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  2. Really wonderful paddle. I unfortunately didn't have my camera with me, so all my pictures are in my head - where they are came out perfectly: clear and focused!
  3. Route: Devereux Beach, Marblehead -> Whales Beach, Swampscott -> Marblehead Neck -> Riverhead Beach People: Joe Berkovitz, Bob Levine, Jane W Cobb, Prudence Baxter, Ken Koellner, Mike Habich, Rick Crangle, Elizabeth Neumeier Launch: 10:30a; Land: 3.00p Tides: HT 8.36a 9.3'; LT 2.37p 0.2' Distance: 10.3 nm Conditions: light wind < 5 kt, light rain -> partial sun, air 68 F, water 68 F, seas 2-3 ft swell @ 10 s GPS Track: https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/track/86b5fbc9ce79744bc6e392b877bd59f0/?layer=gaianoaarnc We launched from Devereux Beach in 2-3 foot dumping surf with the intent of heading south along the coast as far as Swampscott or perhaps Kings Beach in Lynn. The launch was not a big challenge as there were many lulls in the waves but provided a good opportunity for everyone to practice on a beach where the break zone is tight and narrow and right up against the beach. At this point the day was very gray and misty with dark and white clouds moving around, sometimes ominously. No thunder could be heard, however, and the radar didn't suggest anything terrible coming our way, so off we went. Next was a trip down the Marblehead/Swampscott coastline, along the rocks and stony beaches. Once out of Devereux the swells amplified a bit in the many coves along the way. The water was too high and the waves not quite big enough to do any surfing in these spots, though. It was more of a cliff-handrailing paddle. The weather began to alternate between drizzling and clearing, and we could see rain falling on the Nahant peninsula in the distance. We arrived at the dramatic point where Off Rock and Dread Ledge create a real rock-scape and attract a lot of swell action. Here we considered landing for lunch on the back of Dread Ledge itself, which is certainly doable, but the softer sand of Whales Beach seemed more attractive to some, so we paddled over to it and landed in more dumping waves, although ones that had a considerably longer runout over a shallow pancake beach. Lunch was eaten, as is required on every WLP! For the return leg we first paddled out to the back of Dread Ledge once again, where Bob and I took brief breaks. After launching from Dread the sea suddenly broke out in a long huge set of roaring swells next to me, although I was sheltered from them by some ledges. I went over to where Mike was waiting behind a slot next to a large rock; this seemed like a marginally better environment. Eventually the set wound down and we paddled through the slot and rejoined the rest of the group. From there up to Off Rock where an entertaining narrow slot was now exposed by the tide and some nice swells were running through it. From there up to Ram Island as a gathering point for the whole group. It was quite sunny and pleasant by now. The group elected to run up the outside of Marblehead Neck and down the harbor for a final home run into Riverhead. This final run was really enjoyable and featured some big (but non-breaking) waves standing up on the shoals at low water just west of Tom Moore's Rock. Finally back to Riverhead just a bit after low water. I did not take any pictures but maybe someone else did...? Please post if you have them!
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  5. There is one in Reading, MA on Facebook marketplace
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  7. Hey folks, We're coming out of our virus-shelter and running some courses this month! Hope you can join us for something, including: ACA L3 Instructor Development with Nate ACA L3 and L4 Instructor Updates with Nate and Todd Wright BC Core Coach and BC Moderate Water Coach Training with Todd Wright Full schedule available at www.pinnipedkayak.com See you on the water! Travel to Maine is now permitted with a negative Covid test for MA residents. NH and VT residents are exempt from testing requirements. (Hopefully Massachusetts will also be exempt soon.)
  8. No matter what we do, it will be more time spent in distance/coastal paddling than surfing. In any case The surfing is optional and there will also be rock play opportunities. However... let’s not overlook the fact that long boats are also great for surfing! Just a different kind of ride... We will take everyone’s desires and comfort level into account at the start of the paddle so we can find a solution I’m sure. joe
  9. Do you know what route is more likely? Not sure which boat I'd bringing on whether it's more surfing or distance. --K
  10. I am interested in buying a used Cetus MV. Reply or E-mail me directly at [email protected]
  11. Alex, is your NDK Explorer HV available at $1,200?
  12. This trip is almost full already—we can take one more person!
  13. Paula, you can't send Alex a PM since you're not a paid member. I've sent him your email address.
  14. This week's Wednesday Lunch Paddle is on July 1, 2020. We will be meeting at Riverhead Beach in Marblehead MA: https://goo.gl/maps/p6cWChiSE88bCkrCA Covid-19 paddling: on this trip we will strictly observe social distancing and MA state recreational boating guidelines for the pandemic. Please research and respect all regulations that apply at the time of the paddle. There is a strict limit of 10 paddlers on the trip. You must register using the form link below to be sure that you're actually on the paddle. We will stay at least 6 feet apart, minimize sharing docks and ramps with others, and wear face masks while off the water in public use areas. We also employ an online waiver to avoid passing around a physical piece of paper. Registration: To attend, please register using this form which will also add your information to the float plan: https://forms.gle/kKnZQfM8Ji6yjfFU7 You must be a paid-up NSPN member to join this trip. Your signup information will only be shared with other participants. Predictions: As of today (Monday), prediction is for very light and variable winds, overcast with some clearing, air temp 65 - 75 F, water 65+ F. Seas 2-3 feet, mostly 9 sec. swell with diminishing wind waves from previous days. The first part of this week we have an almost stationary low pressure system parked over New England. This is causing the gray skies and passing T-storms. However it looks like this may finally begin to clear out on Wednesday morning, so thunderstorms should be less of a worry by then. If this prediction doesn't bear out we may cut the trip short. Tides (Salem Harbor). 2020/07/01 Wed 08:32 AM 9.13 H 2020/07/01 Wed 2:32 PM 0.06 L 2020/07/01 Wed 8:56 PM 10.57 H Possible Plans: 1) Do a surf launch from Devereux Beach and head south down the coast to Kings Beach or even Nahant for lunch and some surfing, then land at Devereux or 2) launch from Riverhead Beach and head around the Neck to some combination of Tinkers lunch and potential surfing off Devereux. Given the lack of wind, we could actually head in any direction we please, but our suggestion here was to enjoy what may turn out to be some ideal low-impact surfing conditions, great to practice and learn in. Plan 1 would be a 10-11 nm trip; Plan 2 is more in the 6-7 nm range. Of course we'll walk over to Devereux and actually observe what's happening there before we make any decisions! Please bring a helmet if you have one. When/what: We will meet at 10 and launch at 10.30 sharp. We'll have a beach briefing in some safe manner, make a plan together based on what people feel like doing. This trip doesn't have a specific level: we'll determine the route based on who shows up, what people want to do, and what the environment wants to do. All properly equipped members are welcome: please bring boats with rigged deck lines, bulkheads, spray skirts, and dress for immersion. If you're not sure you have a safe vessel, please get in touch with us and ask. NOTE: The Wednesday Lunch 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. We encourage paddlers to make their own independent decision about their comfort level with conditions at the time of the paddle. Please PM me if you have questions or if you haven’t paddled with me or Bob before. Hope to see you there!
  15. How about Hammond Castle in Gloucester? https://www.hammondcastle.org
  16. Thanks, Prudence, for a wonderful day!. As an FYI, the parks are following social distancing protocol and only filling the lots half way to limit the number of people allowed in.
  17. A slightly mellower trip today:
  18. The original Dark Shadows soap opera on TV in the 60s used a building at Salve Regina college down in Newport RI as the Collinwood mansion. Someone is looking for a place to do some sort of film project. This was one suggestion -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horsehead–Marbella -K
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