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Taunton River- Video by Earl MacRae






Until further notice, RICKA will not be posting any trips on the message boards. Any bootleg paddles/hikes/activities posted on the board will be removed. Outdoor activity is crucial to a healthy lifestyle, but now is not the time to participate in group activities.

 Please take all suggested precautions and hopefully this crisis will be over and we'll be back together soon.





Read the March Paddler






Annual RICKA memberships expired on March 31st.  If you haven't done so already, please renew your membership by clicking here.  For your convienence, you can pay by mail or online using Paypal or a credit card

 

 







Save the Date:
The Blackstone Valley Paddle Club turns 20!
Celebrate with us on May30th rain date of May 31st

 




Flatwater Planning Meeting  TBD.


Sea Kayak Planning Meeting and Paddle TBD 

Sea Kayak Paddle and Potluck Planning Meeting  – Paddle at 10:00, Potluck at 3:00 The day will start with a level 3 paddle at Gooseberry Point in Westport. Dry suits or protective wet suits are required. See the Sea Kayak Message Board for details. A potluck and planning meeting will follow at 3:00 at 594 River Road in Westport. There will be plenty of food and conversation, so bring a potluck dish to share. Paddlers should also bring ideas for trips to add to the summer calendar. If you cannot come to the paddle, please come to the planning meeting - we need your input. Please contact Carleen McOsker carleenmcosker@icloud.com or Jonathan Sharlin sharlin@gmail.com with any questions.





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2020 Adirondack Paddle and Camping Adventure

 

 

Atlantic Coastal Kayaker will bring you 36 pages of monthly articles all about sea kayaking, 8 times per year. ackayak@comcast.net 
www.atlanticcoastalkayaker.com
 

 


41 North Magazine
Uncovering Rhode Island’s Largest Ship Graveyard
Green Jacket Shoal Ship Graveyard Map (w/fun facts.)







 

 Lifetime Achievement Award- Sharon Dragon

Photo by Cheryl Thompson

 

"This award, is given as a token of our gratitude for your loyal service and friendship.  As a past president, membership chair and leader extraordinaire, this award expresses our appreciation for your standard of excellence over the years.  It is presented on behalf of the entire RICKA membership. Thank you for your enthusiasm for the sport of kayaking and canoeing over the years, you have been an inspiration to the club." 



 

Gary Branch- Volunteer of the Year

Photo by Jonathan Sharlin

 

2019 Volunteer of the Year Award. 

 "Volunteer of the year is an important, key to the success of our club.  It is with great pride that we present this award to you as a valued member of our club.  Your enthusiasm and contribution to the club has been recognized by your fellow paddlers.  We hope this award always reminds you of our thanks for your contributions."




 

 

 

 

 

 










 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The RICKA board positon of Publicity Chair is currently vacant.  If you think you might be interested, contact presidsent Pat Lardner

 

 


Each month, the Paddler brings you everything you need to know about what’s going on at RICKA. As a RICKA member, you never miss an issue since the Paddler is delivered right to your door (well, usually your email box) as soon as it is published. If you are a RICKA member, but haven’t renewed your membership lately, please do so now. Your membership expires on March 31st. If you aren’t a RICKA member, please join today. It’s just $15 for the entire family. You can register online by mail or using PayPal at Join the Fun
WHY JOIN RICKA ?


   

 

 
Important: for members requesting the "Paddler" newsletter by email  Click here.




IMPORTANT NEWSLETTER DISTRIBUTION UPDATE!!
 
 To be sure RICKA's monthly newsletter and other email updates are delivered to your inbox (not to junk-mail folders) please add rickaboard@gmail.com to your email address book or safe list. 





READ THE MINUTES of the most recent Executive Committee meeting.

RICKA Inventory




 

RICKA has a no- hassle library service  More.....






Would you like to read more, lots more, about sea kayaking? SUBSCRIBE  NOW! Atlantic Coastal Kayaker will bring you 36 pages of monthly articles all about sea kayaking, 8 times a year. ackayak@comcast.netwww.atlanticcoastalkayaker.com  (it is a $6.00 discount for RICKA members)

 News:

RICKA General
Meeting - No meetings at this time.



Important info on your  membershp!


Discounts for Members- One of the Many Advantages of a RICKA Membership

Links to the Movie's from Movie Night

(note it goes on to a second page)



Recent Videos!

.Blackstone River and Canal Loop- Erik
Papa Joe Hike- Erik
Paddle Time - Earl
Taunton River-  Earl



Kayak Dimensions- Tom Watson

 

Paddling in mixed boat traffic



Canoe or Kayak: which one is best for you. Cliff Jacobson



10 Essentials for Wilderness Canoeing by Cliff Jacobson



How to Paddle into Old Age- C
liff Jacobson



Kids Life Jackets


 
How to Dress for Paddling



How to Paddle a Tandem Kayak



Kayak Paddle Length- How to Pick the Correct Size


Plastic vs Fiberglass Boats

 

What Happens if I Flip

 

Carry, Lift & Load your Boat


Basics of a Kayak Paddle

Canoe Paddles


 Printable USGS PDF TOPO! Maps 


Choosing the Best Paddle


Car Top Boat Mounts
 by REI


How to Care for your Neoprene NRS



Navigation Rules and Regulations



 If you would like to sign up for the flatwater and BVPC e-mail list, contact the Flatwater/BVPC group and write e-mail list in the subject line.

 

 RICKA is now an American Whitewater Affiliate Club. You can find additional informatiom here.





RICKA Executive Board Meetings will be held at
REI  Cranston Store
22 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston, RI 02920
About REI




 
What Boats need registering?



USGS - streamgages



American Canoe Association offer these guidelines for responsible paddling: read more

Kayaking 101


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Flatwater
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IMPORTANT: Scheduled trip times are DEPARTURE times, not arrival times
. Just as you wouldn't arrive at the airport at 9AM for a 9AM flight you should arrive before the departure time for paddle trips, to allow adequate time to unload boats and gear and park the car. .

 

 

 

 

When boat size or paddling skill sets are specified as requirements for participation in a trip they apply to everybody.Even if you have the experience to overcome the circumstances that necessitate these requirements they still apply to you. Once an exception is made for one individual it creates a serious problem enforcing the requirements when other less experienced paddlers demand to be allowed to participate also.

Your cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated

 

 

 


   

Check out the FW Calendar for several camping & paddling trips: 2020 Adirondack Paddle and Camping Adventure


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-affiliated Meetup Group of special interest to RICKA paddlers: 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For RICKA members joining the ACA, RICKA's PAC membership number is:  # 259690588

 

 


RICKA's Webmasters
 

Cheryl Thompson, Webmaster amd Eric Johnson, Sea Kayaking pages Webmaster

 

 

 

Need to locate a club officer or member of the Executive Committee (including all activity chairs?)  Click here

 

 

Link problems on the homepage - The Sea Kayaking web pages, the Flatwater web pages, and the Whitewater webpages all reside on hosts separate from the home site. Among other reasons, this serves a security function in that,when the main RICKA site gets hacked (it has happened 5 times so far) the satellite sites are protected from being defaced and needing to be restored.

Bear in mind that web servers, like personal computers, are subject to occassional crashes and/or occassionally have to be taken offline to be upgraded. These events are beyond our control.In the event that you are unable to access one of the satellite sites or even the home site, please wait an hour and try accessing it again before reporting a problem to the Webmaster.

 

USGS Real-Time Water Data for Rhode Island: Streamflow Conditions 


 

 

BVPC: 

The Blackstone Valley Paddle Club turns 20!
Celebrate with us on May30th rain date of May 31st

Blackstone Valley Paddle Club Calendar 



BVPC  Calemdar


See you on the Water from May  through August.


BVPC won the regional National Park Service Hartzog Award for outstanding volunteer Service in 2016.  

Check for changes or cancellations before leaving from work or home

 

 


 


Flatwater Trips: Do not launch your boat until the trip coordinator gives a brief safety talk and takes a head count of the paddlers. The trip coordinator will assign needed positions to other leaders: e.g. sweep boat, alternate leaders, etc.  Please wait for the leader to launch their boat or give the OK for you to launch.  

On the water, stay with the group at all times and stay behind the leaders, unless otherwise directed. Never paddle behind the sweep boat. If you leave the trip for any reason, you need to notify a leader.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation; we want to insure that our paddles are enjoyable and safe for all. Please review these safety signals.

Check the message board for bootleg trips. Note: Bootleg trips are organized by individuals who may or may not be RICKA members. They are neither sanctioned by RICKA nor recognized as RICKA events. They are usually fun and safe, but as always, participate at your own risk.

Please check the Message Board before leaving your home for any last minute changes or cancellations.

 

 


 

Sea Kayaking:

    
For up to date information, please go to the Sea Kayak Calendar for details

 
All trips from September through May will be posted on the Sea Kayak Message Board.

Sea Kayak Calendar
     

Before you go: READ THE BASIC GUIDELINES

VISIT THE SEA KAYAK MESSAGE BOARD THE NIGHT BEFORE AND THE MORNING OF ALL TRIPS TO CHECK FOR CHANGES, POSTPONMENTS, OR CANCELLATIONS.

Check the message board for bootleg trips. Note: Bootleg trips are organized by individuals who may or may not be RICKA members. They are neither sanctioned by RICKA nor recognized as RICKA events. They are usually fun and safe, but as always, participate at your own risk

 

 


 

Whitewater: 

Check the Whitewater Message Board to see if we are going. Appropriate skills and equipment are required for whitewater trips.

Check the message board for bootleg trips. Note: Bootleg trips are organized by individuals who may or may not be RICKA members. They are neither sanctioned by RICKA nor recognized as RICKA events. They are usually fun and safe, but as always, participate at your own risk.


Wilderness Paddling:  

2020 Adirondack Paddle and Camping Adventure

Check the message board for bootleg trips. Note: Bootleg trips are organized by individuals who may or may not be RICKA members. They are neither sanctioned by RICKA nor recognized as RICKA events. They are usually fun and safe, but as always, participate at your own risk.

Please check the discussion board before leaving your home for any last minute changes or cancellations.  

 

Discounts


Discounts for members

Bring your RICKA membership letter with your either in a paper format or a digital format and remember to ASK for the discount. The retailers have the right to stop offering the discount at any time. Ask before purchasing.


Outdoorplay.com.
Outdoorplay is reaching out to extend our club a special promo code of 15% off items that are not on sale, along with Free Shipping on orders over $49 and No Sales Tax! 
 Code - CL15Y2 

Quaker Lane Outfitters :
All canoes & kayaks 10% off. Accessories 20% off. 4019 Quaker Lane (Route 2) North Kingstown. 800-249-5400.
 

WaveLength Magazine: Offers a "Club Sub"introductory discountfor new subscribers who are paddling club members. Asubscription generally costs $15/year, but new subscribers who areRICKA members, can subscribe for $10. Send a check with your name andmailing address along with a note saying you belong to the RI Canoe/Kayak Association. The mailing address is: WaveLength Magazine,2735 North Rd., Gabriola, BC, Canada, V0R 1X7.

 

 


New Bungee/ Stretch Cord for sale.  Made in New England area. All sizes, colors, and styles available.  Prices start at $5.00/spool

CALL Jonathan at : Marine Rope International Located in Cranston, RI  401-447-7973. Jon@marineropeinternational.com

 

CrossFitRhody:
Work out as if your life depends on it. 20% discount off any CrossFit membership to RICKA members. http://www.CrossFitRhody.com. 

The Kayak Centre: 10% off Glass/Composite Kayaks.  10% off Plastic Kayaks . 5% off SUP's. 20% off Accessories with boat or SUP purchase  20% off Accessories without boat purchase. Your RICKA membership letter must be presented at point of purchase for the discount to be valid. Brown  Street,Wickford Village. 1-888-SEA-KAYAK, www.kayakcentre.com

Narrow River Kayaks:
15% off rentals, tours, and accessories; 5% off kayak, SUP and canoe purchases.  10% off purchase of second kayak, canoe or SUP. 10% off any paddle accessiories or store merchanise. 15% off any kayak, canoe or SUP rental. 15% off any quided excursion. 94B Middlebridge Road, Narragansett, RI (401) 789-0334 http://www.narrowriverkayaks.com/

The Outfitters Shop At Zoar Outdoor: 10% off accessories. 7 Main St, Charlemont, MA. (413) 339 8596. Zoar Outdoors

 

Would you like to read more, lots more, about sea kayaking? SUBSCRIBE  NOW! Atlantic Coastal Kayaker will bring you 36 pages of monthly articles all about sea kayaking, 8 times per year.
ackayak@comcast.net 
www.atlanticcoastalkayaker.com 
 (it is a $6.00 discount for RICKA members)




The BAG LADY is beginning her 44th year making bags to protect  your boats and gear. Please take a moment to visit her new website.

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