Sebago Hosts Columbus Day Paddle
In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Well, there were no sailboats, just kayaks, and it was a bay, not an ocean. In the 2010 version, Sebago Canoe Club members took advantage of the mild weather on Monday, October 11 to paddle across Jamaica Bay to Rockaway, which is becoming an annual Columbus Day ritual for the club. A group of nine kayakers, including Walter and Dorothy Lewandowski, John Wright, Gary Gorman, Tony Pignatello, Rochelle Rubin, John Edward Harris, Vicki Moss and Tony Adagnallo departed from Sebago’s Canarsie clubhouse at low tide, planting a proverbial flag at two locations: first, Ruffle Bar, an uninhabited island in the bay, where a rest break was taken, and then again, along the Rockaway bayfront near Tribute Park. Once on the peinsula, the crew disembarked and headed for their favorite Rockaway location, The Wharf, where they were greeted by local club member, Vivian Carter. The hungry paddlers chowed down on crispy fried shrimp baskets and fresh Long Island Cod “fish tacos.” Yes—there are still delectable fish tacos to be had in Rockaway, yearround, at The Wharf! Then, the Sebagoans re-launched their boats back toward Canarsie before the high tide rolled in.