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This event repeats every week until 08/28/2019


This series of paddles takes place on (surprise!) Wednesdays, and provides a midweek opportunity to paddle on a different day from the lake sessions. Most of the launches will be in the Salem Sound area, but can branch out to between Boston and Gloucester.
Here is a description of a typical Wednesday Lunch paddle:
Meet at launch at 10:00. Beach Briefing at 10:20. On the water and paddling at 10:30am. 1-1.5 hours of paddling to lunch location 1 hour of lunch, conversation, and relaxation 1-1.5 hours of paddling to return to launch Return around 3:00. These paddles are most appropriate for independent paddlers with ocean paddling experience.  The Wednesday paddles are cooperative adventures, not guided trips. Each participant is responsible for her/his own safety. Don’t assume the trip initiators are smarter, stronger, better at rough water, more attractive, or more skilled paddlers than you are. For more information, see this description of our trip philosophy from the NSPN web site.
Typically on the Monday before the trip, we will post specific information about the trip on the Trips Forum.  The post's message thread can be used for RSVPs and other questions concerning the specific trip.
If you haven’t paddled with one of us before, please get in touch with one us via private message before signing up. Before departing for the launch location, please consult your favorite sources to determine wind, tide, and sea conditions, so you are aware of the trip environment for that day.
Each week's venue will be selected taking expected conditions into account. In general, the trip will only be canceled for extreme conditions and thunderstorms.
We look forward to you joining us for an enjoyable day of paddling and picnicing! Please private message us with any questions you may have.
Your faithful trip organizers,
Joe  Berkovitz (profile)
Bob Levine (profile).

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This event repeats every week on Thursday for 16 occurrences


Come join us at Chebacco Lake in Hamilton on Thursdays at 5pm until sunset though the summer. Practice strokes, rolls, rescues, falling out of your boat, or just watching kingfishers.  Dress for immersion.  A wetsuit is warm enough in early season, and keeps down the bruises from climbing back into your boat ten times a night.
We meet at the boat ramp at the south end of the lake, and hang out in the cove to the left of the ramp. You can either get off 128 at Pine st (exit 16) and head north on the dirt road, or find Chebacco road off Rt 22 in Essex and avoid the dirt. No entrance fees. No rangers to kick us out at the end of the evening, but the mosquitoes do the job just fine.

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If you are coming, please RSVP on this calendar posting. You can always update your RSVP if your plans change. If the RSVP numbers are low, or weather looks poor, this event may be cancelled! Check the NSPN Trips forum on the day of the event, as there may be a discussion about changes or cancellation.
On Tuesday evenings throughout the summer, we'll get together in the Concord, MA area to paddle, practice, and socialize. Unless posted otherwise on the Trips forum, the main group will plan to set off from the boat launch area at Walden Pond (approximately 915 Walden St, Concord, MA) at 5PM each Tuesday. The gates close around 7:30PM, so we'll be off the water well before that happens. We sometimes gather for dinner afterwards - speak up a day or two before if you're interested in going out after the pond session.
If the weather is gorgeous and it looks like Walden will be over-crowded, we may decide to relocate to a nearby river or White's Pond. Again, check the Trips forum for any changes in plan.
 
Here's some boilerplate that will apply to all of our Tuesday sessions:
All sessions are open to any NSPN member in any watercraft. New members are especially welcome. PFDs and signed NSPN waivers are required. If you want to get on the water before the group launch at 5PM, let us know, bring a signed waiver, and leave it on your windshield for the rest of the group to sign when arriving. For Walden, we'll meet you at our usual spot at 5. For river trips, paddle back at the launch spot so we can all launch together at 5. If you are arriving late, you can arrange to meet us on the river at a mutually-agreeable time and place. You can skip the paddle and just join us for dinner, too! May-June trips will likely be cancelled if the weather is lousy or if only a few people RSVP.
 
For anyone who hasn't been to Walden Pond before with the group, here's some detailed information that Bill Voss put together for last year's sessions, with addresses, parking fees, and a map of our usual practice area:
https://www.nspn.org/forum/calendar/event/1201-walden-wednesday-plan-b-white-pond/
 
 
 

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amble and explore the area of ledges and small islands in the part of  NE Casco Bay  between the Orrs/Bailey Island Peninsula and the  Cape Small Headland. 
Launch from H20/ Orrs Island  at  9:30   and hop from island to island , ledge to ledge with Ragged Island the anchor of the trip, probably a counter  clockwise tour with a return along the northern coastline. High Tide is 4PM , so there will be a rising tde for much of the trip.  The trip will involve a series of mini- crossings from 1/2 nm to  1 nm , and the  ideal sea state for this trip would be on the mild side: if seas are  greater than  2-3 feet and winds greater than 10 kt ,  the  route the can seek the more protected waters of Quahog Bay and the inlets and ledges to the north hugging Sebascodegan Island. Trip will be canceled if there is a small craft advisory. 
Estimated mileage for the trip @ 10 NM
 Drysuits are required to highly recommended, as the water temps (still not over 50 degrees )  seem to be  a bit on the cold side for this time of year.  
If you are interested in joining me, rsvp ("I'm going" ) on the calendar posting or PM me (PeterB)  and we can communicate  by PM in advance of the trip . 

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If you are coming, please RSVP on this calendar posting. You can always update your RSVP if your plans change. If the RSVP numbers are low, or weather looks poor, this event may be cancelled! Check the NSPN Trips forum on the day of the event, as there may be a discussion about changes or cancellation.
On Tuesday evenings throughout the summer, we'll get together in the Concord, MA area to paddle, practice, and socialize. Unless posted otherwise on the Trips forum, the main group will plan to set off from the boat launch area at Walden Pond (approximately 915 Walden St, Concord, MA) at 5PM each Tuesday. The gates close around 7:30PM, so we'll be off the water well before that happens. We sometimes gather for dinner afterwards - speak up a day or two before if you're interested in going out after the pond session.
If the weather is gorgeous and it looks like Walden will be over-crowded, we may decide to relocate to a nearby river or White's Pond. Again, check the Trips forum for any changes in plan.
 
Here's some boilerplate that will apply to all of our Tuesday sessions:
All sessions are open to any NSPN member in any watercraft. New members are especially welcome. PFDs and signed NSPN waivers are required. If you want to get on the water before the group launch at 5PM, let us know, bring a signed waiver, and leave it on your windshield for the rest of the group to sign when arriving. For Walden, we'll meet you at our usual spot at 5. For river trips, paddle back at the launch spot so we can all launch together at 5. If you are arriving late, you can arrange to meet us on the river at a mutually-agreeable time and place. You can skip the paddle and just join us for dinner, too! May-June trips will likely be cancelled if the weather is lousy or if only a few people RSVP.
 
For anyone who hasn't been to Walden Pond before with the group, here's some detailed information that Bill Voss put together for last year's sessions, with addresses, parking fees, and a map of our usual practice area:
https://www.nspn.org/forum/calendar/event/1201-walden-wednesday-plan-b-white-pond/
 
 
 

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This level 3 trip is for paddlers looking to further explore Muscongus bay. Paddling options include George’s Islands, across the mouth of the St. George River to Port Clyde, Monhegan in a day, and many others. The Gay Island Lodge will be used as a basecamp. The lodge sleeps 12 with both private and shared rooms with beds. Tent platforms also available for those that would prefer a tent-site. RSVP on calendar event after sending payment to secure your sleeping preference. Creature comforts include gas stove/oven/hot water heater, kitchen wares, running water/plumbing. Dinner this year will be prepared by lodge keeper Rose. Maine Sport Outfitters fee of $145 to secure your spot in the lodge or tent platform. Paypal: [email protected] or contact MSO and ask for Tim in the Outdoor Programs department. 
 
Link to last years trip report

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If you are coming, please RSVP on this calendar posting. You can always update your RSVP if your plans change. If the RSVP numbers are low, or weather looks poor, this event may be cancelled! Check the NSPN Trips forum on the day of the event, as there may be a discussion about changes or cancellation.
On Tuesday evenings throughout the summer, we'll get together in the Concord, MA area to paddle, practice, and socialize. Unless posted otherwise on the Trips forum, the main group will plan to set off from the boat launch area at Walden Pond (approximately 915 Walden St, Concord, MA) at 5PM each Tuesday. The gates close around 7:30PM, so we'll be off the water well before that happens. We sometimes gather for dinner afterwards - speak up a day or two before if you're interested in going out after the pond session.
If the weather is gorgeous and it looks like Walden will be over-crowded, we may decide to relocate to a nearby river or White's Pond. Again, check the Trips forum for any changes in plan.
 
Here's some boilerplate that will apply to all of our Tuesday sessions:
All sessions are open to any NSPN member in any watercraft. New members are especially welcome. PFDs and signed NSPN waivers are required. If you want to get on the water before the group launch at 5PM, let us know, bring a signed waiver, and leave it on your windshield for the rest of the group to sign when arriving. For Walden, we'll meet you at our usual spot at 5. For river trips, paddle back at the launch spot so we can all launch together at 5. If you are arriving late, you can arrange to meet us on the river at a mutually-agreeable time and place. You can skip the paddle and just join us for dinner, too! May-June trips will likely be cancelled if the weather is lousy or if only a few people RSVP.
 
For anyone who hasn't been to Walden Pond before with the group, here's some detailed information that Bill Voss put together for last year's sessions, with addresses, parking fees, and a map of our usual practice area:
https://www.nspn.org/forum/calendar/event/1201-walden-wednesday-plan-b-white-pond/
 
 
 

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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, we end up with multiple groups on the water doing different trips based on skills and experience.  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 or less 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 but all trip members should 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 (must have active flotation such as bulkheads or float bags), paddle, PFD, sprayskirt, food and water.  Even then, if you are lacking something (say a proper ocean kayak with bulkheads), 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!  There is alternate parking at Devereaux, but be prepared to pay $15 for the day.  Everyone should be ready to launch with their respective groups at the designated time, but most likely between 9:30-10:30am depending on amount of pre-trip discussion needed.  After the trips (most likely 3:00 - 3:30PM), all groups will pack up their gear, change into warm clothing (be prepared that it is almost always very windy and a bit chilly in the afternoon) and collect under the picnic pavilion at Devereaux Beach across the street to 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.
There will be three separate postings on the Trips forum for the individual groups based on the NSPN Trip Levels.  Please self-assess your skill level and or desire for a challenge, and join in on the conversation thread that is most appropriate.  If you are not sure if you should be at a certain level, feel free to post your concerns and others will help you come to a decision. 

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Date - Sunday, June 23rd
Location - Portsmouth, NH
Distance - 4 or 5 nautical miles total
Launch Time - 10:30am (arrive early enough to be ready to launch by 10:00am for pre-trip discussion)
Lunch - 45 to 60 minutes
Return Time  - Approximately 3:00pm
Pace - Mild but moving (around 1.5 knots / hour)
This trip will be an introduction to paddling with mild tidal currents (easily manageable by anyone) and just a little bit of exposure to open ocean if conditions allow.  Trip parameters may change based on weather.  This will be an excellent opportunity for anyone who has had little or no exposure to the ocean, and would like a small sample of what paddling in open waters can be like.  While a sea kayak (flotation at both front and rear of the boat) is preferred, we can discuss whether or not a different boat would be appropriate to use.
ALL participants MUST:
Be a current NSPN member (contact [email protected] if you need assistance) Contact me personally via Private Message (you must be logged in) or email Wear personal flotation device / life jacket Manage personal comfort (water, lunch, sunscreen, clothing, etc) Participants should come willing to learn from fellow kayakers, as this will be a great opportunity to be introduced to some of the skills needed to transition from sheltered water to ocean paddling.  This will not be a formal coaching or training session, but instead should be a fun day on the water with some knowledge being shared.
Group size will be limited by number of leaders, so a wait list may need to be established.  Leaders, please contact me if interested in participating on this trip.  Updates on this trip may be posted on the trips forum, so those interested may want to click on the FOLLOW button at the upper right of that thread, however final details will only be shared via a group discussion offline.

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If you are coming, please RSVP on this calendar posting. You can always update your RSVP if your plans change. If the RSVP numbers are low, or weather looks poor, this event may be cancelled! Check the NSPN Trips forum on the day of the event, as there may be a discussion about changes or cancellation.
On Tuesday evenings throughout the summer, we'll get together in the Concord, MA area to paddle, practice, and socialize. Unless posted otherwise on the Trips forum, the main group will plan to set off from the boat launch area at Walden Pond (approximately 915 Walden St, Concord, MA) at 5PM each Tuesday. The gates close around 7:30PM, so we'll be off the water well before that happens. We sometimes gather for dinner afterwards - speak up a day or two before if you're interested in going out after the pond session.
If the weather is gorgeous and it looks like Walden will be over-crowded, we may decide to relocate to a nearby river or White's Pond. Again, check the Trips forum for any changes in plan.
 
Here's some boilerplate that will apply to all of our Tuesday sessions:
All sessions are open to any NSPN member in any watercraft. New members are especially welcome. PFDs and signed NSPN waivers are required. If you want to get on the water before the group launch at 5PM, let us know, bring a signed waiver, and leave it on your windshield for the rest of the group to sign when arriving. For Walden, we'll meet you at our usual spot at 5. For river trips, paddle back at the launch spot so we can all launch together at 5. If you are arriving late, you can arrange to meet us on the river at a mutually-agreeable time and place. You can skip the paddle and just join us for dinner, too! May-June trips will likely be cancelled if the weather is lousy or if only a few people RSVP.
 
For anyone who hasn't been to Walden Pond before with the group, here's some detailed information that Bill Voss put together for last year's sessions, with addresses, parking fees, and a map of our usual practice area:
https://www.nspn.org/forum/calendar/event/1201-walden-wednesday-plan-b-white-pond/
 
 
 

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