Three days paddling in Muscongus Bay, Maine. This quiet bay is out of the way and offers much to explore. We plan on paddling 12-18 miles per day, including venture out to Eastern Egg to watch puffins (if conditions permit). This is level 3 trip and participants must have some experience packing, launching, and maneuvering loaded kayaks. There is open water crossings, so expect some swells. Camping does not mean we eat granola bars for dinner! Our boats can carry lots of goodies (and beer), so we live well on the islands.
Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Explore the northeast section of Buzzards bay on this ~10 mile long level 2 paddle. We expect to paddle from Monk's cove, around Wings Neck, to Bassets island for lunch and leisurely break, and then return the same way.
We'll paddle out of Marblehead Harbor to Great Misery Island. This is an L2 trip and will require a boat at least 14 feet long, with bulkheads or with flotation bags. We'll spend some time on Misery Island swimming and walking the trails. Pack a lunch, towel and sunscreen and your Trustees of the Reservation membership card or $5 for the landing fee.
Launch location and time will be provided to registered paddlers.
We'll go clockwise around Castle Neck, riding the tide in both directions. 14 ft minimum boat length, some open water experience required.
Sea Kayaking to Graves Light. Level 3. 20+ miles. Boston Harbor sea kayaking at its finest. Advanced paddlers only. Contact registrar for more information.
Boston Harbor is a local gem for kayaking, offering paddlers a variety of interesting islands and destinations, yet is very close and convenient. Our plan is to launch in Quincy and paddle approx 12 miles to Brewster islands (lighthouse tour?). This tour will encounter channel crossings with boat traffic. This is a level 2 trip, so participants need to be capable of paddling 12 miles at a reasonable pace and deal with some chop and wind. Participants will need a boat > 15' with two hatches and spray skirt.
Casco Bay near Portland can be a busy place during summer, but upper Casco (separated by Harpswell peninsula) is quieter and out of the way for most paddlers. We plan to camp on 2 different islands over 3 days, paddling 10-14 miles per day. This is a level 3 trip. Participants are expected to have some experience packing, maneuvering, and landing a loaded boat. There will be some open water paddling, but much of this trip will be on protected, tidal rivers (and tidal currents as well). See hyperlink below for description of level 3.
Join us for a fast-paced workout on the Sudbury River. We will paddle upstream from the Lincoln boat launch on Rt 117 at a steady, 3+ MPH pace, with short breaks as we pass through Lincoln, Sudbury, and Wayland. Our return back downstream to the cars will be at a more relaxed, conversational pace. Total distance will be 12-15 miles.
Limited to well-conditioned paddlers in 14+ ft touring or sea kayaks. PDF, sunscreen, and plenty of water required.
The third part of the 3 part series Introduction to Sea Kayaking. This session will concentrate on paddling in conditions. Techniques for handling wind, waves, and current will be emphasized such as edging, asymmetric paddling, ruddering, crossing eddy lines, and the proper use of skeg in wind. Preference given to those who completed Parts 1 and 2. This session will be more advanced and requires good intermediate skills. Possible venues are Cohasset Harbor or Woods Hole, depending on the group and the weather.
This session will cover the basics of sea kayak navigation with both practical sessions on land and on the water. Topics covered will be: chart and compass skills, boating channels and navigational aids, tides, and nav-on-the-move. Preference given to those who attended Part 1 - Basics, otherwise must be confident in a sea kayak in coastal waters. This session will take place in Hingham Harbor. A 14 foot (minimum) sea kayak with fore and aft bulkheads, spray skirt, PFD, are required.