The Grand Opening celebrates the community effort and support that helped make the water trail a reality. The South Shore Blueway is a collaborative project by state, county and local government agencies, conservation organizations, volunteer groups, and the paddle community. It took years of advocacy and tireless work. NACK members have participated in each phase of trail development, from suggesting launches, participating in outreach sessions, and conducting field surveys of trailheads.
Now it’s time to celebrate what all that hard work has accomplished!
The Blueway Trail Grand Opening features a full day of activities and paddling at Bay Park in Hewlett. Bring your kayak, canoe or SUP to participate in the Inaugural Blueway Paddle! Saturday, June 4, 2016 on National Trails Day.
The South Shore Blueway Trail spans the southern coast of Nassau County encompassing the western bays of the South Shore Estuary Reserve (SSER), comprised of West, Middle, and East Hempstead Bays and South Oyster Bay. From the western border of the Town of Hempstead the project area stretches 18 miles to the Nassau/Suffolk County line at South Oyster Bay. One of the largest undeveloped coastal wetlands systems in New York State, the large complex of shallow, interconnected bays is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by Jones Beach and Long Beach barrier islands. Two openings separate the barrier islands and connect the bays with the ocean at Rockaway Inlet and Jones Inlet. Hundreds of acres of tidal wetlands, barrier beach and back-°©‐barrier lagoon, creeks and channels, marshlands, mudflats, and salt marsh islands characterize the south shore region. The area supports a diversity of fish and wildlife providing vital habitat for migratory shorebirds, wintering waterfowl and finfish. South Oyster Bay and the Hempstead Bays are on the Atlantic Flyway, a major bird migration route. Multiple species of seals winter in the bays. The South Shore Blueway Trail spans the Town of Hempstead and Town of Oyster Bay,the Village of Freeport and the City of Long Beach, Jones Beach Island, and several other villages and hamlets.
Just got this from Captain Jerry Collins at Captain Kayak. The Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay will be here before we know it. We are all ready for some warmer weather and the feel of that tug on the line. 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. Registration is open now.
The NACK Spring 16 Newsletter is now available online.
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.
The Winter 2016 Newsletter is now online. Our 2015 paddling season revisited and much, much more.
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.
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.
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.