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Please read the trip posting for more information about this session. You must register in advance using the form link in the post:
If you want to know more about the series of events in general, Read more about Skills Practice.
This session requires a helmet.

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This event repeats every week until 09/30/2020


NOTE: This is a general description for all Wednesday Lunch Paddles. Information/registration for each week’s paddle is posted on the Trips Forum.
This series of paddles takes place on (surprise!) Wednesdays, and provides a regular midweek opportunity to get on the water. Most of the launches will be in the Salem Sound area, but we'll occasionally branch out to other spots in the vicinity.
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 some location 1 hour of food, conversation, and relaxation (a/k/a LUNCH!) 1-1.5 hours of paddling to return to launch Return around 3:00. These paddles are 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
Bob Levine (@rylevine).

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This event repeats every week on Thursday for 14 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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Read more about Skills Practice.
Tidal Currents: Practice reading and paddling in dynamic water being moved around by the moon.
Incident Management II: A continuing look at incident management, with a focus on the consequences of tidal currents.
This session requires a helmet.

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PLEASE DO NOT RSVP ON NSPN CALENDAR UNTIL YOU HAVE SENT YOUR PAYMENT.
Come out and camp/paddle during prime time! Home Base will be Lobster Buoy Campsites in S. Thomaston, Maine, gathered at the Group Site. Arrive Friday, leave Sunday. Paddling options abound: NE to Owls Head, SE to Muscle Ridge, or SW to Port Clyde. These trips are not appropriate for beginners. Minimal skills to participate include wet exit, self and assisted rescue, and previous experience in ocean paddling with conditions of wind up to 15K, waves to 2 feet, and crossings up to 2.0M. BECAUSE OF Q20 RULES/RESTRICTIONS/CONSIDERATIONS, USUAL POT-LUCK MEALS NOT HAPPENING. MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WHEN CONGREGATING (LAUNCH/LAND/CAMPFIRE). PARTICIPANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION, BASED ON MAINE AND PARTICIPANT'S HOME STATE RULES.  This trip may be cross-posted to SMSKN to encourage participation from friendly paddlers from this group. I will set the limit to 16 FOR THE GROUP SITE ONLY. Your spot will be secured when I receive payment ($15 per nite) via paypal (PREFERRED; gyork at tdsdotnet) or check (private message me). 
PLEASE DO NOT RSVP ON NSPN CALENDAR UNTIL YOU HAVE SENT YOUR PAYMENT.
IN THE EVENT THAT Q20 PROHIBITS THIS TRIP, FULL REFUNDS RETURNED IMMEDIATELY, OR CHOOSE TO DONATE (ANY AMOUNT) TO ELLIE /LOBSTER BUOY CAMPSITES.

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This trip will visit one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world, Maine's Bold Coast. It will take place over a long weekend from Friday August 28 to Monday August 31. Bob Levine (rylevine) and Joe Berkovitz are the trip organizers.
Ranging from Machias Bay to Lubec and beyond to Canada's Campobello Island, the Bold Coast is a largely undeveloped and wild region with lots of dramatic cliffs and rocks, 25+ foot tidal ranges, strong currents and amazing wildlife (we paddled next to whales last year). Take a look at 2019's Bold Coast trip report for a sense of what it can be like.
This can be considered an L3+ trip. Paddlers joining this trip will encounter:
- Daily trips of 12-15 miles, with limited bailout options. Much of the Bold Coast is roadless wilderness with high oceanfront cliffs.
- Strong currents (> 4 kt) and turbulent eddy lines.
- Cold water, often in the low 50s even in high summer, with air temps in the 60s. A drysuit is essential some days.
- Rough water conditions from wave reflection off rocks, weather, and current/wind interaction.
- A need for strong situational awareness and the ability to stay in a tight, cohesive pod.
- An international border crossing, requiring strong passport-wielding skills.
Please see the accompanying Trips Forum Posting for more complete information on the trip and accompanying discussion.
This trip is currently full. But don't let that stop you from getting on the waitlist, if you are available for those dates. Please PM Joe Berkovitz with your interest and I will get back to you about the waitlist situation.
 

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