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May
05

South Shore Blueway Trail Grand Opening Event

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*****Preliminary Information*****

The South Shore Blueway Trail is a safe, legal network of water access points for human-powered boats and beachable sail craft, which allows people to experience the natural, scenic and cultural wonders of Long Island’s South Shore, while protecting wildlife and habitat and the safety of trail users and all mariners.

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South Shore Blueway Grand Opening Celebration

Date:  June 4, 2016 – National Trails Day

Location:  Bay Park  – Harbor Rd. & Marjorie Lane, East Rockaway, NY 11518

Time: 10AM to 2PM

Blueway Opening Celebration is supported by NY Community Bank Foundation

Blueway Waterproof Map presented by SUEZ Water

Featured Event: Blueway Inaugural Paddle 

Activities awaiting locals and visitors include the following:

  • 9:30am How to Pack a Kayak with Elizabeth O’Conner
  • 9:45am Nassau County Executive Mangano officially opens boat ramp launch
  • 10:00am Opening Remarks & Formal Dedication at Stage by Nassau County Executive Mangano and Assemblyman Kaminsky
  • 10:00am Official Ribbon Cutting & Photo Opportunity at Beach Launch
  • 10 – 2 Local Exhibitor Booths showcasing Blueway Attractions
  • 10:30am Blueway Inaugural Paddle crossing a segment of the Blueway from Bay Park to Hewlett Point, and back. (Unload & setup at beach by 9:30)
  • 10:30-12:30 Kayak Fishing Seminar with Hobie Fishing Team Member, Michael Dunne
  • 11 – 2pm Family Kayaking by Freeport Kayak Rentals. Kayaks provided. Groups launch hourly.
  • 11:30am Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga by Empire Kayaks
  • 12:00pm Kayak Handling & Maneuvering Clinic with Elizabeth O’Conner
  • 12:00pm Kayak EcoTour of Salt Marsh with marine biologist Kevin Rodger by Empire Kayaks

EXHIBITORS: 

  1. Friends of South Shore Blueway
  2. K98.3 (10am – 12pm)
  3. SUEZ Water
  4. Town of Hempstead – Marine Nature Study Area
  5. Norman Levy Park
  6. Jones Beach & Theodore Roosevelt Park
  7. Long Island Traditions
  8. Eastern Mountain Sports/Carle Place
  9. Long Island Paddlers
  10. Kayak Fishing Association of New York
  11. North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak (NACK)
  12. Skudin Surf
  13. Waterfront Alliance
  14. Kevin Stiegelmaier, author Paddling Long Island / Paumanok Tours
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Article By Rhonda Moziy

On Saturday, April 9th NACK had some very special guests from the Coast Guard Auxiliary join us for an enlightening and informative presentation. This special event took place at Town of Babylon Sport Fishing Education Center (Cedar Beach Marina), Ocean Parkway in Babylon

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Two members from Division One Bayshore/Babylon Coast Guard Auxiliary,  Mark Stone and George Barnes, were on hand discussing important safety measures when kayaking. The following were imperative points to always remember.

  • The most important rule they spoke about was to always WEAR YOUR PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE (PFD). Wearing your lifejacket will help keep your head above water and add insulation to your body, keeping you warmer in cold water.
  • Tell someone your float plan, which includes: where you are going, what you will be doing, how long you expect to be gone and how many people are in your party. Then stick to your plan.
  • Stay hydrated. Always bring plenty of water and food.
  • Before paddling, check on tides and currents, shoreline conditions, weather patterns and water temperature.
  • Marine VHF radios versus a cellular phone. The VHF radio gives greater amount of coverage to a wider range of people as opposed to one-to-one only contact.   This extensive coverage ensures a distress call will be heard and responded to by the Coast Guard. A marine VHF radio also allows you to listen to weather forecasts and severe storm warnings from NOAA, giving you time to get to shore ahead of a storm.  When using a VHF radio, call on channel 16 and use Distress signal “MAYDAY”, spoken three times. Try to give position of your kayak by distance to a well-known landmark.
  • Kayaks and canoes must carry a minimum of three visual distress signals. Night signals include red flares, either handheld or aerial.
  • Vessel identification stickers can save the Coast Guard a great deal of time and effort when they find a canoe, kayak or standup paddleboard adrift with no paddler and no identifying information. Without these stickers the Coast Guard must assume that a person is missing and in distress, and that requires a full-scale search and rescue. Plus, it dramatically improves your chances of getting your boat back.

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We were also shown how to download a Coast Guard Phone App   It’s available for both iPhone or Android and it lets you create a float plan and email it to family or friends.  Of course this app is free to all boaters and you’re strongly encouraged to use it.

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Mark and George spoke about how the Coast Guards offer mariner training and certification standards for recreational boating safety. Afterwards, they took us outside and provided boat inspections to those of us who brought our kayaks.  After total inspection, Steve and John were proudly given a Coast Guard Seal of Approval.

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The delicious lunch afterwards was superb. We sat down to two big huge hero sandwiches, one was American and the other was Italian. Potato salads, potato chips and other side delicacies kept our plates full. We had beverages galore and assorted cookies. Best of all, our great camaraderie is the essence of our club.

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We once again wish to thank our Coast Guard guests Mark Stone and George Barnes for educating us with pertinent information to make sure that we all stay safe while navigating the waters.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is about fellowship, education and safety. The US Coast Guard was established well over 200 hundred years ago and became a unit of national defense, one of the five branches of the Armed Forces. Today, people have become more aware of an array of their many responsibilities extending far beyond military defense. Their many vessels comprise not only boats, but airplanes, helicopters and other equipment. Thousands of non-military, volunteer personnel are part of their daily functions. Search and rescue (SAR) helping boaters in distress, saving people who may have underestimated the dangers of the open seas is just one of the Coast Guard’s oldest missions.  Watching the coastlands of the United States and protecting the numerous waterways, harbors, ports, intercepting drug smugglers, enforcing fishery laws, stopping unauthorized ocean dumping, preventing oil and chemical spills and maintaining maritime aids to navigation, signs, symbols, buoys, markers, light houses, and public education make-up some of their many important tasks.

For more information or to volunteer with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, you can follow this link http://www.cgaux.org/

___Rhonda Moziy

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Apr
08

South Shore Blueway Grand Opening June 4 2016

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Grand Opening

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.

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Apr
07

The Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay

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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.

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Apr
03

Spring 2016 Newsletter

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The NACK Spring 16 Newsletter is now available online.

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Dec
10

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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Oct
08

Fall 2015 Newsletter

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The Fall 2015 Newsletter is now online.

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Apr
01

Spring Newsletter 2015

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Spring has arrived and with it the Spring 2015 Newsletter  Hopefully some warm weather too!

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