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  1. We will make the call on the weather tomorrow. The timing of potential wind and rain on Sunday is still uncertain.
  2. This was a cool paddle as it turned out to be me and Bob plus 3 NEW NSPN MEMBERS: Jody Harris, Ricardo Caivano and Barb Ryan! So exciting to go out with new people — we love the good old people but it's great to see new faces in the club and on the ocean. It was also great because the expected bad weather did not close the curtains on our day. Far from it — instead, it never arrived. We had a lovely excursion out to Dread Ledge and then turned north along the rocky Swampscott coast to Devereux Beach, the little pocket of it that lies on the Neck side of the Marblehead causeway, which was our lunch spot. There was a light westerly wind at the outset which built a little bit to 5-8 kt during the day, but most of the time the cliffs protected us from even that. On the way back we did some assisted rescue practice with Bob and myself as swimmers. I can report that the water was not at all cold. Eventually everyone was back in a boat and we headed back to Fishermans Beach. Fishermans Beach is a lovely launch spot, by the way. There were perhaps a half-dozen parking spots or so when we arrived at 9 am, which is pretty amazing for a free parking lot right next to a beach in Massachusetts.
  3. Ricardo, that’s great. Would you mind signing up using the form so we can keep track? This paddle is almost full and we only look at the official registration list to figure out who asked first, otherwise it gets very complicated.
  4. Due to a dumb mistake on my part, signups were turned off yesterday for this Sunday's session. If you received a message that the event was full, please go ahead and register.
  5. Due to a dumb mistake on my part, signups were turned off for this event. If you received a message that the event was full, please try again.
  6. Skills Practice Session #3 of this year will take place Sunday 7/25/21 (not Saturday) at Cedar Point Boat Launch in Durham NH (https://goo.gl/maps/yNj3YYBwNqPjsqqz5). Please arrive at 9:00 am, with the objective of getting on the water at 9:30 am. We will be finishing up a little after noontime. The plan is for myself, Rob Folster and Jeff Charrette to facilitate the session. This session will focus on skills for paddling in tidal current, in a location which is perfect for a gentle introduction to this topic — but also can serve up challenges if desired! There will be a range of conditions available at different times and in varying locations on the upper reaches of the Piscataqua. We will also land on Goat Island, a small public island that is a great place to take a break and eat a snack. The flood current will slowly build over the course of the morning. Some of the things we can practice include: understanding currents, eddies and eddy lines reading the water surface to recognize what is happening entering and leaving bodies of water that are moving relative to each other (crossing eddy lines) maintaining a ferry angle when crossing current maintaining position and/or doing rescues in current advanced: playing in faster current under the SR 16 bridge Parking: There are twin parking lots in this location, directly across from each other on US Route 4. We will be launching from the lot accessed from the westbound side of the highway (i.e. on your right if you are coming from I-95 and SR 16). If this lot starts to fill up we will ask you to drop your boat & gear in this lot and park across the street on the eastbound side. There is no fee for parking in either lot. Registration and Insurance: NSPN insures participants and facilitators through the American Canoe Association (ACA), similar to club pool sessions. This protects everyone involved. If you’re a regular ACA member ($40/year), you can fill out an annual online waiver once for all skills practices, and merely provide your ACA member number on each signup. Non-members have to pay a $10 ACA event fee through the NSPN Store, and fill out an ACA online waiver for each session. The registration form is here, and will walk you through the insurance steps (links are provided to the ACA and NSPN websites as needed). https://forms.gle/3XeL8SoxkarsMDE96 We will be limiting the size of this session to about 12 participants (not including the facilitators). Hope to see you there! Please PM me with any questions you may have.
  7. This week's Wednesday Lunch Paddle is on July 21, 2021 at Fishermans Beach in Swampscott. We will meet at 9:00 am to get an early start ahead of possible T-storms later in the day; the goal will be to get on the water at 9:30 am. Location: Fishermans Beach in Swampscott MA (https://goo.gl/maps/bebJoJ4ErWUnR9ns6). As you head east on Humphrey St out of the center of Swampscott with the ocean on your right, the parking lot will be on your right just before Puritan Road branches off (a traffic light and gas station will be directly ahead of you). The lot is free. Whether or not you see a space in the lot, go into it and drop your boat and gear on the beach there. If the lot is full there should be plenty of free 2-hour-limit parking spaces on Humphrey and the local knowledge is that this limit is never enforced — much less on a Wednesday morning. Do not park on Puritan Road. Registration: To attend, please register using this form which will also add your information to the float plan: https://forms.gle/9QagufJXcFS6Fd6U7 You must be a paid-up NSPN member to join this trip. Your signup information will only be shared with other participants. Weather: We will need to stay near shore and keep an eye on the radar. Per NOAA as of Monday — Variable winds 5 kt or less. A chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Seas around 1 ft. Link to forecast. Tides (Salem Harbor): 2021/07/21 Wed 09:24 AM 8.84 H 2021/07/21 Wed 3:18 PM 0.32 L This trip doesn't have a specific level: we'll determine the route based on who shows up, what people want to do, and what the environment wants to do. All properly equipped members are welcome: please bring boats with rigged deck lines, bulkheads, spray skirts, and dress for immersion. If you're not sure if you have a safe vessel or gear, please get in touch via PM and ask. We may have the opportunity to play around rocks on this trip. If you feel like doing that, please bring a helmet! Bob and I will be happy to provide a safe introduction to rock play if you have never done it and want to try. NOTE: The Wednesday Lunch Paddles are cooperative adventures, not guided trips. Each participant is responsible for her/his own safety.Don’t assume the trip initiators are smarter, stronger, better at rough water, more attractive, or more skilled paddlers than you are. For more information, see this description of our trip philosophy from the NSPN web site. We encourage paddlers to make their own independent decision about their comfort level with conditions at the time of the paddle. Please PM me or Bob if you have questions or if you haven’t paddled with me before. Hope to see you there!
  8. Let’s add in Merepoint Boat Ramp in Brunswick although this is a longish way from Jewell, about 10 nm. But one could stop at the Goslings or Whaleboat or Little Whaleboat along the way. Overnight parking must be arranged with the Brunswick PD. As I recall there was no charge for parking or launch g, but that was 4 years ago. and yes the ticks this year on Jewell are completely awful, worst ever. But I escaped unscathed.
  9. Yesterday's WLP was a thoroughly enjoyable affair, including: Sue Hriciga, Jody Harris, Barbara Ryan, Ricardo Caivano, Benjamin Rechel, Joe Berkovitz and Joyce Carpenter. Particular thanks to new NSPN members Barbara and Ricardo for joining us! Conditions were mild in the harbor with little wind but heavy fog, temperature near 70 F. Easterly breezes had been blowing for the last couple of days so we expected the outside might be bumpy and interesting. We headed up the eastern side of the harbor to the lighthouse, avoiding a stream of cute little kids in little sailboats landing at their club. Once around the corner of the lighthouse things definitely perked up. Although there had been no strong winds for a while, the persistent onshore breeze had cooked up a brew of mixed wind waves and short-period swell. Coming around Eastern Point, the fog lifted enough for us to see south to Tinkers Island, our likely lunch destination. The conditions were a bit stronger now, outside Marblehead Neck. With the low tide, waves were breaking rather violently and chaotically on Tom Moore's Rocks. We decided to head offshore, east of the rocks, and proceed southwards to Tinkers staying clear of the shoal field there at low water. At Tinkers, we were treated to a fairly sheltered landing and lunch spot: A couple of Tinkers denizens were out and about and seemed friendly; we kept below the high tide line. After we landed, Ricardo helped a resident who had landed at the same time turn over his aluminum skiff and set it on its wheels. They struck up a conversation. Apparently this man got his place on Tinkers when he got lucky one year and saw a For Sale notice that had just been posted at his workplace. (It must have been a physical sign: the year was 1983.) He's had the place since then and spends all summer there, shuttling supplies from the mainland as needed. We munched and talked. As we did so, the fog moved in and shut down visibility quite completely. Our view of the mainland became this: With some timely encouragement, Ben had previously figured out a bearing to the land while we could still see it. He then followed that bearing (as seen above), and the rest of us followed Ben. It is very short crossing and we were there in no time. There remained only the traverse back north around the top of Marblehead Neck. Our return was noticeably bumpier, but nothing terribly out of the ordinary: sizeable lumps of water, but not too steep. We paddled right through them, through the shoals this time as the water had risen considerably and the waves were not large enough to break. Rounding the lighthouse, we had a quick capsize and rescue near some of the ledges there. The light wind made this a very easy incident to manage and the paddler was quickly back in their boat, which was left partially flooded to speed things up; there was a convenient beach just around the corner for emptying purposes. While that took place, Ricardo and I practiced some self-rescues and the group observed and talked about it. Finally, we headed back to Riverhead in the fog and calm harbor conditions. Another great lunch outing. Thank you everyone!!! Joe
  10. That looks super fun! I hope to make it out in the fall, either by boat or by.... smaller boat!
  11. @Kevin BI am interested in doing the crossing w you and Paul assuming FC conditions hold. Have sent you a PM.
  12. Al, if you get to the end of the form and it says you registered, then you have registered. And indeed, you have registered! Look in your spam folder for the email, it may be there. glad last Saturday was valuable.
  13. This week's Wednesday Lunch Paddle is on July 14, 2021 at Riverhead Beach. Let's meet at 10:00 am to avoid a long carry at dead low tide. Our goal will be to get on the water at 10:30 am. On our return, at least, we will have lots of water at the beach. Location: Riverhead Beach in Marblehead MA (link to map). The parking lot is on the left side of Ocean Ave, just before the start of the causeway. Parking is $15, cash only. Registration: To attend, please register using this form which will also add your information to the float plan: https://forms.gle/kwrPSd1GM72QGrtA9 You must be a paid-up NSPN member to join this trip. Your signup information will only be shared with other participants. Weather: Light easterly winds becoming 8-10 kt in afternoon, drizzle/fog becoming partly sunny, air temps 60-70 F, water 65 F, swell 2 ft @ 7 sec Tides: 2021/07/14 Wed 09:00 AM -0.04 L 2021/07/14 Wed 3:13 PM 8.72 H This trip doesn't have a specific level: we'll determine the route based on who shows up, what people want to do, and what the environment wants to do. All properly equipped members are welcome: please bring boats with rigged deck lines, bulkheads, spray skirts, and dress for immersion. If you're not sure if you have a safe vessel or gear, please get in touch via PM and ask. NOTE: The Wednesday Lunch Paddles are cooperative adventures, not guided trips. Each participant is responsible for her/his own safety.Don’t assume the trip initiators are smarter, stronger, better at rough water, more attractive, or more skilled paddlers than you are. For more information, see this description of our trip philosophy from the NSPN web site. We encourage paddlers to make their own independent decision about their comfort level with conditions at the time of the paddle. Please PM me if you have questions or if you haven’t paddled with me before. Hope to see you there!
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