2010-05-14 / Community

Human-Powered Boating Season Opens At Sebago

By Vivian Rattay Carter

Volunteers hard at work replacing the club’s decorative front gate, which was destroyed when an auto veered off the street and crashed into it last year. All is now repaired. Photo by Andy Novick. Volunteers hard at work replacing the club’s decorative front gate, which was destroyed when an auto veered off the street and crashed into it last year. All is now repaired. Photo by Andy Novick. The avid sailors and paddlers of Sebago Canoe Club re-opened their season in April with a large flotilla launching out of the club’s Canarsie, Brooklyn dock into the waters of Jamaica Bay, followed by the spring business meeting and a great potluck dinner. Weekends in April and May have been filled with teamwork and camaraderie, as members maintain the club’s fleet of human-powered vessels, and its dock, building and grounds on Paerdegat Basin, leased for many years from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

The club’s annual open house is scheduled for Saturday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On that day, all are welcome to join in a free opportunity to kayak, sail or row out of the Canarsie facility, at 1400 Paerdegat Avenue North (near Avenue N). The following week, the club will begin its summerlong season of open paddles, which gives members of the public the chance to kayak, sail and row, free of charge, every Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. and every Saturday at 9 a.m.

Wetsuit-garbed voyagers launch at the season opener in a tandem watercraft. Photo by Bonnie Aldinger. Wetsuit-garbed voyagers launch at the season opener in a tandem watercraft. Photo by Bonnie Aldinger. An all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) not-forprofit group, Sebago is now entering its 76th year of stewardship of New York’s waterways. For information about the open house, open paddles, and other club activities, visit: www.sebagocanoeclub. org, or call 718-241-3683. Videos of the club’s members in action can be viewed by visiting www.youtube. com, and searching “Sebago Canoe Club.”
After the paddle, members meet to discuss upcoming activities, including trips, youth paddles, a May 22 laser sailing regatta, and other events to occur throughout the summer. Photo by Bonnie Aldinger. After the paddle, members meet to discuss upcoming activities, including trips, youth paddles, a May 22 laser sailing regatta, and other events to occur throughout the summer. Photo by Bonnie Aldinger.
More teamwork on display; A group cleverly constructs a roof bridging two storage containers, to create a weather-protected outdoor work area for boat maintenance. Photo by Andy Novick. More teamwork on display; A group cleverly constructs a roof bridging two storage containers, to create a weather-protected outdoor work area for boat maintenance. Photo by Andy Novick.

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