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#216597 - 02/07/11 02:08 PM Re: Went in the drink yesterday [Re: dweste]
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You did good. Glad you're alright.

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#216599 - 02/07/11 02:44 PM Re: Went in the drink yesterday [Re: dweste]
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Welcome home! Everything else is secondary.
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#216600 - 02/07/11 02:46 PM Re: Went in the drink yesterday [Re: dweste]
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Glad to hear that you're ok dweste!

Situations get complicated and a lot of folks would have let their pride or priorities push them back out on the water in an attempt to avoid embarrassment which would have only made things much worse for everyone. None of us want to make that call but I'm glad you did.

It's amazing how a very mundane illness can creep up on you when you're pushing yourself physically, dehydrated, etc. The same illness might barely rate an off day if you weren't pushing yourself.
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#216606 - 02/07/11 04:44 PM Re: Went in the drink yesterday [Re: dweste]
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No wetsuit? What is the water temp. there?

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#216610 - 02/07/11 04:58 PM Re: Went in the drink yesterday [Re: dweste]
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Glad your OK, but it looks you made the headlines as well.

http://www.macon.com/2011/02/07/1441286/kayakers-rescued-at-echeconnee.html

The water certainly looks chilly from the photos of the Rescue.

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#216614 - 02/07/11 07:32 PM Re: Went in the drink yesterday [Re: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor]
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Originally Posted By: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor

Glad your OK, but it looks you made the headlines as well.

http://www.macon.com/2011/02/07/1441286/kayakers-rescued-at-echeconnee.html

The water certainly looks chilly from the photos of the Rescue.



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#216615 - 02/07/11 07:36 PM Re: Went in the drink yesterday [Re: TeacherRO]
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Originally Posted By: TeacherRO
No wetsuit? What is the water temp. there?


Opted for breathable stocking foot waders, belted at waist, and technical layers on top, with PFD, of course. Did some intertidal wading to scout for seavegetables and bivalves - intended to do more that day. I was very buoyant [just call me Bob] but the water was creeping into my clothing.

Every time I have kayaked in my wetsuit overheating is a big problem and you wind up opening the suit for comfort.

Not sure the water temp, but typically in the 50's to low 60's.

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#216621 - 02/07/11 09:47 PM Re: Went in the drink yesterday [Re: NightHiker]
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Dweste, I am glad you got out of it OK and that the whole thing is now just an internet chat, but I am puzzled by a couple of things. You say your clothing was "doing its job" but shortly thereafter you were "shivering uncontrollably" I doubt your clothing was working very well. You would have been much better off in a wet suit. The best combination for sea kayaking that I have used is a farmer john topped with a float coat; the coat can be easily adjusted for exertion and is less cumbersome than a PFD. The better float coats are rated as PFDs (class III, I believe).

It is important to know the temperature of the water in which you will be paddling - there is a big difference between 55 and 65. I am surprised that your water temps might have been in the 60s at this time of year. In the Channel Islands, well to the south of you, we attain 60 degrees only in the late summer; water temps in the high 40s are pretty common during winter. At that point it is worth thinking about dry suits.

Again, glad you are back and talking about your experience. Thanks for sharing it with us - that way we can all learn.
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#216629 - 02/08/11 12:25 AM Re: Went in the drink yesterday [Re: dweste]
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When my positional vertigo kicks in I am disoriented and a bit stunned for a few minutes. That took place immediately before and after I was in the water, independent of water temperature, and may be why I did not feel cold right away. In fact the cool felt good on my cramping muscles.

Confession: when I got onto the gravel spit island I took off my flats boots and waders - I do not know why. I felt "warm" in the sun for a few minutes, but then began shivering and it was downhill from there.

I will try to find out and post what the Tomales Bay water temperature was on 2-5-11.

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#216648 - 02/08/11 10:13 AM Re: Went in the drink yesterday [Re: dweste]
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According to weather wunderground, the regional water temperatures right now range from 53 in SF bay on down to 50-51 degrees in Bodega Bay, etc. I doubt they were significantly different three days ago.

I shiver just thinking of those temps - definitely wet suit conditions, for my money.
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