What we're about

Hi Everyone, Welcome, Fellow River & Shore Kayaker's,
This is NOT a professional kayak tour group or kayak instruction group, it is just a group of friends sharing a hobby and other shared interests. ( DOWNHILL Skiing is with AE SKI CLUB.COM , Bike Riding is with CASUAL BIKER's GROUP, Hiking is in a Social Paced & Features Exploring Nature by us. )
Kick the Kentucky Deep Fried Chicken Bucket into the trash, it is time to start getting in shape for the new 2022 paddling season and other associated activities.
I am planning on having a very productive season every year exploring some new paddling locations and returning to the favourites of the past few years also.
First Timers, Beginners to Advanced paddlers, and Recreational to Sea Rated Kayaks are welcome on all of my events and locations listed.
IMPORTANT: If you have a recreational Kayak you can still join us, however for everyone's safety it would be good to have flotation bags in the front and rear.
http://www.paddling.net/sameboat/archives/s...
This Kayak group introduces paddling events in the cooler weather on the Flat Water Rivers generally in the Connecticut & Massachusetts area during the Spring and Fall season. Further away areas will be introduced when sufficient strength is acquired to handle a longer trip.
As soon as the the air and ocean water temp reaches a point where it is safe enough, we will start to explore the selected CLEANER WATER shore areas generally between GUILFORD CT to WAKEFIELD RI AREA'S put ins.
Coves, estuaries, tidal rivers and some open ocean paddling out to a few islands are part of the mix for all to join in on.
I have a few new areas of exploration and i plan to introduce them as the skills of the majority increases. This helps the new paddlers just joining us for the first time to explore with us and it enhances the feeling of security to them.
Please remember: "Don't buy junk kayaks or junk equipment" (I learned the hard way) but if you already have purchased your boats or can't afford the good equipment, join us anyway. The primary goal of this group is to enjoy paddling while helping each other to naturally gain skills. You will learn what kinds of kayaks and equipment is safer and how to use them without overspending.

One of the best things to learn is Self Rescue because you never know when you will go into the water especially when no one may be around to get to you easily or in a timely way.
Please watch the following video: Paddle Float Entry:
( In the Summer you will be able practice this with us in real OCEAN CONDITIONS @ the 4 Mile River Event or other lake river event prior to the ocean) :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyoT0ylenvU
Heel Hook version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QGG03uMWCs
Should you learn Rolling ???
http://www.useakayak.org/reflections/reflec_rolling_5_02.html
To Interactively Learn some Kayak Principles a fantastic site:
http://kayakpaddling.net/
A good thing to practice is the "Assisted Rescue" Heel Hook re-Entry:
> The now swimmer floats parallel to their boat on back in water with head towards his/her stern resting until ready while you are holding the boat steady for them up against yours.

: have them raise their OUTSIDE leg and HOOK their leg under the fore deck of their boat.
: using that leg as a lever, their inside arm can be used to also steady against any life line (you can also help pull on the outside arm), then have them roll themselves toward you so they end up on to their boat with their stomachs down above the seat.
: From this point have them roll in either direction to an upright position while sliding down into the cockpit position until they are ready and comfortable enough to start to paddle again.
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All Events will be chosen to be in places where there are: NO boat launching FEES and adequate parking.
I plan the events based on river flow rates, ocean tides, water temp, wind speed, and other weather conditions to provide the best outcome for all.
With all events, there is the Traditional Pot Luck Barbie-q's, a fire pit and plenty of time to enjoy socializing into the evening so please plan to join us for the whole day.
I have a "Hopeful" course and destination when i post an event. There is usually an unknown exact paddle time on the water since things change as we go along, as a group some can cut the course short and meet us at the Barbie-Q spot The others can continue to the paddle destination as listed. It is always more of a group decision as to when its time to call it "Dinner Time" or when we have had enough for the day.
You have to carry a PFD *Required by Law* and if possible attach a whistle to it to alert others if you are in danger.
It is not always necessary, However, Please wear your PFD at all times (this makes it easier on everyone in the event you do capsize especially if you don't have the proper skills to get back in efficiently, are physically out of shape, or are injured in any way) the whistle alerts more people to your need). I wear mine at all times because i learned the hard way once and live to tell you to wear yours now, i don't want to tow a dead body with a drag rope all the way down the river or to the shore then have to answer legal questions on why you are dead.
If possible, and if you can afford it, get a small light or a headlamp which is ok (not really leagal, but better than nothing) for the very few evening paddles i may have or for finding your stuff in the dark, a paddle float for re-entry, http://www.outdooreyes.com/paddlefloatrescue.php3 ,a paddle leash and a hand water pump (or bailing sponge) are also nice to have available on your yak. Think of the items as your own Cheap Life Insurance.
Spray Skirts are NOT Required in this group yet are encouraged after you have mastered a few wet exits and feel comfortable in their use.
Since UN-planned conditions vary greatly, i prefer novices to get out of their kayaks quickly and a spray skirt without many practice wet exits is more of a liability than help.
If you are using a spray skirt and you need to extricate your self quickly, please have a WHITE ball on the Grab Loop so you can find it easier while being upside down in darker water.
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DISCLAIMER: Water sports are inherently and obviously more dangerous than most activities found on Meetup, however its much safer if you know how to self rescue, have some safety equipment, and are willing to learn some new skills along with being in acceptable physical shape.
Your way of knowing if you are in shape is to try to any self re-entry procedure at least 3 times successfully in deeper water while we are with you to assist if you need it along with being able to paddle for a few hours.
As you join us from the beginning of the season you will gain enough strength to handle the ocean trips of apx 11 miles or so naturally.
As a group we will attempt to save you as best we can given our own limitations, you have to do your part by being prepared for emergencies too. Please don't hold me or the group responsible for your actions if they are beyond our help, control, or reasoning.
This is a group of paddlers that enjoy the group environment, we learn things from each other, attending some events that promote safety, ( DEP, Coast Guard..our own practice..etc).
This group is not a business, a dues paying club or professional tour group, and there no kayak instructors are involved.
It is just a group of paddlers sharing in an enjoyable activity while learning as we go along.
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My Useful Links:
Fishing Tournaments for us to avoid:
http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/fishing/gen...
Basic Weather Overview : http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/mesoanalysis/new/viewsector.php?sector=16
River Flood Conditions:http://waterdata.usgs.gov/CT/nwis/current?type=flow
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/nerfc/
Measured sea temp: https://www.seatemperature.org/north-americ...
Average Water Temps: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/cwtg/natl.html
APR 1-15=47*, APR 16-30=51*, MAY 1-15=54*, MAY 16-31=59*, JUN 1-15=62*, JUN 16-30=66*, JUL 1-15=68*, JUL 16-31=72*
Ocean Weather: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/okx/
Aviation Weather: http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi?Submit=Go&sta=KHFD&state=CT
Farmington River Flow Rates: http://www.frwa.org/river_flows.html
Tides 1 CT: http://www.saltwatertides.com/dynamic.dir/connecticutsites.html
Tides 2 Ri: http://www.saltwatertides.com/dynamic.dir/r...
Winds: http://www.usairnet.com/weather/maps/current/connecticut/wind-speed/
Kayak info, safety and other:    http://connyak.org/
www.Paddling.net
Wave Knowledge: http://www.seafriends.org.nz/oceano/waves.htm
OK see you all on the water soon..

al-r

Upcoming events (4)

SAT-May-21--- - Kayaking to Banjo Boy Bridge & Sweaty Pig Beach - Pot Luck BBQ

Hi Everyone,

Looks like its going to be WARM.

This event is a simple paddle day for a our group up the Fentanyl River AKA Schitts Creek to the Banjo Boy Bridge, then head up the Natch Hog River to the Hillbilly Hot Tub with a extended stop at the Sweaty Pig Sand Box Beach on the return trip.
Great PotLuck & PigOut BBQ after nearby.

Grill, & accessories is loaded up.

MANSFIELD HOLLOW BOAT RAMP: apx # 344 Bassetts Bridge Rd Mansfield Center CT

https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Boating/Boat-Launches/Mansfield-Hollow-Lake-Boat-Launch

Current weather at location:

https://w1.weather.gov/obhistory/KIJD.html

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=41.76523000000003&lon=-72.19828999999999#.Xquw_ahKg2w

http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi?Submit=Go&sta=KIJD&state=CT

aL-AR

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2 Kayaks Available if You Do Not Have One for: * May 21- Banjo & Pig Beach *

Needs a location

$25.00

Hi Everyone,

Remember, I only have ______ TWO _____ kayaks that are available for you ( Some Pictured Above) that are rated and safe enough for ocean travels. Only ONE (The Eddline Windancer) is larger for heavier individuals and for first timers in a kayak. I use the one that is left of the 3 total.

Available KAYAK'S, PADDLES AND LIFE JACKETS ARE DELIVERED TO OUR PADDLING SITE for YOU.

This write up is ONLY for those desiring to reserve one of my last few personal hobby sea kayaks i own for the trips posted.

Please arrive a short time before the meeting time so be there by 9:45 am.

REFUNDS: If i have to cancel due to bad weather or water conditions, i will do the refunding of any dognations at the time of the paddle trip cancellation. Next day reschedule allows you to still have reservation priority unless you desire refund.

If you carelessly cancel after i have already left on the trip and i bring a boat 50-100+ miles and it sits in a parking lot all day ---> the Dognation will go to the Group BBQ's .

ALL SEA KAYAKS ARE SUPPLIED WITH TOP RATED:

WERNER's KALLISTE CARBON PADDLES

https://wernerpaddles.com/paddles/kalliste-hooked-2-piece-straight-shaft

KOKATAT's Mz FIT TOURING LIFE JACKETs

https://www.backcountry.com/kokatat-msfit-tour-personal-flotation-device-womens

IF YOU ALREADY KNOW THE SPECIFIC KAYAK DESIRED, PLEASE INDICATE SO AND I WILL RESERVE IT SPECIFICALLY FOR YOU.

If you are not sure, i will do the best at guessing based on your skill and size.

( I personally take the one that has not been specifically requested or least appropriate for your use.)

FULL DAY Boat use Dognation of $ 25.00 is appreciated and used to update equipment for our events, transport to and from site, repairs to boats, trailer, car, and general upkeep of accessories.

At certain times paddlers can switch boats with each other based on paddle skill due to changes in water conditions or fit if the others feel it is OK.

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KAYAK #1: Eddyline Wind Dancer Kevlar + Fiberglass, RED, Rudder Equipped
18' Long @ 24" Wide.

This is an older large expedition style sea kayak designed for heavy loads and can handle rough sea conditions.

Highly stable (initial & secondary), heavy weight @ 52 LB.
For almost any sized paddler with an approximate weight and size between (100 to 230 lbs) with beginner and up skills.

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KAYAK #2: Necky Eliza Advanced Composite ( Modified), YELLOW + Black, Skeg'ed Version

15'-3'' Long @ 21" Wide.

Entry Level Sea Kayak, Light weight @ 40 LB

Ergonomically designed cockpit geared for a small to medium female frame approximately (95 - 150 lbs) with Beginner and up skills.

This is the lightest of the Eliza Series and also with the smallest opening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzJE3HLsexw

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KAYAK #3: Guillemot Kayaks Wood Cedar Strip Night Heron , pre-set and permanently deployed Skeg

https://www.guillemot-kayaks.com/catalog/strip-built/sea-kayak/night-heron-high-deck

Please enter and exit this boat parallel to shore using your paddle as a brace.

PLEASE DO NOT "DRIVE" this Wooden boat (or any boat) UP ON THE ROUGH CEMENT RAMP like the untrained and UN-skilled biginners do in their cheap plastic recreational boats or drag it by the bow rope all the up to the middle of the parking lot listening to the wood being ground off the bottom.
18' Long @ 19.5" Wide.

Overall a stable and predictable Sea Kayak with a hard chine, low rocker Greenland style hull, heavy weight @ 53 lbs.

Medium Sized Paddler (apx 100 - 200 Lbs) with between some current & waves experience TO INTERMEDIATE skills suggested to control this boat.

Additional Option:

A Greenland style Paddle available also if specifically REQUESTED.

http://www.touringkayaks.com/ww_backup/cricket_paddles.htm

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See some of you soon..

al-r

TOO SOON to choose the best Kayaking Location

Needs a location

Hi Everyone,

Too Soon to chose the BEST site and Activity for us at this time.

The Expected General Weather Factors at the site chosen or its Back Up Site, more specifically the Wind intensity and Direction , Sometimes Tide Conditions, and what is happening in the WATER conditions such as currents on rivers or channels or if the WAVE'S Heights are too high that would make the day's paddling unpleasant is to be avoided.
NICE CONDITIONS will have a Best Location and Activity for you and the rest of the group.

See Those interested Saturday or Sunday as conditions become more accurate to choose the Best Locations for YOU and The Group.

aL

Burgleringame @ Road Eye Land - Agosto 2---> Agosto 9

Needs a location

Hi Everyone,

# Burlingame's WEEK of -----> Camping with GOHOSTS

Are YOU ready for a Week of ??? YES- All Activities and EVERYTHING ELSE DEPENDS ON THE WEATHER CONDITIONs.. So enjoy whatever nature brings and your creativity to make it a good experience.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0xoM-mpIHY

Save the dates, and have your site picked out and reserved.

The GO HOSTS are planning a Great Long Week of Surprizes.

Pretty WH Sarah explains How to Hike & Ethically controll our POO at our campsite: NO CRAP IS ALLOWED ON THE GROUND !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJtuO8SEQpU

Kayaking & Biking Week @ Road Eye Land. Hiking on not so good days.

Bring your kayak & Wear Your Life Jacket, bike, (some rain gear if it rains), big tent, little tent, or Teapee and PeeCan for your cage sites at Burlingame Park & Human Zoo.

After a day of activities, We have Simplified potlucks ( similar to those we have on regular kayak events) and a nice camp fire in the evenings ), we go to the store daily for foods, other evening activities too as conditions allow. NO SET Times unless we go to a concert (or the early getting our parking spaces)..etc...

  1. You Reserve your own sites and coordinate with anyone sharing your site with you:
    https://www.reserveamerica.com/

2a) "Everything Depends on the Weather, Wind, Water Conditions, and venue availability for any activity thus There is only a completely variable and sometimes a necessary random SCHEDULE of events planned because everything changes daily and occasionally the morning of the day even if best choices were planned the night before, because the weather prediction and actual condition(s) has changed"

  1. SOME Locations to visit as conditions allow :

-->WEDNESDAY 6:00 PM TUNES ON THE DUNES@ Westerly Town Beach
: 2022 ?
365 Atlantic Ave Westerly Park at # 324

https://www.visitrhodeisland.com/event/blues-on-the-beach/77990/

---> Local Entertainment: 2022
Charlestown Chamber of Commerce Seafood Festival 2022
Fri, Aug 5 – Sun, Aug 7
Ninigret Park, 5 Park Ln
Charlestown, RI

Take it to the Bridge Friday[masked] @ 5:30 pm

BLUE SHUTTERS BEACH for some SUNSET evenings: 469 EAST BEACH RD, CHARLESTOWN:
https://www.southcountyri.com/listing/blue-shutters-town-beach/175/

Narrow River Tide Chart:
https://narrowriver.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2021_08-Middlebridge-Tide-chart.pdf

Kayaking ACCESS: 36 POLLOCK AVE, WAKEFIELD

Back Up parking area if others full:
https://www.narrowriverkayaks.com/

Kayaking 1A ACCESS: 315 BOSTON NECK RD, NARRAGANSETT

Music Events: 489 A OLD COACH RD, CHARLESTOWN
http://www.thecharlestownrathskeller.com/calendar

Hiking-TRUSTOM POND HIKE: 839 MATUNUCK SCHOOL RD, CHARLESTOWN

Hiking--BLACK POINT: 655 OCEAN ROAD, NARRAGANSETT

EARLY MORNING ALTERNATE NINNYGRIT KAYAKING ACCESS: 572 CHARRLESTOWN BEACH ROAD, CHARLESTOWN RI

NINNYGRIT PARK WATER ACESS : 4908 OLD POST RD, CHARLESTOWN

Early Morning -QUONNIE POND ACCESS: 850 WEST BEACH RD, CHARLESTOWN

NORTH KINGSTON RIVER ACCESS: 96 INTREPID DR, NORTH KINGSTON

PAWCATUCK RIVER ACCESS: 494 BRADFORD RD, BRADFORD

Bike Ride- Charlestown Stop & Shop, South then along Beaches to Watch Hill area.

BIKE LOOP- Stop & Shop, to East then South along the shore with multi points of interest to PT Judith Beach, then rte 108 Return .

Bike down and back: O'NEIL BIKE PATH: 1 RAILROAD AVE, SOUTH KINGSTON,

FANTASTIC UMBRELLA FACTORY: 4820 Old Post Rd, Charlestown:
https://www.fantasticumbrellafactory.com/

Charlestown Police Station Jail & Bail to visit FELLOW prizoneers in the SPECIAL DANCE CAGES.

Liability Waiver: By clicking on "Yes" for this event you and guests agree, warrant, and agree to the covenant as follows:

In consideration for accepting this entry, I, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, for myself, my heirs, my executors, and administrators, do waive and release any and all rights for damages I may have against any parties or persons connected with the Kayaking CT MA RI kayaking Meetup Group for and related to the above-listed event. I attest and verify that I am physically fit to participate in any portion of this above-listed event and adhere to common safety practices also.

See ya all there,

:-)

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