Delmarva co-founder Cindy Cole passes away

Dubside-Cindy-Kampe-Robin Oct 07

The year begins on a sad note in the paddling community with the loss of Delmarva Retreat co-founder & founding QajaqUSA board member Cindy Cole, after a long battle with cancer. Greg Stamer writes, "Cindy brought to her life and her kayaking a sparkling spirit, humble yet strong. Many of us in the traditional kayaking community, and those of us who were lucky enough to have been her friend, have been strongly influenced and touched by her life..". He also notes, "Cindy was very influential in building interest in Greenland-style kayaking in the northeastern US, and was among the "first wave" of kayakers who eagerly began learning, practicing and later teaching Greenland technique as John Heath’s videotapes became available in the late eighties and early nineties.".  She along with Greg were the first US citizens to compete in the Greenland National Sea Kayaking Championships in 2000.  Cindy and her husband Charlie owned Millpond Paddlers in Ocean view , Delaware. Our sympathy and support go out to her family.

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*photo by tom sharp

2 Responses

  1. This news is so sad. Cindy was such an inspiration to all who visited Delmarva and became involved with traditional paddling. What a wonderful thing it was for her and Kampe to be together last October. Little did we imagine it would be so special.

  2. Peg Crawford

    Cindy Cole changed my life and I will miss her so much.
    I don’t think I would ever have enjoyed kayaking as much without her friendship and generosity teaching me and others.
    She spent many many hours in waist deep water for us.

    Thank you so much darling Cindy.