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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.

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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.


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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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!


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).


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.


Troy being a little camera-shy here

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERArare picture of chris (being the only one upright in his boat)

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.

More pictures here:

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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.


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


  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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The Dinghy Shop will be hosting their annual Kayak Test Drive Weekend on May 14th and 15th. This is a great on water event that allows paddlers to try out a wide variety of kayaks and paddles back to back. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your current kayak, add to your fleet, or seeking out a new paddle for the new year, there will be something for you. A number of industry reps will be on hand to help you choose the best kayaks and gear for your style and budget.

Also, this will be the first time Impex will be back in the U.S. and they’ll have a full demo fleet available for paddlers to test out.

In one of it’s first public appearances, Wilderness Systems will have a demo available of their new Helix MD Motor Drive. The new electric drive will be a big game changer for fishermen looking to push harder and further.

You only need to bring something you don’t mind getting wet in, and they’ll supply the rest.

Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm.

Address: 334 S Bayview Ave, Amityville, NY 11701
Phone: (631) 264-0005


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Happy Hobie Day at Empire Rescheduled to April 30

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Update: Beautiful weather on Saturday so we’re moving the Kayak Fishing Seminar and Hobie Demo Day to Saturday April 30!

Empire Kayaks in Island Park will host HAPPY HOBIE DAY this Sunday May 1 Saturday April 30 10am-2pm.  Join them for a free demo of all the great Hobie products! The new Hobie Mystery product, the amazing Hobie Mirage Paddleboard!

Hobie Mirage Paddleboard

Hobie Stand Up Paddleboards, the Hobie Mirage Drive pedal kayaks and the multi-functional Tandem Island are just some of the available Hobies to try out. Hobie Fishing Team members on hand to explain the advantages of fishing from a Hobie! Call 516 889 8300 to reserve!

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Guided Eagle Tour on the Carmans River
by Ron Scall 
On April 16th Paul treated a group of about 15 paddlers to a beautiful day on the Carmans River in search of 2 pairs of majestic Bald Eagles.  As an added bonus Paul enlisted Joy Cirigliano…
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 the Atlantic Flyway Projects Coordinator, for Four Harbors Audubon Society to be our guide in order to give us a greater understanding of the birds and their habitat.
We launched from the Carmans River Canoe & Kayak Company in Brookhaven and almost immediately after paddling beneath the LIRR tracks…. 
We were treated to the site of a Great Egret…
Right from the  beginning Joy was calling out different species of birds faster than we were able to process the information…but the best was yet to come.  As we continued along the river we saw numerous Osprey; a couple with fresh catches of fish gripped in their talons and then we saw a snapping turtle…
which prompted several comments of “is it alive?”; but not to worry as Joy assured us upon closer inspection that it was alive and well.  
Shortly thereafter we saw the first eagle nest and Paul made the first siting of a soaring Bald Eagle.
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No matter how many times I’ve been fortunate enough to see one of these magnificent birds they still manage to captivate me.
As the group paddled along toward the second eagle nest Joy let out cry of what can only be described as pure exhilaration when she exclaimed “it’s a Bittern!”.  Not knowing what she was so excited about I paddled over to her and she told me this was only the sixth time she had ever seen a Bittern and I figured that in of itself must make this extra special so I decided to hang back with her to have a look at this bird.  When I asked her to point it out to me she told me it was in the reeds, two clumps of mud to the left.  I didn’t see a thing and the more I looked the more frustrated I became as I could not find this bird that she was going crazy over.  About this time Troy joined us in his 12 foot solo canoe…
and asked me what all the commotion was about and I proceeded to tell him about this rare siting of a Bittern.  He too questioned where it was and after a minute or two he spotted the elusive bird; however, I was still searching the reeds for it.  Finally the Bittern began to move and I finally spotted it!  Once I saw it I realized why it was such a rare find; it’s coloring perfectly camouflages it with the reeds.
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Click the image to enlarge

As the Bittern slowly made its way to the edge of the river to catch a fish Joy, Troy and I were totally mesmerized by this incredible bird and simply sat in our boats in absolute amazement.  I couldn’t take enough pictures of the Bittern and this one of what I can only describe as a prehistoric looking foot is probably the most interesting photo I shot on the trip.
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After we got our fill of the Bittern for quite a while we proceeded up river to join the group again and were treated to more eagle sitings both in and out of their nest.
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After we all had our fill of the wonderful birds of the Carmans River we headed back for a lunch stop apparently stretching the rules a bit lol.


For a finale some of us made our way to the falls before calling it a day.


Many thanks to Paul for arranging a great trip and special thanks to Joy for her insightful expertise.
Here is a link to additional photos and videos
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Well, it may have been the smallest moon we will be seeing in 2016, but the same can’t be said for the turnout for last nite’s sunset/fullmoon outing.  We had eight paddlers show up at the ramp at J.J.Burns & launch right on time @7pm.

(Mike G. testing the waters in background, Rhonda here testing her new Zephyr)

Expectations were understandably low due to concerns about the North wind that had been blowing steadily all day but Mother Nature came through for us yet again & kept those waters flat for a very memorable & enjoyable paddle.  Though the wind was still a presence, by altering our planned course & staying  pretty close to the shoreline we were only exposed for very small portion of the trip.

Afternoon clouds had long cleared away giving us an absolutely beautiful sunset.  & whether fledgling night-timer or a ‘seasoned’ sunset paddler, it never gets old as there is nothing like watching that whole horizon change colors right in front of you as you float peacefully, just inches above the water.

April 23rd, 2016

taking the beach @alhambra

-taking the beach @alhambra


After the sun had finally dropped from sight we decided instead of heading over to the Wantagh bridges, we would play it safe & paddle around over to Alhambra, the site of many previous NACK peer practices. We were able to land on the sandy beach there & stretch our legs for a bit (& make note of the current “NO Parking 9pm-2am” signs in the lot there.)  Another reason why J.Burns & the 11pm closing time over there makes it a perfect starting point for these kinds of trips.)

With the air temp dropping to the low 50º’s it got cold pretty quickly just standing around so it was just a short break & back into our boats we went. As we headed south, the light pollution from the neighboring houses was pretty minimal, giving us a great view of all the stars on this completely clear night. Just awesome to lay back on your back deck & take in the 360° view above.

trip map (6.5mi.)

the pointy part of the parenthesis shape was our raft-up drifting

Back out in the bay heading East again, the wind/water still weren’t bad. Timing wasn’t bad either although we did have a few extra minutes waiting time for that moon to finally show up.  But once it made its way over the lingering East end clouds that obscured the horizon line it was all worthwhile. Just a great moonlit night.
We were having so much fun all rafted up together laughing & joking we didn’t realize the time going by or the fact that the wind had moved us a half mile away!
It was time to get those paddles back in the water & get back to the launch before that 11pm gate closing, Lol.

-But it all worked out great. Had plenty of time to pack up & say our goodbyes ‘til the next time. Some of us didn’t want the evening to end just then, so 1/2 of the group ended up meeting at a nearby restaurant (aptly named “GoodLife”) for some great food and even more laughs.  We’re solidly two-for-two now with these full moon outings.  So, here’s hoping you can join us next month as we try to extend this winning streak into a May hat trick.

(Though sharing our entire evening with exactly zero powerboaters, is something that most definitely won’t be duplicated come May. That is a memory that the eight of us alone will be able to look
back on. So thanks to those ‘magnificent 7’ who came out & made it possible)

-See you on the water…  Alan   (Oh. More pictures here.)



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Hudson River Greenland Festival

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Just got this from Jack Gilman.

The 10th Annual Hudson River Greenland Festival will be held Thursday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 26 at Croton Point Park.


Meals, lodging, and all instruction included — strokes, rolls, rescues, and fun races for adults and youths, ages 8 and up.

Greenland paddle-carving workshop on Friday with Don Beale of Beale Paddles, Oregon.

Special guests include Dubside!

Registration is open and space is limited. See the website for information.

Great place to work on your roll!

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