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Spring 2016 Newsletter

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The NACK Spring 16 Newsletter is now available online.

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NACK Awards Dinner

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NACK’s Annual Awards/Post Holiday Dinner

by Rhonda Moziy

On the evening of Sunday, January 31st 2016, I was proud to be part of NACK’s Annual Awards Holiday Dinner. This year’s gather honored some wonderful NACK members for their outstanding contributions and achievements.


This anticipated event was held in the party room of The Irish Coffee Pub at 131 Carleton Avenue East Islip. Through the elegant French doors and perfect ambiance, we enjoyed a delicious multicourse meal. Oval shaped candle lit tables connected draping the semi-circular feel of the room. We started off with Garden and Caesar Salads. Appetizers included Penne a la Vodka or Cream of potato soup. On the menu was a choice of  king-cut prime rib beef, salmon with champagne lobster sauce or stuffed filet of sole. For desert we had warm apple crumb a la mode or brownie a la mode all served with tea or coffee.

In attendance were Lynne, Bob, Julie, Marty, Matt, Mariann, Troy, Pat, Roy, Steve, Paul, Alan, Rhonda, Leslie, Hal, Paul, Goldene, John and Steve.

Our President John Weickert, Jr. and Awards Chair Steve McDonald were on hand to present and recognize some well-deserved members for their outstanding service and accomplishments.


Robert Horchler was presented with the Distinguished Service Award Trophy for his unending support and dedication to NACK. Bob had helped with an array of administrative tasks, preparing want-ads, paperwork, web modifications and basically helps run the club.


Harold McLaughlin was presented with the Presidents Award for his superb implementation to the NACK newsletter. He always makes sure we are “in the know” with fascinating stories from our members and happenings of our club.

Chris King was presented with two awards. The Directors Award for all his work as Assistant Webmaster and the Life Saving Award for Chris’s timely rescue of a sailor in distress on November 14th, 2016 at Goldstar Battalion Beach in Huntington.

Deborah Horne had several awards. An ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor Award. Debbie has excelled in the position of trip coordinator and the Most Valuable Paddler Award for her Invaluable Dedication in the Operation and Future of Nack as an Organization.


Lynne Basileo was given several awards. The Great Peconic Race Around Shelter Island September 20th, 2015 Award which recognizes Lynne for 1st Place Womens’s 50+ Sea Kayak and 2nd Place Overall Women’s Sea Kayak. The Coastal Kayak Trip Leader Award for becoming an ACA Coastal Kayaking Day-Trip Leader and the Photo Journalist Award for all her great pictures and stories.


Alan Mayors was also presented with the Photo Journalist Award for all his great pictures and stories and The Chariot Award for his land based kayaking at “The Great Jack-O- Lantern Sail” October 24th, 2015.


Paul and Goldene Villano were given the Special Event Award for their Planning and Executing of our 2015 Picnic including a Bike Race & Water Rescue Race. The Polar Bear Award went to Troy Siegel. This award recognizes Troy for his love of cold water.

When it comes to leadership, the following members were given the ACA Coastal Kayaking Day-Trip Leader Award: Paul Villano, Alan Mayors and Lynne Basileo


Some of our other award recipients were recognized for their achievements.  Rhonda Moziy and………


Troy Siegel were given an Improved Paddler Award for embodying the spirit of Nack in the area of personal skills development and who have during the course of the year significantly improved their paddling skills.

Chris King, Troy Siegel, Anthony Jenkins and Jacqueline Tabacco were awarded and recognized for completing an ACA Paddling Assessment with NACK and Achieving ACA Level 2.     Rhonda Moziy and Tom Mulligan were awarded and recognized for completing an ACA Paddling Assessment with NACK and Achieving ACA Level 1.

All of these amazing and selfless members make up the community of NACK. Without their dedication and hard work we could never enjoy this wonderful and fulfilling club.

It was a wonderful evening. Thanks to all of you, our members, for making NACK the great club that it is.


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Winter Newsletter 2016

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The Winter 2016 Newsletter is now online. Our 2015 paddling season revisited and much, much more.


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Kokatat Cold Water Apparel Clinic at New York Kayak Company 12/12/15

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Interested paddlers are invited to participate in free activities at New York Kayak Company (Pier 40, Hudson River Park) this Saturday, December 12th. They include a Cold Water Apparel Clinic, Dry Suit Demo, Gasket Repair Demonstration, Go Pro Clinic, and a big Holiday Sale!

At 11 AM, Kokatat Factory Rep Tom Harsh will present a talk on how to dress for off season paddling. Kokatat makes it easy to manage off season challenges to safety, comfort and performance. Topics will include strategies for avoiding hypothermia, proper layering, and material selection. He will examine the differences between various wet and dry items and how to select the garments that best suit both your off season paddling goals and budget.

Have you ever worn a dry suit? This is your chance to not only try one on, but people who BRING THEIR OWN IMMERSION FOOTWEAR and sign a waiver can see what its like to go for a short swim in a dry suit – it’s really fun!

At Noon, shop owner Randy Henriksen will demonstrate how to replace a neck gasket on a dry suit or dry top.

At 1PM Tom will present an introduction to Go Pro for SUP and Kayak, and participants will be able to get a free SD card and accessory discounts with a new GoPro purchase.

There’s also special Holiday Bargain Pricing for this event only: save 30% on all in stock Kokatat apparel, dry suits included and 15% off any out of stock orders. Save 20% on all in stock Werner Kayak Paddles and 10% off any out of stock orders. 25% off all in stock Red Paddle Inflatable SUP boards and Quick Blade Paddles.

Please spread the word and call 212-924-1327 to reserve your spot today.

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The Great Jack-O-Lantern Sail

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The Great Jack-O-Lantern Sail

By Rhonda Moziy

Halloween, a time for frolic and excitement, a time to enjoy autumn leaves at the peak of their splendor. Belmont Lake State Park was the setting for NACK’s Third Annual Great Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Sail.


The bright sunny day on Saturday, October 24, 2015 was met with all kinds of Halloween themed activities. The park was surrounded with pumpkins, skeletons, haystack mazes, balloons, monsters on stilts, children in costumes, activity booths, games and more.


We set up our Safe Paddling with NACK stamp station. Our kayaks were displayed with skeleton heads, spider webs, cemetery fences, and black lanterns.   Wooden kayak simulators with paddles were eagerly awaiting visitors and little kayakers. We were ready.


Upon entrance into the event, children were given stamper sheets. Their mission was to complete a Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt by getting a stamp at each station. Completion of these sheets would allow them to enter into a Trick-or-Treat Raffle Drawing.

Crowds of kids in costumes ran from station to station participating in the many activities. They meandered around a Hay Maze, daringly entered into a spooky den, took guesses at the big candy corn jar, tried their luck with Bean Bag Toss; all while keeping an eye out for Frankenstein who was roaming around on big stilts. Safe Paddling with NACK and climbing aboard big red fire trucks with the North Babylon Volunteer Fire Company was only part of the festivities.

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While Matt, Buddy, Mike, Bob, Ann, Chris, Alan, Steve and John took turns running the kayak simulation stations; I took my place at the wooden picnic table waiting and eager to greet our little guests.

I was the official stamper and presenter of the treats (decorated Halloween pencils and chocolate kit Kat bars). We were visited by Superheroes of all kinds, Ninja turtles, lady bugs, bumble bees, princesses, witches, a cupcake, a Christmas tree, Dracula, and even Wilbur the pig took time away from Charlotte’s web to stop by.

My hand became fixed in a steady up and down motion as I stamped little yellow papers. The never-ending line of eager kayakers kept up with excitement. To add to the enjoyment, Alan put one of our decorated kayaks on wheels, and ran in circles giving on-land kayak rides to the kids.


Meanwhile, down at the waterfront lake house, folks of Belmont Lake State Park carefully arranged 50 artfully carved pumpkins meticulously on individual small black square rafts. Each pumpkin individually stood out on their own stadium linked together waiting to be displayed illuminating as gleaming lights in the night.


Once darkness fell, crowds of kids and their parents lined the shoreline. Our dedicated NACKERS geared up for the Great Tow. Kayakers were ready and eager to be tied up to their rafts of pumpkins. 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.


After all kayakers came safely back, the eager owners of the pumpkins waited patiently to claim their carved masterpieces. They were excited to know that their pumpkins were famous displays of the night. While the evening came to a close, our smiles spoke the pleasures of all the hard work that was put into the day. A complete salutation that it was all worth it. We can’t wait to do it all again next year.

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Fall 2015 Newsletter

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Setauket Harbor to Flax Pond

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July 14, a day with a mixture of spotty sunshine, various blankets of clouds and a delightful temperature in the mid 80s, NACK members Lynne Basileo, Bob Horchler, Troy Siegel and Matt Ferrizz. launched their kayaks from the sandy beach on Shore Road and began their outing paddling the protected waters of scenic Setauket Harbor.

Bob and Troy heading out.

Bob and Troy heading out.

The harbor’s edge is lined with a combination of historic homes and those of modern times. As we paddled around to the west, we viewed various estates, including a breath-taking horse farm sitting on seemingly endless acres of historic land. Proceeding across the harbor, we leisurely paddled east along the shore of Old Field Beach, while being entertained by seagulls, cormorants, herons and terns, and to where Setauket and Port Jefferson harbors merge, making our exit out of the harbor and into the Long Island Sound.

Cormorants and their friends.

Cormorants and their friends.

Heading west along the coastline, we were delighted to have a close up view and photo opportunity of the Old Field Lighthouse. Another mile and a quarter from the lighthouse brought us to our first rest area and trip destination—Flax Pond.

Flax Pond

Flax Pond

Flax Pond is a tidal estuary of natural beauty, located on the north shore in Old Field. It is 146 acres of salt marsh owned by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Paddling inside Flax Pond, one could only hear the sound of chirping birds at the water’s edge, small bait fish breaking the surface, the clattering of the reeds caused by the soft breezes and the water dripping off one’s paddle into the salty body of water. On the return trip back, we picked a spot where we could portage across to the harbor side to a section called The Narrows, which leads into Conscience Bay, to enjoy a second break and relaxing lunch. Our lunch was soon to be cut short as we noticed the thick, dark clouds appearing from the south over the treetops. Back in our boats, we paddled as if we were in a race attempting to reach the finish line of our 12-mile trip in record time. Within minutes of approaching our put-in, the skies opened and warm summer rain came pouring down.

Here comes the rain.

Here comes the rain.

Landing on shore, we unloaded our kayaks and proceeded to secure them on our cars. While attaching the tie downs, the sky started to clear, with patchy sun poking through. All enjoyed a good day on the water!

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Oak Beach to East & West Fire Islands

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Everything about the kayak trip was perfect:

The weather was spectacular. Although we all know that you should dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature, the water was mostly near 80°, the air temperature about 85°, with a mild southwesterly wind topping out at about 10 MPH.

Heading out from Oak Beach

Heading out from Oak Beach

Lynne, Paul, Troy and Bob completed a 13-mile round trip from Oak Beach parking lot, to the island of East Fire Island, and back.

Lynne’s maiden voyage as an ACA Level 3 Trip Leader showed she was ready for the task. Along the the way, she was announcing the island names and markers from her chart as we were passing or approaching, and kept an eye on the weather, conditions and her paddlers.

Paul, who was the Trip Leading Back-up in Training, was assigned to be the navigator, as we were paddling in his “Stomping-Grounds,” and it showed. He also was the historian.

We stopped along the way at Sexton Island for a quick snack, and then continued around the north and east sides of West Fire Island, stopping along the southwest side of East Fire Island for lunch.

Taking a Break

Taking a Break

There, Paul found laying in the sand an old friend named “Wilson” (remember the volleyball that Tom Hanks had befriended in the movie Cast Away)? “Wilson” made the voyage back to Oak Beach on the deck of Lynne’s boat.

"Wilson" on the way home

“Wilson” on the way home

On the way back, Paul showed us the location of some of the oyster beds and fish trapping areas, both along a section of the bay called Wing Inlet.

Troy, a Licensed Master Boat Captain, who operates a water taxi in the summer right in the area where we were paddling, also offered lots of local knowledge, and made “SECURITE” calls on his VHS radio, advising powerboats to be aware of four kayakers crossing the busy channel and asking them to minimize their wakes.

Bob added some amusement to the end of the trip when we were loading our kayaks back on the car. Bob had his end of the kayak in one hand, and the beautiful “snail-shell” he just plucked from the bay, in his other hand.

Collecting sea shells

Collecting sea shells

Well on the way to the car, Bob had the escargot scared out of him, when the critter, acting like a fish out of water, was slithering out of its shell onto Bob’s hand. The animal was returned to the water immediately. Bob never knew he was supposed to be wary of shells.

Additional Pictures by Lynne, trip planning and navigation by Paul,  on water communication by Troy, Map and narrative by Bob.

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