Abaco, The Bahamas — THE event this Saturday was the Kayak Challenge run by Friends of the Environment supporting both the Abaco Cancer Society and Friends. Starting at 7 in the morning and continuing throughout the day, all kinds of paddled craft launched from the shores of Abaco Beach Resort.

There were several different options for the over 50 kayaking participants: a 20 mile stretch, 12 mile and finally a 7 mile. With the chop and wind that occurred throughout the day all three of these legs presented a hefty challenge. It was especially challenging for those expecting flat calm seas.

Of course, those who weren’t up for the challenge this year stayed on the beach and enjoyed the all-day party. Food, drink, music and merchandise were available to all in attendance to keep the party going between kayak launches and their inevitable, exhausted return. Everyone cheered as the kayakers made their way back to shore in exhausted and triumphant paddle strokes. The sound of the beach’s soft, sandy crunch against the plastic hulls marked the end of their personal adventure.

To see the routes, and more information on the event, visit: http://friendsoftheenvironment.org/KayakChallenge.htm

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