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Wed Lunch Paddle 8/2/2023: Rockport Granite Pier

Joseph Berkovitz

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The 8/2/2023 edition of the Wednesday Lunch Paddle will launch from Rockport Granite Pier. Let's meet there at 9:30 am with the aim of launching at 10 am. We will likely head south and visit Straitsmouth, and Thacher Islands or Loblolly Cove. High water is around 12:45 pm which is ideal for landing at any of these locations. The exact plan won't be decided until right before we launch and will depend on the group and the conditions.  A potential trip mileage is somewhere in the region of 8+ NM but there are many options to shorten and extend. As of press time, it looks to be a very calm and beautiful day offering a scenic experience rather than a challenge. But that could always change!

Charts, tides, forecasts, some possible destinations can be found at this Floating Trails link. The current NOAA forecast is for continuing cool, dry weather: N wind 6 to 8 kt becoming E in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Rockport Granite Pier apparently has restored its dedicated kayak launch ramp (which has been defunct as long as I've been paddling there), so I plan on getting there a little earlier to figure out how this works. Boats and gear will  still have to be dropped off before parking on the upper level of the pier, but exactly where the best drop-off point is, I will figure out when I get there -- or maybe someone can post known details about the kayak ramp on this thread.

Parking costs $12 cash. Inconvenient number, isn't it?  Also, if we land on Thacher it will cost $5 so please bring this amount too in case we do that.

This trip is now full; you can get on the wait list herehttps://forms.gle/cmLSP3KxEK8YcgBe8

As always, WLP trips are flexible and tailored to meet the interests and abilities of the group on any given day.

To join the trip you must be a paid-up NSPN member, and have signed the club participant waiver for this season. Your signup information will only be shared with other members on the trip.

Trip level: WLPs do not have a specific level. All properly equipped members are welcome: please bring boats with rigged deck lines, bulkheads, spray skirts, and dress for immersion

NOTE: The Wednesday Lunch Paddles are cooperative adventures, not guided trips. We encourage paddlers to make their own independent decision about their comfort level with conditions and plans at the time of the paddle. 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. 

Please PM me if you have questions or if you haven’t paddled on one of these events before.

Hope to see you there!

Joe Berkovitz

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