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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 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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7th  Annual NSPN Downeast Retreat ; Bar Harbor ME 
September Sept. 10-13 2021

Initiator: Peter Brady 
This will be our seventh Downeast Retreat on Mount Desert Island .
For more detailed Information, check the trip posting in the Trips Forum of the Message Board 
As in the last six years, this four day event will span the weekend after Labor Day,  beginning on Friday morning Sept 10  and will wind down on Monday afternoon, September13. 
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. 
Our base of operations will be at LLangolan Inn & Cottage Resort 
Accommodations and food are on your own. 
 
Every day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday) we will have  group paddles in the area  around Mt.Desert Island.

There will be a Meet & Greet gathering at LLangolan Inn on Thursday 6PM and a Pot Luck in the barn at LLangolan on Saturday night.
 
Please PM Peter Brady (PeterB)  if you have any questions. 
 


 

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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 COVID 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 (bolded text as of March, 2021).  This trip will be cross-posted to SMSKN to encourage participation from this collegial group. I will set the limit to 16 FOR THE GROUP SITE ONLY. Your spot will be secured when I receive payment ([$8.50 per person + $5.50 per car]/nite) X 1.09 (tax) via paypal (PREFERRED; gyork at tdsdotnet) or check (private message me). 
If you prefer a private site, contact campground directly, not before mid-May (280 Waterman Beach Rd, South Thomaston, ME 04858 Phone: (207) 594-7546).
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 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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Make the sound a better place! NSPN and Salem Sound Coastwatch are combining forces to clean up our islands in the sound. The goal of this event is to clear marine waste from the Gooseberries, Coney and Great Haste. Most likely,  some paddlers will clean up the beach and collecting trash into bags while others shuttle the waste to a waiting skiff. Our plans will need to be flexible to find out what works best and to stay safe at all times.
We think we will need about a dozen paddlers who are comfortable with typical landing conditions on these islands, and some who are OK with approaching larger craft safely on the water.
More details will be provided closer to the date.
In case of bad weather, this activity will be rescheduled to the following day, 9/26.
If you're an NSPN member and you'd like to help, please supply your info at this form, and we'll get back to you later in the season as soon as we know more!
https://forms.gle/ngZDaRKuC2AauRCY9

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This is the alternate date for the event scheduled on Saturday 9/25:
 

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