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  1. Joseph Berkovitz

    NSPN Liability Waiver

    NSPN Liability Waiver View File NSPN requires this waiver to be signed by participants for all on-the-water activities posted to the club at large. Submitter Joseph Berkovitz Submitted 05/14/2018 Category Trip Leader Materials  
  2. Joseph Berkovitz

    Portland Thursday 5/10 9am

    This very-short-notice paddle wound up being a solo. Conditions began foggy/light-and-variable, improved to overcast/clearing/5-10 kt S. Mostly protected route due to time limitations, but included some enjoyable minutes of swell at Peaks. Max ebb was around the middle of the trip, but currents mostly < 1 kt. Along the way I visited Cow Island which is owned by https://www.rippleffectmaine.org/ a nonprofit supporting urban kids in adventure programs. I spoke with one of the staff who happened to be there. Seems like a very cool venture and perhaps something worth reproducing here -- I wonder if we have something comparable in the Boston area? Seems like we should! Track is here: https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/track/c57397a5cca1fd277024bba23bb2a661/?map=fullmap&openPrint=false&layer=gaianoaarnc
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    Right whales off Devereux beach

    500 yards. Lots of facts here - thanks for prompting me to google that for us all :-)
  4. Joseph Berkovitz

    Portland Thursday 5/10 9am

    I’m going to find myself in Portland Thursday morning with an opportunity to paddle from 9 am to 1 pm. If anyone would like to join we can form a plan to suit ourselves - one option is to go around Peaks and/or Cushing, conditions permitting. The forecast is for 5-10 kt SSE and fair weather, 50s, 2-3 ft. Launching from Eastern Promenade. If you’re interested please respond and I’ll follow up by PM. Definitely a dry suit situation given sub-50s water temps in Gulf of Maine.
  5. Joseph Berkovitz

    20 yr Anniversary of the first Show & Go

    I hope to make it. New meets old.
  6. Joseph Berkovitz

    Right whales off Devereux beach

    I admit that I didn't check too carefully besides Wikipedia, and just reproduced the statement by a local reporter that it was a right whale. However... this whale does conform to the points you gave: no dorsal fin, big lumpy blobby head, slow-swimming with head tilted up at 30-45 degrees, follows a meandering, wandering path. Also I have seen humpbacks, minkes and fins on other occasions and this definitely didn't seem like any of them. I saw it (or, at least, an identical looking whale) again this morning east of Tinkers, visible from Marblehead Neck. So it (they) seem to be hanging around the neighborhood for a while.
  7. Joseph Berkovitz

    Right whales off Devereux beach

    The last few days have seen a bunch of right whales playing around Marblehead. It’s been widely reported. I have been away in Maine and just came back to hear the news — drove down to Devereux Beach, and promptly saw a whale (through binoculars)! It looked to be somewhere between Tinkers and the Great Pigs. I had my boat on the car by coincidence, but I guess one isn’t supposed to approach right whales too closely, or maybe at all. So I didn’t go out. Anyway it was cool to see one so close to home.
  8. Joseph Berkovitz

    Bold Coast Paddle 2018

    This Level-3-and-up trip will visit one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world, Maine's Bold Coast, the long weekend of Friday August 10 - Monday August 13. Ranging from Machias Bay to Lubec and beyond to Canada's Campobello Island, the Bold Coast is a largely undeveloped and wild region with lots of dramatic cliffs and rocks, 25+ foot tidal ranges, strong currents and quite unpredictable weather. (See the trip report from last year's MITA scouting trip which was a smaller, non-club paddle.) The tourists and pleasure boaters don't make it up this far, which accounts for even more of its charm. The plan for this trip is to section-paddle various portions of the Bold Coast, Campobello Island and Cobscook Bay, adjusting the plan for conditions, interest and level of challenge. The sectional approach contrasts with trips that attempt to run the coast during a single tide cycle, which offers much less of an opportunity to explore the beauty of the region (and less flexibility if adverse conditions arise). Without hard tidal deadlines for launching or landing, we can pick various out-and-back or shuttle adventures and have a lot of freedom with the length and nature of the paddles. During this weekend, high tide will mostly occur around midday. If conditions really suck, there is also really great hiking in the area. Home base for this adventure is the Sunset Point RV Park in Lubec, which is a very clean and well-run campsite. It's not all RV's -- actually, the area reserved for tents is a lovely grassy headland that juts out into Johnson Bay, with its own little pavilion. The fee will run around $15 per night, but it may be less than that depending on how many campers we get -- when we finalize attendance, I'll be able to get the number. Showers are free with unlimited hot water and if you care, there is free Internet at the office. Are you up for this? Please RSVP to the calendar invite and we'll take it from there!
  9. Joseph Berkovitz

    Bold Coast Paddle

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    This Level-3-and-up trip will visit one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world, Maine's Bold Coast, the long weekend of Friday August 10 - Monday August 13. Ranging from Machias Bay to Lubec and beyond to Canada's Campobello Island, the Bold Coast is a largely undeveloped and wild region with lots of dramatic cliffs and rocks, 25+ foot tidal ranges, strong currents and quite unpredictable weather. (See the trip report from last year's MITA scouting trip which was a smaller, non-club paddle.) The tourists and pleasure boaters don't make it up this far, which accounts for even more of its charm. The plan for this trip is to section-paddle various portions of the Bold Coast, Campobello Island and Cobscook Bay, adjusting the plan for conditions, interest and level of challenge. The sectional approach contrasts with trips that attempt to run the coast during a single tide cycle, which offers much less of an opportunity to explore the beauty of the region (and less flexibility if adverse conditions arise). Without hard tidal deadlines for launching or landing, we can pick various out-and-back or shuttle adventures and have a lot of freedom with the length and nature of the paddles. During this weekend, high tide will mostly occur around midday -- and it's a new moon spring tide, so there is an extra helping of current on this trip! If conditions really suck on any given day, there is also really great hiking in the area. (NOTE: Even in mid-August the water in this region is in the mid 50s, with air temps in 60s. A drysuit is very much in order, and you're unlikely to get that hot.) Home base for this adventure is the Sunset Point RV Park in Lubec, which is a very clean and well-run campsite. It's not all RV's -- actually, the area reserved for tents is a lovely grassy headland that juts out into Johnson Bay, with its own little pavilion. The fee will run around $15 per night, but it may be less than that depending on how many campers we get -- when we finalize attendance, I'll be able to get the number. Showers are free with unlimited hot water and if you care, there is free Internet at the office. While this is posted as a 4-day event, folks can easily extend it (or shorten it) in either direction. However, it takes 6-7 hours to get up there or come back from there, so allocate a day for travel on either side. If you're interested, please RSVP to indicate and I will pick this up via a PM thread. I would like to get the attendee list nailed down by the end of April so that we can finalize our reservation with the campground since it may start to fill up.
  10. Joseph Berkovitz

    MITA Bold Coast Initiative at Newbury Kayak and Canoe

    Dan, are there minutes or a record of the meeting? I was not able to make it.
  11. Joseph Berkovitz

    Easter Bunny Plunge 2018

    Thanks for organizing it, Rob. This was one of my favorite NSPN paddles ever! Here's a link to the route followed by the Supposedly-Not-As-Slow-But-Actually-Much-Slower Pod: https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/track/cdda1d3ff2fdacbcc0ec9ec0de3d552b/?map=fullmap&openPrint=false&layer=gaianoaarnc At 9 miles it was one of the longer Bunny paddles, too. ...Joe
  12. Joseph Berkovitz

    Devereaux Beach To Dread Ledge Sunday April 1st

    Have fun everyone - family activities for me today, all day. Dread Ledge is a fun place, but it looks pretty windy out there!
  13. Joseph Berkovitz

    Easter Plunge Saturday 3/31/18

    Also like West Beach for the many options and also for variety’s sake. Yes more shelter in Marblehead but mostly on the less interesting areas. And shuttle travel between 127 and Mhd on Saturday is a drag. Pods seem like a necessity w 18 people
  14. Joseph Berkovitz

    Wing paddles - sizing, length, and disadvantages?

    Great thread. Andy, I would like to try your wing paddle sometime if that's OK, seeing as it's adjustable!
  15. Joseph Berkovitz

    Blackburn Challenge - 2018

    I will not be in the US at the time of the Blackburn this year, but I'm interested in the Essex River Race. Has anyone here done it?
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