When: Saturday, October 5, 2013 (10 am to noon)
Where: Visitor’s Center at the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge
340 Smith Rd Shirley, NY 11967 (Registration Required – limited seating)
The NACK membership might be interested in this photography workshop – considering almost all the photos have been snapped from a kayak. If you have a passion for photography, or just enjoy taking pictures and like the outdoors, the scenic nature of LI, and wildlife, – then, you’ll like this photography workshop. Local author and photographer, John P. Cardone conducts this 2 hour workshop based on his book Waterviews: A Collection of Photographs, Thoughts, and Experiences. The workshop is interactive as John brings up topics to get you involved. So, bring your camera equipment, a favorite outdoor photo or two and come prepared to discuss your photo work while learning from others. John reviews his experiences from over 10 years of picture taking – almost all of his shots are taken from the unusual perspective of a kayak floating on the water. While the Carman’s River is his favorite picture-taking location, he’ll share photos from the Connetquot River, the Setauket Harbor, and Orient Harbor featuring the wetlands of Long Beach Bay.
Check out the Waterviews website.
Just heard from Greg Paquin of Kayak Waveology about this years’ Autumn Gales event. Autumn Gales is a rough water sea kayak training event for intermediate and advanced paddlers based out of Stonington, CT. The event, scheduled for November 8, 9 and 10, is timed with the higher current flows of Fishers Island Sound to take advantage of the tide races in the area. Kayak Waveology hosts the event and brings in internationally known BCU (British Canoe Union) coaches and local rough water guides. Preceding the event is BCU Skills Training and Assessments from November 4 thru the 7th.
Greg is a BCU Coach 3, BCU 4 Star Assessor, BCU 5*, ACA Level 5 Instructor and Founder of Kayak Waveology. Greg has been sea kayaking for 24 years and teaching it for over 10 years. Renown for his rough water coaching skills, Greg has taught at international symposiums in Wales, Isle of Mann and Spain. Kayak Waveology has been voted Best Kayaking School In the North East by the readers of Sea Kayaker magazine.
On July 27, Renee and I (Lynne) completed “Jerry & Steve’s Annual Manhattan Circumnavigation” (30 miles) with 68 kayakers. It took about 10 1/4 hours to complete, including breaks. From the launch, 7:15 AM, (Tubby Hook, Upper west side of Manhattan in the Inwood section) we paddled south on the Hudson on a strong ebb current. Once we got to the southern end of Manhattan, we had our first stop at Pier 40. Then, coordinating with ferry schedules, crossed the Battery and headed toward Brooklyn. Paddled north on the East River–assisted by a strong flood current. Arrived at Hallet’s Cove Beach/Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens, to have lunch and wait for slack tide before the ebb at Hell Gate. We crossed the East River at the northern tip of Roosevelt Island, then headed north on the west side of Mill Rock and paddled up the Harlem River as it ebbed north into the Hudson. Stopped for a final break at Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse/Swindler’s Cove. Continued north on the Harlem River through Spuyten Duyvil, which is at the northern end of Manhattan, and then back around to our put-in at Tubby Hook at 5:30 PM.
It was an amazing trip and plan on doing it again next summer.
There is a place on Fire Island in the wilderness area of the National Seashore called Old Inlet. It lies just about 2 miles west of the Ranger Station at Smith Point. The reference to old inlet comes from the fact that many years ago there was an inlet at that point. It fed water from the Atlantic Ocean into Bellport Bay on every tidal exchange.
In October of 2012 superstorm Sandy turned the Old Inlet area into “New” Inlet. NACK paddlers have visited the area several times since the storm. This past Thursday, despite strong winds and overcast skies they again ventured out.
Standing on the shore one can only imagine the fury of the storm that broke through Fire Island to permit the Atlantic to reclaim it’s access to the Great South Bay.
The NACK Summer Newsletter is now available.
Also representatives of the South Shore Blueway Trail will be present to hand out information about the new kayak watertrail and gather more paddler feedback. Call to reserve 516 889 8300
This weekend April 27 & 28 2013, the Dinghy Shop will hold its annual “Kayak Test Drive” demo days at the shop in Amityville. Everyone is welcome to try a wide assortment of kayaks and paddles. The event runs from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day and the shop is located at 334 South Bayview Avenue. For further information visit the Dinghy Shop Website or give them a call at (631) 264-0005.
The NACK Spring Newsletter is now online including the Presidents Message, Spring Schedule, Wind & Waves, Build a Greenland Kayak, The Heel Hook Self Rescue Technique and more.