Rescue skills and sea kayaks with two bulkheads required. Depart Freeport, ME Friday noon (parking/launch fee) for remote Maine Island Trail campsite. Saturday paddle to Jewel Island from base camp with side trip possibilities. Depart base camp Sunday for three island tour on return to mainland. Intermediate to advanced kayak paddling skills required. Participants will be responsible for all necessary kayak, camping equipment and meals (see leader). Saturday pancake breakfast provided. Wet/Dry Suits mandatory. Maximum trip capacity 8 paddlers.
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
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If you are ready to take your kayaking skills and experience to the next level, join us for this adventurous day. Our goal will be to make you a safer kayaker by advancing your current skills and to give you a few new skills along the way. We will refine your basic strokes by introducing boat leaning and bracing; present more rescue scenarios and introduce towing.
This Stroke and Rescue Clinic is designed for everyone from the casual paddlers who wish to enjoy our many inland lakes and rivers to those looking for the necessary skills that will lead to more advanced kayak tourings.
We will be kayak camping on Lovell Island as we improve our stroke and rescue skills in the open-water environment of Boston Harbor. If you are ready to take your kayaking skills and experience to the next level, join us for this adventurous weekend. Our goal will be to make you a safer kayaker. Food and camping fee additional.
This stroke and rescue clinic is designed for everyone from the casual paddlers who wish to enjoy our many lakes and rivers to those who are looking for the necessary skills that will lead to more advanced kayak touring.
Woods Hole to Middle Ground tidal overfall, West Chop, Martha's Vineyard. 15-20 miles, 2-4 foot seas and currents >3. This Level 3 trip will take advantage of favorable tides on 5/27 to paddle from Woods Hole to Middle Ground shoal, off West Chop, Martha's Vineyard to 'play' in the Middle Ground tidal overfall. Middle Ground is a 3 mile long 3'-5' deep shoal in Vineyard sound where we expect flood currents at over 3 knots.
This ~12 mile trip will leave from Quisset harbor, on the Buzzards bay side of Woods Hole, meander through Hadley's Harbor, Naushon island in time for lunch on Weepecket island. In the afternoon, with the expected SW seabreezes, we have the option of surfing downwind in Buzzards bay. This trip will encounter moderate tidal currents, up to 2' chop and possibly 15-20 knot tailwinds in the afternoon. Paddlers should be experienced and have recently paddled on other AMC level 2 Sea kayaking trips.
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. This trip will encounter strong tidal currents and possibly 15-20 knot tailwinds in the afternoon. We will cross Woods Hole passage twice. Paddlers should be experienced and have recently paddled on other AMC level 2 Sea kayaking trips.
This trip will take advantage of favorable tides to circumnavigate Naushon Island. The 16-17 mile trip will leave from Woods Hole, paddle past Hadley's Harbor and Weepecket Islands on our way to Robinson's Hole. We'll most likely take breaks at Kettle Cove and Lighthouse Beach, both on Naushon Island. If the expected SW seabreeze develops, in the afternoon we will surf downwind in Vineyard Sound back to Woods Hole. Some experience with ferrying across currents and winds to 20 kts will be required.
Sea Kayak day trip for experienced paddlers with good paddling, bracing, rescue skills and appropriate cold water gear. Min 14 ft kayak with bulkheads/flotation. Trip will launch at Pierce Island and proceed clockwise around Newcastle Island via the Piscataquis River with an optional side trip to Whaleback Light area contingent of favorable temps and sea state. Trip will round Fort Constitution and proceed to breakwater at little harbor with lunch stop at Fort Stark. Return to Pierce Island put in via Leaches and Pest islands.