Explore North Fork through Sorensen's images
Expert kayaker Michele Sorensen has taken week-long journeys each of the last three years. She packs everything she'll need for the week in her kayak, camps out on beaches each night and explores the area's waterways.
Images captured during her most recent expedition, around the North Fork of Long Island, will be presented to the community on Nov. 9 at the Saugatuck River Sail & Power Squadron meeting at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane in Westport, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.. The gathering features a social from 7:30 to 8, and the presentation from 8 to 9. Refreshments will be served and there is no charge for admission.
Sorensen is managing director of Kayak Adventure LLC of Norwalk, which she founded in 1999. She is an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified Coastal Kayak level three instructor who has taught hundreds of local sea kayakers in her 11 years in business. Sorensen is also the founder of Sound Kayakers, an ACA PaddleAmerica club started in 2004. The club has 80 members, most from Fairfield and Westchester counties, and the remainder from other parts of Connecticut and from New Jersey.
Sorensen is a year-round kayaker who specializes in sea kayak instruction, including forward stroke training, core paddling technique, cold water kayaking and kayak camping. Every year she leads a cross-Long Island Sound trip, and enters the 14-mile Soundkeeper's Lighthouse to Lighthouse Race from Compo Beach in Westport to Green's Ledge lighthouse.
Three years ago she began taking one week expeditions to explore local waters. The first trip launched from Greenport, Long Island, followed the north shore to Oyster Bay, then crossed the Sound to end in Greenwich. The 2009 trip launched on the Pawcatuck River in Rhode Island and followed the shore of Connecticut west to New Haven. This year Sorensen and her paddling buddy were joined by a third paddler for their trip around the North Fork of Long Island. They launched onto Great Peconic Bay in Mattituck, followed the fork out to and around Shelter Island, then through Plum Gut, continuing west along the Sound to Mattituck Inlet. On all three trips, they packed everything they would need for a week in their kayaks, and spent every night camping on a beach.
The Saugatuck River Sail and Power Squadron is a unit of United States Power Squadrons, the largest educational and fraternal boating organization in the U.S.
Questions may be directed to Betty Bavor of the Saugatuck River Sail & Power Squadron at 203-847-9723, or Michele Sorensen of Kayak Adventure at www.kayak-adventure.net or 203-852-7294.