Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Who's Got Big Bollards?

SHE'S GOT THE BIGGEST
BOLLARDS OF THEM ALL!

Who? Why, the Mary A. Whalen, my favorite retired tanker in NYC has got big bollards, and all kinds of other industrial-strength hardware too - and you can grab yourself a bollard (or whatever else you might want) this coming Sunday (7/27/2014) at PortSide NewYork's "Heavy Metal Fundraising Sale".

Click here for more info!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Eddied Out Again - Orient Point July 2014



Just hanging out, enjoying the scenery. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Catching Up - Liberty Challenge, 6/21/14, 3rd Race (Co-ed) from the John J. Harvey



It poured tonight, so I decided to do a little of that catching-up - I went back to my June 21st pictures, and decided to do a Flickr album of the 3rd race of the Outrigger Challenge.
Click here to visit the album.  PS - bored? you can play "spot da huli" over there - I didn't actually notice it when we were out there but there's one upside-down outrigger in one of my pictures. Oops!

It was a total lucky break that I got these - I had gotten up early to go watch the women's race, and then my friend Harry was meeting me at the Historic Ships Festival one pier south of the outrigger festivities; my plan had been to get my dose of Hawaiiana first, but Harry wanted to go for a ride on the fireboat John J. Harvey, and by sheer coincidence, the trip I picked just happened to run us right into the 3rd and final of the 3 Liberty Challenge races, the co-ed teams, just as they were passing the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island areas.

This race is the shorter of the 3 - the men's and women's races are both 15 miles, down around the Battery, up to the Manhattan Bridge, back south down around Governor's Island, over to the Statue of Liberty, up the Hudson to Pier 66 in Chelsea (the festivities used to be held there and I guess there was no reason to change the course when they moved to Pier 26) and then back down to Pier 26. The co-ed race cuts the loop up under the bridges, it's just down around Gov's I and back, bringing it down to 11 miles.  Couldn't have timed it better if I'd tried, and of course I went into full pa(ddle)parazzi mode. Got some decent shots, I think, it was really something to see. Hope you enjoy!

Visit the Liberty Challenge website at Libertyoutrigger.org for more info, and don't miss the video piece that the NY Times produced about preparing for the race with New York Outrigger, hosts of the event (with financial support from Hawaiian Airlines and others), click here for that.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Falling behind!


Oh, gosh, I need about a week of really crummy weather to catch up here! I was, as I mentioned, holding back to keep the City of Water Day post on top (that event went very nicely and at least one person came due to my social media efforts - always fun to meet somebody you've been Facebook friends with for a long time!), but now I'm feeling seriously backlogged (backblogged?). I have unshared pix going back 3 weekends now, eek, and we've got the insanely photogenic annual Orient Point trip coming up next weekend!


July 4th weekend was fantastic; there was the fireworks party at Victoria and Steve's - I shared my best fireworks pictures but I was going to do an Empire State Building selection too, with those new LED lights they put on quite a show - here's one: 



And then I spent both Saturday and Sunday at the club. Saturday I sort of accidentally-on-purpose "forgot" my camera, thinking of all the backlog from the weekend before - but we had a lovely club paddle to Spring Creek, where we got deeper into the marsh than I think I've been before, followed by hot dogs and burgers and wine (oh my) back at the club. Lovely day out there - a little on the breezy side, with the wind against us on the homeward-bound leg, but that just made the burgers taste that much better. 

Sunday was the 2nd Sailing Committee cruise of the 2014 season and for that, I did bring my camera. I love this old boat on Ruffle Bar, I always feel like I could post it and claim that it's somewhere in the Caribbean - although in this shot if a person looks closely there's a dead giveaway (click on the photo for a detail view).


We had a terrific sail, we had much better wind than we had for the first cruise, and the "Usual Suspects" were joined by a lot of newer sailors - this year's annual sailing class was apparently full of naturals who dealt well with some pretty breezy conditions during their lesson and then were willing to come back for more punishment! We ended up with 14 boats and 17 people, if that's not a record, it's got to be close - we had a great day out there, it was one of those days where the bay just feels like such an escape. Click here for a Flickr album of the day. Hope you enjoy!  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Karen riding


I've actually been NOT posting this week to keep the City of Water day info up on top, but I haven't done much drawing since it got warm enough to spend time outside and since I got a whim to pick up the sketchbook last night and since it works well as a Throwback Thursday post, here's my sister riding at Camp Smith on Oahu. January 1975, according to my mom's notes on the back of the picture.

I actually started out trying to draw these brants, but somehow it wasn't working. Bowsprite says nothing is a mistake but I tried and tried and tried just wasn't getting 'em. Then I drew a horse face which came out kind of cute and so I decided to give the brants a break and do a quick sketch of my sister riding instead - that worked a little better.
 
So there's my Throwback Thursday post. Now back to looking forward - don't forget City of Water Day on Saturday the 12th - good wet fun all over the city, woohoo! 

Monday, July 07, 2014

City of Water Day - Saturday, July 12th

It's that time of year again! City of Water Day started as an event on Governor's Island - now it's all over the city. Here's the flyer that one of our graphicky folks did up for Sebago's event (click on it for readable version): 

For events at other locations throughout the area (including a few in NJ, this isn't just an NYC thing anymore), visit CityOfWaterDay.org



And yes, the original Governor's Island festival still goes on - featuring a cardboard canoe race that I consider to be tied with the Gowanus Challenge for silliest boat race in the harbor. Take a look at my friend Christopher's video from last year - this is what a person from Hawaii (like me) would call "plenty good fun"!