BOC SETS 2021 SUMMER PADDLING SCHEDULE, AND GUIDELINES FOR HEALTHY AND SAFE PANDEMIC PADDLING.
The Brattleboro Outing Club will host 18 paddle trips, from April 24th to October 9th.
Details for trips, and the Annual Consignment Sale, are below.
Paddling is good for both body and soul. It allows us to exercise, as well as getting into nature, away from the 4 walls, into a clean, safe and open environment.
During this time of COVID-19, it is especially important to protect ourselves, as well as those around us. PANDEMIC PADDLING requires us to be more conscious of our surroundings and actions. The following guidelines are offered to help make us all more responsible paddlers:
…Follow all CDC guidelines, as well as State & local requirements regarding masks, physical distancing and group sizes.
…Car-pooling only with other fully vaccinated paddlers, unless it’s with someone you live with.
…Avoid congested parking areas.
…DO NOT congregate around launch & landing sites, or rest stops; spread out.
…Be totally self-sufficient; able to load, unload and move your own boat/board. In the event you have to ask for help, or offer help, be conscious of physical distancing.
…ALWAYS WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET (PFD).
…When paddling, remember to keep apart, and NO rafting outside your ‘Pod’. A good rule on the water is to stay AT LEAST 2 boat lengths from each other. Since our kayaks, canoes and boards are all over 6’, it shouldn’t be difficult to determine distance, but remember, from where you sit/stand, to the front (bow) is only a HALF a boat length. Also try not to follow closely behind another boat, since the virus could be shedding, or particles from the boater ahead may drift back on you. If you have to follow, try to keep AT LEAST 2 boat lengths apart. It’s best to paddle in a line abreast, rather in a file, one behind the other. Be conscious of the wind direction. Use it to stay healthy, and not down-wind from another paddler.
…If you are not able (or don’t know how) to rescue yourself in the event of a tip-over, and the water is deeper than your waist, PADDLE NEAR THE SHORE, where you can swim or walk your boat to safety. Requiring rescue endangers both you, and the person coming to your aid, since physical distancing parameters will be compromised.
…Be self-sufficient, and responsible. Keep track of your own trash & recycle.
BOC hosted paddle trips are FREE, and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Just show up with your own boat/board, and required safety gear. All outings are full-day trips; bring food & water.
2021 Planned Trips
Saturday, April 24th: CT River/Hinsdale Setbacks, NH…meet at 9:30am, Walmart parking lot (Rte 119), Hinsdale, NH
Sunday, April 25th: CT River/Hinsdale Setbacks, NH (same trip as the day before)…meet at 9:30am, Walmart parking lot (Rte 119), Hinsdale, NH
Wednesday, April 28th: Herricks Cove, Bellows Falls, VT…meet at 9am, Hannaford parking lot (south end), Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT
Wednesday, May 5th: Tully Lake & Long Pond, Royalston, MA…meet at 9am, Walmart parking lot (Rte 119), Hinsdale, NH
Wednesday, May 12th: Ashuelot River, Keene, NH…meet at 9am, Hannaford parking lot (south end), Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT
Saturday, May 15th: Somerset Reservoir, Somerset, VT…meet at 8:30am, Coffee House, Wilmington, VT (Jct of Rtes 9West & 100South).
Wednesday, May 19th: Spoonwood Pond, Hancock & Nelson, NH…meet at 8:30am, Hannaford parking lot (south end), Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT
Wednesday, June 23rd: CT River, Brattleboro, VT to Hinsdale, NH…meet at 8:30am, Marina Restaurant, Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT
Saturday, June 26th: Sunrise Paddle & Nosh, Harriman Reservoir, Wilmington, VT…meet at 5:30am, Royal Diner, Marlboro Rd, (Rte 9), West Brattleboro, VT
Sunday, June 27th: North Hartland Lake, Hartford & Hartland, VT…meet at 8:30am, south end of Hannaford parking lot, Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT
Wednesday, June 30th: CT River, Dummerston to Brattleboro, VT…meet at 8am, Marina Restaurant, Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT
Wednesday, July 7th: Lowell Lake, Londenderry, VT…meet at 8:30am, in Jamaica, at the Jamaica Country Store, on Rte 30.
Saturday, July 10th: Gale Meadows Pond, Winhall, VT…meet at 9am, in Jamaica, at the Jamaica Country Store, on Rte 30.
Wednesday, September 8th: Spoonwood Pond, Hancock & Nelson, NH…meet at 8:30am, the south end of Hannaford parking lot, Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT
Saturday, September 11th: Pillsbury Lake State Park, Washington, NH…meet at 8am, south end of Hannaford parking lot, Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT
Sunday, October 3rd: Somerset Reservoir, Somerset, VT…meet at 8:30am, Coffee House, Wilmington, VT (see May 15th, above)
Wednesday, October 6th: Harriman Reservoir, Center Section, Wilmington, VT…meet at 9am, Coffee House, Wilmington,VT (see May 15th above)
Saturday, October 9th: Leader’s Choice, where the colors are peak…meet at 9am, south end of Hannaford parking lot, Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT
There’s a list of recommended items to bring along on every paddle trip here on the website. Be sure to look it over; there are new additions.
The Annual BOC Consignment Sale of human & wind powered watercraft is scheduled for Saturday, May 8th…OUTSIDE, RAIN or SHINE, at the corner of Western Ave & Spruce St, Brattleboro. Craft will be accepted for sale on Friday from noon to 2 & 5 to 7….on Saturday, from 8 to 11. Sale starts at NOON. More info is here and in local media.
For more information please contact Larry at (802) 254-3666, or Lmacyak@gmail.com