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6th   Annual NSPN Downeast Retreat ; Bar Harbor ME 
September 6-9, 2019 

Initiator: Peter Brady 
This will be our sixth annual Downeast Retreat for NSPN. 
For More detailed Information, check the trip posting in the Trips Forum of the Message Board 
As in the last five years, this four day event will span the weekend after Labor Day,  beginning  on Friday morning Sept 6   and will  wind down on Monday afternoon, September 9. Most participants arrive on Thursday afternoon or evening. Our base of operations will be at LLangolan Inn, on Rt 3 near Hadley Point and there will be a meet & greet gathering there on Thursday evening.   
Accommodations and food are on your own.
Every day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday) we will organize group paddles in the area  around Mt.Desert Island. Friday will be an all day paddle , so participants usually arrive on Thursday evening, although members are welcome to come for  any or all of the four days they are able to attend .  Monday is a travel day for most participants, so there can be a paddle the first half of the day, with travel home on Monday afternoon. 
 There will be a pot luck  in the barn at LLangolan on Saturday night.
If you would like to come to this event: Please RSVP
 (“I’m going” ) here in the calendar posting.
Your name will then be included in a PM thread for all participants, and we will share information in the months and weeks leading up to the event. This will include a google docs spreadsheet where participants can add their information for us to share. 
Please PM Peter Brady( PeterB) if you have any  questions. 
 



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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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We will leave from Rye Harbor at the NH State Boat Ramp at 8:30 am. We will land on Smuttynose Island and have lunch and a longer break. Plan to be there at 8am for a  briefing and preparations. There is a small fee and plenty of parking with restrooms. This is a very weather dependent trip level 4 trip and being a 7 miles of open ocean crossing I will be screening and vetting as needed. If the weather is looking windy or seas rough I will make a go/no go decisions a day prior and will have Sunday as a possible alternative day. I hope to be back by 3-4 pm. Staying as a group and looking out for each other is key so if you like to race or can't stay as a tight group please don't sign up. Questions concerns and comments can be posted on the  message thread I started some time back. 
  More to follow and lets hope for a "perfect day"

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