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.
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
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.
This two day advanced paddling clinic will focus on technical and leadership skills for paddling and leading groups in demanding ocean conditions. We will cover technical skills such as various strokes in conditions, managing surf, wind and current, rescues and towing in conditions. Leadership skills such as group awareness and control, trip planning, proper navigation techniques, and on-water repairs will also be covered. This clinic will loosely follow the format of BCU 4 Star Leader Training session modified for participant level and interests.
Tidewater Canoe and Sea Kayak Camping Weekend. Easy paddling, good food and informal instruction available. This is a good introduction to a Tidewater Paddling area that is ideal for sea kayaking. We have the option of both introductory and advanced canoe or sea kayak day trips from Beal Island. Trip cost: $81 AMC members/ $100 non-AMC members (does not include boat rental)
WHEN REGISTERING PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR WINTER BOOTS (BRAND, PLASTIC OR SINGLE-LAYER) AND WHETHER YOU HAVE USED THEM WITH FULL CRAMPONS. Join us for a challenging winter adventure! Full gear and similar experience required. Early start. L Kevin Fredette, L Stephen Conlin.
Join the Paddlers Committee for OARS 26th Annual River Cleanup from 9 am - noon on Saturday, September 15. Our team will work in Hudson, along the Assabet River. Or join another location along the Assabet, Sudbury, or Concord River in Acton, Concord, Framingham, Marlborough, Maynard, Northborough, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, or Westborough. The morning of rewarding work, with friendly people, will be followed by a pizza celebration along the river! Volunteers should wear long pants and shoes that can get wet and dirty. Bring work gloves if you have them.
Explore the Sherborn section of the Charles River on kayak or canoe. We will float through historic sections of the river, with ample wildlife. Plan to be on the water by 10AM. Must have a PFD and be comfortable in your boat.