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  1. I was at Walden this afternoon paddling along when a loon came up out of nowhere! Still there for now.
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    11TH Annual New To Sea Kayaking Workshop Series

    I wasn't able to attend the workshop, pool, or lake sessions, but I joined the group for the ocean paddle in Marble Head. It was awesome! There were 17 of us and plenty of support from all of the volunteers. I satisfied myself that I've got the first part of the roll down as I was the only one to get wet that day. As is sometimes the case in these situations, my skirt didn't quite release as fast as I expected (sorry Kevin for the mild heart attack), but Kevin, Al, and Alex quickly went to work and did an expert rescue and it felt like I was barely in the 55 deg water. Got to test out my dry suit and it worked - I was warm and dry. Can't emphasize enough the need to dress for water temp, not air temp! This is a great group of folks and can't thank Kevin and all of the others who volunteered their time to help us newbies out! Looking forward to paddling with you again and working on the second half of that roll -Bob D.
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    NTSKW Pool Session Help needed 5/7/17

    Would love to join you all, but can't make it this Sunday. Will be there for Pavilion! If someone wants to come get a boat and gear from me, you're welcome to borrow it.
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    Free Kayak Training Opportunity, Moderate Water

    Thanks Kevin - I'm interested in this.
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    2017 Pool Sessions

    Thanks Pru! Sent you a PM.
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    2017 Pool Sessions

    Hi Rob, Is there an instructor at these pool sessions to teach one how to roll or is it simply pool time for folks to work on their own stuff without instruction? Thanks, Bob D.
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    First CAM Summer Session (07/16/16)

    Thanks Rob and Cathy for a great paddle! The world of CAM and sea kayaking in general is still new to me so I really learned a lot from the discussion of tides, current, wind, channel crossing, etc. Circumnavigating New Castle and playing in the current under the bridge was a blast. Great meeting all of the other members too. Hope to join you guys for the next one!
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    CAM Summer Session: 07/16/16

    Sounds good. I'll pm you my info for the float plan.
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    CAM Summer Session: 07/16/16

    Thanks Rob - this looks like a great trip. Are you expecting this to be an all day paddle? Do you have a ballpark return time?
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    CAM Summer Session: 07/16/16

    I'm interested in joining you guys, but I don't want to hold anyone back. Is this trip appropriate for beginners?
  11. Was looking to get a paddle in near Plum Island (Pavilion Beach) or Lane's Cove on Saturday morning. Are there any planned paddles for this weekend? Don't want to go out alone.
  12. Hi folks, Want to add a keel strip to my new-to-me boat. Has anyone used a product like Keeleasy or Keelgard? Looks like they are vinyl and DIY. Thanks!
  13. Thanks Josko for the invite! My window isn't big enough to get down to Woods Hole on Saturday, but it sounds like a great paddle! If anyone knows how I can renew my membership, please let me know. When I add it to cart, it just gives that wheelie thing over and over.
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    Anyone add Keel Strip to your boat?

    Thanks Ed and gyork! I'm going to order one.
  15. Thanks folks - I didn't see any replies on Sunday am so we just loaded up the yaks (for Pintail) and ventured West. We ended up at Tully Lake in Athol - it was just what we were looking for. Nice lake with several islands to paddle around and explore.
  16. Going to be out in the Sturbridge area tomorrow and was looking for an interesting place to paddle? Anywhere along the MA Pike from Sturbridge back towards 495 would work. Up towards Rt 2 Amherst would work too. Thanks!
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    We were up in Maine last week paddling in Casco Bay and our friends encountered a shark. My wife and I were not with them on this particular paddle. They said they were about 30 yards from shore and it was about 10 yards further out from them. Seas were fairly calm so the fin could not be mistaken for a buoy or something else. Both of my friends got a good look at it. It swam parallel to them for a bit and each time the fin went below the surface and then returned. Suddenly, it turned toward them. It came close enough that my friend Mark said it was about 6' in length and he said the body was grey but the fin was jet black. They were terrified as their 9 year old daughter was with them in her own boat (and struggling against the tide). They have no idea what kind of shark it was as they put their heads down and paddled as fast as they could back to shore. The next day, my wife and I were out paddling in the same area and a sea lion popped up about 30 yards from us. We decided to stay closer to shore for the rest of our paddle. So just wondering if anyone has encountered a shark while paddling? If so, what is the recommended course of action?
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    Thanks for all the great posts and video links! General consensus is to stay calm and enjoy the view? Guess I better learn how to roll...
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    Thanks for the link Rob - I saw that video with our friends last weekend while we were searching for any evidence of shark sitings along the Maine Coast. Our friend Gayle who was one who saw the shark also thought it might be a Basking Shark. Ed, I don't think I could pick out a seal vs a sea lion so you are likely correct. Interesting to learn that sharks are in and around the Maine coast - they were in a relatively calm bay so I was surprised that they could encounter a shark in those waters.
  20. Thanks Les! As of now it looks like I won't be able to make the next Wednesday, but plan to be there the week after. I'll see if I can pick up a spray skirt and nose plugs for the next session.
  21. Just wanted to thank all of you for making a newbie feel welcome last night! Special thanks to Bill who spent much of his time teaching me my first wet exits and rescues! Thanks to Carpi who also gave me great instruction on rescues. Thanks to Les for organizing these sessions! Watching all of you roll was truly inspirational and I hope to try that myself before heading to Casco Bay this Summer. -Bob D.
  22. Great - look forward to meeting all of you. -Bob D.
  23. Hello - is the clinic on for tonight? I've never done a wet exit let alone a roll, but want to learn both - is this clinic open to newbies like me?