2003-05-09 / Community

Jamaica Bay Guardian Christens New Boat

By Brian Magoolaghan
Jamaica Bay Guardian Christens New Boat By Brian Magoolaghan


Riepe boards Oystercatcher I with the DEC’s Stephen Zahn. She was moored just off the Littoral Society’s deck area.Riepe boards Oystercatcher I with the DEC’s Stephen Zahn. She was moored just off the Littoral Society’s deck area.

After numerous whacks with a rather resilient champagne bottle to her port side, the champagne flowed, and the Oystercatcher I was christened Wednesday.

Oystercatcher I is Jamaica Bay Guardian Don Riepe’s new boat. Arriving just in time for the summer boating season, she’s a twenty-two-footer, with a sleek Honda outboard that can push her through the water at speeds up to forty knots.

Riepe said it was a special day for Jamaica Bay, and that he is looking forward to using her.

Marcia T. Fowle of the New York City Audubon Society had the honors of swinging the cloth-wrapped bottle of bubbly.


Barbara Toborg, of the American Littoral Society speaks with New York City Dep­artment of Parks Deputy Commissioner Kevin Jeffries.Barbara Toborg, of the American Littoral Society speaks with New York City Dep­artment of Parks Deputy Commissioner Kevin Jeffries.

The christening took place at the Broad Channel office of the American Littoral Society, on West 9 Road. Representatives from the National Parks Service, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation the, the Department of Environmental Conservation, and others attended.

For more information about the bay guardian, go to www.ALSNYC.ORG


The Audubon’s Marcia T. Fowle takes the first of several swings at a brick taped to the Oystercatcher’s gunwale, as Riepe and others watch in anticipation.The Audubon’s Marcia T. Fowle takes the first of several swings at a brick taped to the Oystercatcher’s gunwale, as Riepe and others watch in anticipation.A spray of suds showers over the boat as Fowle successfully bursts the bottle— Riepe takes a quick step back.A spray of suds showers over the boat as Fowle successfully bursts the bottle— Riepe takes a quick step back.

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