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  1. I had a slippery-issue as well. Unfortunately, surf wax disappears after a while, at least in my experience. I used self-amalgamating tape, which regularly completely shredded my hands, especially during time trials where I just didn’t pay attention to that. Major calluses. I switched to using it on one side only and am getting more used to it on the side I’m not using it on. I created stops that Matt referred to with yellow electrical tape, fairly thick so that I can easily feel it. The yellow also gives me a peripheral visual aide to see where my hands are.
  2. I think a shark breached off Rockport next to David Mercer’s boat a few years ago. He can speak more to it. I wonder what type he saw.
  3. Interesting presentation about Cape Cod having newly emerged ca. 2009 as one of the less than a handful worldwide Great White hubs (at 11:45 min).
  4. Much good advice above. I won’t repeat but will just add my OTC: In a safe environment, being absolutely sure that you know how to wet-exit or even better have an experienced kayaker on stand by, feel out the “point of no return”. Because of your “irrational fear”, you probably stop your edging and leaning long before you reach the limits of secondary stability. The tipping point thus remains an unknown that will arrive suddenly and unexpectedly, undermining your confidence. Aggressively find that point - if you go over you wet exit and try again. You should try without spray skirt first, with spray skirt only with a competent paddler next to you. Youtube “How to edge an lean a kayak” by Gordon Brown (paddling.com within Youtube). There is a whole series of edge and lean drills if you follow that lead. The Inside low brace turn is extremely helpful in finding out how much you can lean a kayak into a turn. The outside low brace turn gives you support when finding how far you can edge. Both are fun and dynamic maneuvers that’ll go WAY beyond primary and also secondary stability and will boost your confidence. You can theoretically flood your cockpit with each maneuver if you don’t use a sprayskirt, they can be executed that aggressively. Both maneuvers should be properly demonstrated to you in-person, though. You can make a lot of significant mistakes. A summer lake session with seasoned paddlers would be ideal. Good luck and don’t buy a freighter! Andy
  5. Stumbled upon this on YouTube. Very enjoyable, probably even more so for the many among you who know coastal Maine much better than I. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zj22eNzjcI
  6. There is this little Shark bistro with a limited but delicate seal-menue in the greater Newburyport-Salisbury area. It's a yet well kept secret but this guy is apparently in-the-know! I'm always a little uncomfortable paddling out to Halfway Rock from Manchester as there is a little shark drive(swim)-through joint there as well.
  7. Pretty sure I heard slowly accelerating dissonant cello-music in the background.
  8. We all know this but seeing it hits home the message that a shark incident is becoming more likely for North Shore paddlers. https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2020/07/15/great-white-shark-plum-island-north-shore
  9. Below is an excerpt from the NEJM article. Isopropyl alcohol (possibly more prevalent in people’s cars now during the pandemic), olive oil or sugar (nearby restaurant?) and urine (someone always has to pee in a group but I would understand if people felt that this should be reserved as a second or third line option, unless it’s your own) are mentioned as alternatives to vinegar. Of note, the affected area has to be continuously flushed/immersed for 30 minutes or until pain subsides, which has a bearing on how much of the remedy you (can) carry with you. An Ice pack -intuitive - is recommended in the article. Some folks may just carry their run-of-the-mill unseasoned meat tenderizer or papaya latex with them as a matter of principle, just in case. COELENTERATE STINGS When someone is stung by a coelenterate (hydroid, fire coral, jellyfish, or sea anemone), the wound should be soaked in 5 percent acetic acid (vinegar). This is the decontaminant of choice, and it should be applied liberally, particularly for stings of the box-jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri) and other Indo-Pacific species. The leading alternative is isopropyl alcohol (40 to 70 percent), although some argue that this causes discharge of cnidae venom in vitro. The detoxicant should be applied continuously for at least 30 minutes or until the pain disappears. Other detoxicants reported to be effective include dilute ammonium hydroxide, sodium bicarbonate, olive oil, sugar, urine, and papain (unseasoned meat tenderizer or papaya latex). None of these are reliable or superior to vinegar or alcohol. Solvents such as ether, formalin, and gasoline are toxic to tissues and are contraindicated. For coelenterate stings acquired in North America or Caribbean coastal waters, fresh water should not be applied directly to the wound as the primary decontaminant. The wound should not be abraded with a cloth or bandage. These will worsen the envenomation. Ice packs may be applied to the skin, but they should be free of leaks or surface condensation.24Next, the physician should remove any visible large tentacles with forceps or a doubly gloved hand. After the primary decontamination, the physician should remove any remaining nematocysts by applying a layer of shaving foam and shaving the area gently.
  10. Speaking of treading water after the GWS test-bumps you with the intent to disable your maneuverability.......
  11. Text sent to 4810, unless I misunderstood.
  12. I know Goat. When would you like to bib?
  13. I’m in, Paul. Am I allowed to launch with a MA license plate?
  14. Interested, pending resolution of neck issue (it’s always something). What’s with Dover Point (ignorant)? Current? Not much going on 6/20. For distance? I like the idea of Circumnav + distance.
  15. At some point they’ll figure out that they have to breach and take a bite out of us directly.
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