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7/31/19 - Wednesday Lunch Paddle #14

Jeff Charette

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Wednesday Lunch Paddle #14
Odiorne Point, Rye, NH to Rye Harbor, lunch break at Rye Harbor, return to Odiorne.
Approximately 12 NM round trip.
Conditions - SW wind, 5 kts. or less, calm seas, 1 foot swell at about 9-10 seconds.
HT - 11:13am, LT 5:03pm
Paddles - Jeff Charette, Liz Burgess, Nancy Hill, Joyce Carpenter, Paul Sylvester, and David Mercer.

The weather forecast for Wednesday was hazy, hot, and humid, with the possibility of severe afternoon thunderstorms, hitting the New Hampshire coast anytime after 2pm. With this in mind the group unanimously decided to move our 10am meeting time to a 9am launch time. 

After a brief discussion the group decided it would be nice to head to Rye Harbor. There had been a suggestion to circumnavigate Gerrish, as the tides were perfect for this trip, however many felt the the heat, humidity, and possibility for biting insects would make the marshes an unpleasant place to be. 

We launched promptly at 9am with sunny skies and the predicted heat and humidity. Rounding the breakwater leaving Little Harbor we were met with slightly cooler temperatures and a light breeze. The Isles of Shoals barely visible through the distant haze. The mild conditions and rising tide meant there would not be too many opportunities for rock play, however a few in the group did take advantage of the few opportunities that did present. We took a pleasant lunch break at Rye Harbor, followed by a an easy return to Odiorne. Again, there was just a few opportunities for some mild rock play, or surf. All six landed back at Odiorne at approximately 2pm, with the sun still shining and no signs of those severe thunderstorms. 

It wouldn’t be too much longer for those predicted thunderstorms to come through. On the drive home a few of us ran into these storms. The up side, my boat was washed and clean before I got home.

Thanks to all who came out and helped to make this another great NSPN trip. Hope to see you all again soon.





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