With the weeks just flying by & the long Memorial Day Weekend only days away, far flung NACK members from Eastern Suffolk, Western Nassau & various North & South shore points in between gathered over at Timber Point for our last Peer Practice of the month.
To avoid the brisk wind out on the open river, a decision was made to head over to the protected waters of the ‘Drowning Hole’ to conduct the practice session. With ACA evaluations coming up late next month, some of the newer members were working on the skills required to advance & be able to join in the more advanced paddles coming up this season. More seasoned members took the time to practice their rolls & rescues. The group was a good mix of different skill levels & no matter what your level there is always something new to learn or improve upon.
After the regular session broke up a few of us decided to stay & take a short paddle downriver and were rewarded for our efforts with another beautiful sunset on the way back. (& then greeted with an unwanted welcome from all the gnats & bugs when we came ashore!) Note to self: Time to keep some bug spray in the day hatch.
Pics & some video are here. –Alan M.
Peer Practice ’14 (second session)… …Was just held in Massapequa this past Monday evening @Alhambra Park.
We had a great turnout of 10 NACK members, with quite a few of them coming down up to 1½ hrs. early to get started on this new paddling season! While not everyone was ready to literally ‘take the plunge’ in the still chilly Spring water, about half the members there had no problem getting upside down in their boats. There were all kinds of self and assisted rescues practiced, tandem rescues, towing exercises, you name it; all with a steady onshore wind that made it interesting & challenging to avoid getting blown into the pier or shore side rocks while working on these maneuvers in the slight wind chop.
As the evening wore on, the diminishing winds and the arrival of another L3 level instructor turned the focus to the various draw and pry rudder strokes, with excellent explanation of the advantages of each type given. The how & why of each particular stroke, depending on the wind conditions & combined with which direction you want to turn was very informative.
I encourage anyone still sitting on the sidelines to grab a wetsuit & get out next Monday & join us back at Timber Point for our last practice this month. Come early, Stay late & ‘get the NACK’ !
Here’s a link to some photos of the session.
Happy Hobie DAY Sunday May 18, 2014 at Empire Kayaks in Island Park. From 10am-2pm Join them for a free demo of all the great Hobie products! The latest 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 will be on hand to explain the advantages of fishing from a Hobie! Call 516 889 8300 to reserve. Directions.
“On Monday, May 5th, NACK held its first Peer Practice of the new season at Timber Point Park, Great River. It was the first time back on the water for some, while others braved a few cold-water paddles throughout the winter. The evening started out with plenty of sun and a light wind, which soon faded away making the water look like a large reflecting pool. There was a nice turnout of paddlers anxious to take to the water, but not before taking time for an enjoyable reunion, making it as if the long, cold months dividing the seasons and the members never existed. The evening ended with a fun-filled session and a breath-taking sunset over the Connetquot River. Peer Practice sessions are held each Monday through August 25 and begin at 6 PM. It is an opportunity for members to get together to improve or learn new skills, prepare for ACA Skill and Level assessments, or to just paddle around and have fun. Sessions are open to both beginner and experienced paddlers. Check the Spring 2014/2nd Quarter Schedule, previously sent via email, for a listing of Peer Practice locations.
Photographs by: Lynne Basileo and Alan Mayors”
(Lynne shared these files using Dropbox. Enjoy!)
The Dinghy Shop in Amityville will be holding their annual Kayak Test Drive event May 3 and 4th, 2014. This is a great opportunity to try a bunch of different kayaks, meet some great folks and shop for kayaks, gear and equipment. The shop is located at 334 South Bayview Ave. Amityville ,New York 11701 631-264-0005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hudson Valley Kayak Symposium will be held July 18-20, 2014 in Cold Spring, NY. The driving force behind this event is Matt Kane, a longtime Hudson River guide and instructor. Having recognized the need for stronger kayak instruction and better training opportunities along the Hudson River, Matt has arranged for a lineup of talented kayak instructors to be available to work with those looking to fine tune and build skills.
The Symposium includes an outstanding group of instructors, lodging at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center, and food all three days. Paddling instruction will be conducted on the Hudson River between Peekskill and Beacon near such scenic attractions as the United States Military Academy at West Point, Bear Mountain, Storm King Mountain and Bannermann’s Castle.
Sun. April 27. “CLEAN THE PLANET, PADDLE FOR FREE” Empire Kayaks celebrates Earth Day by offering a free hour of paddling between 10am – 3pm. To receive your free hour, you have to pick up some litter while you are on the water. Call 516 889 8300 to reserve.
Captain Kayak is proud to announce The 2014 Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay will run Thursday, May 15th to Sunday, May 18th 2014, at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn NY.
The Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay is a great way to catch the first fish of the year and hook up with old and make some new friends, all for the benefit of worthy causes. Those of us who share the enthusiasm for the sport of Kayak Fishing know this is a premier event that shouldn’t be missed. The tournament has again been chosen as 1 of only 4 tournaments in the United States as a qualifier for the 2014 Hobie Fishing Worlds Championship to be held inAmsterdam October 5 -11, 2014.
Proceeds benefit Heros on the Water, The Robert K. Sweeney Sport Fishing Education Center and the Fisherman’s Send a Kid Fishing Fund.