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  2. Hi NSPN'rs! I've added a day of Tidal Currents training at Sullivan Falls on Thursday Sept. 6th, at the beginning of the annual MDI paddle trip. Looking forward to seeing you all again! Course size will be capped at 8 this year. Details below. Thanks! Nate http://www.pinnipedkayak.com/sea-kayaking-classes-calendar/2015/9/10/tidal-currents-with-nspn-sullivan-falls-7wlhn
  3. billvoss

    Tall Ships Parade, Portsmouth 7/25

    Warning, some sources say the parade starts at 10am, others say it starts at 11am. Have fun!
  4. This was our 4th NSPN trip to Saddleback Island, hopefully now an NSPN tradition which provides the opportunity for great paddling and lodging in what has long been one of the best paddling areas anywhere . This trip was anchored at the rustic cabin owned by The Maine Coast Heritage Trust on lovely Saddleback Island at the edge of the Stonington archipelago. We lucked out with mostly fabulous summer weather, lots of sun and comfortable summer heat , with a few bits of fog to make paddling a bit interesting at times. Seas were generally very tame, winds generally mild- in the 5 kt. Range, so the weekend lent itself to relaxed paddling & exploring. Trip mileage each day was in the 15-17 NM range. This year our group was a bit smaller than in past years , since communication with MCHT beforehand had better clarified their intended use of the cabin and grounds, which prefers a limit of eight persons. So after a couple of cancellations and additions, we ended up a group of six and then, seven, with the arrival of George, a brand new NSPN member who had just finished signing up, Paypal-ing etc. in time to join us on Saddleback right around dusk on the first day. So, on Friday six of us converged on Old Quarry Adventures Campground near Stonington, loaded up and set off in two groups for Saddleback around midday: three of us- Pablo, Yong, and myself - launched around 12:30, with Gary, Dave and Paul following about an hour later. We all made the short easy trip to Saddleback , unloaded and settled into the cabin, after which some of us took a late afternoon spin around the island before settling into what is a Saddleback birthright: hanging out on the porch or inside, or on the rocks, and enjoying dinner and conversation. On Saturday, two ideas for paddling trips emerged, so we formed into two groups. Both departing around 9 AM. Gary and Paul set off for a 2+ mile crossing of Jericho Bay to Marshall Island, and spent some time exploring the island’s trails and its abandoned overgrown airstrip before returning to Saddleback . Marshall has the distinction of being the largest uninhabited island in the east coast, and its beauty, remoteness, beaches and network of trails make it a place that every paddler I know wants to return to. Gary and Paul returned from Saddleback with reports of a “ fantabulous” day. The rest of us- Pablo, George, Yong, Dave and I- paddled across and down to explore the east side of Isle au Haut. My other forays to Isle au Haut have been circumnavigations , which leave little time for exploration, so our goal was to more leisurely explore the east side of IAH, especially York Island, a goal which was handsomely realized. We had lunch on Doliver , a tiny MITA island (“ it’s tennis court size and rock, with one tree and a sign”) in the shadow of York Island . After lunch we rounded York Island and, after a stop at the northeast corner of IAH, Yong and Dave elected to return straight to Saddleback, and George, Pablo and I continued on along the north coast of IAH, slithered into the Isle au Haut Thoroughfare to the little village of Isle au Haut ,where he had a stroll and visited the General Store for ice cream bars and ginger ale before returning to Saddleback. On Sunday we all paddled together for the traditional “nickel tour” of the Stonington islands: a few of our number had not had the pleasure of exploring this area before. We wound our way slowly through the islands and at a juncture on the edge of Wreck island we decided to cross Merchants Row to visit Harbor Island , one of the area’s favorite camping islands. We then crossed Merchants Row back to Steves Island, and had lunch there. As we were departing Steve’s, a conversation with some other paddlers revealed that the Fisherman’s Festival in downtown Stonington (only 1.5 nm away) was winding down in a few hours, so we promptly changed our route and filtered into Stonington to enjoy the last of the festivites there, which included a cod fish relay race, (children stumbling about in yellow fishermans overalls lugging a giant slippery cod) and yummy grilled shark steaks. After the festivities, Dave and Paul returned to Saddleback and the rest of us detoured around Crotch Island with its formidable granite quarry equipment and cascading piles of granite blocks: Crotch Island appears to have been the epicenter of Stoningtons famous granite industry of the previous century. Granite, and geology in general, becomes an inevitable theme of any trip to this rocky area, and George , it turned out , was a geologist with formidable knowledge of the area's geology which he could ably translate into laymans terms , so the trip turned partly into a highly appreciated geological tutorial of the area. Monday morning it was pack up , tidy up and close the cabin, and paddle back to Old Quarry, with the added luxury of showers ($5) at the campgrounds before hitting the road for the long drive back home. I suppose it’s the sign of a great trip when you’re already thinking about next year’s , so by that or most any other yardstick, this weekend was a success.
  5. Jim Snyder

    Tall Ships Parade, Portsmouth 7/25

    I'm in, pending conditions...
  6. Paul Sylvester

    Tide race at the mouth of the Kennebec

    Best tides races in NE are off Groton and Stonington CT. Fishers, Sugar Reef, Wicopissat. Well worth the drive and effort. Probably less drive time than Popham.
  7. Inverseyourself

    Tide race at the mouth of the Kennebec

    Thanks for input gentlemen. I’ve paddled Jack Rock’s tide race (on same charts I guess the 2 rocks are called Sugarloafs if I’m not mistaken) a few times in medium-plus conditions. Always thankful for bigger conditions but mainly wanted to make sure I still get to play if wind and swell are not against ebb flow, provided no flattening N wind. Paul, haven’t had the pleasure to play between Wood and Pond in conditions yet but looking forward. Shame we don’t have a bigger tide race closer to the North Shore, although area below Crane Estate can kick up pretty good in ideal conditions.
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  9. PeterB

    Tide race at the mouth of the Kennebec

    A lot of variables. On average, there is a good tide race on the ebb at the northeast end of Pond Island and at Jack Rock, which can of course be either bigger or tamer depending on wind direction, incoming swell, and tides . When all of these come together - south wind ,swell from the south, and a bigger ebb tide- the tide races there can be big and challenging. When they don't - a smaller tide, little or no wind or a north wind, and little or no swell, there is plenty of current but probably mild standing waves, so the area is still worth a visit, just not as exciting or challenging, depending on how much you are looking for.
  10. terese pawletko

    Chebacco tonight, 19 July

    was planning on it (it was bath water warm last week) but a dear friend came up from RI today ... see you the week of 7/30!! Terese
  11. rfolster

    Chebacco tonight, 19 July

    Cathy and I will be there!
  12. Sure looks like a nice evening to be on the water...
  13. alcoons

    Tall Ships Parade, Portsmouth 7/25

    I'm in. Thanks for organizing. Al
  14. Wednesday 7/25 the tall ships parade (3??)starts up the river at 10 am. They are trying to get a flotilla of boaters involved and build hype. So I'll be launching at 9 am from Odiorne in Rye. Plan is to go CC around Newcastle and up the river to downtown. Maybe 8 -10 miles, depending on circumstances w/ breaks, cameras, easy... Tide will be flooding and there may be some wakes and rougher stuff near shore. I'll be watching the weather also. Put in Rye NH at Odiorne boat launch ramp. 9AM BIB. Off by 2-3 max Please be up for level 3 conditions. There is an iron ranger pay station (maybe 4.00??) that sometimes has envelopes. Please make a token donation if you use and enjoy this ramp. Post here and PM me with e-contact and vitals, thxs, Paul
  15. kurtyang04

    Klepper Aerius II For Sale

    I will contact you through your email or phone. Thanks.
  16. Couldn't agree more - warm water, sun and friends - and successful rolls
  17. Paul Sylvester

    Tide race at the mouth of the Kennebec

    There are two current play spots there. One is between Wood and Pond south of the channel. At max ebb it does not take much swell to get it lively. Bigger swell and you better be ready for rescues and a good time. The zipper will set up around the bar north of Wood and you can surf with all sand and easy bailouts. North of the channel there is Jack Rock. Go to the north side of Jack. There is a nice tidal race that will give smaller clean waves and no swell is needed that I recall. On a bigger day Jack is ( IMO) safer and easier for newer players. Many options for surfing at the beaches near fox if the crowds are down. I have free days and might be able to get up there, PM with dates if you want. thxs
  18. Another lovely evening at Walden with fine company.
  19. Kelsey Oltz

    Walden Thursday AM July 19th 6:30AM-8:00AM

    Hi all, Work change for tomorrow we will be doing this Friday July 20th instead. Cheers, Kelsey
  20. Marshall

    BBC 2018

    W-FSK Looks like Mel is in line for a medal!
  21. Inverseyourself

    Tide race at the mouth of the Kennebec

    Thanks Rob!
  22. rfolster

    Tide race at the mouth of the Kennebec

    My understanding is that you need a south wind or a well-organized swell from the south in order for the race to kick up.
  23. Does anyone know if the tide race that many NSPNers know and have visited with John C. east of Popham on the east side of the larger of the 2 rocks (named Sugarloafs or something else sugar-related?) in the mouth of the Kennebec gets created reliably on the ebb, regardless of what's coming in from the South? Minimum flow to create reasonably fun conditions? Thanks, Andy
  24. Level 2 + Slocum River estuary, to Allens pond via Barneys Point and Horse neck beach about 13.5 miles rount trip leaving Russel Mills,Dartmouth town landing at 8:00 Am Sat July 21. See linked file for details Slocum river trip Pablo
  25. Old Town Dirigo XT tandem Kayak for sale. $650. Originally $1400. 6 yr. old, lightly used 4-5 times. Old Town canoe for sale. 10 yr. old, rarely used, with paddles. $500. Chris Davis, Hamilton MA, [email protected], 617-697-8525
  26. Brian Nystrom

    Do you wax your kayak?

    Wax? What's that?
  27. I am five feet tall. I appreciate the hullavator, but they add weight and drag to the car, and must decrease gas mileage. If I were taller I would opt for a different system.
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