Time to Storm the Thimbles!

  • September 14, 2013 · 10:00 AM
  • Thimble Islands

Hello Yackers, It's time again to explore the Thimble Islands in Branford. This year we hope to have people from the Branford Kayak Group, and other groups join us. It's a full day with lunch on Outer Island (Stewart B. Mc Kinney National Wildlife Refuge) and picnic on the beach afterward (see below).

If you've never been to the Thimbles it is SOOOO worth the trip. Last year we had a blast. It's a great paddle in an amazingly beautiful setting with a great group of people. For people who are new to the group please join us you'll have a lot of fun. We'll have a grill. Everyone should bring the yummies! : wine (and glass), or beer, or cheese and crackers, or something to grill (no hamburgers and hot dogs, what ever you bring will get cut up into finger food), also bring a blanket or chair, etc.

Please add a note to your RSVP saying what you'll be bringing. We don't want to end up with 100 pounds of potato salad. And if you bring wine, bring a cork screw!

Good food items to bring are: pepperoni, summer sausage, salmon and crackers, grapes, strawberries, cheese, Hor'dourves, whipped cream cheese, cracker spread, pattie, etc. To grill: bring marinated steak, marinated chicken breast, sausage, shrimp, chicken wings, salmon patties, etc. we will share with each other. We may need a second portable grill. Please indicate if you will bring a grill. REMBER, to moderate how much you bring. Do not try to feed everyone. We will have too much food. Bring approximately enough for you and two other people. If everyone does this then we will have plenty without much waste.

So ...here's the plan...We'll meet at the park next to the Town Dock boat ramp at 10:00 for a 10:30 launch. Unload your boat and then you'll need to find a parking spot. The parking lot is fairly limited so you may need to find a spot further away and walk a little. However this time of year it may not be so bad.

Directions: Exit 56 off I-95 North Take a right off exit Proceed 2 miles to stop sign Continue straight, pass under train bridge. Continue straight until you see water on your right.

For those of you who MUST have coffee there is a Dunkin Donuts off of the same exit, only take a left instead of a right and you'll see it. Dunkin' Donuts at 33 Leetes Island Rd, Branford, CT 06405, USA. Grab your coffee and then meet us at the dock.

Everybody must have a proper sea-kayak. If you need to rent a kayak call Action Sports in Branford to make arrangements. They recommend calling 5 days in advance to reserve. Action Sports - Branford 324 West Main Street Branford, CT 06405 (203)[masked] Prices (call for current prices) were 4 hours for $40 and Full day 10-5pm for $55 (you'll probably need the full day).

Bring some food for a mid-paddle lunch and lots of water as we will be out for several hours. We'll land on Outer Island to picnic. customarily we also bring some food and drink to share for the after paddle hanging out. There are often picnic tables in the park but some times they are not available. We will probably spread out on the grass. If you have beach chairs you may want to toss them in your car.

Please make sure to bring proper clothes. It is late summer/early autumn it can be warm but it may be chilly out there (and if you get wet you'll get cold). Try to avoid cotton as it will actually suck the heat out of you if it gets when. Something synthetic like Neoprene is the best. If you have a wetsuit or Neoprene top I would suggest having it. If not a windbreaker under your vest would be a good idea. Fleece is also good. And, bring a change of cloths. The picnic usually ends up going until dark.

The average air temperature in Sept is 75 (But the weather is weird these days so we'll see as we get closer). The average water temp 67. For those of you interested in the tides, here is the tidal chart for Branford Harbor for Sept 13 2008. http://www.mobilegeog...41.2667° N,[masked]° W The photo above is a map of the islands. Click on it to enlarge. It's a good idea to print it out and put it in a gallon Ziploc bag to put on you deck. You should also check the weather and print out a report to have with you as part of you paddle plan.

One last issue, if you want to carpool, please say so in your RSVP and note where you will be leaving from. This will allow others to contact you directly. Hopefully we'll have great weather.

Hello Kayakers - We will check tides and the weather and let everyone know. We will paddle out to the Stewart B. Mc Kinney National Wildlife Refuge and have lunch, paddle around the islands to sight see and return to the beach to grill and chill. We will have a gas grill, you can bring something to share if you wish. Hope to see you all, be safe!

 

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  • Greg B.

    http://youtu.be/oD15VWTBfFs. This is the youtube video David

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What video?

    September 17, 2013

  • Dawn

    Love the YouTube video!!

    September 17, 2013

  • Dawn

    Thank you Cynthia & Lucy and whoever else helped with the party. It was a great paddle and a great party and meeting lots of new people. Beautiful day!!

    September 16, 2013

  • Wendy G.

    Greg & I had a really great time joining you all for the day. Here's our youtube version of the day. Enjoy !http://youtu.be/oD15VWTBfFs

    1 · September 15, 2013

    • cynthia

      this video is da bomb!

      September 16, 2013

  • Judy M.

    What a blast. Kudos to Lucy theChef great food great fun Great sangria!!!

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Judy M.

    Beautiful day lots of fun

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • cynthia

    All the pics are incredible!

    September 15, 2013

  • cynthia

    I want to thank everyone who attended. Hope you all had fun. Special thanks to Lucy who helped with the grilling. Happy and safe paddling!

    September 15, 2013

  • Michael D

    great paddle, great people!

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Robert M.

    Excellent

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • John G.

    Great paddle Great people Great food

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Gary R

    Pictures are posted. If anyone is not comfortable with one or more of them let me know and they will disappear.

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Gary R

    Could not have ordered up better weather or people

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Ken B.

    Sorry I didn't make it. Too much to do...

    September 14, 2013

  • Michael D

    We can bring a grill too

    September 13, 2013

  • Wendy H.

    I can bring bar barbecue chicken legs

    September 13, 2013

  • Judy M.

    There is something. At the Thimbles for everyone . Less aggressive paddlers can stay in the harbor and just paddle the nearby islands

    September 13, 2013

    • Wendy H.

      Ok, just checking not over my head in level. I'm really looking forward to it. Is it reasonable for me to be back around 4? Rented kayak :-)

      September 13, 2013

  • cynthia

    Here is a chart link from our message board:
    http://files.meetup.com/506423/Thimble%20Islands%20Chart.jpg

    September 13, 2013

  • Wendy H.

    How long does it take to paddle out and what is the eta to be back?

    September 13, 2013

    • cynthia

      I expect to return @ 4pmish...some folks love the surf and stay out a bit longer.

      September 13, 2013

  • Judy M.

    dependingislands depending on the wind, I may be one of them!

    September 13, 2013

  • Peter

    Hey kayakers
    The annual Thimble paddle is this Saturday. It looks like we have 38 paddlers so it is destined to be a great social event as well as a scenic paddle. Today's forcast says the weather Saturday s looking to be overcast with 10 mph winds but no rain.
    Unfortunately, it does not look like I will be able to attend…I will miss the group. Cynthia will still be going and she will bring my grill. She will possibly need help grilling and if someone else could bring a second grill (considering the number of people) that would be a great help.
    Please check the weather before you paddle and be prepared for the foretasted conditions. Understand your skills and stay in a pod of three or more. Have fun.
    Peter
    SKG Moderator

    September 10, 2013

    • Wendy H.

      Is this to aggressive if you have not sea kayaked? Canoed lots, min on kyack

      September 13, 2013

    • cynthia

      It can be choppy on the outer edges of the islands. I expect moderate winds and surf tomorrow, not too bad. You can always stay closer in the harbor. It is important to buddy up with someone. There will be people there of all skill levels.

      September 13, 2013

  • cynthia

    The weather will be sunny @ 70deg and winds @ 10 mph from the north. The tides will be fairly low when we put it, with it rising on return. See y'all in the am. I drive a silver Prius.

    September 13, 2013

  • Linda S.

    Hi - I tried the link above to get a map of the islands, couldn't reach the maps. Is there a main site I can try? Thanks.

    September 12, 2013

  • Lucy

    I will chicken and a pasta salad. Looking forward to it!

    1 · September 5, 2013

    • Lucy

      Hi Dawn, I'll see if I can pick up some for you and bring it along.

      September 6, 2013

    • Dawn

      Thanks Lucy!!

      September 12, 2013

  • Judy M.

    Rose, I plan on cooler with lots of freezer packs and hope it's not hot like today
    Judy

    September 11, 2013

    • cynthia

      it will be close to a cool 70

      September 12, 2013

  • Rose

    Do we bring our food in coolers and leave in cars till after the paddle???

    September 11, 2013

    • cynthia

      Yep. We will break at outer island for lunch.

      September 11, 2013

  • Gary R

    Bringing sangria to say goodbye to summer.

    1 · September 9, 2013

  • Ellen

    I will bring cheese & crackers fruit and some beer. Looking forward to it. Unfortunately I have to leave at 3 I have a birthday dinner that night.

    September 8, 2013

  • Ellen

    I will bring cheese crackers and some fruit.

    September 8, 2013

  • Jonathan

    Hi Cynthia and Peter and all,
    So sorry -- I just realized the 14th is Yom Kippur. Duh. Have to skip it this year. Have a great time.

    September 6, 2013

  • Dawn

    Tony and I will bring a London Broil.

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Linda S.

    Will bring summer sausage and crackers.

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Jen B.

    Will bring salad and fruit

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • John K

    I have room for an extra kayak if anyone wants to car pool. My departure location is from Newtown.

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Ken B.

      Thanks for the offer. My schedule is erratic and I have to see how the week shapes up before I can commit. I'll let you know. Thanks again.

      1 · September 3, 2013

    • Wendy H.

      I live in Newtown, will be renting a kayak but would love to grabs ride with anyone as I am new to the group if there is space :-)

      September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will bring salsa and chips unless there's too much of that already. Let me know.

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Robert M.

    I will bring grapes. Bob

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • Jonathan

    I can also carpool - can cartop an extra boat, leaving from Stamford. definitely planning to stay for the after-paddle. I'll bring chicken sausages and wine. (Unless you need something else - just let me know!)

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • Judy M.

    Will bring crackers pepperoni. And cheese and some wine Judy

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • Ken B.

    90% sure I can make it...

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • Renay AKA (The Energizer B.

    Enjoy kayaking

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • Dawn

    We will hummus and veggie tray

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Jonathan

    One of my favorite places to paddle. Let's try not to lose anyone this time!

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • John K

    One of the best paddles of the year.

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Ellyn

    This sound fantastic. I can't wait!

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Tara

    Sounds awesome!

    1 · July 15, 2013

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