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  1. Johnathan, this is a really good idea, and am glad you are initiating it. Keep in mind that we are doing a CAM on-water training that day, which will include incident management as well.
  2. Solstice Paddle has been posted for June 25th.
  3. For many years now, NSPN has organized it's trips using a system called the Common Adventure Model, or CAM. Common Adventure trips can be very interactive for all participants, and therefore tend to encourage learning and improving various paddling skills. Using this system, paddlers can quickly develop the skills to be a more confident paddler, more capable group member, and even become a group leader themselves. The On-Water training sessions are designed for the more skilled paddler to explore various leadership and advanced participant skills including group management and incident management. Due to the time of year, location, and expected activities (people will be in the water) cold-water gear is required (drysuits, or wetsuits if weather permits). This year, we have decided to emphasize the core CAM concepts, and use the opportunity to dispel some long-standing CAM misunderstandings such as "CAM is leaderless". Even if you are a long-time NSPN paddler and think you know CAM, you should come and join in on the conversations. These sessions are not sequential, and do not require previous classroom attendance, so if you can attend only one, that is fine. However, each session will be quite different, and it would be beneficial to attend both if possible. Please RSVP on the calendar to indicate you would like to attend. Location and launch time will be provided to those who mark themselves as 'Maybe" or "Going".
  4. For many years now, NSPN has organized it's trips using a system called the Common Adventure Model, or CAM. Common Adventure trips can be very interactive for all participants, and therefore tend to encourage learning and improving various paddling skills. Using this system, paddlers can quickly develop the skills to be a more confident paddler, more capable group member, and even become a group leader themselves. The On-Water training sessions are designed for the more skilled paddler to explore various leadership and advanced participant skills including group management and incident management. Due to the time of year, location, and expected activities (people will be in the water) cold-water gear is required (drysuits, or wetsuits if weather permits). This year, we have decided to emphasize the core CAM concepts, and use the opportunity to dispel some long-standing CAM misunderstandings such as "CAM is leaderless". Even if you are a long-time NSPN paddler and think you know CAM, you should come and join in on the conversations. These sessions are not sequential, and do not require previous classroom attendance, so if you can attend only one, that is fine. However, each session will be quite different, and it would be beneficial to attend both if possible. Please RSVP on the calendar to indicate you would like to attend. Location and launch time will be provided to those who mark themselves as 'Maybe" or "Going".
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    This is our annual summertime social event which is always held at Riverhead Beach in Marblehead and finishes off with a pot luck party under the pavilion across the street at Devereux Beach. Traditionally this event is posted as two to three separate paddling trips of differing levels but leaving from the same location, breaking en route for packed lunches. Although we are not changing that concept, this year we are trying a different approach. Since many newer members and paddlers don't fully understand what level to place themselves at, and therefore don't know which level trip to sign up for, this year we would like everyone to just sign up for the day. At the beach, we will have some trip organizers propose a variety of trip choices of varying length and activities. Examples would be a 15 mile trip out to Bakers Island for some play in heavier seas around the island, a 10 mile trip to Children's Island for some conservative paddling in moderate seas, and a 5 mile trip to Dolliber Cove for those newer to sea kayaking. Those are just examples, and we may end up with more than three groups if needed. The actual trips would be designed based on the weather, sea conditions, and the general desires of participants. Each trip will have leaders of varying levels and all groups will operate under the Common Adventure Model system which asks that all trip members be active participants in the design and execution of each trip to the extent of their abilities. Therefore, we welcome NSPN members of all skill levels to join this event, and only require a minimum of a sea kayak, paddle, PFD, sprayskirt, food and water. Even then, if you are lacking something (say a proper ocean kayak with bulk heads), please post what you might need and we will see if someone has one you can borrow for the day. Parking at Riverhead should be free, but can be busy with dog walker, SUP rentals, and - oh yeah, a bunch of kayakers! Alternate parking at Devereaux is $15 for the day. Everyone should be ready to launch by 9:30am, and we will sort people into trip groups at that time. After the trips (most likely 3:00 - 3:30PM), all groups will pack up their gear, change into warm clothing (be prepared that it tends to be very windy in the afternoon) and collect under the picnic pavilion at Devereaux Beach across the street, and enjoy a pot-luck style beach party for dinner! NSPN will have plates, bowls, napkins, utensils and some extra serving utensils and serving bowls on hand, so bring your favorite dish (enough to share!), your favorite beverage (no alcohol) and you best kayaking stories to be told. Non-paddling friends and family are of course also invited to meet up with us. Also new this year will be a gear swap. Do you have paddling stuff that you just don't use, but want something else instead? Bring it along and see if you can make a deal. Trade some poggies for gloves, or a PFD for a sprayskirt. Maybe you have a boat that just isn't working for you, this would be a good opportunity to let others take it for a test spin. Let's just make sure we keep it to kayak related stuff (don't bring that treadmill that has been in your basement for years. Yeah, we know you have one - everyone does!) So bring your gear, your love of paddling, a yummy dish to share, and maybe some normal people as well to help us kick-off the summer paddling season in style!!! Please click the GOING button to the upper left, or reply to this post if you have any questions or comments.
  6. This is our annual summertime social event which is always held at Riverhead Beach in Marblehead and finishes off with a pot luck party under the pavilion across the street at Devereux Beach. Traditionally this event is posted as two to three separate paddling trips of differing levels but leaving from the same location, breaking en route for packed lunches. Although we are not changing that concept, this year we are trying a different approach. Since many newer members and paddlers don't fully understand what level to place themselves at, and therefore don't know which level trip to sign up for, this year we would like everyone to just sign up for the day. At the beach, we will have some trip organizers propose a variety of trip choices of varying length and activities. Examples would be a 15 mile trip out to Bakers Island for some play in heavier seas around the island, a 10 mile trip to Children's Island for some conservative paddling in moderate seas, and a 5 mile trip to Dolliber Cove for those newer to sea kayaking. Those are just examples, and we may end up with more than three groups if needed. The actual trips would be designed based on the weather, sea conditions, and the general desires of participants. Each trip will have leaders of varying levels and all groups will operate under the Common Adventure Model system which asks that all trip members be active participants in the design and execution of each trip to the extent of their abilities. Therefore, we welcome NSPN members of all skill levels to join this event, and only require a minimum of a sea kayak, paddle, PFD, sprayskirt, food and water. Even then, if you are lacking something (say a proper ocean kayak with bulk heads), please post what you might need and we will see if someone has one you can borrow for the day. Parking at Riverhead should be free, but can be busy with dog walker, SUP rentals, and - oh yeah, a bunch of kayakers! Alternate parking at Devereaux is $15 for the day. Everyone should be ready to launch by 9:30am, and we will sort people into trip groups at that time. After the trips (most likely 3:00 - 3:30PM), all groups will pack up their gear, change into warm clothing (be prepared that it tends to be very windy in the afternoon) and collect under the picnic pavilion at Devereaux Beach across the street, and enjoy a pot-luck style beach party for dinner! NSPN will have plates, bowls, napkins, utensils and some extra serving utensils and serving bowls on hand, so bring your favorite dish (enough to share!), your favorite beverage (no alcohol) and you best kayaking stories to be told. Non-paddling friends and family are of course also invited to meet up with us. Also new this year will be a gear swap. Do you have paddling stuff that you just don't use, but want something else instead? Bring it along and see if you can make a deal. Trade some poggies for gloves, or a PFD for a sprayskirt. Maybe you have a boat that just isn't working for you, this would be a good opportunity to let others take it for a test spin. Let's just make sure we keep it to kayak related stuff (don't bring that treadmill that has been in your basement for years. Yeah, we know you have one - everyone does!) So bring your gear, your love of paddling, a yummy dish to share, and maybe some normal people as well to help us kick-off the summer paddling season in style!!! RSVP on the calendar, and post here if you have any questions or comments.
  7. Please note that tomorrows CAM Classroom session will be starting at 10:00am and not 9:00am as originally posted on the calendar. I am attempting to contact all who have signed up, and if you haven't signed up yet, and plan to go, please RSVP on the calendar. Thanks!
  8. Trip is cancelled due to high winds and big seas
  9. That will depend on route, which will depend on weather.
  10. Actually, Josko has the time for max ebb at Race Point , which is admittedly closer to where we would actual end up playing. Tidal Currents At Race Point.pdf My current readings are from The Race, which is a mile and a half west of the currents at Race Point. My apologies for the confusion, although I don't think that the earlier max ebb time kills the trip. In reality, the 4-1/2 nautical miles to get there will go pretty quick, and we will still have 15 miles to go from there, so I think that the timing works well. Regardless, we need to wait to see what the wind does. If it is blowing strong from the north, this is all pointless as the race will be flattened out and we will be at risk of being blown out to sea. An east or west wind will dictate which direction we take (clockwise or counter), unless it is too strong to paddle against. The ideal wind direction will be southerly, as this will create the most excitement while allowing for the most options. We should start getting a read on the weather over the weekend, and I I hope to have an accurate trip plan at the beginning of next week that I will share with those interested.
  11. See highlight in this attachment Tidal Currents At The Race.pdf
  12. I am planning an ambitious trip out to Fishers Island on May 6th with the idea to work a 4 knot max ebb at The Race around 12:42pm. Plan would be to paddle out as the ebb builds, and play in the tide race (if it develops) until it gets to be too much, at which time we will break for lunch. We can then have another play as the ebb dies a bit before heading along the south coast to East Point, at which time we will decide whether or not to ferry across to Napatree Point or not. Weather might be a factor, so route might need to be adjusted for safety and fun factor, but regardless this trip will not be for the casual paddler. The total distance as planned will be somewhere between 15-20 nautical miles with strong currents, active crossings, and potential winds as well. I expect that there are not many in NSPN who are willing to take this on, and even though I am keeping the group size small (maybe four max), I will be looking outside of NSPN as well to find enough people to go. If you are interested and want to discuss the possibility of joining me, please PM or email robertfolster at verizon dot net.
  13. I went ahead and deleted the other two postings.
  14. As has been the tradition of the Easter Bunny Plunge, the day started out with an incoherent plan, and improved from there. Since the Plunge is an early season opportunity for cold-water skills development and improvement, we had a quick briefing on the beach of what people did and didn't want to do, as well as a discussion about weather, which included the impending Small Craft Advisory to take affect in the afternoon due to the wind forecast expected to enter the 25-33 knots range. Although the wind was going to be primarily out of the south, we decided to chance it and opted for a northerly route from Riverhead Beach to Dolliber Cove and possibly beyond. The large group of 11 (one short due to illness) discussed CAM options of going as one pod or two. Since we were a well experienced group, many of whom are capable of being leaders themselves, we decided that we would be fine as one pod, and hard leadership would be minimal. As we got out of Marblehead Harbor and looked at Dolliber Cove, it was amazingly calm and uninspiring, so we continued on, a bit aimless it seemed. I initiated what I hoped to be a challenging rescue situation by loosing my boat and paddle, but was quickly and confidently taken care of, and we were soon back on our way. As we continued around the head without any real plan, we regrouped and discussed what to do with the calm conditions. I noticed Andy looking off in the distance, possibly thinking of what it might be like at Coney Island or Little Haste, but the potential SCA from the south had some nervous about being caught out of the protection of the shoreline. Bob came up with an idea of splitting into two groups and looking at landing groups in a difficult landing area, so we went back to Peaches Point and looked at landing on a formidable rock face in pounding surf with the wind whipping about......... well, maybe not so much, but it is fun (or daunting?) to think about the possibilities. Bob's group landed on an exposed point while my group looked at a spot that might have a little protection by some rocks. As we got back together and headed for lunch, some of us were noting the slight increase in the chop, and thinking about the impending SCA. After a leisurely lunch that included a number of chocolates passed around, we opted for another difficult landing in split groups using tow lines to haul boats in. My group included a skin-on frame and someone who had never even paddled near rocks, let alone landed on them, so the option instead was to leave boats behind and just swim ashore. I got myself and my boat secured so people could see the process, then we had them take turns leaving their boats with someone else and swimming up onto the rocks. For those who have not done this before, I highly recommend doing it, but please find someone with experience to help. Everyone did a fantastic job, and we were soon back on the water as one big pod again. As we headed back to Riverhead, there was a bit of conversation about the wind, or I should say the lack of it! We probably could have ventured out to the islands, but it was already around 2:00pm, and even though the wind had not yet picked up at all, some people had commitments later in the day and did not want to say out beyond 3pm ("sooner if possible"), and I think others had had enough of the day getting wet and swimming around. All in all, it ended up being another good EBP, with just about everyone getting in the water at some point (unlike previous years when I was the ONLY person to get wet). I think that maybe the late date this year (April as apposed to March) might have made a difference, but I am just glad to see the interest in the trip and the willingness to be adventurous. Thanks to all for attending, and thanks to Bob for making it an interesting day.
  15. Get a LifeProof case first, then put the tablet into a quality chart case (check for leaks first!) or some other type of watertight container that will hold it, like a clear Otterbox or something. I use LifeProof for my iPhone at work, and it protected it from the daily grind of construction work, as well as multiple kayaking trips which I carried for backup communication and weather tracking only - no checking texts, emails, or the evil FB (which I refuse to succumb to!!) You could also take Pru's advice!