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The North Shore Paddlers Network and the Southern Maine Seakayaking Network are pleased to welcome the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) for a conversation about what's new on the Maine Island Trail. Join MITA's Program Director Brian Marcaurelle and Trustee Dan Carr to explore the newest Trail sites and discuss MITA's latest initiatives, which aim to strengthen relations with Maine's fishing community, increase coastal boat launching and parking options, and improve the Trail experience in Penobscot Bay. Following an introductory presentation, MITA will seek input and suggestions from our knowledgeable group to guide their work.
 
Zoom meeting information is in the NSPN Business forum (accessible to current paid members only)

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Join us for this 4-day 3 night crusade to escape the realities of modern life. Accommodations will be centered around the rustic Maine Island Lodge located in the heart of Muscongus Bay on Gay Island and includes private and shared rooms, bathrooms with hot showers, and full kitchen amenities. Provisions will be self-provided this year with the potential for lobsters for interested parties. Itineraries from prior years have included day one: meeting at the dedicated and private put in to load boats and paddle to the lodge; days 2 and 3 typically consist of taking advantage of the diverse route selection of epic day trips; and day 4: loading and paddling back to cars. Please DM me for more details. RSVP once you have confirmed your spot on the trip.  
Maine Island Lodge
Link to last years trip report.

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This event repeats every week until 09/29/2021


NOTE: This is a general description for all 2021 Wednesday Lunch Paddles. Information/registration for each week’s paddle is posted on the Trips Forum, usually on the preceding Monday.
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 9:30. On the water and paddling at 10:00am. 1.5-2 hours of paddling to some location 1 hour of food, conversation, and relaxation (a/k/a LUNCH!) 1.5-2 hours of paddling to return to launch Return around 3:00. These paddles are appropriate for independent paddlers with ocean experience.  The Wednesday paddles are cooperative adventures, not guided trips—however, we strive to share useful knowledge and tips as we go. 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. All paddlers should have kayaks with deck lines and bulkheads, PFDs and spray skirts. Some paddles may also require cold water gear, especially in the shoulder seasons.
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 noshing! 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 49) and head north on the dirt road, or find Chebacco road off Rt 22 in Essex and avoid the dirt. No entrance fees.

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This event repeats every week on Thursday until 08/26/2021


Thursday Nights 6 PM This is a free form skill session to practice surfing with sea kayaks. Most weeks we will paddle under the bridge towards Hampton Beach. (to the north) This year there have been some good waves with long rides in Seabrook Beach. A note to all, there can and will be strong currents when paddling out to the ocean or returning to the harbor. Some people may arrive earlier to get more time surfing. Wear a helmet.

Put in is at Seabrook Harbor (NH), on the Seabrook side of the Hampton Bridge Rte 1A in the large parking lot (Bay Side). There is a restroom which is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The parking area is FREE on the north side of the rest rooms, with easy access to a sandy beach launch. As days become shorter, launch times may be earlier.

Check the water temps before leaving and dress appropriately.

See you on the water,

Bill Harter

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The Annual Solstice Paddle Returns!!
Time: Ready to launch 9:30am, back for potluck by 4:00pm
Trips: We typically have a large group that breaks into separate pods based on experience and goals for the day.  Based on a cooperative group concept, trips will not have assigned leaders, but instead will call on the skills and leadership within each group as needed or designated.  The shortest and easiest trip will be a Level 2 group (along with experienced leaders), a moderate trip will be Level 3, and the most ambitious group will be Level 4.  The actual trip parameters will be based on weather, sea conditions, and participants, so breakout discussions will occur as information becomes available.
PPPO: Tradition calls for a Post-Paddle-Pig-Out, where we all meet for a pot-luck gathering and share tales of the day,  catch up with those we haven't seen lately, and make new friends.  Although we have usually held the paddling trip out of Riverhead Beach, then crossed the street to picnic benches at Devereux, the benches were removed last year and parking severely restricted, both physically and financially.  I am waiting for the Parks & Recreation department to provide an update, and a reconsideration of this location may be necessary - please stay tuned.
Requirements: Please note that this is a sea kayaking trip, so boats appropriate for the ocean are required.  I loosely define this as a boat with integral flotation front and rear (or added for skin-on-frame kayaks), deck lines around the majority of the perimeter, and cockpit coaming that accepts a spray skirt.  PFD's are required, as well as appropriate safety gear for your level of experience.  If you are unsure about your equipment or experience, feel free to reach out on the forum or directly to me for answers.
Participants: This trip is open to all active NSPN members (please email [email protected] if you have any issues), regardless of experience.  Please be honest with your trip level selection, and be prepared for a possible adjustment based on group makeup.  If you are unsure about what trip level to list, don't hesitate to ask.
Registration: Please POST TO THE TRIP THREAD (click this link) if you plan to attend, and indicate what trip level you might be interested, with the understanding that you are not committing to a particular trip, but just gives us an idea of what the general size of the different groups might look like.  Any additional information about what you might like to get out of the day could also help us determine pod designations as well.  also, if you would like to share what you might bring to the pot luck, that is always nice, too.

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Back by popular demand is NSPN's annual (kind of) New To Sea Kayak Workshop to be held at the Gould Barn in Topsfield.  This event is designed to be beneficial to a wide audience, from those who have never paddled any kind of boat, to others who maybe paddle calm locations to white water.  Regardless of your experience, if you are interested in knowing more about sea kayaking, this is a great opportunity.  At the workshop, we will discuss what sea kayaking is about, look at various boats, paddles, other gear, clothing, safety equipment, and more.  It is free and open to the general public - membership is not required, but for those who want to join the club, cost is $15 for 12 months.  Workshop details:
Date = June 26th, 2021 Start Time = 10:00am promptly and will go for about 4-5 hours (lunch will be available) Location = Gould Barn - 1 Howlett St, Topsfield, MA Parking = Please observe designated parking spaces in parking lot or park on nearby streets Registration or Questions = Email [email protected] with your name, and up to three questions you would like answered or topics you would like discussed 2021 NTSKW Flyer.pdf

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