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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 can be a pain to type and tough to give it to a interested party So…. we now have a shortcut to get-the-nack.org.  It’s simply “NACK.club” that’s it!

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On November 30th the Dinghy Shop will be hosting a Cold Weather Paddling Gear Seminar sponsored by Gill, makers of some great paddling and all around outdoors clothing. There will be a seminar by Mike and Paul covering year round layering and what to wear in a variety of conditions. We’ll have a showcase of the new Gill 2017 gear line up from the latest hydrophobic fleece, base layers, light weight jackets, drysuits, and more. There will be gear to try on and all Gill will be on sale. Whether you paddle year round or just in the warm months, Gill has the right gear to keep you safe and comfortable. Join us from 5pm – 7pm on 11/30 for the seminar, raffles, and fun around our wood burning stove. All are welcome.

Click the image below to see their flyer for the event.

 

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Article and Photos By Rhonda Moziy

Under a windy faded red and gold autumn day at Belmont Lake State Park, NACK once again performed for the youngsters and adults at The Great Jack-O-Lantern Sail.

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On the Pre-Halloween Day of October 28th, our kayaks were once again proudly displayed for a myriad of uses.   The bright yellow prevailing kayak on wheels, was the star of the day, the one that got the most expenditure. Bob, Troy, and Chris were the main pull-tow chauffeurs of the famous NACK on-land kayak boat rides. The line of anxious riders grew as long as the fence surrounding the park. A whole year of gym membership for them was covered in less than 3 hours from the uncountable times of running in circles.

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In another area, Steve and Roy operated the simulating kayak board rollers. The excitement of feeling what it’s like to be on a kayak was present on the faces of the older children and adults as they steered their way on dry land. Emery later brought out his Kayak Trainer machine to offer a different take on kayaking.

“Trick or Treat” you ask, well Pat and Rhonda safely guarded the bags of chips, popcorn, pretzels, Doritos and Dum Dum lollypops that were set up alongside our NACK brochures on the wooden picnic table nearby. As I handed out the snacks, Pat entertained children with snapping spiders and giving out spider rings.

Crowds of kids in costumes ran from place to place participating in the many other activities including a hay maze, a spooky den, a petting farm, ring-toss and craft booths. Frankenstein roamed around on big stilts. Nearby Babylon Volunteer Fire trucks gave tours and instruction on safety.

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As the sun went down, a beautiful evening sunset sky came up. Crowds of kids and their parents lined the shoreline down by the boathouse. Park Rangers at Belmont Lake State Park carefully arranged all artfully carved pumpkins on individual small black square rafts and carefully connected them to NACK kayaks to be flickering gleaming exhibits.

Our dedicated NACKERS geared up for the Great Tow. One by one, kayakers took off with pumpkins illuminating the night while onlookers cheered. The pumpkins were methodically displayed as they circled the lake for all to see.

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All eight kayak towers, John, Bob, Chris, Emery, Troy, Roy, Buddy and Jonathan came safely back. The eager owners of the pumpkins waited patiently to claim their carved masterpieces. The evening came to a close with our smiles speaking the pleasures of the magnanimous work of the day. Once again, we can’t wait to do it all again next year.

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I’d like to share the wonderful compilation that Kayak Hipster (a.k.a. Luke Rovner) edited which gives a great visibility into the Hudson River Greenland Festival. For those of you who haven’t gone, it makes for a fantastic, inexpensive and nearby getaway in June with some really lovely people. Rather than blab on here about it, I’ll let Luke and his subjects do it for me!

For anyone looking for more info on HRGF, Greenland events and skills, or Luke’s work, below are a handful of great links:

HRGF – http://www.hrgf.org/
Qajaqusa – http://www.qajaqusa.org
Greenland Ropes – http://www.greenlandropes.com

Kayak Hipster:
Website – http://www.kayakhipster.com
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/kayakhipster
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/kayakhipster

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Sep
30

Fall 2016 Newsletter

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The NACK Fall 2016 Newsletter is now online.  Shinnecock Canal Paddle, Blueway Trail Map, Maine Island Trail, Winter Pool preliminary info and much more!

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Sep
18

CAPTREE STATE PARK DOCKSIDE FAMILY FESTIVAL

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Article & Photos By Rhonda Moziy

Captree State Park, Sunday, September 18th.. On a day that called for heavy rain, the sun couldn’t have been any brighter. The warm September day was loaded with festivities, vendors, boat rides, pirates, painting, and nature created artwork, races and demonstrations. A shark mascot ran around and stopped to pose with guests for pictures. Music from a band in the band shell delighted us all.

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NACK proudly set up a booth to offer all sorts of club information. Emery stood valiantly by his kayak training invention. Visitors were amazed by the simulated feeling of what it’s like to paddle a kayak.   The afternoon was met with NACK educating and instructing as John, Alan and Randy took their place by the waterfront to demonstrate and enforce safe kayak practices. Alan and Randy took to the waters in their kayaks and did their turns and flips and rescues as John clearly explained what they were doing and how a rescue takes place. Spectators were fascinated. After the demonstration, families stopped by the booth in earnest of wanting to learn more.

The day ended with ships coming back to shore, music quieting, and people sitting at picnic tables eating while little ones napped contented with the adventures of the day.

A fun time was had by all.  Photo Gallery

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Sep
14

South Shore Blueway Launch Sites

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For those folks who would like to see the Blueway Trail Launch and Landing sites in Google Earth this attached file is the answer. First download the Blueway Launch/Landing Sites file. Then open Google Earth and select the file.  You will now have all the sites marked on Google Earth.  You can zoom in/out, get GPS coordinates, plot courses and calculate distances.

***Note: The correct filename should read Launch locations rev.gpx  Some computers may add the file type extension “.txt”  If that happens delete the “.txt” so the file name ends in “.gpx”.

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…Over in Huntington Bay was just held this past weekend.  Only three of us turned up Friday nite for the kickoff ‘Go to Bed With The Dead’ themed evening.  With a live Grateful Dead cover band taking the stage on the lighthouse after a DJ set the sun down for us, it was a real treat. (that was actual video btw, no soundtrack added/enhanced) An amazingly perfect summer nite. With neither hide nor hair of Hermine to be found we were awed by an unbelievably spectacular sunset & an incredibly tranquil & relaxing scene to kick off the 3 day holiday weekend.

Photo credit: Ron Scall

Power boats were mostly all safe & secured at anchor & the only boat ‘traffic’ was the official lighthouse launch boat ferrying people back & forth from the dock back at Goldstar Beach. With a good amount of stars out over our heads & a cool lightshow illuminating the entire lighthouse, this was a once a year opportunity.  So all I can say is don’t miss out next year! This one was truly a beautiful calm-before-the-storm evening that we enjoyed ‘til like 10pm

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So after all the hype & weekend storm-tastropy warnings, what passed for ‘a storm’actually did show up 12 hours later as we combined forces with the LIKE Meetup group with high hopes of a full day of music, bbq-ing & just general agenda-free paddling around on the bay.

Unfortunately the trip was pretty short lived & our BBQ plans were scuttled & eventually shuttled over to a Western Suffolk cul-de-sac inland.

Strong & steady winds out of the East had created conditions out in the bay that were beyond the skills of some in the group. There were even good sized sailboats & powerboats coming back in cautioning us about the 2foot+ swell out at the lighthouse.

So, between the nonstop boat traffic in & out of the harbor and the string of rocks we would have had to navigate around to get to the old lighthouse ruins (only to then have to paddle back straight into the wind, waves & powerboat gauntlet to return back later), the trip pretty much came to an abrupt halt as we tried to figure on a plan ‘B’

We ended up paddling to the end of the channel inlet, just past the osprey pair living atop the day marker.  Took a look around & tried to hear some little bit of music just to say we were there & then doubled back & headed west to the harbor end at Puppy Cove & the millpond beyond.

As we had an incoming tide it was interesting to see the water overfalling into the pond. As every time I’ve ever been here it’s always been flowing out the other way

We didn’t really do too much here besides introduce some of the new folks to this end of the harbor. Chris tried a few rolls and then just as we were about to leave I ended up temporarily surrendering my all-important point & shoot camera to the murky 10 foot depths!  (lanyard on camera end had come loose & as I was pulling it out of my PFD I felt myself holding onto an empty ended camera strap just as I heard a distinctive ‘plunk’ from the water to my right. Ugh.

 

 

 

 

 

With water completely over my head there was no way to even attempt a retrieval. So we all headed back to our respective launches at Goldstar or Mill Dam & regrouped for that private suburban BBQ. I’m pretty sure the marshmallows we toasted over the propane grill turned out way better than any we might have made in the wind & sand had we stayed & tried to charcoal a hibachi in a 20mph crosswind!

Was sure nice sitting around & socializing like civilized folk around a real table for a change instead of the usual makeshift driftwood seating we invariably end up on while paddling. I’m looking forward to our picnic on the 25th for more of that actual sit-down dining!

Oh. & PS:  I slept through Sunday’s low tide but an early morning Labor Day low tide salvage mission turned out to be a great success. With swim fins & goggles & a sit on top Hobie anchored nearby I came up big, -miraculously finding that camera in the black muddy bottom of Puppy Cove. So a thank you here to Chris for the moral support in that effort!

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Here is a rather long video/slideshow from this past weekend’s [non-official-NACK trip!] venture out to play in the ebbing tide race at Bug Light off of Orient, NY. Tom, Mike, Chris, & Alan headed out to test some of their improving skills after the training sessions up in Connecticut with Greg & Paula from kayakwaveology. It was a great spot, with the racing ebb just feet from a sandy spit of land where we could pull off in an eddy and rest, eat, and set up a camera on a tripod. We hope you enjoy watching. We sure loved the trip!

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