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Sunday Morning Paddle: June 9 2024, 8:30 am @ Granite Pier Rockport

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The inaugural Sunday Morning Paddle of 2024 will launch on Sunday June 9, 2024 at Granite Pier in Rockport (NOT in Marblehead!).  Let's meet around 8 am with the aim of launching at 8:30 am. We expect to return to the put-in at midday.  Low water is right at 8 am so the tide will be rising all day.

This new series of paddles provides a regular weekly opportunity for members to get on the water outside of the workweek. There is no set trip level: all skill levels are welcome. Trips will be tailored each week to the makeup of the group. If desired, opportunities for skills practice will come up naturally without a set curriculum.  The early launch time avoids car and boat traffic, often minimizes wind conditions, and leaves paddlers free to enjoy the afternoon.

The exact plan won't be decided until right before we launch and will depend on the group and the conditions.

Charts, tides, forecasts, some possible destinations can be found at this Floating Trails link. The forecast is unlikely to be useful until Thursday or so but right now it looks like we might see a mix of showers and sun, with diminishing winds out of the southwest.

Boats and gear will have to be dropped off near the top of the ramp, before parking on the upper level of the pier. Parking costs $12 cash. Inconvenient number, isn't it?  If we land on Thacher Island it will cost $5 so please bring this amount too in case we do that.

Registration is here: https://forms.gle/zqB5S6SkHSu339w46

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

Trip level: Sunday morning paddles 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: club 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!

Hope to see you there!

Joe Berkovitz

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