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Jeff Charette

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  • Birthday 05/22/1959

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    Hooksett, NH

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  1. The small parking area across the bridge is blocked off. Currently there is no parking anywhere along Rt. 1A. The small parking area, off 1A, at Rye Harbor is also blocked off.
  2. I drove by the Odiorne launch today and it is still closed. NH will be opening beaches on a Monday, 6/1. I think there’s a good chance that the Odiorne launch will also open on Monday, but I don’t know for sure.
  3. Nice brace Jim. I was only about 30 feet away, but outside the ledge where the wave broke over Jim. All I could do was watch Jim disappear into a wall of breaking surf. After the first wave broke I saw Jim was still upright, only to have the second wave bury him again. Another nice brace and still upright. While this was happening I had a few thoughts run through my head. "I'm glad I practice rescue skills", " This is not a good place to be doing a rescue", "Is there ever really a good place for a rescue?", after all, if conditions were not challenging then there would never be a need to do a rescue in the first place. In the end no rescue was necessary, Jim paddled out with a smile on his face. I'm also confident that had a rescue been necessary we both would have handled it routinely. I also want to say "Thank You" to Bob and Joe for organizing these Wednesday paddles. We had a number of great trips this summer and I would say all of them were a huge success.
  4. I’m in. See you there. I’m also interested in continuing these paddles. I can’t make it 9/4 due to other obligations, however I will post a few Wednesday paddles in Sept.
  5. Wednesday Lunch Paddle #14 Odiorne Point, Rye, NH to Rye Harbor, lunch break at Rye Harbor, return to Odiorne. Approximately 12 NM round trip. Conditions - SW wind, 5 kts. or less, calm seas, 1 foot swell at about 9-10 seconds. HT - 11:13am, LT 5:03pm Paddles - Jeff Charette, Liz Burgess, Nancy Hill, Joyce Carpenter, Paul Sylvester, and David Mercer. The weather forecast for Wednesday was hazy, hot, and humid, with the possibility of severe afternoon thunderstorms, hitting the New Hampshire coast anytime after 2pm. With this in mind the group unanimously decided to move our 10am meeting time to a 9am launch time. After a brief discussion the group decided it would be nice to head to Rye Harbor. There had been a suggestion to circumnavigate Gerrish, as the tides were perfect for this trip, however many felt the the heat, humidity, and possibility for biting insects would make the marshes an unpleasant place to be. We launched promptly at 9am with sunny skies and the predicted heat and humidity. Rounding the breakwater leaving Little Harbor we were met with slightly cooler temperatures and a light breeze. The Isles of Shoals barely visible through the distant haze. The mild conditions and rising tide meant there would not be too many opportunities for rock play, however a few in the group did take advantage of the few opportunities that did present. We took a pleasant lunch break at Rye Harbor, followed by a an easy return to Odiorne. Again, there was just a few opportunities for some mild rock play, or surf. All six landed back at Odiorne at approximately 2pm, with the sun still shining and no signs of those severe thunderstorms. It wouldn’t be too much longer for those predicted thunderstorms to come through. On the drive home a few of us ran into these storms. The up side, my boat was washed and clean before I got home. Thanks to all who came out and helped to make this another great NSPN trip. Hope to see you all again soon.
  6. Looks like everyone is in agreement. 9:00 launch it is. The latest weather forecast shows possible t-storms hitting the NH seacoast area anytime after 2pm.
  7. The weather and route determined by the group will determine what time we are off the water, however I think it’s safe to say we should be back at the launch no later than 4:00. The forecast for afternoon t-storms could very well have us off the water much earlier.
  8. Al, I have also seen a few different forecasts in reference to the weather. Let’s monitor the forecast for the next few days. There are a variety of paddles we can do from this launch, so if it looks like storms could move in earlier in the afternoon we can chose a shorter option and try to be back at the launch a bit earlier. The first of the tall ships arrives mid day on Thursday, 8/1. Others will be arriving over the weekend.
  9. NSPN Wednesday Lunch Paddle #14 takes place July 31, 2019. We will meet at Odiorne Point, in Rye, NH, at 10:00am. I believe that there may be a launch fee at Odiorne this season, so please be prepared will a little cash. HT 11:13am, LT 5:03pm. Marine zone forecast, SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers. Air temps predicted to be in the mid 80s, water temps in the high 60s. There is a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, so we will plan accordingly. Let's meet at 10 am sharp, and ready to launch around 10.20 am. Then we'll have a beach briefing, make a plan together based on what people feel like doing, and get on the water, hopefully around 10.30 am. There are several options to paddle from this launch so we will plan as a group based on conditions and skill level. 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 rigged boats with deck lines, bulkheads, spray skirts, and dress for immersion. 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. A waiver/float plan will be created at the launch, so there's no need to commit in advance. It's always 100% OK to show up, decide you don't like the conditions or the trip, and opt out. If you're interested in coming, it's nice if you let us know by posting on this thread. There is no calendar entry for this particular trip. Other conversation (including stating your interest in going) can also happen on this thread. Looking forward to seeing you there! 
  10. Another magnificent report of another magnificent trip. Prudence, thank you for sharing this with us.
  11. Unfortunately I have a scheduling conflict this week and I won’t be able to make it. Be safe and enjoy. I’ll see you all in two weeks.
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