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Janet Robinson

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  1. Many of you by now have seen the dramatic footage of the sea kayaking accident that occurred while a group of local Portland paddlers were rock gardening on the outside of Cushing Island in Casco Bay. A well-known and highly experienced kayaker was seriously injured in the event, which culminated in a Mayday call and at-sea rescue. In this presentation, members of the paddling group will discuss the incident and share their thoughts and reactions as the drama unfolded. Come learn what to do right when things go wrong on an ordinary morning of rock play. The group suggests that attendees view the video before the presentation. It can be seen here: https://youtu.be/qFEKcYyNGkM You can watch presentation on during our regular September SMSKN meeting on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 7 pm via the following zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/8325449372?pwd=aWdXbDA0U1RYelQ3YnRaNVAxY3pOQT09 We will also be recording this presentation and posting it to our open-access website (smskn.net, under Club Documents) where it will be viewable by members and non-members alike.
  2. You know all those maneuvers we’re supposed to know as sea kayakers? All those safety things, rescue skills, expensive clothing and gadgetry that the books say we should have before dipping toes into the ocean? Well, sometimes you need them. On a recent SMSKN trip from Bailey Point to Jewell Island, five paddlers learned the importance of all of these elements when dealing with capsizes, cold water, and exhaustion on a windy afternoon in April. Come hear what happened and what we all learned as we candidly share our analysis of the situations and decisions during this ordinary-turned-epic trip. This is a program of the Southern Maine Sea Kayaking Network, and all NSPN members are welcome. Showtime is 7 pm on Thursday, July 1. Click here for the link.
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