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- […]
. 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 […]
. 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As I quietly coasted along the shore, gentle waves lapped at my kayak in hypnotic rhythm.
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 – Racing Ice Boats
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
“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.”
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
The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay
Green Boat Organizations in Long Island
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 […]