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Wednesday Evening Paddle to view the Hampton Fireworks


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Hampton Beach NH Fireworks Paddle

Date: Wednesday July 16, 2008

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Bicentennial Park, Rt. 1A North Beach Hampton

This night-time paddle into the ocean has certain requirements: You must be paddling a sea kayak or sit-on-top, have a white light on your boat that can be seen for two miles, and have skills to be out in the ocean. Please dress appropriately for the water temps. Your kayak light must be a white light viewable from 360 degrees, you must wear a life vest PFD, have a bilge pump, whistle, paddle float etc..

The parking lot for Bicentennial Park is across the street from Cinnamon Rainbows Surf Shop on Rt 1A Hampton. "North End of the Seawall" There are picnic tables if you want to have a picnic dinner before launching but arrive earlier if you do.


From Rt. 95 North or South Take Exit 2 Hampton NH Exit then stay left onto Route 101 East. Then take first exit Rt.27 East "Exeter Road" towards Hampton. You will come to a set of lights with Old Salt Restaurant on left. Continue straight through intersection onto High Street. Follow High Street till you get to the Ocean. The Bicentenial Park is directly in front of you. Turn left at lights and launch site is on right at North end of park. There is parking across the street once you unload your boat.

See map link below fro more detailed directions from your location


If conditions are rough offshore we'll change the launch site and watch the fireworks from inside of Hampton Harbor. Please be sure to watch for this change in this listing on Wednesday afternoon as directions to launch site will change as well.

Please reply if you think you may join us.


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Tonights Fireworks Paddle launch location has been moved to Rt. 1A at Seabrook Harbor parking lot. We'll still meet at 8pm. The original launch site on North Beach is a mess with lots of seaweed and the surf & swells, although not as big as yesterday, still may be a bit intimidating for some for paddling at night.

See the link below for map and directions to the Seabrook Harbor launch location.

Also if you plan to join us and want to have dinner on the deck at Top of The Harbor on the opposite side of the launch site and where Seacoast Kayak was, reply and let me know. I can be there anytime and was thinking those who wanted to have dinner prior could meet at 6:30pm at Top of The Harbor.


Forecast for Coastal Rockingham, New Hampshire

Dated: 1211 PM EDT WED JUL 16 2008

Rest Of Today... Sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds around 10 mph.

Tonight... Partly cloudy. Lows around 60. Light and variable winds.


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Last evenings paddle to view the Fireworks at Hampton Beach was simply marvelous. 8 of us ventured out staying inside the Harbor and paddling across from Seabrook to Hampton and into the estuaries with the flood tide searching for the perfect viewing spot. The Harbor was glassy calm skies were clear and the moon was almost full which lit the area well as we paddled. The fireworks were fantastic and lasted almost 1/2 hour. It was a splendid nite to be on the water. I'll probably do this again over the course of the summer and maybe next time the seas will be calm enough to venture out on the open ocean.


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