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The Soundness of the Long Island Sound

The Soundness of the Long Island Sound

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Technically, the Long Island Sound is not a sound. In geography, a sound is a sizeable sea or ocean inlet or a narrow sea or ocean channel between two bodies of land. In actuality, the Long Island Sound is an estuary, and a vast one at that. It has 600 miles of coastline embracing New […]

Take a Beat for Boating Safety

Take a Beat for Boating Safety

September 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Ever wish for a one-stop database for boating safety, training, and awareness that combines the knowledge of multiple boating authorities and includes many helpful resources? Wish no more and start searching www.boatbeat.org to access the National Safe Boating Council, the National Administration of State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Rachel Johnson, the […]

Grading New York’s Harbors

Grading New York’s Harbors

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  Many people first listen to the forecast of a hurricane or another destructive force of nature with a certain detachment. Though early forecasts are a call to action, it’s easy to be apathetic. When the event is days or a week away, rising water levels, flooding, catastrophic heat, or devastating cold just doesn’t feel […]

Captain, Teacher, Water Protector

Captain, Teacher, Water Protector

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Captain Suzanne “Suky” Cannon lives the life that many boaters dream of having. She lives aboard Shambala, a 41-foot sloop classic built by Morgan Catalina, and travels where she likes. “Shambala is my home, and I do travel with her to various locations. I call it the turtle lifestyle. She is new to me, and […]

Buoying Hopes for Whales

Buoying Hopes for Whales

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

                                                                                                                                                                    ©Julie Larsen Maher Whales have had a long and uneasy relationship with vessels over the years, and vice versa. While we’ve tried to understand the swimming patterns of these giant creatures so that we might best plot ways to avoid hurting them, it’s been haphazard in the past. This is where the New York […]

A Pool on the Plus Side

A Pool on the Plus Side

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer and public pools seem to go hand in hand. Yet there’s a worrisome thing about public pools — the high levels of chlorine used to kill as many germs as possible. So the creators of + POOL came up with an idea to avoid immersing people in chemicals: they can swim in a floating […]

Boating While Pregnant FAQ

Boating While Pregnant FAQ

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  When you’re pregnant, you may be wondering if it’s necessary to give up the boating lifestyle until the baby arrives. To answer that and other concerns on the minds of moms-to-be, we turned to Dr. Jessica Shepherd. She is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of minimally invasive gynecology at the […]

Keeper of Clean Waters

Keeper of Clean Waters

September 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

.   While we’re out boating, the sad reality is that we often spot trash. You scoop it out, but you wonder how dirty water affects everything — boating, marine creatures, and safe drinking levels. Marc Yaggi and the Waterkeeper Alliance think about that as well, as they work to protect our precious water resources […]

Sailors without Sight

Sailors without Sight

May 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Picture yourself on a beautiful day; the sky is nearly crystalline blue and there’s nary a cloud in it. The glowing sun warms your skin and the sparkling water is gorgeous as its waves swell around your boat. This perfect vision makes you feel alive. Now imagine that you’re in that same picturesque setting, […]

Slipping into Boating Fun

Slipping into Boating Fun

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Technology has long been a part of boating; vessel designs have evolved to make them more efficient and safer, utilizing advanced motors that go faster. Communication devices bring boaters knowledge and assist in emergencies. So it made sense for Keith Cooper to turn to technology to help solve what he saw as a problem: a […]

Aloha, NYC Paddlers

Aloha, NYC Paddlers

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. In a place filled with different cultures, it’s not surprising that New York City’s diversity includes the boating world. New York Outrigger, a paddling community based in Chelsea with Polynesian roots, contributes to the mix. “Outrigger canoe paddling is believed to have started in Indonesia and then spread throughout Polynesia and Melanesia as population […]

An Able Lifesaver: Portable and Inflatable Drowning Prevention

An Able Lifesaver: Portable and Inflatable Drowning Prevention

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. About 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After a friend lost his life in a drowning accident, Tom Agapiades thought long and hard about the how to prevent such tragedies. “Initially, I thought of a buoyancy aid to be worn around the neck,” […]

Wounded Vets Have Freedom to Row

Wounded Vets Have Freedom to Row

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Military veterans returning from active duty are at times met with indifference and a lack of jobs, especially if they’ve been wounded. While the U.S. Rowing Association can’t make others comprehend what our veterans have been through, or offer employment, they do extend an opportunity for physical activity and a way to ease through rough […]

Waterside Business Storm Recovery

Waterside Business Storm Recovery

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Superstorm Sandy left a lot of devastation in its aftermath in late 2012. Homes were destroyed, lives shattered, and many businesses were heavily impacted. In response to such devastation, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo created the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) to help out those that were the worst off. “We created this office […]

Navigating and Advocating

Navigating and Advocating

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s funny how certain things can nudge us as we journey along the river that is our lives. There are incidents, events, and occurrences that steer our personal and professional boats into certain currents. While the boat and the current may be a metaphor for some, it wasn’t the case with Dr. Roberta Weisbrod — […]

Kids Aboard

Kids Aboard

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating is a family-friendly activity. While it’s exciting to spend quality time together with all family members, boating with little ones can be quite daunting.  Images of kids wailing about boredom and falling overboard flit through parents’ minds, playing out like two alternating horror movies stuck on repeat. Click off those images and watch instead […]

A Guardian of Long Island’s Water

A Guardian of Long Island’s Water

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. In February, while ice covered the state of New York, Dr. Sarah Meyland was thinking about water. As Director of the Center for Water Resource Management at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), she’s always interested in water issues, including the connection between water and energy. Dr. Meyland often gives presentations about water issues, […]

Dragons against Cancer

Dragons against Cancer

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Breast cancer, like all cancers, is scary. Patients can feel isolated and alone even if they are supported and surrounded by family. Thereafter, coming back from treatment can be very daunting — getting a clean bill of health leaves a specter of doubt in even many strong-willed persons. The Empire Dragons Boat Club, the first […]

Pregnancy at Sea

Pregnancy at Sea

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating season is underway, and it seems like everyone wants to enjoy the waves, the sunshine, and the breezes.  However, there is one group that can’t just head out on a power or sail boat with abandon. Pregnant women must first pause to consider whether they should be boating this summer, and if they are […]

Preventing Future Disasters

Preventing Future Disasters

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Superstorm Sandy was the stuff of nightmares — swaths of our region plunged into prolonged darkness, subway stations and roads submerged, and shoreline structures pushed around like toys. Yet the scariest thing about Sandy may be that it could have been worse. Lots of people said that we needed to be better prepared and stronger […]

Rowing Through Life

Rowing Through Life

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Navigating life may feel like rowing against a rough current for many kids growing up in the poorer areas of New York.If they even think about it at all, inner city kids may view the actual feat of rowing as something pursued only by those with more means. Enter Row New York. Since 2002, this […]

Surviving the Turbulence of Tantrums

Surviving the Turbulence of Tantrums

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

 You’re out on the boat with your family on a beautiful day. There’s not a cloud in the sky and everyone is having fun. Nothing can go wrong, right? Except that one of the family members on board is a toddler, about to embark on an epic tantrum. Parents know that it’s quite disconcerting to […]

Hardy Kayakers of Long Island

Hardy Kayakers of Long Island

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

While those around them bristled at the detestable “Polar Vortex” assnow piles reached higher than snow shovels, the Long Island Paddlers weren’t fazed by the past winter. “Winter has no effect on our numbers,” says Long Island Paddlers (Paddlers) president Steven Berner, who has served in that position for five of the past seven years. […]

An Actor’s Boating Passion

An Actor’s Boating Passion

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Acting is a calling for many people. They enjoy the emotions that they are able to invoke on the stage or screen while entertaining people. Actor Jens Rasmussen brings that same calling and passion to boating. Rasmussen, who has played over 200 roles in his acting career on the stage and in film, helped start […]

Preventing Swimming Nightmares

Preventing Swimming Nightmares

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Taking your children out to swim can be fun, but it’s also very draining. The many what-if thoughts of accidents create intense worrying; it’s every parent’s nightmare to be looking into a pool and see his or her child at the bottom of it. That‘s what happened to six-year-old Zachary, the son of Karen and […]

Swimming Towards Important Life Skills

Swimming Towards Important Life Skills

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s a scene straight out of a nightmare — one moment, you’re in your home, at the beach, on a boat, and then the next, you’re in the water — and you don’t know how to swim. However, one person’s bad dream is another person’s reality when hurricane-propelled waters flood a home, a rogue wave […]

Sebago Canoe Club

Sebago Canoe Club

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. The entrance to the Sebago Canoe Club of Brooklyn lets you know what it’s all about immediately—it’s a door in the shape of a wave. The sort of symbol that Elvis Presley might have used at the entrance to Graceland, the wave proclaims that beyond the door lies the gateway to fun outdoors! The […]

Putting the Sound Back in Long Island Sound

Putting the Sound Back in Long Island Sound

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. During summertime, people flock to the waters and the beaches (if you look closely enough, you might actually see the harmful UV rays bouncing off the sunscreened bodies enjoying our local resources). A particularly popular place for summer recreation is the 1,320-mile Long Island Sound. Bordering Long Island, the Bronx, and Westchester in New […]