Story by Rhonda Moziy
A stone walled fireplace, dim lighting, living room library setting and sliding French doors set the cozy intimate scene of NACK’s Annual Awards Holiday Dinner . On the evening of Sunday, January 22nd 2017, once again, this wonderful dining experience was held at The Irish Coffee Pub at 131 Carleton Avenue, East Islip.
The delicious multicourse meal satisfied our palates starting off with salads, appetizers of Penne a la Vodka, Potato Soup or Beef Barley Soup; main course choices of prime rib, salmon with champagne lobster sauce or stuffed filet of sole. The dessert topped off our meal with warm apple crumb a la mode or brownies all served with tea or coffee.
In attendance were Hal and Pat, Paul and Goldene, Chris K, Mike M, Mike G. Troy, Alan, Debbie, Maryann, Rhonda, Lesley, Awards chair Steve and our President John.
Our president started off the evening by welcoming us all to the NACK Annual Awards event. In his opening he went on to state that NACK’S first awards dinner was held December 2006 – which makes this is our 10th dinner. NACK has grown and changed a lot since then. He went on to thank the Board of Directors; Elizabeth, Gordon, John, Ann, Steve, Roy, Debbie, Buddy, and Lynne who is our new Director at Large. He also thanked the Executives: John, Alan, Steve, Bob and Committee Chairs; Greeter & Work-Rhonda, Training and Safety-Debbie, Outreach and Picnic-Paul, Trips & Activities-Alan, Newsletter Hal, Website-Steve & Chris K, Facebook-Roy, and Mary Ann for organizing a great dinner for us tonight.
This year’s celebration honored some wonderful NACK members for their outstanding contributions and achievements. All of these amazing members help make NACK the great club that it is.
Most Valuable Paddler was Chris K., Most Improved Paddler was Michael G., The Presidents Award went to Deborah, The Distinguished Service Trophy went to Alan, and the Trip Leader award went to Paul.
Skills Assessment is a vital part of advancing your enjoyment and safety on the water. Fifteen NACK members earned or advanced their ACA Skills Assessment Levels this past year.
Level 1 Assessment Awards went to Maria and Chris F.
Level 2 Assessment Awards went to Chris F., Vincent, Jonathan B., Michael, Emery, Rhonda, Jahzeel, and Randy
Level 3 Assessment Awards went to Alan M. and Troy S.
Level 4 Assessment Awards went to Deborah H., Stephen M., Jonathan T. and Mike M.
Lynne Basileo earned an Instructor Award.
Continuing his opening speech, he went on to say that this club cannot survive if it was not for all of our members; we might not be the biggest club around but we are one of the best. I am proud of our expert training and continued training at our peer practices. The paddles we have are expertly run and extremely interesting. Our club is known as a Sea Kayak expert. We have great relations with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the New York State Parks on Long Island, the Town of Babylon and more. We are always proving ourselves at the outreach events.
The Pumpkin Paddle could not have been done if it was not for our Kayakers and participants: Pat, Rhonda, Bob, Jonathan, Troy, John, Roy, Chris F, Steve, Buddy, Emery. Having a presence on Social media is important, it helps to legitimize us. Steve and Chris keep our website up to date and Roy handles our Facebook presence. I cannot say enough about our Newsletter, Hal showcases our club in his quarterly novel. However he depends on all of your great articles and input.
John then went on to discuss such issues like the Drone Proposal and Fund. Alan followed by talking about future trips. Debbie then went on to talk about training, instructors, and possible camping trips.
John informed us that he spoke to leaders about instructor endorsements/updates; skills to teach rolling, strokes skill courses including learning and refining there use. He stated that the cost will depend on how many sign up.
He mentioned that during winter pool session there are open spots and instructors offering the following free mini sessions:
January 21 – Mike – Edging, High and Low Braces, Sculling for support.
February 4 – Steve – Wet exits, Stern rudders.
February 25 – John – re-enter and roll (with and without a paddle float)
March 4 – Open choice.
March 25 – Tom – Hand of God/Scoop/Sling rescues.
April 1- Debbie – warmup yoga, boat carrying, Cowgirl self-rescue, Chest sculling, Balance bracing.
Also mentioned was Peer Practices slated to start in May and we discussed what day of the week we wanted to do practices this year. ACA Day Trip Leader cost is to be determined, it is a 2 day course in 1 or 2 weekends. We have not finalized the cost but after you lead a few trips you will get an amount refunded.
Alan talked about trips and asked members to start sending in ideas.
Debbie then took the stage. She commented on the successful year of training we had which culminated in the ACA Assessments of 16 members.
She spoke of how this reflected all the hard work and determination of the participants as well as the instructors to prepare for the Assessments as well as to administer them. She also gave a summary of all the training that was offered by NACK to the members over the course of the year:
Jan – March Pool Sessions with Kayak Rolling Class given by Matt Kane of Prime Paddle Sport,
May- Wayne Horodowich Skills Class & Surfing Class (University of Sea Kayaking, Ca),
June- Level 1/ Level 2 Skills Course given by NACK Instructors (Steve, Tom & Debbie),
July – Level 3 Skills Course given by Nack Instructors (Mike Matty & Debbie),
July & Aug – 2 weekend trips to Kayakwaveology, Stonington, Conn to train in Tide Races and rough water conditions off Fishers Island.(arranged by Lynne Basileo),
Oct–Weekend in Stonington at the Autumn Gales Symposium (arranged by Lynne Basileo),
Nov – VHF Radio class given by Troy
In addition she expressed that we had our weekly peer practices with certified instructors in attendance to offer free coaching. Debbie especially wanted to recognize and thank our core group of instructors, John, Steve, Tom, and Mike M. for their time and dedication to our members and the advancement of safe and fun kayaking. She further went on to commend them for their dedication and being responsible for the success of our training program and greatly appreciate all the help and assistance throughout the year and admire each one of them for their knowledge and skill and their desire to impart that to our members.
She further went on to thank all the members for their participation and dedication to become better paddlers so we can paddle with confidence that we are with skilled paddlers and ended by saying “Now let’s all get out and paddle”! Thank you Debbie for such an informative heartwarming appreciative speech.
NACK is hoping to have a meeting on March 18 about gel coat repair and more detail using VHF radios by Troy.
It was a wonderful evening. Thanks to all of you, our members, for making NACK the great club that it is. Without everyone’s dedication and hard work we could never enjoy this wonderful and fulfilling club.
The Winter Newsletter is now online. Paddling wild water tideraces, Cycling in the Alps, The Great Pumpkin Paddle, Winter Pool and much more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The NACK Fall 2016 Newsletter is now online. Shinnecock Canal Paddle, Blueway Trail Map, Maine Island Trail, Winter Pool preliminary info and much more!
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.
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
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”.
South Shore Blueway Grand Opening Event
By Rhonda Moziy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.