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  1. rfolster

    Cape Ann Saturday 9/22/18

    I’m interested.
  2. rfolster

    More NSPN stars!

    Good job!!
  3. rfolster

    Chebacco lake on Thursday evenings

    Cathy and I will miss the next several weeks. Have fun and enjoy the nice weather!
  4. rfolster

    Little Hub Island Fire.

    The link didn't work with my phone, so here is the story: Fire at uninhabited Maine island started with makeshift campsite By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff • August 16, 2018 10:51 am Firefighters doused a fire that apparently began at a makeshift campsite on an uninhabited island off Deer Isle on Wednesday. The fire at what Deer Isle Fire Chief Brent Morey identified as Little Hub Island was doused by seven Deer Isle firefighters armed with buckets and hand tools at about 5:30 p.m. The firefighters used a boat to get there, Morey said. “Somebody had been out there, cut away trees and made a campsite with a fire [pit],” Morey said Thursday. “They didn’t put it out at all or didn’t put it out well enough. It was hard to tell.” The circular-shaped island is 40 feet by 60 feet, with about 10 trees on it. It is among about two dozen inhabited and uninhabited islands Morey’s department covers. Fires at the small islands near Deer Isle are not frequent, with the 18-member Deer Isle volunteer department handling one or two a year, said Morey, who has been the department’s chief for 19 years. The islands are state-owned and not managed by Deer Isle, but the department handles the calls anyway, he said.
  5. Janet, a 3 Star Sea candidates must: Provide evidence of at least three different journeys on the sea, of about three hours duration (eight nautical miles) each [just about any NSPN trip applies] Maintain consistent British Canoeing 2 Star standard of performance in the appropriate craft before starting to work towards the British Canoeing 3 Star Sea Kayak or Sit-on-top Award. It is recommended that the candidate holds the British Canoeing 2 Star Award Have the ability to swim confidently in the sea environment, wearing normal paddling clothes The Star programs are still available in 2018 if it is important to you, and I think you probably fulfill the "2 Star standard of performance" as the award is not a definite prerequisite. What you need to understand is that British Canoeing has a different approach to introducing people to paddle sports, where new paddlers are expected to paddle different types of watercraft until they discover what really appeals to them. For this reason, the 1 Star and 2 Star Awards requires paddling at least two different types of watercraft (kayak, canoe, white water, etc.), whereas the 3 Star Award is craft-specific. Looking towards next year, you could choose to pursue the Sea Kayak Award which is probably going to be at similar performance level (still waiting for definitions of each award). You can also choose to pursue the Coastal Kayak Award or even the Advanced Sea Kayak Award since all awards are direct entry. The new program seems to deemphasize the goal by eliminating the ladder-style progression and concentrate more on the individual paddlers overall development. This is also true of the new coach development program, where we are focusing less on teaching one skill a certain way to a group of matched skill-level learners, but instead working with more diverse groups while providing individualized coaching for each paddler. This learner-based coaching style seems to match this new Performance system by removing much of the structural constraints and allowing individuals to progress through their skills development at a pace that works for them. It is an interesting new approach to the sport, and I can't wait to see how it will actually be implemented.
  6. I have personally run into a number of people who wished they could just do the skills part of the 4* & 5* programs without the leadership, so there is a market for it. Many outfitters in the US and abroad generally prefer participants to have BCU 3* or above in order to participate on basic trips. I imagine that these new awards will make it easier for those seeking more adventurous destinations to be able to just email their BC Coastal (or Advanced) Sea Kayak certificate to let the outfitter know exactly who is coming on their trip or, more importantly, asking to rent equipment for an unguided trip. I remember recently talking to one outfitter about renting boats from their fleet, and they were a bit hesitant until I mentioned my experience, and it was no longer an issue. More information about the new awards can be found here: Frequently Asked Questions I found this one to be the most interesting: Are the awards equivalent to the existing Star Awards? The NEW awards are very different in terms of content and purpose. The NEW awards have been designed for the paddler’s development and engagement in the sport. Providers will approach and facilitate the awards that reflect the ethos of supporting paddlers and empowering individuals. As the awards do not directly link to Coaching and Leadership qualifications, it is encouraged that formal assessments are not conducted and that a formative approach is used that develops an individual’s progress.
  7. Hello NSPN! Maine Coast Heritage Trust recently announced that we are embarking on the largest coastal conservation campaign in Maine’s history. As a friend of MCHT, I wanted to make sure you heard the news from us, and to provide you with more information about why this Campaign and why now. Maine’s coast is facing urgent threats. Access to the shore is being cut off, climate change is negatively impacting native plants and animals, and development pressure continues to compromise the land we depend on. This $125 million Campaign is a bold response to those threats. As of yesterday, August 1, 2018, generous donors have already contributed $90 million towards this effort. See the Campaign in action: Can't watch the video? Read more about the Campaign I hope you know that your support makes this work possible. In the months to come we will keep you informed about the Campaign, its progress, and how you can join this historic effort. Please share this exciting news with friends and family! Thank you again for being part of the MCHT community. With gratitude, Tim Glidden President, MCHT PS: We're also excited to announce a generous $10 million matching gift. Every $3 donated to Maine Coast Heritage Trust will release another $1 for the coast.
  8. Many of you are familiar with the BCU Star Awards, and some have lamented that there is no Star Award for being a higher proficiency paddler without also having to be a leader. These old 4* and 5* were rebranded as Sea Kayak Leader and Advanced Sea Kayak Leader, and until now we’re the only options for training and certification for more advanced paddlers. Following the addition of the Paddlesports Leader (for sheltered waters), British Canoeing has just announced a reorganization of the Personal Performance Awards into two groups: - Paddle Awards: Designed to develop enjoyment, safety and skills for those new to Paddlesport - Discipline Specific Pathway Awards They have also allowed each award to be direct entry, so if you want to jump right into the Advanced Sea Kayak Award, program, you can! information can be found on the BRitish Canoeing website by following this link. The new system should be available in 2019, and more information should be available in the coming months. Hopefully this new system will make training and certification more accessible and easier to understand for new and established paddlers alike.
  9. rfolster

    Level 2+ Gerrish Island Saturday July 28

    PM thread has been started.
  10. Looking to do a relaxed paddle around Gerrish Island this Saturday, with a particular invitation to newer paddlers. This is about a 10 mile trip that includes salt marshes as well as open coast exposure and is a really good opportunity for newer paddlers to get some paddling experience in different environments. Boats with both front and rear flotation (typically hatches) and PFDs (life jackets) are required, and previous wet-exit experience is preferred. If newer paddlers are unsure of their abilities for this trip, please feel free to contact me and we can discuss how to include you on the trip. Trip will be about 5-6 hours long total , with a lunch break and possibly a scenic stop. Details will not be publicly announced, so you must reply to this post with your interest in the trip, and I will include interested paddlers in a Private Message group to discuss logistics. Hope you can join us!!
  11. rfolster

    Chebacco tonight, 19 July

    Cathy and I will be there!
  12. 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.
  13. rfolster

    Kayak rack dimensions

    Here are approximate minimum and maximum hatch cover spans with optimal center spans in parentheses: Cetus Classic - 90”-115” (103”) Eliza- 75”-106” (90”) Explorer- 99”-109” Illusion - 79”-102” (91”) Delphin 155 - 85”-110” (97”) Epsilon C200- 84”-107” (96”) Zephyr 165 - 82”-108” (96”)
  14. rfolster

    Kayak rack dimensions

    I used fabric straps between two supports, and load boats in from the end. Not easy for one person to do, so not a recommended system. Separation between each level of straps is only 18”. That leaves little room from high point of coating on lower boat to hull of upper boat. I would suggest 24” between vertical supports which, depending on how high you make the lowest, would put the highest of three boats around 4-1/2 or 5 feet up. Probably put your least used boat up there. Depending on how you manover your boats around, you should put your most used boat at the height most easily moved on and off the rack - middle rack for shoulder carry or bottom rack for wheel cart, for examples. For horizontal spacing, do you want to rest on bulkheads or on hatch rims. I can’t speak for bulkheads, but if I recall, hatch rims average just under 8’ for play boats and just over 8’ for touring boats. If I can find my measurement notes, I will pass them along.
  15. rfolster

    Chebacco Lake June 28

    Cathy and I will not be able to make it to the lake tonight.