Portsmouth Little Harbor Level 2 Skills, May 14, 11 AM launch, Odiorne Point Boat Launch at Witches Spring Creek bridge (Not the Ocean Science Center Lot)
NOTE: Priority for this trip is given to waitlisted paddlers on the June Portsmouth Little Harbor Level 2 Skills trip.
This is an Advanced Novice/Intermediate Paddler skills development trip around Little Harbor, The Back Channel (Piscataquis River), The Inner Harbor Islands, Sagamore Creek.
We'll head for Little Pierce Island via the Inner Islands and a reversing falls pond in front of the Historic Wentworth hotel. At the bridge guarding the harbor there will be enough current to learn how your kayak behaves in 2 to 3 Knots, learn to ferry across the current and to negotiate turns in and out of eddies.
We'll take a lunch break at the sands at Pierce Island. If the ocean state is stable we'll venture out into the swell briefly before we return back to the put in at Witched Spring.
I've listed some Paddling Capability Levels below. If you fall between Advanced Novice and Intermediate Paddler you should enjoy this trip and possibly learn some new skills in the process since on the way to our destinations we'll also experiment with improving our paddling efficiency.
So at a minimum you will need to wear a PFD, have a kayak with flotation capable of using a spray skirt and have done a wet exit with a skirt on (or willing to wet exit with your skirt on while on the trip under supervision). The total trip should end up in the 8 to 10 mile range.
You do not have to be an AMC member to paddle with us but all participants will be required to sign the AMC waiver and we do encourage you to join. All Meetup registrations will be wait listed pending leader approval.
Tides: High 1:51 PM, 8.4 ft, Launch 11.0 AM 5.1 ft, Low 7:45 PM 1.1 ft
Here's my position on Paddling Capability Levels:
Novice Sea Kayak Paddler = Rec boat paddler comfortable paddling lakes and estuaries Dist. <5 Mi.
Advanced Novice Sea Kayak Paddler = Rec boat paddler comfortable paddling near shore with a spray skirt/wet exit Dist. < 8 mi Wind <10 kts
Intermediate Paddler = 14 ft SK with bulkheads/wet exit, self/assisted rescue skill, Dist. <12 Mi. Wind <15 Kts Waves <3 comfortable <1 Mi. Offshore
Advanced Intermediate = 15 ft SK with bulkheads, advanced self and assisted rescue skills, Dist. <15 Mi., Waves <4 Ft., Wind >15 kts comfortable < 2 Mi. Offshore
AMC SK Leader, Registered Maine Guide, ACA Instructor, WFR/WEMT