Michael Daugherty kayaks in Boston Harbor. Daugherty will talk about his guide to sea kayaking in New England at the Jesup Memorial Library on June 10. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Kayak New England at Jesup

BAR HARBOR — Kayaker Michael Daugherty will highlight the best coastal kayaking in New England and talk about the research and process that led to his new guidebook “AMC’s Best Sea Kayaking in New England,” along with how he turned his passion into a career at the Jesup Memorial Library on Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m.

Daugherty began sea kayaking as an after-work escape from his art gallery in Stonington and soon began documenting his experiences in the blog “Sea Kayak Stonington.” Through photographs and stories, Daugherty will share the journey from his introduction to the sport to the process of becoming a guide and instructor, and how what began as a means of escape evolved into an obsession and a livelihood.

“AMC’s Best Sea Kayaking in New England” covers the coast from Long Island Sound to Cobscook Bay and features 50 trips that can be done in a day or turned into an overnight. Options range from remote islands to paddles closer to Boston and New York City. Each of the trips features a full description and map of the route, plus details on distance and time, where to launch, tide and currents, “plan B” routes and nearby attractions. An at-a-glance trip planner and a selection of nature and history essays round out the offerings in this essential sea kayaker’s guidebook.

Books will be on sale that night courtesy of Sherman’s Books. This talk is part of the Cadillac Mountain Sports Speaker Series at the Jesup. The next talk in the series will be on Tuesday, June 28, at 7 p.m. with Jack Russell and Liddy Hubbell. In their talk, Russell will pair his prose with Hubbell’s art work of Acadia National Park.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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