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Rich Coupland

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Columbus Day Weekend
« on: October 07, 2010, 05:38:26 PM »

Looks like great weather. I am available any day. Who wants to paddle?

One recent suggestion was Stonington / Westerly area - Thoughts?
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Tim

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Re: Columbus Day Weekend
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2010, 07:12:45 PM »

I'd love to paddle on Monday.  It might be fun to do a paddle down in Westerly or Stonington.  We haven't paddled out of Barn Island in a while.
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John G

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Re: Columbus Day Weekend
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2010, 07:51:30 AM »

That sounds good to me,

2.18 miles to Naptree Point
3.89 miles to the Lighthouse at Watch Hill
4.0 miles to Fishers Island (Wicopesset)
11.32 miles to Quonnie Breachway
23.17 miles to Harbor of Refuge

Choose your Moxie...I'm going to follow the new 4 star Leader
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gerry p

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Re: Columbus Day Weekend
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2010, 07:34:09 PM »

Howdy To Y'all North Of The Border,
If conditions are what you are looking for, Monday holds plenty of potential.  10:15 am, 3.2 knot flood at Wiccapesset with a forecasted opposing wind of 5-10 knots means plenty of fun to be had at that point and the Cans just to the north.  If any of you are so inclined, I'd suggest 1) launching from Stonington Point (shorter crossing) OTW by 9am which would allow plenty of time to get there as things build, 2) upgrading the paddle to a solid level 4 and 3) inviting some of us locals to come out to play.
What say ye?
Gerry P
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Tim

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Re: Columbus Day Weekend
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2010, 06:42:28 AM »

An excellent proposition from one of our paddling ambassadors to the south! 
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Rich Coupland

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Re: Columbus Day Weekend
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2010, 05:07:49 PM »

Well John, Here's your moxie test. The consensus seems to be Monday, 0900 at the Stonington Point launch.

We'll paddle out to Wiccapesset passage and look for some good conditions.

Note that I removed my earlier Barn Island post to avoid any confusion.

See you all there!

Rich C.
« Last Edit: October 09, 2010, 05:10:23 PM by Rich C. »
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John G

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Re: Columbus Day Weekend
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2010, 06:42:48 PM »

Sounds Good

Is the Stonington Point Launch at the lighthouse or at the Stonington small boat association?
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Rich Coupland

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Re: Columbus Day Weekend
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2010, 06:50:25 PM »

I've put in several times at the small boat launch off Pearl Street. However I see that there is parking and a beach down by the lighthouse, and it shouldn't be too busy at this time of year.

Gerry P - Your call.
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Cat

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Re: Columbus Day Weekend
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2010, 10:08:12 PM »

I'm scheduled to work Columbus Day but am seriously considering calling in sick to make this trip.  My limited experience in Stonington is that the small boat launch at the foot of Pearl Street is more sheltered.
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Tim

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Re: Columbus Day Weekend
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2010, 06:44:09 AM »

I'll see you guys at the Small Boat Association parking area well before, ready to launch at 0900 Monday.
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gerry p

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Re: Columbus Day Weekend
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2010, 08:03:27 AM »

The launch at the very end of the main street in town (Water Street) is the way to go this time of year. There is a small beach just off the parking lot which is sheltered and this is less of a paddle to the destination than launching way in the harbor at Small Boat.  Plenty of parking for all too.  For those of you that need a pre-paddle-potty break, there is a porta john at small boat which you can use and than head back out to the main street and take a right to go to the end.
See you soon,
Gerry P
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gerry p

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Re: Columbus Day Weekend
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2010, 08:13:12 AM »

P.S.,
This tour involves a committed crossing and some fun conditions to play in.  For those that intend on the tidal play, a helmet is worth bringing along.  I'll have a couple of extras with me at the launch.
Gerry P
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Tim

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Re: Columbus Day Weekend
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2010, 12:37:25 PM »

Launch at small beach located on the west side of Stonington Point at 0900.  Two mile "commute" out to East Point of Fisher's Island.  Adviseable to make a pit stop at little beach on north side of East Point for a breather and to organize group for play.  Action takes place on immediate end of East Point and amongst "cans" between East Point and Wicopesset.  Plenty of eddies and rest spots to watch the action.  It's all good, the water is flooding inward.  However, as always we need to watch each others backs at all times. 
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