Midsummer greetings everyone.
LIC Community Boathouse has a full day of waterborne fun planned for this Sunday, August 19th and it appears that the weather will be perfect for it.
A morning, afternoon and an evening paddle have just been posted on the calendar and all are now available for request at LICboathouse.org.
The morning trip is a Circumnavigation of Roosevelt Island, 4 miles with tidal assist all the way around.
The other two trips are both one way, a noon trip to Manhattan, and a sunset paddle back to LIC from Manhattan.
These two trips are designed to facilitate an afternoon walk-up program at Stuyvesant Cove at the end of East 23rd Street & the East River. This will be a historic first. To date, there has been no legal access in Manhattan to the East River for paddlers. LIC Boathouse and NYC Water Trail Association have been trying for months to obtain a permit for this program and just this morning the permit was finally approved, hence the short notice.
We’re now recruiting volunteers to make the event happen. The event will be very much like our usual program at Hallets Cove. You can help with waivers, life jackets, boat loading or on water, providing perimeter security or taking beginners for rides.
Interested volunteers, please sign up for either or both of the one way trips, or meet us in Manhattan and show your support. There’s plenty to do, even if you’d rather not paddle.
Stuyvesant Cove is at the East River, just east of 23rd St. & Avenue C. You can get there easily by East River Ferry (10 minute walk from the E 34th St dock) or subway to either 14th St/1st Ave. or 23rd St/Lexington Ave stations.
Please join us Sunday for all or any part of the day!
Ted Gruber, Event Organizer