Woohoo! This just in from my friendJack of New York By Jack (thanks Jack) (pardon any problems with links, this is a literal cut and paste but the event's a neat one. PortSide New York is a really interesting group, if I had more free time I'd get involved, and the Red Hook Boaters has been spearheaded by the efforts of Tim of the Message in a Bottle Project" - he's been paddling NYC's waters for years & has done an absolutely mindboggling amount of volunteer work getting people the water. I doubt I will be able to make it but it's a neat thing they do & I'm happy to at least post the following announcement.:
PortSide NewYork will run Kayak Valet 2 times this year.
1st is Sat, June 6 for the Red Hook Arts Festival 1100-1900.2nd date TBD sometime in Aug or Sept.
2008 Kayak Valet - year 3:
PortSide offers NYC's only kayak valet service. Paddle to Valentino Park, Valentino Park Red Hook, and we watch your boats so you can visit theneighborhood. Yes, we are trying to get a boathouse installed in ValentinoPark, but until then, we're all there is for visiting boaters!
Sat June 7 (Rain Date Sun June 8):We're there 1100-1700. Red Hook maps and tips will be provided with info onwhere to eat, shop and see areas of local interest. (note IKEA opens 6/18,so don't think you're paddling home with furniture yet.) Info on safeboating (en inglés y español) will also be available. We are working ongetting a group to demonstrate the proper use of VHF marine radios.
The Red Hook Boaters will again run their program simultaneously with KayakValet.
full details at http://www.portsidenewyork.org/KayakValet.htm
Carolina SalgueroDirector PortSide NewYorkaboard the tanker "Mary Whalen"P.O. Box 195Red Hook StationBrooklyn, NY 11231cell 917.414.0565