Yay! Yes! And the other tradition is that if conditions are not favorable for a paddle, we meet for lunch on New Year's Day instead. So those who want to do something, plan to do it with us - either on water or off.
If weather conditions are favorable for it, I'll put in an early vote for launching from West Beach in Beverly. Nice options - islands or along the rocky coast - and easy parking. And hopefully we have Mike to give advance warning about whether the dread seaweed will allow us entrance to the water or not!