Glad you made it out OK. Everyone using a skirt should learn the simple way to release the skirt if the grab loop is not available. Grab the skirt with both hands together, in the front of the coaming, off to the side of the loop (11:00 or 1:00 if you imagine the coaming as a clock face).
Grabbing the skirt with both hands where it goes over the coaming edge, pull forward and up. This will release even a tight neoprene skirt. Practice this while you are right-side-up - make it automatic.
Then practice it upside-down (with a helper standing by in case you need an Eskimo bow rescue). This is a good pool exercise for us northerners this winter.
North River Kayaks
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
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