Kate: So glad you once again invoke the memory of Jim Rasmus - our dear friend and companion on the water. More than any other, this paddle exemplifies his great spirit. His is the paradigm of cheerful toughness in all manner of conditions. Always an inspiration and lift for me. But, alas, it will not be enough to get me out on January 1st.
Looking at the forecast, I can't say it is even close. It is a splendid tradition - braving whatever elements the new year gives us, greeting the runners arrayed just off the beach. CT kayakers showing the flag year after year.
OK. That said, one suggestion: consider launch around noon or a little later. Wunderground is showing an 11AM temp on Monday of 8 degrees and WindGuru is forecasting NW winds 21 kts steady and 24 kt gusts at 1 PM. Miserable. A high level of activity, decent layering, and no prolonged swims will go a long way to ensure this paddle will be a survivable event. But, two and a half hours out in these conditions and you risk some white patches on your nose and cheeks . Exposed skin: this is where a wind chill of minus 13 can do some damage. Residual long term neuropathic symptoms after frostbite injury, just isn't worth an elective risk. So, enough from the Grinch, trying to steal New Years.
Does it count, if we only show up at the Sea Horse? I know Jim wouldn't mind one bit. More the merrier for Jim.
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