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  1. And Goose Cove Resort went uspcale. Way, way upscale: https://aragostamaine.com/about/
  2. If you're in Northern New England, John Carmody comes highly recommended: seacliffkayakers.com. In South New England, Greg Paquin is also widely recommended: kayakwaveology.com IMHO, there's a lot of novice/wannabe coaches locally, with folks getting a mixed bag of experiences. Some caution in coach-picking is advised.
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    Downwinder 8/16

    Calculated max HR is 165, so >148 for 90 mins is right up there. Forrest Horton and I are egging each other into downwinders. It's working out great. Agree that downwinders look just like HIIT's. Paddle, eat, sleep, fix body, fix boat, repeat... Life doesn't get much better.
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    Downwinder 8/16

    Here's my pulse for the first serious downwinder in the V10 (Saturday) . Stayed upright, though. A little more in control today in a Taran:
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    Downwinder 8/16

    Trip is now full.
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    Downwinder 8/16

    There's room for one on an ambitious (L5) downwind surfing trip in Nantucket sound tomorrow. Please contact me by this evening if interested. Prior wind-wave surfing experience expected.
  7. Maybe slightly off-topic but in Southern New England, a scary number of formerly public-access places have gone to residents only, using Covid as justification. One can only hope they go back to public access after the pandemic, but I doubt that will happen.
  8. Got a close look at a sandbar shark yesterday. Clearly longer than my paddle, maybe 250# or so. Really cool animal.
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    Matt

    I've also found that tape on the shaft takes away from paddle 'responsiveness' and adds blisters. I do try to wash both hands and paddle if I think there are traces of oils on either.
  10. Is there any indication of when Maine's test-or-quarantine requirement for MA might be lifted?
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    Matt

    Huge thanks to Matt Drayer for an impromptu surfski lesson this morning.
  12. Whitetips scare the living daylights out of me.
  13. Just as we're ready to finally get to Maine: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/27/us/possible-shark-attack-maine-trnd/index.html
  14. Primary stability is a bit like bicycle training wheels - feels great at first, but it's worthwhile to take the time to do without them. Boat designers have a design trade-off between primary and other maneuvering options: tracking, turning, surfability, etc. If you pick a boat with high primary, the learning curve is very quick until you start to demand more from your boat, and then you hit a proverbial 'brick wall'. Boats like thew Nordkapp deliberately sacrifice primary stability for other seakeeping features, and they assume their paddlers will take the time to overcome lack of primary stability. So I would suggest to take a BCU 2* class or somesuch to learn how to overcome balance issues. For me, it's hard to imagine an Explorer would give you problems in rough water (unless you;re over 6'4", 250 lbs), and with just a few hours of practicing bracing, you'll learn to take full advantage of the boat.
  15. You just have to be faster than the slowest member of your party.
  16. Here is a link to a New England Journal of Medicine review article on marine envenomenation: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199108153250707?query=NC I found it accessible and worthwhile. (One may need to register to get access.)
  17. I've seen two Portuguese man o'war jellyfish in Buzzards Bay this week, and have a reliable report they are 'unusually' thick this year roughly 30-60 miles south of Martha's Vineyard and Block island. This is a good time to think about what to do if encountering one, or if someone in your party got stung.
  18. I was stopped on Rt 24 at the RI border by M state police who wanted to know my quarantine plans. I showed them my essential worker paperwork and let me go, but they were dead-serious.
  19. Not quire sure where to put this, but our AMC trip 'Intro. to kayaking Woods Hole' just opened up two slots. If interested, sign up via https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/119029&act=15
  20. At the entrance to Falmouth (MA) there's still a sign that requests out-of-state visitors to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  21. A slightly mellower trip today:
  22. Just for completeness' sake:
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