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Starting off the Paddling Season

From: Nancy H
Sent on: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 1:30 PM

Hi everyone,

It hardly seems like we had a winter this year.  The ice has been off my local lake for quite a while and the weather has been unseasonably warm.  It's tempting to dust the cobwebs off the kayak and get out on the water.  The water temp is still quite cold, though.  It's 46 F at Whitehall in Hopkinton.  If you're new to kayaking (I see a bunch of new members have joined our group), you might be looking for information about what to wear while kayaking in the shoulder seasons.  There's a good article at the Charles River Canoe and Kayak site:

http://www.ski-paddle.com/advice/dressforcoldwater.php

If you're thinking about giving sea kayaking a try, you can get more information at a "New to Sea Kayaking" workshop on April 21 in Topsfield, MA.  It's sponsored by North Shore Padldlers Network and it's free.  More info:

http://www.nspn.org/forum/index.php?s=0a79b3731be82d3415068158ad91051c&showtopic=8378

There's a New England Paddlesports show at UNH in NH from March 30 - April 1, sponsored by Kittery Trading Post.   I've never been, but I hear good things about it.  You can pick up items at discounted prices and there are a bunch of seminars and demonstrations.  More info:

http://www.ktpevents.com/interior.php/pid/3

With the 2012 kayaking season nearly upon us, it's a good time to look over your gear, make repairs and start thinking about what your kayaking goals might be for the coming season.  Paddling with others is a great way to pick up and share tips on technique, safety and discover good paddling spots.

If you are not sure whether or not a particular meetup trip is suitable for you, do not hesitate to contact the organizer of the trip with any concerns you may have.  We'll try to have a variety of trips to suit difference preferences.

If you're thinking about buying a new kayak, Susan has a post called "Are you new to kayaking?" on the message board.  She makes the good point that some kayaks are not suitable for some people.  One-size does not fit all!  You've got to find something that works for you.  "Try before you buy" is highly recommended.

Don't forget we have the message board under "discussions" where you can start a topic of your own and read what other have posted.  This feature does not get used often, but it could be a good resource. Check it out once in a while.

I hope to meet lots more of you on the water this summer.

-Nancy

Assistant Organizer

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