On Saturday, September 4, 2021, CLC Sales Manager Nicky Stimpson became the first woman to paddle the 220-mile length of the Chesapeake Bay. Atop a CLC Kaholo 14, Nicky had spent seven grueling days on the water, covering as many as 40 miles in a single day.

Nicky was taking part in the Bay Paddle, which had paddlers aboard SUPs and kayaks stroke their way from Havre de Grace, Maryland, at the top of the Bay, to Cape Charles, Virginia, the bottom tip of the Eastern Shore.

The 2021 event raised over $100,000 for oyster recovery and conservation efforts on the Chesapeake, one of the world's largest salt water estuaries. Participants stopped at night, and stood down for two days to let Hurricane Ida sweep through. Many participants paddled the course as a relay with other team members. Nicky paddled the whole way, an amazing athletic feat.

We'll have a complete report on Nicky's adventure soon! Here she is handing over a check for the bulk of the $7,000 in donations she raised, much of it coming from YOU, CLC followers. Many thanks to all who supported this effort!