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For those who are new to sea kayaking, we are holding a special lake session at Chebacco Lake in Hamilton, MA on June 2nd starting around 5:00pm.  We can have boats and equipment for those who ask, as well as discussions about ocean kayaking and practice of specific skills such as wet exits, re-entries, paddle strokes, and so on.
Email [email protected] if you are planning to attend, and include any gear or equipment you are interested in borrowing or experimenting with.

We will be doing a Level 1 Ocean Introduction trip this Saturday in Portsmouth.  The plan is to launch from Odiorne to paddle under Wentworth bridge at the very beginning of the ebb.  We will take a discussion break and then ride the ebb to Frost Point beach (just inside the breakwall) where we will get out and observe / discuss ocean conditions.  There we will take opportunities to journey outside the wall for a bit, or stay in the harbor and work on paddling skills, before heading back to the boat ramp.
Trip is expected to be around 3 miles.  We need to be ready to launch at 9:30am, and return around 1:00pm.  Temps in the mid-60's with showers possible, so dress on the warmer side and bring snacks and a warm beverage if possible.  We won't be stopping for lunch, so make sure your snacks are portable (eat in the boat) and plentiful enough.
Parking costs around $5, and you should reserve a space ahead of time by clicking this link.
If you have questions or are interested in participating, please email [email protected]  Loaner boats may be available with advanced notice for those that need them.  Please let me know sooner rather than later.
Any club members that want to assist with this trip, please PM me so we can discuss logistics.

We typically split into different groups based on distance and skill level.  Trip details are dependent on weather and participants.  Read about each group level and see who is going by clicking on each link below:
Level 4
Level 3
Level 2
Level 1

Session #1 of the Summer Skills Practice Series.

This event began 05/04/2022 and repeats every week on Wednesday until 09/29/2022

NOTE: This is a general description for all 2022 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 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. (Note: We have considered moving the paddle to other days of the week, but then the name "Wednesday Lunch Paddle" wouldn't make sense.)
Here is a description of a typical Wednesday Lunch paddle, mildly redacted:
Meet at launch location 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 1.5-2 hours of paddling to return to launch Return around 3:00. These paddles are appropriate for independent paddlers with some ocean experience.  The Wednesday paddles are cooperative adventures, not guided trips—however, we strive to share useful knowledge and tips as we go, and we try to adjust each trip to the desires and abilities of the group. 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: always dress for immersion.
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).

This event began 05/26/2022 and repeats every week on Thursday for 17 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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