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  1. Even though it's not quite a king tide today, it's plenty high with the storm conditions on top of the tide. Big sets are rolling in every 5 minutes or so. Here are some pictures I just took on Front St in Marblehead near Fort Sewall at the tip of the harbor. This whole area is still being repaired from last March's storms, but it's taking a whack today:
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    Where do you store your kit?

    I leave the boats outside, inverted on a rack. Try to keep the ice and snow off them. There's not much alternative here. Inside, all the gear lives in the guest shower... unless there are guests!
  3. I like the idea, although the paddling option sounds fun if conditions permit. +1 on the Neponset River. I like industrial paddles. Another option is the whole Lynn Shore Drive waterfront promenade. It's a very nice walk with great views out to the Graves and beyond, and the water should come right up to the sidewalk at that tide level. If there are any kind of conditions at the time, water will be coming up on the roadway for sure. If there happens to be swell coming in that day, you can come up to Marblehead and watch water shooting out between the houses near Fort Beach, plus see our seawall be destroyed again just after it was rebuilt 🙂
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    New Years Day Brunch

    See you there!
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    New Year's Day Paddle 2019

    Lunch sounds good to me. I’ve given up on paddling Tuesday given the worsening forecast. Prudence’s plan seems fine!
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    New Year's Day Paddle 2019

    I’m not free at all on Monday. Wednesday would work for me though. I would also be happy to go out on Tuesday in the wind since it will be warm. I went out yesterday with Bob and Jim Snyder around Marblehead Neck in similar conditions and you can rig it so there is only about an 0.75 mile slog against the W wind at the top of the harbor. Theres plenty of lee available elsewhere. With temps in the 50s and sun, not too bad .
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    New Year's Day Paddle 2019

    Yes, I want to paddle!
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    Lighting of the Nubble 2018

    Wow! That looks a super fun time! I hope we'll do this next year...
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    Bowditch Ledge - Nav. Marker Down & History Behind It

    I paddled out with Bob Levine this morning from Marblehead to check out whatever might remain of the marker. We took down cross-bearings to the nearby buoys G "11" and R "12" so we could find it in case there was no visual (well, I had a GPS as a backup too...) Anyway, there was a visual, and here it is: The tower is no more! This was taken at about mid-tide (about 5'). Bob and I couldn't see any sign of it until we were about half a mile away, when we began to be able to spot swells breaking over the remains. Once we were there, I had to wait for a drain before a larger wave in order to get any rocks into the picture at all; most of the time all that was visible was foam piles from waves breaking over the feature, (Today was quite a nice rock and roll session in Salem Sound - the wind shifted from NE to SE and swells built to around 4' off of Peach's and Brown's, by the time we got off the water.)
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    Lane's Cove to Rockport, Saturday November 24, 2018

    I would love to join. At the moment looks like a big high will be over us both Fri and sat!
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    Umbagog Lake Trip 2019

    This is the calendar event for the October 2019 NSPN trip to Umbagog Lake in NH/ME, with 3 nights of camping at the beautiful (and spacious) site R18. RSVPs will be accepted in 2019 at a date to be announced in the Trips section of the Forum.
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    Rockport to Milk Island 9/29/2018

    Launch: 10.00aLand: 4.00pDistance: 12 nm LT: 8.30aHT: 2.20pWeather: wind NW becoming N 5-10 kt, Seas 3-4ft @ 15s, air 70F water 65FPeople: Joe B (organizer/leader), Liz N, Bob L, Dan F A very beautiful trip from Rockport Granite Pier. The story of today was a story of constant long-period swells which were typically around 2-3 feet, which would every so often amplify to a short set of huge 5-plus ft. waves. We really needed to keep on our toes during the whole trip for these big sets and there were a number of near-misses. We made our way around the outside of Straitsmouth where the huge waves breaking on the shelf in front of it made for a majestic and awe-inspiring scene. After that we handrailed through Whale Cove and Loblolly Cove. Occasionally the action would become really big. Bob went in to play in a rocky area and got caught at the beginning of one of these sets; he rolled up immediately and gamely made his way out through the remainder of the set back into more open water. At Thacher we discovered the light keeper's motor launch occupying pretty much the whole ramp. The ramp itself was being swept sideways by water during big swells, making it a very unappetizing place to land even if it had been empty of other boats. We let the keeper know we'd leave them to their business today and land elsewhere. We proceeded to the cobble beach at the SW of the island, but that was also super dicey looking in the swells. From here though we could see Milk, and it looked like a much better option... We proceeded to Milk and scoped it out. Huge waves were breaking on the ledges all around the outside of it, but the beach on the inside looked doable at a small sandy section just inside the bar that juts out of the NW corner edge of the island. As we got closer it became apparent that there was dumping surf here, but it was much smaller than elsewhere and we all landed successfully. Dan, Bob and I circumambulated Milk and found various interesting bones, and watched the huge waves breaking on the outside. Getting off Milk was a bit of an ordeal though. The water had risen and the dumping was more pronounced. Bob and Liz got off pretty nicely. Dan had a few tries on a forward seal launch and then succeeded after having the boat turned and wrenched away by incoming waves once or twice. As the last to depart the beach I had planned a reverse launch, but decided to follow Dan's approach instead since it looked very easy during one of the many lulls. Alas, it was not so easy... I had to let go of my boat at one point to avoid being hit by it, and a wave carried it up the beach where it connected with some small rocks. (I've been repairing the gash in its side today.) Anyway, Bob counseled patience and after waiting for a suitable moment I, too, left Milk Island. We more or less handrailed back, opting for a more direct and inshore route. The wind had been supposed to die, but instead picked up a bit. There were some very sporty and bumpy conditions at times with combinations of wind waves, reflected swells and some sort of wind-against-current effects (it was just after max flood). On the inside of Straitsmouth we had a chance to observe a new boat ramp that the town of Rockport is in the middle building there (near where the stone steps go up to the top of the island). It looks pretty peachy. This day, however, would not have been a good day to land there even if the ramp had been completed! I think we all agreed this was a great day, and as usual, one where the ocean was in charge, not us!
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    Thacher Island Saturday 9-29-18

    Yes, this looks suspiciously like the trip I posted last weekend, but that trip was relocated to the Beverly/Manchester coast due to ripping winds out of the N. However, this coming weekend's forecast is looking much nicer for the moment with 6 kt WNW wind and nice long-period swells in the 3' range. Temps are predicted to be around 70 with sunny skies. Hopefully this forecast will hold up. Once again, let's start from Rockport Granite Pier and paddle southeast to Thacher I. via Straitsmouth I where we can stop for lunch. However... let's also consider adding on going a bit further to Long Beach around the corner to surf the long swells, if they arrive as predicted. (I wish I could join Sunday's NH trip posted by Jonathan, since the surfing that day looks even better.) Total round-trip including the beach will be around 12-14 nm. This is going to be an L3 paddle so please be sure that you are comfortable with the trip length and the open ocean conditions. A helmet is strongly recommended; even if you are not playing in rocks the landing at the Thacher ramp can be bumpy. I believe there is a launch fee of $5 at the pier, and also a landing fee of $5 at Thacher, so bring a wheelbarrow full o' cash! Please respond if you're interested and I'll start a PM thread eventually. ...Joe
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    West Beach, Beverly 9/22/2018

    Launch: 10.15a Land: 2.30p Distance: 7.8 nm HT: 10.20a Weather: predicted winds WNW 15 kt decreasing and veering to NNW Seas 3ft @ 10s, air 70F water 65F People: Joe B (organizer/leader), Rob F, Cathy F, Prudence B, Sandy B, Liz N, Andy S, Sue H Track: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/vdMHL4wHFez9K1jQeKcqKLmz/?layer=gaianoaarnc Launched from West Beach Beverly. Most of the group paddled to Great Misery Beach to get on the water while Rob and I waited behind for the final member of the group. Eventually everyone was reunited near Chubb Island and the group headed east to keep the wind either blocked by rocks (by hugging the coast) or roughly behind us. This strategy worked although the stretch from W Beach to Gales Point was very windy indeed with a quartering wind from the rear. A feature of this paddle emerged which remained consistent throughout the day: occasional sets of large long swells (3-4 feet or more) with long unpredictable lulls in between lasting 10-20 minutes. It kept us on our toes during rock play and in some of the underwater ledge/boulder areas like Lobster Cove. During the big sets places that had been quite placid would turn into washing machine conditions. There were a few close-to-capsize moments or times we had to power over waves that were about to break. Just east of Manchester Harbor 3 paddlers decided to go back together; 2 were experiencing some minor physical issues unrelated to the paddle and the third offered To provide additional companionship and security. This left 5 who wanted to go on. We proceeded to White Beach in Manchester as a lunch spot playing near rocks along the way. The water level was gradually dropping. Some of us had some big water encounters when the large sets came through areas with ledges like the “NSPN rock” area. After lunch the return was similar in character with a few more big sets. We landed and reunited with the previously separated group on the beach.
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    Sunday Surf Safari?

    I have promised my patient wife to do something with her on Sunday... so I'm afraid I must bow out of this one!