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Sunday Morning Paddle: July 7, 2024 8:30 am @ Riverhead Beach

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This week's Sunday Morning Paddle of 2024 will launch on Sunday June 9, 2024 at Riverhead Beach.  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 7 am so the tide will be rising all day.

Abject Note of Apology: I am so sorry to impose the high cost of parking at Riverhead (currently $30 for nonresidents). My car is in the shop and I have no alternate vehicle that can transport my kayak. So I need a venue in Marblehead Harbor that I can paddle to which has public parking.

This 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.

Registration is here:

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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HI Joe, 

Have you considered Nahant trip?  The parking is free at the public launch spot on the right just as you enter the causeway for any amount of time.  There is a boat ramp.  There is plenty of parking and the kayakers I talked to there today said they consider it a safe place because of the DCR staff there.  Going around the Bailys Hill area has pretty rocks.  There is a nice place to stop at Tudor Wharf with grass and trees - a possible turn around spot for some.  Those wanting to go around Eastern  Point could land at the end of the causeway and carry  boats over the road - I think this is possible and I could check with the DCR staff.  Also A lifetime DCR pass is only $10 for seniors 62 or over) for those wanting to park in the DCR beach parking .  I could also look into Canoe beach as a stop - on the North side of Eastern Point.  Sherry 

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Hi Sherry,

I have led a group on that trip in the past. It is a nice trip to do once in a while for the reasons you mentioned. But it won't work for me this week since I cannot transport a boat on my temporary car.

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