games and join a team for a very fun Greenlandic relay race!

New at HRGF 2011!

Paddle-carving workshop with Chris Raab of Tuktu Paddles!

$100 for a full-day workshop, all tools and materials provided, Friday, June 24, 9am-5pm, ending with a Greenland paddle ready to get wet. Minimum 5 participants, maximum 15 so sign-up now!

Deadline for paddle workshop sign-up and payment is April 30.

So, come join in the fun! Seize this day! Explore the origins of kayaking! Here is your opportunity to try traditional gear, including paddles, ‘paatit’, skin on frame ‘qajaq’, and paddling jackets, ‘tuilik’. Bring an open mind and a set of nose plugs!

Dress to get wet!


You may arrive on Friday anytime after the park opens at 8 am. Event registration will be from noon-8 pm at the Lodge in the cabin area. The $8 daily parking fee is waived for all participants. We will have open activities—paddling, ropes play, socializing.

All our cabins have been reserved. Tent site are still available. Bathrooms with showers are in separate buildings in the cabin area and by the tent sites.

HRGF headquarters will be at the Lodge in the cabin area.

Food – Meals are provided starting with Friday dinner, three meals Saturday, and Sunday breakfast and lunch. Bottled water and sodas will be provided all weekend. Feel free to bring other beverages of choice to share.

Silent & Live Auction – Saturday night at the Lodge. Items include donated kayak gear, crafts, and trips to other kayak events. Please bring items to donate to the table as all proceeds go right back into keeping event costs low.


A Coast Guard approved personal flotation device to be worn during on-water activities. EMTs and First Responders are always on-site.


$175.00 for the entire 3 days, ACA members subtract $5.00 for insurance.

the schedule

Friday Night: Noon-8 pm check in. Drive up to the gate and tell the guard you are there for Qajaq USA’s event – the Hudson River Greenland Festival (HRGF). Proceed through the park to the Lodge at far end of the campground. If you know you will arrive later than 8pm, indicate this on your registration form and we will give you a cell phone number to reach us.

6:30am Yoga
7:30am Breakfast
8:00am Morning Meeting
9:00am Instruction Kick off
12:30pm Lunch, see food for options
1:00pm Afternoon meeting
1:30pm Afternoon Instruction
4:30pm Break for day, let the festivities begin!
5:00pm Ropes demo/instruction (at the Lodge)
Sat evening Dinner, Silent & Live Auction, Miscellaneous Fun!
8:00pm Presentation: Heather Lamon’s first trip to Greenland

6:30am Yoga
7:30am Breakfast
8:00am Morning Meeting, clear camp
9:00am Instruction Kick off. Also possible Guided Hudson River paddle.
11:30am Roll-off
12:30pm Lunch
1:00pm Afternoon Meeting
1:30pm Greenlandic Relay Race
2:30-ishpm Award Ceremony, open practice, paddling

directions to the Hudson River Greenland Festival

The Hudson River Greenland Festival will be held in Croton Point Park. Croton Point Park is a 508-acre park situated on a peninsula on the east shore of the Hudson River. It is located in Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York.

on Google Maps

Search for Croton Point Park, Croton, NY.

directions from east of the Hudson River

From the East [Port Chester and points East] Merritt Parkway (South) or New England Thruway (South) to 287. 287 to the Sprain Brook Parkway North, to the Taconic Parkway North, 3rd exit, 100/9A north. Stay on 9A to RT 9 north of Ossining, and take first exit, Croton Point Avenue. Make left, follow signs to the park.

directions from west of the Hudson River

From the West [Rockland County and points West] New York State Thruway to Exit 9 (Tarrytown). Proceed North on Route 9 for approximately 10 miles and exit at Croton Point Avenue, turn left at end of ramp; turn left at light; Park entrance straight ahead.

directions from north of Westchester County

Take your best route to Route 9 South. Take Route 9 South to Croton Point Avenue exit; follow signs for the park.

directions from south of Westchester County

Take your best route to Route 9 North. Take Route 9 North to Croton Point Avenue exit; follow signs for the park.

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