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  1. This week's Wednesday Lunch Paddle is on May 12, 2021. COLD WATER PADDLE: Water temperatures are only in the high 40s. Come prepared for immersion in that cold, cold water. If you are not sure about what this means, please contact the organizers and we can figure out if it works. Covid-19 paddling: on this trip we will strictly observe social distancing and MA state recreational boating guidelines for the pandemic. Please research and respect all regulations that apply at the time of the paddle. Location: Riverhead Beach, Marblehead https://goo.gl/maps/aCaW72buQ6UPjBPE6 Parking: avoid blocking any of the floating docks which are being actively moved into the harbor by a marine work crew. Registration: To attend, please register using this form which will also add your information to the float plan: https://forms.gle/g3w5HWvJnzRmTB2x8 You must be a paid-up NSPN member to join this trip. Your signup information will only be shared with other participants. Predictions: Diminishing NW Winds < 10 kt, partly sunny, air temps mid 50s, calm seas Tides (Salem): 2021/05/12 Wed 06:31 AM 0.46 L 2021/05/12 Wed 12:46 PM 8.20 H 2021/05/12 Wed 6:34 PM 1.44 L When/what: We will meet at 10.00 am and launch at 10:30 sharp. We'll have a beach briefing in some safe manner, make a plan together based on what people feel like doing. 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 you have a safe vessel, please get in touch with us 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 or Bob before. Hope to see you there! Joe & Bob
  2. This year's inaugural Wednesday Lunch Paddle is on May 5, 2021. We should probably call it a "brunch paddle" since the weather looks to be unsettled and we are going to try to do this on the early side to avoid rain and wind. COLD WATER PADDLE: It will essentially be winter on the water on Wednesday with both air and water in the mid-40s and overcast/precipitation. Come prepared for conditions. If you are not sure about this, please contact me and we can figure out if it works. Covid-19 paddling: on this trip we will strictly observe social distancing and MA state recreational boating guidelines for the pandemic. Please research and respect all regulations that apply at the time of the paddle. Location: Lanes Cove, in the state ramp parking lot near 32 Andrews St. 42°40'49.8"N 70°39'32.2"W https://goo.gl/maps/MohgwcDCPe3RwpeV7 Parking: park against the stone wall in the lot. Trip Capacity: Due to limited parking this trip will be limited to 6 people. Registration: To attend, please register using this form which will also add your information to the float plan: https://forms.gle/HZGzKjFpByhSSYxe7 You must be a paid-up NSPN member to join this trip. Your signup information will only be shared with other participants. Predictions: Unsettled weather, air 45 F, wind E 5-12 kt, swell < 1 ft, rain likely possibly heavy at times. Tides (Annisquam): 2021/05/05 Wed 07:13 AM 8.96 H 2021/05/05 Wed 1:32 PM 0.50 L When/what: We will meet at 9.00 am and launch at 9:30 sharp. We'll have a beach briefing in some safe manner, make a plan together based on what people feel like doing. From Lanes we can go either way depending on inclinations, towards Rockport or towards Annisquam. 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 you have a safe vessel, please get in touch with us 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 or Bob before. Hope to see you there! Joe
  3. Here is something fun and constructive to look forward to in September! Together with our friends at Salem Sound Coastwatch, let's pay it forward to the planet...
  4. This is the alternate date for the event scheduled on Saturday 9/25:
  5. Make the sound a better place! NSPN and Salem Sound Coastwatch are combining forces to clean up our islands in the sound. The goal of this event is to clear marine waste from the Gooseberries, Coney and Great Haste. Most likely, some paddlers will clean up the beach and collecting trash into bags while others shuttle the waste to a waiting skiff. Our plans will need to be flexible to find out what works best and to stay safe at all times. We think we will need about a dozen paddlers who are comfortable with typical landing conditions on these islands, and some who are OK with approaching larger craft safely on the water. More details will be provided closer to the date. In case of bad weather, this activity will be rescheduled to the following day, 9/26. If you're an NSPN member and you'd like to help, please supply your info at this form, and we'll get back to you later in the season as soon as we know more! https://forms.gle/ngZDaRKuC2AauRCY9
  6. The video from my recent workshop on making charts with QGIS is now available here:
  7. Details will be posted here and on the trip forum the preceding week. For more information see https://www.nspn.org/forum/topic/13633-skills-practice-sessions-2021/
  8. Details will be posted here and on the trip forum the preceding week. For more information see https://www.nspn.org/forum/topic/13633-skills-practice-sessions-2021/
  9. Details will be posted here and on the trip forum the preceding week. For more information see https://www.nspn.org/forum/topic/13633-skills-practice-sessions-2021/
  10. Details will be posted here and on the trip forum the preceding week. For more information see https://www.nspn.org/forum/topic/13633-skills-practice-sessions-2021/
  11. Details will be posted here and on the trip forum the preceding week. For more information see https://www.nspn.org/forum/topic/13633-skills-practice-sessions-2021/
  12. Building on last year's success, Skills Practice sessions will be held July through September 2021. These events offer NSPN members a regular opportunity to improve their fundamental paddling skills. The sessions are held exclusively in coastal saltwater locations, allowing us to practice in a range of real-world conditions from protected water to open ocean and offering a complementary environment to the flatwater Chebacco Lake sessions. Joe Berkovitz ( @Joseph Berkovitz) and Bob Levine ( @rylevine) are the organizers. All Skills Practice dates are booked on the NSPN calendar. Check the calendar as the dates may shift due to conditions. Each session is dedicated to specific kayaking skills, and includes one or more volunteers (“facilitators”) from the club who can help with practicing and developing them. There will be a variety of facilitators. The learning program and venue will be decided a few days before each event, so that we can make the most of predicted weather and conditions. Skill areas are likely to include: Edging and Turning Forward & Reverse Strokes Draw and Pry Strokes Bracing Rolling Open Water Wind and Waves Tidal Currents Surf Zone Landing/Launching Surfing Rock Gardening Boat Outfitting Pod Dynamics Rescues Towing Sessions typically split into pods, each with its own facilitator. The aim is to place paddlers with compatible goals together, and for groups to be small enough for everyone to get attention. The activities of each pod are steered by its members, so not all pods will do the same things in the same way. All attendees are encouraged to contribute their own practice ideas. Skills Practice is a dogma-free zone! Who can benefit from Skills Practice? Any NSPN member, from newbie to expert, can get something out of a Skills Practice session. Practice at the level that works best for you. If you know a topic well and want to help paddlers gain that knowledge, consider being a facilitator. Is this some kind of official NSPN course on “How To Paddle”? Nope, it’s not official, and it’s not even a set course. The focus is on picking up skills from each other, without prescribing any single way to paddle. What you get at a given session depends on who is there. Facilitators do work from an existing workbook of ideas, but they are free to adapt and use these as they see fit. Where and when does this happen? Sessions begin at 8:30 am sharp on Saturday or Sunday mornings at various locations in the North Shore area, and will usually end by 12-1 pm. Want to attend a session? We will post the registration link for each event on the Trips Forum on the preceding Thursday. (Last year we used the NSPN calendar but this led to many no-shows as people's plans changed, causing some events to appear full when they were not.) There are no level requirements: all members are welcome. The number of slots will be limited depending on the number of facilitators available for a given session. What do I need? You will need a closed-deck sea kayak suitable for coastal paddling, with sealed bulkheads or float bags, and grab lines along the perimeter. Dress for immersion and a spray skirt are required (and for a few sessions, a helmet). Bring lunch, snacks and fluids for yourself. Optionally, bring a tow line, radio, and spare paddles. (Don’t have something? Contact the organizers and we’ll try to scare something up for you.) Want to facilitate a session pod? We want you on board to share your knowledge! Please PM the organizers with your availability, contact information, sessions of interest, experience helping other paddlers improve, and gear you may be able to lend. How does facilitation work? Although demonstration and explanation are part of the picture, the main aim of Skills Practice is to give paddlers the experience of performing a skill. This often involves breaking it down into clear, approachable steps. Before each session, we’ll have some online exchange among facilitators to share our thoughts. Got another question? There's a conversation thread right here!
  13. Details will be posted here and on the trip forum the preceding week. For more information see https://www.nspn.org/forum/topic/13633-skills-practice-sessions-2021/
  14. NOTE: This is a general description for all 2021 Wednesday Lunch Paddles. Information/registration for each week’s paddle is posted on the Trips Forum, usually on the preceding Monday. This series of paddles takes place on (surprise!) Wednesdays, and provides a regular midweek opportunity to get on the water. Most of the launches will be in the Salem Sound area, but we'll occasionally branch out to other spots in the vicinity. Here is a description of a typical Wednesday Lunch paddle: Meet at launch at 9:30. On the water and paddling at 10:00am. 1.5-2 hours of paddling to some location 1 hour of food, conversation, and relaxation (a/k/a LUNCH!) 1.5-2 hours of paddling to return to launch Return around 3:00. These paddles are appropriate for independent paddlers with ocean experience. The Wednesday paddles are cooperative adventures, not guided trips—however, we strive to share useful knowledge and tips as we go. 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. Typically on the Monday before the trip, we will post specific information about the trip on the Trips Forum. The post's message thread can be used for RSVPs and other questions concerning the specific trip. If you haven’t paddled with one of us before, please get in touch with one us via private message before signing up. Before departing for the launch location, please consult your favorite sources to determine wind, tide, and sea conditions, so you are aware of the trip environment for that day. All paddlers should have kayaks with deck lines and bulkheads, PFDs and spray skirts. Some paddles may also require cold water gear, especially in the shoulder seasons. Each week's venue will be selected taking expected conditions into account. In general, the trip will only be canceled for extreme conditions and thunderstorms. We look forward to you joining us for an enjoyable day of paddling and noshing! Please private message us with any questions you may have. Your faithful trip organizers, Joe Berkovitz Bob Levine (@rylevine).
  15. I love this idea but I think I’m going to just wait the extra week until I’m past the 2nd shot waiting period...
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