“NACK’s Sebonac Creek to Scallop Pond Kayak Trip June 17, 2014
Lynne, Paul, Anne & Mike, Julie & Bob all had a delightful paddle Tuesday. Sebonac Creek, Southampton, is a beautiful spot and it is wonderful that such an exclusive area like this allows free on-street parking for non-residents.
It was a very “weather” dependent day. In the morning, it was raining hard in some south shore locations, and hardly raining, if at all, in others. We wondered “weather” we would have a storm. We wondered “weather” it was going to get foggier. We wondered “weather” it was going to get sunny.
We wondered whether we would find Bob’s dropped camera; we did not. It turns out there are “Drowning Pools” all over Long Island. We wondered whether the ospreys had already fledged, because they were not seen on their platforms. We found out later that they were spending some time at the numerous duck blinds. For a short time we wondered whether we could easily find Scallop Pond; we did with the help of an app on Lynne’s iPhone.
A great trip!
(Photos submitted by Lynne Basileo; narrative provided by Bob Horchler)
Heckscher State Park Peer Practice
The weather looked threatening, but the rain held off. An 11 knot wind was driving the chop on the bay toward the beach. Bob, Rich and I meet Steve on the beach for a pre-practice briefing. Conditions were at the lower parameters at which the Level 3 test will be given. And a wakeup call for basic skills!
With the wind pushing against you and waves bouncing you around, a simple bow recovery became a test for both the paddlers involved. A stern pry, awkward on flat water, became a natural stroke to control the kayak in a following sea. Rather than slogging away into the chop, pick and time your stroke to paddle downhill. It is an energy saver and great fun. The last lesson of the day was not to exit on the beach side of your kayak.
Every year The Waterfront Center, in Oyster Bay plays hosts to adults, children and families the first Sunday in June for Bay Day.
From their website:
“During the event all WFC activities such as sailing, kayaking and Christeen sails are provided at no cost. It is our way of giving back to the community, promoting environmental awareness and stewardship while having a great time. We are excited to invite the community to experience all we have to offer and promote environmental awareness and stewardship; reinforcing our vision so they everyone can enjoy and preserve it for all time. Through Bay Day and its activities we share with the public the importance and connectivity of all environments as a whole and how to best recreate in them.”
The WaterFront Center was created in 2000 to transform the former Jakobson Shipyard site into a hands-on educational and recreational facility. Today this is the home of the WaterFront Center, an environmental education and recreation not-for-profit community center. It is also the home of Christeen, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest surviving Oyster Sloop in North America.
North Atlantic Canoe and Kayak members will be on hand throughout the day with kayak skills demonstrations and information on kayaking opportunities in the area. Stop by and say Hello!! Bay Bay activities will run Sunday June 1, 2014 from 12 noon until 5 PM. The WFC is located at 1 West End Avenue, Oyster Bay 11771.
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