Tues, June 17 -Paddle Barnstable's Great Marsh & Barnstable Harbor

Anna Brandin has offered to lead us through Barnstable's Great Marsh and Barnstable Harbor. She has provided the following description.
We will be launching from Scudder Lane Town Landing in Barnstable.  Only  Barnstable residents, WITH a beach sticker,  can park there legally.  If you are not a Barnstable resident, you will unload and drive half way up the street to park in Anna's driveway and walk back down-- available parking for only 6 cars. 

LIMITED TO 7 PARTICIPANTS.  Six cars can be parked in Anna's driveway. If you have a Barnstable beach sticker, please tell Joyce in a comment or email that you will park at the end of Scudder Lane (along with Anna's car) and Joyce will increase the number of members who can RSVP for this paddle.  There will be a wait list, but you should only RSVP if you are sure you will attend.

We will be heading across Barnstable Harbor, between the islands that appear at low tide, and exploring the Great Marsh back into Wells Creek and the beginning of Scorton Creek.  This paddle will take place as the tide is going to high so, as we come back, we will either come back between the islands or, if the tide is high enough, we'll paddle right over the top of the islands we went by earlier in the day.  

Depending on how far we go up Scorton Creek, this paddle will be close to 3 hours.  There will be the option to stretch legs along the way on the islands, but footing will be mucky--recommend teva- like shoes, not flip flops--they will come off. 

There is open water exposure on this paddle-especially coming back across the harbor as the tide rises.  We will postpone this paddle if, on Monday, the winds are forecast to be above 13 mph. Weather can change quickly in Barnstable Harbor. It is always possible that things might change while we are on the water.

 As always, you must either wear your life jacket or have it in the cockpit with you or under a bungee cord within reach.  For this paddle, that will be verified before the launch.

Spray skirts are recommended but not required, as we will not be paddling if water might be coming over the boat.   Anna has two extra life jackets and two extra spray skirts that might work - note in comments if you need gear.   

Boats must be unloaded before 11:30, as we will caravan cars up to Anna's driveway at 11:30.  

Option of late lunch after the paddle at Barnstable Tavern on the patio (1 mile east on 6A). Food is good and the patio is lovely.

From Mid-Cape Hwy. Take exit 6--Rt 132.  Turn towards Barnstable (north) and follow 132 until it ends at Rt 6A (is a T).  Turn right onto Rt 6A and  you will go under a railroad under pass.  Scudder Lane is your next left, at about 2700 Main St. (as 6A curves to the right).  The landing is at the end of the road.

Thank-you, Anna, for offering to lead this paddle.

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  • Joyce

    Thank-you, Anna, for leading. Great new location...so pleased that Anna introduced us to it. We'll definitely add that launch/paddle to the list....beautiful area, no houses, easy launch and sticker-free parking only 200' up the road.

    The weather forecast that only showed up at 8:00 AM turned out to be right....constant wind of about[masked] mph, with higher gusts. Happily, we were in a creek and could only feel about[masked] mph : )

    June 17, 2014

  • Anna B.

    Ended up staying on the south side due to wind. Little more wind and waves then forecast but everyone did great! If we can get a perfect day we can try for Scorton creek. Unless Joyce forbids me to lead again!

    June 17, 2014

  • Anna B.

    Light breeze at the landing, no chop at the moment.

    June 17, 2014

  • Joyce

    8:18 AM...surely a computer glitch...weather.com just changed the winds to "Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph"
    The leaves are moving at my house. We'll see when we get to the launch.

    June 17, 2014

  • Joyce

    At 7:00 AM....weather.com shows 0% precipitation, with wind at 13 mph at 11 AM, increasing by 1 mph each hour after that.

    accuweather.com shows 28 % to 36 % chance of rain during our paddle, with winds at only 10 mph for those hours.

    NWS = slight chance of showers BEFORE 10:00, but wind prediction of 11 to 15 mph.

    There are a few drops on my deck right now, but the sky to the south looks bright.

    So, we should be OK this morning. Should be fun !

    June 17, 2014

  • Joyce

    2:30 PM Monday. Anna and I think that the forecast for wind is looking good for tomorrow >>weather.gov shows 12 mph at 11:00 to 2:00 (warm & cloudy). Accuweather shows a wimpy 9 mph for that time frame. weather.com is sticking with possible winds of 11 to 16 mph. So, unless things take a bad turn, we will paddle across the harbor and do the whole paddle. If we feel some wind when we are launching tomorrow, Anna will lead us along the south shore of the harbor, rather than across open water. It will shorten the paddle, but get us to lunch at the Barnstable Harbor earlier. So, NO postponing....the trip is ON.

    June 16, 2014

  • Joyce

    As of 6:20 AM Monday, the NWS has updated the forecast to include some wind for tomorrow. Anna and I will keep checking (on multiple sites) and decide around dinner time what we will do tomorrow. Anna's work schedule will determine the date for a postponed trip, if we can't gotomorrow. We would POSTPONE and not cancel.

    June 16, 2014

  • Joyce

    The weather forecast for Tuesday might be OK. The NWS says only 20% chance of precip w winds @ 10 mph. weather.com ups the chance of rain to 50%, w winds @ 12 mph. Good old windfinder.com says we will be blown off the water. I'll go with NWS.
    Anna will update by Monday evening.

    June 15, 2014

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