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In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; In practice, there is. - Chuck Reid

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 on: October 19, 2019, 12:23:51 PM 
Started by Carole - Last post by Carole
The list of chores I'd hoped to get done today seems to be getting longer rather than shorter - so I might not be able to paddle tomorrow myself. If anyone is interested in paddling, you can reply here anyway. Maybe others would want to go, plus I might change my mind (again). Be well everyone!

 on: October 19, 2019, 06:50:54 AM 
Started by Carole - Last post by Carole
Anyone interested in a 10:00 AM level 2 or level 3 paddle tomorrow (Sunday the 20th) preferably in the East or West passage? (i.e. Bay Campus, Potter Cove, Wilson Park, Wetherill, etc).

 on: October 15, 2019, 07:27:46 PM 
Started by Tony M. - Last post by Tony M.
Here's the link to the RICKA trip:     www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxpG7V10s2w

    A memorable paddle, thanks to the coordinator, Cam!

Also, here's the link to my solo paddle video (during subtropical storm Melissa):   www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPppkwR-7kw


 on: October 15, 2019, 04:29:26 PM 
Started by Erik E. - Last post by Erik E.
Trip Planning and Group Management with Carl Ladd

This will be an interactive presentation that looks at how to predict terrain and conditions prior to getting on the water. We will look at scenarios for lake, river and coastal environments. We will also look at best practices for moving a group through these areas. The meeting will be held in the Louttit Library, 274 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI.

 on: October 15, 2019, 07:42:23 AM 
Started by Cat - Last post by Ken
Being a form ski instructor, I really advocate in any sport getting some formal instruction now and then in addition to all the great tips you get from friends.  I've taken a few classes with Osprey but not yet from Kavak Waveology.  I've been looking over their list and will definitely pick one or two our for next season.



Classes I've taken so far include--

An introduction to sea kayaking with AMC Boston, Lake Cochituate.
Introduction to Sea Kayaking with Paddle Boston, Hingham/Boston Harbor.
Essential Touring Skills with Osprey, Westport River.
Tide and Current with Osprey, Westport River out to beach and back.
Rock and Surf with Osprey, Sakonnet Point.

If anyone has any recommendations for what to take next, suggestion welcome.

 on: October 14, 2019, 09:25:56 PM 
Started by Cat - Last post by Cat
P.S. No, Greg did not pay me to post this, so don't move me down to Commercials!   :-*

 on: October 14, 2019, 09:25:24 PM 
Started by Cat - Last post by Cat
Just wanted to let folks know I've signed up for a couple of events with Kayak Waveology's 2019 Autumn Gales: the BCU Sea Leader training on Oct 30 & 31, and one day of the Gales on Sat Nov 2.  I always learn a lot, meet great people and renew past acquaintances, and have lots of fun.  It'd be great to see some RICKA buddies there - if you're planning on going or are thinking about it, let me know!
Cat  ;D

 on: October 12, 2019, 05:51:18 AM 
Started by Kayak Waveology - Last post by Kayak Waveology
As our annual Autumn Gales symposium is fast approaching, we always like to get the word out on the streets about our off-water happenings that are free and open to the paddling community.

This year's Saturday evening presentation is about Sailing to and Sea Paddling in Antarctica.

The presenter is one of our International Guest at the Autumn Gales symposia, Axel Schoevers. Axel is a BCU coach and international guide from the Netherlands. He enjoys paddling in and introducing paddlers to more dynamic sea environments. Axel is a frequent coach/guide to Anglesey, and he has been coaching/guiding in place like Wales, Scotland, Cornwall, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, USA, Australia, Tasmania, and Baja Mexico. Axel runs his own business SeaKayak.NL in the Netherlands with his business partner Nico. We've known Axel for many years now and he is a featured coach at Nigel's symposium in Anglesey.

In 2017 Axel was part of a sailing and paddling expedition that took off from Ushuaia Argentina. Then sailed across the great Drakes passage down into the Antarctic Peninsula for the sea kayaking portion of the expedition and sailed back. We are excited to hear about this journey. So please make plans to come listen in.

Date: Saturday November 2nd, 2019
Time: 7 PM Start
Location: NESS, New England Science and Sailing Center. 72 Water Street, Stonington Borough, CT

 on: October 06, 2019, 04:16:07 PM 
Started by Tony M. - Last post by Tony M.
    Here's the link for the Youtube video:    www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K0emg2vB4A

    Great trip with lots of surfing fun...thanks for organizing, Gary!


 on: October 04, 2019, 12:33:38 PM 
Started by Gary - Last post by Ken
I checked the surf forecast for that area and it looks really benign for tomorrow.  I've done some rock-gardening but not much experience in surf.  If these are learn-to-surf conditions, I'd give it a go.  I have a long boat (Scorpio) so it's not going to be much good playing but I can get some experience getting out and getting back in.


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