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  3. gyork

    #8 Muscle Ridge/Lobster Buoy Campsites

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    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. Typical pot-luck Friday evening buffet (proper attire please) for those so inclined to participate. Saturday is often a “go into Town” for supper for those interested, v. repeat pot-luck leftovers/?lobsterbake. Rather than limit numbers from each group, I will set the limit to 15 FOR THE GROUP SITE ONLY. Your spot will be secured when I receive payment ($___ per nite) via paypal (gyorkattdsdotnet) or check (private message me). RSVP WILL BE "ENABLED" ONCE I RECEIVE PER PERSON RATES FOR 2020, AND WILL COINCIDE WITH A POSTING UNDER "TRIPS" THAT WILL PROVIDE THESE DETAILS. If you prefer, or if the group site fills to capacity, private sites may be reserved directly with Lobster Buoy Campsites @ 207.594.7546 after May 15.
  4. We have updated our site to reflect the new 2020 season with a few changes from last years programing. This year we are offering passes to our long term student program which will better help you as the paddler to work within a group and courses that speak more to your individual needs and desires. Our Long Term Student Development Program last year was a great success and many of our students anticipate joining us again this year! The 2020 season will be packed with surf classes, incident management and rock hopping courses! This year we also have included a sea kayak camping course which was highly sought after last year and we anticipate it to fill quickly this year. Additionally we will be adding more programs, retreats and expeditions throughout the year. If you don't see something on the website that you would like to do, please get in touch so we can set something up! We also have added two skills session in the Hudson Valley for New York based folks! For your convenience we also have added a new feature to the site which allows you to pay by credit card, however cash and check is always accepted! If you have any questions, concerns or feedback we would greatly appreciate it and we hope to have you join us this season! Please checkout our updated website here! We hope to see you on the water in 2020! Best, Jonathan & Kelsey
  5. Oh, I'd love to be able to strap a couple of slick rigid boards on the boat. I know about inflatable boats and kayaks. The flex robs energy. I just found this thread and recon a resurrection is in order. Was down learning how to Paddleboard last week, and I am amazed at the variety. I can paddle it like a kayak, like a canoe, or stand up a paddle or use a small sail. Some have areas where you can strap some stuff down for a quick trip ashore. I will never be an expert, and I am 75kg. What are consensuses? I loved surfing on the rigid ones we had on the beach BTW, and I plan on experimenting with one and a parasail. What's the best one to get https://www.geekwrapped.com/guides/best-epoxy-wooden-paddle-boards still trying to figure out which one to go with?
  6. JanetL

    Gloucester 11/11

    I can bring one. See y’all tomorrow!
  7. Jim Snyder

    Gloucester 11/11

    I guess maybe I should have reposted this with a new title. Planning on launching from Odiorne at 10 am tomorrow if anyone else wants to join.
  8. David M

    ICOM IC-M88 VHF marine radio for sale

    Michael, I'll take it. Lets exchange details dgmer at aol dot com
  9. Radio with charger and carrying clip in excellent condition $50.00 post paid.
  10. Jim Snyder

    Gloucester 11/11

    Waves at 1' predicted on nearby Jenness Beach with light onshore breeze. HT around 10 am and LT around 4 pm, which is to be avoided at Odiorne.
  11. JanetL

    Gloucester 11/11

    Sure that works for both of us - shall we plan on odiorne instead?
  12. Jim Snyder

    Gloucester 11/11

    I'm a possible. I was planning on maybe Odiorne. Would you consider changing venues to get a quorum?
  13. Pintail

    Gloucester 11/11

    Will also be out of town...
  14. John

    Gloucester 11/11

    Thanks for posting--Wish I could join you but will be out of town... John
  15. JanetL

    Gloucester 11/11

    Sue H and I are hoping to paddle from Gloucester harbor on Monday (Veteran’s day). Route to be determined by conditions and interest, launching at the Greasy Pole boat launch 10am or other agreed upon time. (I could be talked into 11/11 at 11:11!) Please post if interested as we’d like 3 minimum for cold weather. Requires sea kayak with bulkheads, deck lines, drysuit/weather appropriate clothing.
  16. I bought a bicycle hoist system and installed it in my garage, thinking I could use it for my kayak. Alas, it hung too low and did not work as I had intended. I bought a second hoist system that works fine for me. So, if anyone would like the bicycle hoist, come and get it. It looks like this one: https://www.harborfreight.com/bicycle-lift-95803.html Liz
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  18. The NSPN Board of Directors is the decision-making body of the club, and much of what we do is reviewing ongoing club business (finances, membership, website, etc.), managing workshops and club events, creating policies, and discussing the overall direction of the club. Aside from three officer positions, there are no set duties associated with individual BOD positions, but instead tasks are undertaken on a volunteer basis. Currently, the BOD meets in Reading once a month on a Tuesday night from September to May, taking June through August off to enjoy the summer. We try to keep the atmosphere relaxed and conversational, so probably not what you think when you imagine a corporate Board Meeting. Our terms run from January through December, and we have a fair number of current Directors not returning next year for various reasons, so would like to extend an invitation to any current NSPN members who would like to be considered for a position on the Board. We are also reaching out to the NSPN community for individuals who might not want to be a Director but would be interested in assisting the Board and the club by volunteering to assist with some of the many activities the club organizes over the year. There is the annual winter party, pool sessions, workshops and various other outreach programs, and trips that often need some people working in the background to help make things happen. Historically, NSPN has been founded upon the concept of "Pay It Forward", where those who have grown with the club over the years turn around and offer what they can to newer paddlers. There is some confusion that the Pay It Forward model is supposed to be an educational system, with peers teaching peers, and many people find that intimidating. Really, it is supposed to be more of a mentoring system where members offer whatever they can to their fellow paddlers, which might include sharing of knowledge, or just being an emotional support for someone practicing a new skill or technique. This model has produced an active community of sea kayakers with diverse interests, whether it be those who enjoy relaxing day trips to more exciting adventures, weekend camping trips and international adventures. We have managed to produce some pretty good paddlers, but more importantly, a strong community based on the shared interest of being out on the water. One of the biggest benefits to being a member of NSPN is the willingness of others to help the community to continue to grow. This winter, like many in the past, we will be offering workshops and events at no cost to members only because other members volunteer there time to make them happen. However, in order for that to work, we need volunteers to step up and Pay It Forward to the community that has helped them get to where they are. We expect to have a schedule of events posted soon, and hope to see both long time members and new members involved. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please send me or any of the other Directors a Private Message or email [email protected] Please include a quick paragraph stating why you want to be a Director or volunteer. Any member of NSPN will be considered, no matter how long you have been a member of the club. Please have any nominations submitted to me no later than December 1st, and feel free to ask me or any other board members if you have any questions. Thank you, Robert Folster PRESIDENT (rfolster) Mike Habich TREASURER (mhabich) Sue Hriciga (SueH.) Nick Pearson (NPearson) Jane Cobb (JaneC)
  19. spuglisi

    Great read about USCG search and rescue

    Great article. Thanks for posting.
  20. gyork

    Great read about USCG search and rescue

    The word "hero" is thrown out freely these days. Great to read an account of just one of the many out there who work behind the scenes without any expectation of VIP recognition.
  21. The following article is a fascinating window into the science of finding people and objects lost at sea, pioneered largely by one oceanographer working for the USCG who recently retired. A great read. https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-10-15/lifesaving-coast-guard-scientist-reflects-on-government-service
  22. eneumeier

    free gear

    the anchors have a new home.
  23. JanetL

    Wednesday 11/6

    Can’t on Wednesday... any interest in Sunday or Monday this coming weekend? (It’s a holiday)
  24. Jim Snyder

    Wednesday 11/6

    I'm interested in getting out on Wednesday somewhere between Odiorne and Ogunquit but want to have a group of at least three. Anyone interested, realizing it's short notice.
  25. Like new snap dragon pogies. I find them claustrophobic and prefer another pair but probably you are less picky than me. Available in Woburn or hopefully on more sunny day paddles this fall / winter season.
  26. Jim Snyder

    West Beach, Beverly to ??, Saturday Nov 2

    Winter paddling season is just getting started!
  27. I'd liked to check the rocks out up there sometime as I lovin' the rock in RI. But I booked a day of coaching at Gales today. How about a some rock weekend days next season? -K
  28. 3rd annual Muscongus Bay Getaway! This level 3 trip is for paddlers looking to further explore Muscongus bay. Paddling options include George’s Islands, across the mouth of the St. George River to Port Clyde, Monhegan in a day, and many others. The Maine Island Lodge on Gay island will be home for the long weekend. The lodge sleeps 14 with both private and shared rooms with beds. Tent platforms also available for those that would prefer a tent-site. Creature comforts include gas stove/oven/hot water heater, running water/plumbing which all have access to. Scrumptious dinners prepared by lodge keeper Rose. Your spot is secured after I receive Maine Sport Outfitters fee of $165 to secure your lodge space or tent platform. Additional $50 for a shore dinner Saturday night which includes lobster, Gay Island oysters, local clams, potatoes, corn and desert. PM for more details or Paypal/Venmo: [email protected] and please RSVP on calendar.
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