Saturday, June 15, 2013

Gowanus Challenge 6/15/2013

Kate and I raced in the Gowanus Challenge boat race in Brooklyn.

It was an amazing show of wackiness, all for a good cause, the Dredgers!!!

My friend Jonathan took these amazing pictures, but link back to the race page, for full details..

The name of our team was "Greased Lightning" we dressed-up like the characters from Grease.

The start of the Canoe and Stand-up Paddle board class.

Kate and Tim literally blow by this dude in an inflatable boat, he never heard us coming. Check out the cool lightning bolts Kate put on our boat.

Yes We did get a bit competitive. We paddled a bit dirty by pushing off other boats, but karma caught-up with us when the guy doing the time keeping got confused and forgot to record our time. For the record we were first in the kayak class.

We Didn't actually release a bottle there was already so much crap in the water we couldn't bear to.

Release Date 6/9/2013

We did our annual Figment Festival event on Governors Island on 6/8 and 6/9.

It was a big success just like the last time, maybe even more people who participated.

There are a ton of great pictures over on the website:

Also checkout this YouTube of the building demolition on Governors Island. Shot from a kayak just South of the Island on 6/9/2013.

The marchers in the "Peace Parade" helped us launch all the sculptures.

We had a great crowd both days. Once I got them started I could pretty much just hang out in the shade and let the festival goers handle the whole thing.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Release Date 6/1/2013

I volunteered to help lead a trip for the Brooklyn Bridge Boathouse.

They have a very nice new dock, and wonderful volunteers and equipment. It was a real joy to paddle a "public" boat, that was actually nice where everything worked, even the skeg.

There was a nice little spot of very heavy current with a tiny race under the Williamsburg Bridge that I had never seen before.

We went North from their facility all the way up to Barreto Point Park in the Bronx. This is a waterfront park that has been under construction for ever, but is now open for business and super busy. It's probably the only park around for miles and miles and there were tons of people there. I scored an excellent BBQ plate from "Father and Sons" BBQ stand. It was a little bit heavy for paddling food, but tasty.

On the way back we decided to go along the North side of Wards Island. I had never done this before and it was cool and fun. We found a tiny whitewater wave on some rocks where the current was draining out into the Hudson. Just like on a whitewater river you could actually see the level of the water being lower.

We stopped at Hallets cove to put lights on for the return trip home in a stiff current.

Truth: BBQ is good.