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Joseph Berkovitz

Wed. Lunch Paddle #10, 7/29/2020 @ Lanes Cove, Gloucester

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This week's Wednesday Lunch Paddle is on July 29, 2020.

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.  You must register using the form link below to be sure that you're actually on the paddle.

We will stay at least 6 feet apart, minimize sharing docks and ramps with others, and wear face masks while off the water in public use areas. We also employ an online waiver to avoid passing around a physical piece of paper.

Location:  Lanes Cove, Duley Street, Gloucester. https://goo.gl/maps/r7C8PqxCiAibdLYx7

Parking: quickly drop off your boat and gear at the grassy access point to the cove at the bottom of Duley Street, then go find parking in the little network of spaces around the cove. We should avoid packing paddlers' cars into any single part of the cove.

Registration: To attend, please register using this form which will also add your information to the float plan:


You must be a paid-up NSPN member to join this trip. Your signup information will only be shared with other participants.

Predictions:  Air 75-80 F, partly sunny, light wind becoming SE 10 kt in afternoon, swell 1 ft @ 9 s

Gloucester Harbor tide predictions: ebbing all morning.


When/what: We will meet at 9.30 am (NOT 10) and launch at 10.00 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.  Given the ebb tide all morning, we might possibly find some playful waves at the outflow of the Annisquam if there is enough swell.

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!

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