2009-06-05 / Community

Large Crowd Enjoys Paddling at Sebago Club

By Vivian Rattay Carter

Phil Giller, Past Commodore of Sebago, directs the flotillas of kayaks and sailboats launched from the new dock, with trips for visitors led by club kayak chair Jerry Dunne, sailing chairs Jim Luton and Holly Sears, and their many able assistants. Phil Giller, Past Commodore of Sebago, directs the flotillas of kayaks and sailboats launched from the new dock, with trips for visitors led by club kayak chair Jerry Dunne, sailing chairs Jim Luton and Holly Sears, and their many able assistants. The Sebago Canoe Club of Canarsie, which has a number of Rockaway residents, kicked off their open paddle season on Saturday, May 30 with a wellattended open house for the community.

"The sun returned from a week of rain and smiled down on our new dock full of happy sailors, paddlers and canoe warriors," said John Wright, Club Commodore. The free BBQ provided by the club throughout the afternoon also raised the spirits and energy levels of one and all.

Sebago's huge "war canoe" headed out as well, requiring a massive group effort, led by Andy Novick, the club's canoe and kayak fishing chair (holding canoe at far left), and Board Member Dennis Quigley (walking alongside at far right). Sebago's huge "war canoe" headed out as well, requiring a massive group effort, led by Andy Novick, the club's canoe and kayak fishing chair (holding canoe at far left), and Board Member Dennis Quigley (walking alongside at far right). Dr. John Dowden, Citizen Science Manager for the New York City Audubon Society, speaks to participants about the wildlife of Jamaica Bay, before they head out for a paddle. Dr. John Dowden, Citizen Science Manager for the New York City Audubon Society, speaks to participants about the wildlife of Jamaica Bay, before they head out for a paddle.

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