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Jun
05

“NACK.club” it’s a new shortcut to our website

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You know that “www.get-the-nack.org” is our web address but it’s tough to remember, tougher to give to a interested party and a pain to type out with all that punctuation.  So…. we now have a shortcut to get-the-nack.org.  It’s simply “NACK.club” that’s it!  And you don’t have to capitalize “NACK” if you don’t feel like it either.  Just be aware that it might take a moment for your request to be forwarded, but it does work.  Try it and see for yourself.

If you want to be notified of new postings use the “Sign Me Up” link on the upper right of this page.  We’ll send a link to your designated email address with the title and short description of the posting.  You will not get spam, advertising or anything else from us; just a notification of a new posting.  So what are you waiting for?

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Jan
09

Site Information

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Welcome to the latest addition to the web presence of North Atlantic Canoe and Kayak.  This site is organized as a Web Log or “blog” for short.  It enables us to post information as soon as it becomes available and allows you to interact by posting comments. You can even subscribe by email to keep up with the latest posts and comments. And if you’re looking for something specific the postings and other materials are now fully searchable in several ways. Check out the Site Information link for details. Enjoy your visit.

The members’ only area requires a password to enter.  If you are a current NACK member and need a password please contact the webmaster@get-the-nack.org

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Aug
23

Pizza Pizza

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…More than just a Little Caesars’ catchphrase, it’s quickly becoming a recurring theme in this summer of club paddles. Our first ‘Pizza Paddle’ was a few weeks back when we reached out to the nice folks over at the new ‘Easy East kayak/skate shop in Huntington, (right ON the Harbor) to organize a meet, greet, paddle & eat evening on the water. Tide was low that night, so it wasn’t the easiest of launches but we all made it off their floater without incident.  Though the water at this end of the harbor was just so teeming & boiling with bunker. I thought they were going to jump right into our boats!

Huntington Harbor

Our group paddle out to the lighthouse was nice. We ended up cutting into & paddling through numerous mooring fields in order to stay out of the channel where the powerboats out sharing this beautiful evening were regularly coming & going.

We then split into two groups with John staying back to keep pace with some of the newer folks while the rest of us headed out for a once-around the lighthouse & back.

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click for original sizeclick to enlargeIt was here that I got to ‘christen’ the gelcoat of my new boat on a barely submerged rock on the way there. I know the area pretty well, and was well aware of the string of rocks on the west side of the harbor entrance that curve pretty far out towards the light but I was watching Steve out ahead & a little to my right & wasn’t looking at what was straight in front of me. Ran right up on the sucker. Well, now I know firsthand the reason for those keel strips!

Don't get any ideas, Deb !

 

 

 

 

Paddling back to the shop was just as nice as the 2-1/2 miles we did on the way out. With barely a breeze & a nice setting sun behind us on this return leg, we eased our way back to ‘Easy East’. Breaking bread (well, pizza dough) & talking shop with the young but very knowledgeable new proprietors was great. Nice outside picnic tables with tiki torches all along the fence was a perfect setting for our NACK pizza & sodas. And a big, bright full moon rising up over the neighboring hills of Halesite just capped off this wonderful outing.

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Now fast forward one month to this past Friday night (8.19) over in Lindenhurst where nine of us met on the beach with the live band already in full swing. Paul introduced himself as our trip leader & gave us a quick plan for the evening & we all got in our boats (or onto a paddleboard) & set off into the bay for just a short bit.

 

Then took a quick left into the first canal along Venetian Blvd. Lazily paddling along & socializing, we made it way, way into the back as far as the low tide would allow,

(Could’ve jumped out onto Montauk Hwy for some Taco Bell we were so close!)

If the tide was higher & you didn’t look too closely at the background it was a pretty idyllic spot there.

Plenty of ubiquitous Canada geese along the way & an unexpected lone Blue Heron tucked away off to the side were the wildlife highlights

Once at the literal end of the road, we made our turnaround & started back. And as we neared the opening back into the bay Mike was eager to test his recently revived rolling skills. & came away successful & satisfied.

Few of us also similarly tested the quickly darkening waters once we got a little closer to our landing spot. Recent heatwave has left the bays warmer than the evening air!!

By this time Paul’s wife had arrived & set up a nice spot for us on the beach; still within earshot of the band, but not so close to the sizable crowd that had turned out for the sultry evening. We had plenty of pizza & beverages of choice and were able to actually relax & socialize instead of the usual hurry up & load your boats & say goodbyes-until-the-next-time paddle routine.  & all this on a beautiful, soft, sandy beach with a big day-after full moon hanging low over the water.

Was really nice. Big, big thanks to Paul & Goldene for making it happen. Great job.  (More pics here)

I didn’t bring my calendar & clipboard as promised but got some great trip ideas from new member Jahzeel. So stay tuned. Plenty of great paddling season still to come.

-Alan M.

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From our friends at the Dinghy Shop:

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Impex Kayaks will be having their first official demo in the US this Saturday at the Dinghy Shop, your local Impex resource. Come check out the new line up, it’s the same boats you know and love with a bunch of new features and options at an even better price. Now is the time to try and buy the boat of your dreams.

The Dinghy Shop:
334 South Bayview Ave. Amityville, NY 11701
631-­264-­0005

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Jul
01

NACK Newsletter Summer 2016

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The Summer 2016 Newsletter is now online.

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South Shore Blueway Grand Opening Event

By Rhonda Moziy

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The June weather on Saturday the 4th was perfect for the South Shore Blueway Grand Opening Celebration. Sunny, warm, clear skies and high 80’s. Bay County Park in East Rockaway was filled with a vast amount of kayakers, paddle boarders, a huge swan paddleboat and many exhibitors. The Coast Guard lined the trail for all diverse water craft. On the shores, Coast Guards were on hand issuing vehicle safety check stickers to emphasize the importance of vehicle safety. I celebrated with joy when a sticker was proudly placed on my kayak. (A sign of my great training from NACK)

Our NACK exhibit stood proudly nearby the stage where dignitaries representing Nassau County expressed efficacious pleasure for this long-awaited trail way.

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Executive Edward Mangano, Senator Todd Kaminsky, and other local officials from surrounding towns were among proud ribbon-cutters that opened the way for us to disperse into our fine scenic salt marshes along the southern coast of Nassau County. This is just the start for us to tour and bask in the serenity, beauty and peacefulness of pristine, undisturbed natural areas amongst a network of trails and launches.

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As the red ribbon dropped, all water craft hit the waters taking us across the way to land at Hewlett Point Park Beach. For me, paddling this mile long trail among the many other water travelers, reminded me of rush hour on the Long Island Expressway. But I do have to admit, it was really a lot of fun. Drones flew over our heads and spectators lined the Bay Park Beach Shore to capture it all.

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The paddle back awaited us with a gamut of special events and presentations. NACK was among the first to perform wet-exit rescue and recovery and rolling demonstrations. Our President John Weickert, Jr.  took the bull by the horn (literally speaking) as he shouted through a huge bullhorn the step-by-step process demonstrated by our brave members Steve, Debbie, and Alan.          Of course Chris, our exceptional boat rolling expert, was not to be missed. Everyone cheered.

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Elizabeth O’Connor demonstrated, handling, maneuvering and how to pack a kayak. Empire Kayaks Stand-Up paddle board yoga then took the stage (or should I say water). Hobie fishing team gave a kayak fishing seminar. Freeport Kayak Rentals provided hourly family kayak launching. Empire Kayaks also gave an eco-tour. Among the many other kayak clubs on site were Long Island Paddlers, Like Island Kayak Enthusiasts, North Shore Kayak Club and surrounding Kayak business venues including Dinghy Shop. All took to the waters for various tours.

Besides NACK, among the many other exhibitors present were first and foremost Friends of the South Shore Blueway (they gave out duck whistles, mini duck toys and Blueway maps), Town of Hempstead – Marine Nature Study Area, Norman Levy Park, Jones Beach & Theodore Roosevelt Park, Kayak Fishing Association, and many other exhibitors.

A great day was had by all.

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Additional Photos of the NACK Demo

Additional Photos by Friends of the South Shore Blueway

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When you’re on the water or on a remote shore it’s a given that it will be a while before help can get there.  That’s why First Aid and CPR training is so important.  That’s why NACK has again teamed up with Port Jefferson EMS  to provide initial training and/or recertification for our members.

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All NACK instructors are required to be First Aid and CPR Certified and many members are also trained in this vital, life saving skill.  The First Aid component of our instruction also included a discussion of hypothermia and hyperthermia, allergic reactions and the use of an epi-pen epinephrine autoinjector, lacerations, shoulder dislocations and other injuries common to on-the-water activities.

Many thanks to Vincent Olivieri, our talented instructor and the Port Jefferson EMS.

Many thanks to Vincent Olivieri, our talented instructor and the Port Jefferson EMS.

Out on the water is no place to take chances.  It pays to have the skills to deal with situations that may occur and to be able to call for help if necessary.  That means preferably a VHF Marine Radio or at least a cell phone in a waterproof case.  Always bring your first aid kit, wear your PFD (Life Jacket) and prepare a float plan to let folks where you will be and when you’re returning.  Be prepared, stay safe, and enjoy your day on the water.

 

 

 

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May
08

What happened to Spring??

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Thought March was supposed to ‘come in like a lion’, not MAY !  Oh well. Just a short trip summary to report here to you  that neither snow nor sleet nor gloomy, cold, rain-threatening May days will keep us from getting our boats, blades & bodies into the water. The 54° degree water at the Northport boat ramp was only about 2 degrees colder than the air yesterday but eight of us still managed to make an enjoyable outing over past Eatons Neck light & back.

Though I will say Lynne definitely came up WAY, way short with her promise of bringing us some FL sunshine for our trip!

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It still was a nice, scenic paddle. (even with that completely cloud-covered sky.  & when I say completely covered I mean we could barely make out the bottom half of the powerplant stacks on our way back).

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Coming 'round the point into boat basin -photo by Ron S.

Coming ’round the point into boat basin -photo by Ron S.

It was a good exploratory day, mostly finding out that the entire peninsula surrounding the Eatons Neck basin is CoastGuard-controlled land with no private boat landings allowed.

We did find a nice spot nearby right on the South side to take our break. & once we checked out that there were no shorebird nests in the area we might be disturbing we spread out & stretched out for an enjoyable snack time

Another osprey notch in ron's belt (-gonna need a bigger belt soon !)

Another Osprey notch in Ron’s belt -gonna need a bigger belt soon !

Egrets are waiting for Spring too

Egrets are waiting for Spring too  -photo credit Ron S.

(we finally found some flatwater)

& While our trip over had some steady broadside swells with occasional breaking whitecaps, the paddle back Eastward was pretty smooth going, with no adverse winds/ currents. Maybe just the lightest mist of rain, if that.

We must’ve made good time there & back cause once outside the launch channel entrance we still had plenty of pre-K.Derby time to play & practice rolls & rescues, both self & assisted.

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Troy being a little camera-shy here

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Glad we made it out yesterday as time is dwindling quickly for these Huntington Town launch locations. Only two more weekends left for us ‘outsiders’ before the resident-only rules clamp down hard on us.

Then again, in these days of $5 cups of coffee, even a $20 parking fee (while somewhat excessive, imo), is still worth it to me for access to some of Long Islands nicest paddling waters.

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May
05

South Shore Blueway Trail Grand Opening Event

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*****Preliminary Information*****

The South Shore Blueway Trail is a safe, legal network of water access points for human-powered boats and beachable sail craft, which allows people to experience the natural, scenic and cultural wonders of Long Island’s South Shore, while protecting wildlife and habitat and the safety of trail users and all mariners.

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South Shore Blueway Grand Opening Celebration

Date:  June 4, 2016 – National Trails Day

Location:  Bay Park  – Harbor Rd. & Marjorie Lane, East Rockaway, NY 11518

Time: 10AM to 2PM

Blueway Opening Celebration is supported by NY Community Bank Foundation

Blueway Waterproof Map presented by SUEZ Water

Featured Event: Blueway Inaugural Paddle 

Activities awaiting locals and visitors include the following:

  • 9:30am How to Pack a Kayak with Elizabeth O’Conner
  • 9:45am Nassau County Executive Mangano officially opens boat ramp launch
  • 10:00am Opening Remarks & Formal Dedication at Stage by Nassau County Executive Mangano and Assemblyman Kaminsky
  • 10:00am Official Ribbon Cutting & Photo Opportunity at Beach Launch
  • 10 – 2 Local Exhibitor Booths showcasing Blueway Attractions
  • 10:30am Blueway Inaugural Paddle crossing a segment of the Blueway from Bay Park to Hewlett Point, and back. (Unload & setup at beach by 9:30)
  • 10:30-12:30 Kayak Fishing Seminar with Hobie Fishing Team Member, Michael Dunne
  • 11 – 2pm Family Kayaking by Freeport Kayak Rentals. Kayaks provided. Groups launch hourly.
  • 11:30am Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga by Empire Kayaks
  • 12:00pm Kayak Handling & Maneuvering Clinic with Elizabeth O’Conner
  • 12:00pm Kayak EcoTour of Salt Marsh with marine biologist Kevin Rodger by Empire Kayaks

EXHIBITORS: 

  1. Friends of South Shore Blueway
  2. K98.3 (10am – 12pm)
  3. SUEZ Water
  4. Town of Hempstead – Marine Nature Study Area
  5. Norman Levy Park
  6. Jones Beach & Theodore Roosevelt Park
  7. Long Island Traditions
  8. Eastern Mountain Sports/Carle Place
  9. Long Island Paddlers
  10. Kayak Fishing Association of New York
  11. North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak (NACK)
  12. Skudin Surf
  13. Waterfront Alliance
  14. Kevin Stiegelmaier, author Paddling Long Island / Paumanok Tours
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