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Seeing More of Long Island’s Shore

Seeing More of Long Island’s Shore

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The waters of Nassau County are more accessible to the paddling public thanks to the recently completed South Shore Blueway Trail. The trail, which extends 18 miles from the western border of the Town of Hempstead to the border of Nassau and Suffolk counties along the south shore, provides a 21,100-acre recreation area for paddle- […]

Present and Ready. Safety, Skill, and Satisfaction through Mindfulness

Present and Ready. Safety, Skill, and Satisfaction through Mindfulness

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Earlier this year, a photo of a sailor went viral on the web. While he’s seen glued to his cell phone, he’s missing a humpback whale that’s breaching right in front of his boat.  The photo, captioned, “A sign of the times,” makes an important social commentary — we rarely pay attention to what’s […]

Healing Waters: Battling Cancer Aboard

Healing Waters: Battling Cancer Aboard

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Is there any greater celebration of life than being out on the water, feeling the sun, smelling the freshness, seeing a beautiful vista, and escaping land in the company of friends and family? On the other hand, is there any greater threat to life than cancer? The questions above lead to a third: may […]

Rowing Forward

Rowing Forward

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

On a flight home from Hawaii to California in 2012, Angela Madsen, a world-class athlete, looked out upon the Pacific Ocean and thought, I’m going to row that. She failed in her first attempt — a solo mission, but succeeded the next time with a rowing partner. Just a few years later, she has circumnavigated […]

Paddling Towards a Better World: Paddlers for Humanity

Paddling Towards a Better World: Paddlers for Humanity

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Fred Doss was skeptical when friend and fellow paddler Ed Cashin first suggested an 18-mile row from Montauk Point to Block Island to raise money for charity.  “I didn’t think anyone would do it,” confesses Doss.  The fundraiser was a success, however, and led to the creation of Paddlers for Humanity, an East Hampton-based non-profit […]

Single Paddler Seeks Peacefulness

Single Paddler Seeks Peacefulness

October 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There are few activities more peaceful than a quiet paddle through Long Island’s bays, harbors, and inlets. Paddling, whether by kayak, canoe, or the stand-up kind, offers a serene environmental experience. Requiring little gear or advance preparation, it can be a go-for-an-hour type of adventure providing an intimate peek into nature. However, just because it’s […]

A Mermaid in Another Life: Angela Madsen, Powerhouse

A Mermaid in Another Life: Angela Madsen, Powerhouse

April 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A botched spinal surgery in 1993 left Marine Corps veteran Angela Madsen without the use of her legs. She soon lost her job, her house in Long Beach, California, and her life savings. Madsen, a once-elite athlete, was left with a broken body and spirit.

Sailing Proud: The Knickerbocker Sailing Association

Sailing Proud: The Knickerbocker Sailing Association

January 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When sailor Steven Kelley boxed up his belongings and moved to his boat, some thought he was crazy. But not his partner of seven years, who was fully on board with the plan. The couple rented out their home, and now their floating “efficiency apartment” holds everything they need.

Diving With Sharks:Dispelling Myths & Fears

Diving With Sharks:Dispelling Myths & Fears

November 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

My breathing hastened and I felt uneasy as soon as we dropped down into deep water. Pressure caused my ears to pop, and my chest constricted as cold water seeped through my wetsuit. Suddenly, a shark swam by, with another right behind. Its pale grey eye looked into mine, and its mouth was agape, revealing row upon row of razor sharp teeth.

Early Winter 2011 Featured Writer

Early Winter 2011 Featured Writer

November 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Kara Jackson was born and raised on Long Island and spends as much time as possible in or near the water. She has written for magazines including Audubon and Parentguide News.

Into the Big Blue: Two Long Islanders’ World Record Dreams & Personal Milestones

Into the Big Blue: Two Long Islanders’ World Record Dreams & Personal Milestones

September 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Toward the end of her 50-day journey at sea, Aleksa Klimas-Mikalauskas was “ready to come home.” A resident of North Babylon, she was part of the 16-member crew of Big Blue, which was attempting to set a new world record for rowing across the Atlantic.

Glowing Reviews for Long Island Kayaking

Glowing Reviews for Long Island Kayaking

May 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

As I quietly coasted along the shore, gentle waves lapped at my kayak in hypnotic rhythm.

Long-tails, Loons, and Brant—Oh, My!

Long-tails, Loons, and Brant—Oh, My!

March 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

You can spot ducks bobbing along in the Great South Bay, diving in the deep Atlantic Ocean, or serenely swimming in the Long Island Sound.

Love at First Ice

Love at First Ice

December 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Love at First Ice – Racing Ice Boats

A Prescription for Fitness

A Prescription for Fitness

December 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The name of her 33’ Sea Ray is “Anita’s Prescription” and it’s a fitting metaphor for its owner. Anita Glashow, a pharmacist who puts in long hours at work, says the boat is her place of well-being. A self-proclaimed “fitness nut,” Glashow says her “mission is to be in shape and healthy while enjoying being on the water.” And she’s got a unique way of accomplishing both: she exercises in, near and on the water as often as she can.

The Eyes & Ears of the Environment

The Eyes & Ears of the Environment

September 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Armed with a handgun and sporting a rugged olive uniform and tough black boots, police officer Kaitlin Grady steps out of her vehicle and opens up a padlocked chain link fence. She gets back in the car and we drive along the rutted dirt road, flanked by metal fences and “private property, keep out” signs. A behemoth structure looms behind us, casting long shadows on the surrounding shore. The water is black and foreboding.

Counting on Clams

Counting on Clams

July 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

For the last six years, scientists at The Nature Conservancy on Long Island have been taking a gamble to revive the once-abundant clam population in the Great South Bay. And they’re doing it by steadily putting clams back into protected areas in the bay and working with federal, state, and local governments on management plans and water quality projects to ensure the clams’ long-term survival.

Mattituck’s Revamped Ramp

Mattituck’s Revamped Ramp

July 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

What used to be a pock-marked sand lot is now a state-of-the-art boat launch ramp, thanks to recent efforts by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Caught in the Current: The Oil Spill and Long Island

July 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

While the aftermath of the Gulf spill may not pose a direct threat to Long Island in the same way as it affects the Gulf States, preparedness here is key.

Battling Trash Below

Battling Trash Below

July 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

“What we are doing affects everything under water – all the pollution, all the atmospheric deposition lands on the bottom of the bays. I’ve seen pods of balloons floating around a hundred miles off shore. I wish people would make that connection: what goes up must come down and what comes down lands in the ocean.”

DIVE IN!  Underwater Exploring

DIVE IN! Underwater Exploring

April 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Below the cool, dark waters off Long Island’s coast is a cornucopia of surprises. It’s an underwater world that many of us – even those who spend time on the water – don’t think about. Yet the adventure-seekers who dive into this realm’s intimacies quite simply can’t stay out of it.

“The feeling of going under water and being able to breathe is a euphoric one,” enthused Randy Randazzo, owner of Hampton Dive Center in Riverhead. “I remember my first time under water, I got little butterflies. I still get that euphoric feeling every time I dive.”

Blue Water Green Boat Talking Trash

Blue Water Green Boat Talking Trash

November 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Blue Water Green Boat Talking Trash

The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay

The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay

November 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay

Green Boat Organizations

Green Boat Organizations

August 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Green Boat Organizations in Long Island

A Spectator Sport – Sailboat Racing

A Spectator Sport – Sailboat Racing

August 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

A Spectator Sport – Sailboat Racing Kara Jackson If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “get on the rail, roast beef!” it’s likely that: A) you are a sailor, B) you know it’s a command to get to the other side of the boat, C) you’re aware your hefty qualities are an asset, or D) all […]