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 on: February 22, 2020, 06:46:20 PM 
Started by Tim G - Last post by Tim G
Hi Folks,

Thanks for another engaging session today.  Here are the resources that we discussed today:

NOAA current predictions - https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaacurrents/Stations?g=461

Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book 2020. Copyright Eldredge Maritime LLC.  (this can be found at West Marine and Amazon)

Keep practicing...

Any follow up questions, please email me at: gleasont63@gmail.com



 on: February 15, 2020, 12:27:12 PM 
Started by JSharlin - Last post by Tony M.
 IMPORTANT! If you plan on attending this event, open the link that Jonathan provided for important information.

 on: February 14, 2020, 11:07:21 AM 
Started by JSharlin - Last post by JSharlin

 on: February 12, 2020, 10:08:42 AM 
Started by JSharlin - Last post by JSharlin

 on: February 08, 2020, 04:29:56 PM 
Started by FredF - Last post by FredF
When you spend most of your life trying to maintain a certain level of physical and mental fitness, you reach a point when you recognize you no longer have the strength and stamina--let alone the speed--you once had. I've noticed this especially since turning 70 a couple of years ago. By then, I had long abandoned any hope of running marathons or skiing long-distance x-c ski races as I did in my younger days. I also had ceased training in grueling martial arts workouts by the time I entered my 60s. Yet I felt like I needed a new but less demanding challenge. How would I fill the gap?

I was in my late 50s--better late than never-when I discovered the joys of kayaking and began taking lessons first on the Narrow River and later at the Kayak Centre. Not long after, I began to participate in some of the lower lever RICKA paddles. Although my skills were still rough around the edges and my kayaks were not especially built for speed, I could more or less hold my own with the group. Moreover, paddling with a group helped a great deal to build confidence and improve skills. It's been a great deal of fun and there's nothing like being on the water! I'm grateful to all those who offered helpful tips during paddles and during the special practice sessions. You know who you are!

Kayaking, specifically sea kayaking, is something I hope I can continue for a bit longer. Although diagnosed with A-Fib some 6 years ago, it and age hadn't slowed me down yet. In fact, my cardiologist voiced more concern about my love for a strong cup of joe than sea kayaking. The meds I take for A-Fib do precisely what they're supposed to do, but when I complained recently that I now seemed "to lose steam quicker," he said there was no reason I couldn't continue to enjoy paddling. He recommended I focus more on shorter distances and a slower pace. During the 2020 kayak season, I plan to stick with the level 2 and level 2-3 paddles but continue to participate in practice sessions whenever possible. I'll also be available weekdays. If anyone is up for a leisurely paddle during the week. Let me know.

Meanwhile, I've been taking advantage of the winter interlude to catch up on writing, read, and recuperate from recent prostate surgery. I look forward to seeing you on the water in the coming season.

 on: January 25, 2020, 08:46:44 PM 
Started by Tim G - Last post by Ricardo C.
thank you for a great class Tim! very practical and helpful information. Looking forward to the next session

 on: January 25, 2020, 05:02:32 PM 
Started by Tim G - Last post by Tim G
Hi Folks,

Thanks for a good session today.  Here are links to the resouces that we discussed today:

NOAA weather prediction center: https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/#page=ovw,  Use the tab for fronts: https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/#page=frt

NOAA marine forecast: https://www.weather.gov/box/

Windguru: https://www.windguru.cz/23024

Windfinder:  https://www.windfinder.com/#4/39.5000/-98.3500

Neracoos bouy system:  http://www.neracoos.org/,  click bouy map: http://www.neracoos.org/realtime_map

related to Neracoos is Dial-a-bouy: 888-701-8992, this is helpful when you don't have internet - you do need the bouy ID which you can get ahead of time from Neracoos for NOAA bouys - ex Georges Bank would be 44011

You can also get some info from Magic seaweed: https://magicseaweed.com/ 

For all of these resources, remember that this is guidance, what you experience may differ from forecasts, so be aware of how actual conditions compare to forecasted conditions and adjust your plans accordingly - also use discrepancies as a learning opportunity, try to determine why things were different.

practice with your compass.  find a spot on the shore to take bearings with your compass and then translate that onto a chart to determine your position. practice taking true bearings off of a chart and convert to magnetic.  Use the compass rose to check your conversion

I'll send out some resources for next session in a couple weeks.

e-mail me with any questions from today - gleasont63@gmail.com



 on: January 24, 2020, 04:43:06 PM 
Started by Tony M. - Last post by Tony M.


 on: January 23, 2020, 06:01:33 PM 
Started by Tony M. - Last post by Tony M.
     George Fenley e-mailed me on 16JAN2020  and said that Brian Dolan had passed away on 14JAN2020. Those of you sea kayaking with RICKA years ago may remember him. I would have posted this sooner, but the RICKA message board was down. I did post it on the RICKA Facebook page. Here is the link to the obituary. The wake and funeral are this coming Saturday.


 on: January 16, 2020, 07:25:36 AM 
Started by Ken - Last post by Paul B

That is a great paddle and if you don't go out to The Graves Light it is pretty tame.  The issue to avoid is boat traffic including high speed ferries.  In mid summer with a large group we have rarely been able to keep the pod respectfully tight. 

The water is colder (and slower to warm up) so June would be the better choice (between cold and busy).  Hopefully your effort will encourage someone to volunteer to co-lead with you.


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