Circumnavigate Marblehead Neck, approx. 8 miles. Plan to be on the water by 10AM. Must have kayak with bulkheads, a PFD and skirt, and be comfortable doing wet exits. Bring water, sunscreen and lunch.
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Paddle around Gloucester Harbor with lunch at the Madfish Grille on Rocky Neck http://www.madfishgrille.com 6-8 miles. Plan to be on the water by 10AM. Must have kayak with bulkheads, a PFD and skirt, and be comfortable doing wet exits. Bring water, sunscreen and lunch money.
This trip will take advantage of favorable tides to circumnavigate Naushon Island. The ~20 mile trip will leave from Woods Hole, paddle past Lackey's Bay and Tarpaulin Cove in Vineyard sound before crossing into Buzzards Bay via Robinson's hole. We'll most likely take breaks at Lighthouse beach and Kettle Cove, both on Naushon island. If the expected SW seabreeze develops, in the afternoon we will surf downwind in Buzzards Bay back to Woods Hole. Some experience with ferrying across currents and winds to 20 kts will be required.
Visit Hadley's Harbor and Weepecket island from Woods Hole. The ~12 mile trip will leave from Trunk River beach, paddle past Nobska lighthouse to Lackey's bay, then meander through Hadley's Harbor in time for lunch on Weepecket island. In the afternoon, we'll paddle downcurrent through Woods Hole passage to Nobska point and Trunk River.
Sea kayaking in Boston Harbor at its best. Paddle to Graves Light with some optional rock gardening on the way. Put-in at Hull, go through the Gut and paddle to the Outer Brewster Islands which offer some rock garden fun (Helmets required). After rounding Graves Light and playing in some waves we will pass Boston Light on the return before heading back to the Gut. Rough water skills required.
Explore the pointed fir islands off Stonington and Deer Isle, Maine. Protected by over 65 islands between the southern tip of Deep Isle and Isle au Haute, part of Arcadia Nat'l Park. Different trip each day. Level 2 sea kayak skills and equipment required (see leader) with advanced level trip possibilities for qualified paddlers. Arrive Tuesday for base camp set up. Wed and Fri breakfast included (food donations appreciated). Stonington Quarry Museum breakfast trip. 5 night camping fee $20/day. Approved paddlers make own reservations. Max 12 campers on AMC group site.
We will paddle in the Inner Harbor, affording views of Boston, the USS Constitution, and the Tobin Bridge. Lunch will be at the Barking Crab restaurant with its low dock that welcomes kayakers. The requirements for this trip are: (1) a sea kayak with bulkheads fore and aft, deck lines, spray skirt, and PFD, and (2) must be able to paddle comfortably for 12 miles, wet exit and re-enter your kayak with an assisted rescue. Wetsuits may be required. Expect to spend five hours on the water with breaks.
Advanced beginner/intermediate kayak trip on the Charles River from the Eliot bridge to the Science Museum and back. Scenic flatwater paddle, approximately 10 miles with lunch on the Esplanade. Kayak rentals available. 14 foot or longer sea kayak with front and rear bulkheads, PFD, and flatwater experience required.
Kick off the paddling season with a 15 mile, level 3 paddle around Newcastle Island in Portsmouth, NH. This scenic trip was featured in Sea Kayak Magazine. We will cross the river for a jaunt along the shores of Kittery, ME with a side trip to Whaleback Light. Additional points of interest include: three historic forts, the Wentworth Hotel, and numerous back channel inner islands. Must have dry suit, be in good physical condition, have rescue skills, and at a minimum a 14 ft sea kayak with floatation. Registration required.
Annual organizational and instructional event for AMC sea kayak leaders, co-leaders, and experienced paddlers (members from all chapters are welcome). The training on Saturday will include: strokes, rescues, scenarios, and trip planning, and will take place on Lake Cochichuate, in Natick. The training on Sunday will include: pre-launch briefing, navigation, group cohesion, safety, and leadership, and will take place in Boston Harbor.