This event begins 05/05/2021 and 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,
Bob Levine (@rylevine).
This event begins 06/10/2021 and 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.
Looking for new places to discover on the Maine coast? Wondering where you can spend the night in a free camp site on a secluded Maine island? Have we got the answers for you!
Join us on Zoom for
“Paddling the Maine Coast with Maine Coast Heritage Trust,”
Wednesday, July 7
from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust has been conserving special places on the Maine coast since 1970, thanks to the generosity of thousands of donors over the years.
That translates to 148 public preserves with 99 miles of trails and 329 protected islands. We have some fantastic paddling destinations to share with you!
MCHT board chair Tom Armstrong and project manager Bob DeForrest are experienced kayakers and will take you on a virtual tour that highlights MCHT preserves in each coastal region along the coast that make particularly good destinations for paddlers.
There will be plenty of time at the end for your questions.
REGISTER NOW at https://www.mcht.org/event/paddling-the-maine-coast/
Hope to see you!
Outreach Coordinator, Maine Coast Heritage Trust
This session will be held at 9:00 am at Riverhead Beach in Marblehead.
You can find complete details on this session here, including a link to the signup form:
*** CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER ***
Details and registration for this session can be found here:
For general information on skills practices see https://www.nspn.org/forum/topic/13633-skills-practice-sessions-2021/