Very high winds, as well as rain, are forecast for Saturday. So, we will postpone to Sunday, 18th, same 10:00 launch time. The forecasts show no wind and nice weather for Sunday.
Lots of new people have joined since last September. They should know that we launch exactly on time....that the group waits for no one during the paddle (you said you were an experienced & energetic paddler when you joined)...that there are never guests on paddles (guests welcome on walks)...and that this is the most delightful, fun group of people on Cape Cod.
We'll do this paddle on a Saturday in May before things start hopping after Memorial Day. The launch is at the Chatham town landing at the end of Vineyard Ave, a small dirt lot used by commercial clammers. We'll be launching soon after low tide which may be when the clammers go out. We'll paddle down the Oyster Pond River and down the back side of Harding's Beach. We'll cross the channel at Stage Harbor Light, which may have motor boats leaving Stage Harbor and going out into Chatham Harbor. We'll hug the shore on our right to stay away from motor boat traffic and be close to land that is not full of houses, go along the north edge of Morris Island and along the causeway (dike) leading to Morris Island and then up Mitchell River and into Mill Pond (by going under the bridge on Bridge Street).
We'll see some buildings (maybe that is a plus for some folks to view Chatham from the water) and we may be mixing with motor boats (last year, there were very few boats and they went very slowly along our route). At low tide there should be many shorebirds feeding on exposed mudflats and marsh.
DIRECTIONS: From Rt. 6, take Ex.11 and drive Rt 137 south to Rt 28. Turn left/east on Rt 28 South and drive about 1.9 miles to Vineyard Ave. Turn right/south on Vineyard Ave and follow it about one half mile to the town landing. When you think you have arrived in the parking lot, keep going down a little grade into a lower area, next to the water.
Much of the paddle is wide open, so high wind will cancel the paddle. Make sure I can contact you the evening before. As always, no guests on paddles. If you have never been to the Vineyard Ave landing, leave plenty of time to find it, to unload your gear and be in the water by 10:00.