Full Circle: Dana Gaines kayaks around Martha’s Vineyard

Full Circle: Dana Gaines kayaks around Martha’s Vineyard

To help save the Gay Head Light.

Dana Gaines made good time up Vineyard Sound and had 9 miles to go when this photo was taken. — Tad Thompson
Dana Gaines off Squibnocket at 6 AM on Saturday, an hour after he launched his kayak off Aquinnah for his round the Island paddle.
Dana Gaines off Squibnocket at 6 AM on Saturday, an hour after he launched his kayak off Aquinnah for his round the Island paddle.

This morning just after 5 am, Dana Gaines stepped into his kayak and began to paddle. At 6 am he was still paddling, passing Squibnocket. At 7 am, he paddled on, approaching Edgartown. By 8:45 am, he paddled still, passing The Farm Institute.

By 8:45, Dana was off Katama and being followed by fans and photographers in Juno.
By 8:45, Dana was off Katama and being followed by fans and photographers in Juno.

Dana will paddle all day, until he reaches the shores of Aquinnah again- probably some time early to mid- afternoon, where he will be greeted with a Finish Line party, celebrating his efforts to raise money to save the Gay Head Lighthouse.

To follow his progress, go to the Gay Head Light’s Facebook page, or GayHeadLight.org and check back here for photos throughout the day.

For a rundown on his route, see MVTimes story here.

Here’s his route:

Dana Gaines will paddle over 50 miles, counter clockwise, around Martha's Vineyard on Saturday.
Dana Gaines will paddle over 50 miles, counter clockwise, around Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday.