Saturday, December 1, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I must evacuate if I am less than 15 feet below the high tide mark? But the map is in Category 1, 2, 3, etc. Hurricane flood zones. So what do I do?
I'm sure I'm not the only one scratching my head. This is the official map. Or I can order one from FEMA for $15 dollars. They will send it to me in the mail. I know I'm in the flood plane. Because I have National Flood Insurance. But at a time like this, don't you think they should be a little more definitive?
Which street is mine? Which house? Apparently I live in Lego land. Look at all the pretty colors. The problem is if I live in Tan...I'm screwed. But if I live in Yellow...I should be OK. For the time being; at least I have power, and internet access.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Would I have it any other way? Will my maturity have me learn from my mistakes?
Monday, August 27, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
I have been trying to leave the office early all week to go surfing.
The wind has been non-existent: and the surf has been about waist high.
I was not able to make my exit till about 2:30 yesterday. So I SUP'ed, the best I could, with some wind-blown slop at RM 3. I really have no idea what happened to my balance. So I knee paddled most of the time, [resulting in Waffle knees.]
Watching these guys is inspirational.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
I can usually spot the storms approaching. That tell tail "anvil" cloud, the wind starts blowing from the WNW instead of the prevailing SSW thermal we get in Summer, the temperature drops suddenly...
But none of those skills can protect me from the damage we have already done to Mother Ocean this year.
The tide to sail Democrat Point did not start to work until 5:00 yesterday afternoon.[Yes, I know know your tide table says 3:00PM. But Fire Island inlet is becoming so shoaled over, that true high tide was not until 5.] And we always sail Fire Island Inlet to Democrat in an opposing tide. One mistake and you are screwed. Unless you can suddenly swim at a 9 knot pace against the tide.
So since the wind forecast on the ocean was questionable...[BTW, it turned out that it did blow well enough to sail].
Since we couldn't start till 5 at slack tide, and sunset was about 7:50.
Since we had no plan B, [usually Joe's Beach at Heckscher State Park].
Or plan C:[usually to take out Segue. But Manhasset Bays was 90 degrees, and smells worse than a porta-potty, with out the deodorizer...
I opted for the Olympics. Thank god we had a nice Ocean session last Sunday. The last wave sailing I had was in June. And I was feeling it. The worst part was humping my gear a quarter mile each way in the deep sand. Don't get me wrong. This is better than humping your gear a mile and a half in the sand from RM2 out to Demo, But a pain in the ass when you watch some fisherman make that same drive to carry his 20 ounce rod and reel. Why it is against State Park rules to Wind surf or surf from my truck on the outer beaches, by just fine for fishing is beyond my scope or reasonable understanding,
Millions of gallons of raw sewage spill into Hudson River, threaten Ironman Championship
Published: Friday, August 10, 2012, 8:00 AMBy Steve Strunsky/The Star-LedgerA sewer main break in Westchester County is sending millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Hudson River from the New York side, keeping summer vacationers and others away from the water and threatening to cancel the swimming competition for tomorrow’s Ironman U.S. Championship.
The break occurred Wednesday at Tarrytown, N.Y., prompting the Westchester County health department to issue an advisory warning against direct contact with the water anywhere south of Croton until further notice.
Officials said the advisory could be lifted by tomorrow, depending on the pace of repairs. But it could still be in effect at 7 a.m., the scheduled start time for the 2.4-mile swimming competition by 2,500 competitors along the Hudson River’s New Jersey bank, just north of the George Washington Bridge.
Environmentalists and public health officials are taking water samples to gauge levels of the enterococcus microbe in the water. They’re also using computer modeling to determine where and in what concentrations the waste water is likely to flow.
The break sent raw sewage flowing directly into the river at Yonkers, via the Croton Aqueduct, a defunct drinking water tunnel that serves as a right-of-way for the sewer main which runs into a Westchester County treatment plant along the river.
More raw sewage began flowing into the river Thursday morning at Sleepy Hollow, farther the north, where a bypass line is being used to divert the sewage from the broken main while repairs are under way, said Heather McGill, a Westchester County spokeswoman.
Repairs could be finished and the flow of untreated wastewater into the river shut down by this morning, McGill said. But even after that happens, she said, "it usually takes about 24 hours for an advisory to be lifted."
Westchester officials issued the advisory on Wednesday and immediately notified New York State, New York City and New Jersey environmental officials.
Environmentalists said the forecast for heavy rains last night, today and tomorrow presents as big a threat to the triathletes’ health and safety as the main break. The New York side of the river has hundreds of combined storm water and sanitary sewer discharge points, where millions of gallons of untreated New York City sewage routinely drains into the river when sanitary sewers are flooded with storm water runoff, said John Lipscomb, manager of the water quality sampling program for the Hudson River Keeper, an environmental watchdog group.
Lipscomb said 13 percent of routine samples taken mid-channel at the George Washington Bridge exceed EPA standards for enterococus, the microbe tested for in brackish water.
"The organizers of the race have more to worry about from the rainfall that’s anticipated tonight and tomorrow, than this three-million gallons a day coming from Tarrytown," Lipscomb said.
Tomorrow’s triathlon begins with the swimming competition. It’s followed by a 112-mile bike race and then a standard 26.2-mile marathon. The competition is the biggest event of the year for American triathletes, who compete in eight other regional events around the country, said John Korff, the event’s local organizer.
Swimming competitions have been canceled before, though typically due to lightning. If the swim is canceled tomorrow, the other two events will determine the champion, Korff said.
Ironman Jeff Glasbrenner, a 39-year-old below-the-knee amputee from Little Rock, Ark., will be vying for his 18th victory in 20 competitions in the “physically challenged” division, and to be among 75 of Saturday's competitors qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii on Oct. 13.
Glasbrenner said he wasn’t all that concerned about the sewage hazard, and if Korff says the race is on, Glasbrenner will be in the water. He’s an Ironman, after all.
“If the race director’s good to go, I’m good to go,” he said.
Authorities Vexed as Hundreds of Dead Crabs Wash Up on Shores http://westhampton-hamptonbays.patch.com/articles/dead-crabs-wash-up-on-shores-of-tiana-and-shinnecock-bays
The Department of Environmental Conservation is trying to find out why hundreds of blue crabs and horseshoe crabs have washed up dead on the shores of Tiana and Shinnecock Bays — and so far, there are no answers.
DEC spokeswoman Lori Severino said that on Tuesday the department has fielded many reports of the crabs washing up near the shores of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation at the end of Corwin Lane in Hampton Bays.
"It's an ongoing investigation," she said.
Eric Shultz, the president of the Southampton Town Trustees, said he also received reports of dead crabs and conducted his own investigation. He believes the crabs simply shed their shells. To read his report, click here.
RELATED: Trustee Says Crabs on the Shoreline Is a Common Occurrence
However, Peconic Baykeeper Kevin McAllister believes that the kill could be caused by one of two things — the red tide or algae that has recently returned to Southampton waters, or pesticides related to mosquito spraying.
"It's hard to say what the cause is without testing. Often times it is pesticides, but it could also be the red tide," he said, adding that whatever the cause, "It is not good news for the bays."
Just this this week, McAllister said, the red tide, which has reappeared in area bays for several years, is responsible for a fish kill in a creek off Flanders Bay.
Red and brown tides, McAllister said, have become a chronic problem.
"We can’t delay anymore," he said. "We can’t sit here and debate this and ignore it for another five or 10 years. The time to act is now."
McAllister has long-advocated for pollution reduction strategies, including a call on Suffolk County to take action when it comes to sewage. He also has fought for the DEC to set numeric quality standards for the bays.
In addition, McAllister said he thinks people should take a closer look at mosquito spraying by the county, to determine if it's both safe for the environment and entirely necessary.
Nancy McGrath of Hampton Bays, who spotted the crabs at the end of Corwin Lane on Thursday evening, said she was saddened by the site.
"In my 50-plus years of being on the water here in Southampton Town, I have never seen this kind of die-off before. I'm sure there are other areas of Shinnecock beaches where this is happening, unfortunately. It's a very sad day for our bays."
Dead Whale Washes Up in Hampton Bays
Kim Durham, the rescue program coordinator at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation, said the whale's body landed just east of Tiana Beach between 4:30 and 5 p.m.
The Coast Guard received calls on Friday afternoon that a whale was floating in the ocean, but officials weren't exactly sure if the carcass was headed east or west. The southwind pushed the whale toward Hampton Bays.
The whale was fairly decomposed, Durham said. While she hasn't examined it yet, she believes it is either a sei whale, which is an endangered species, or finback whale, which is a threatened species. Both are common in New York waters, she said.
It was estimated to be about 50 feet long and weigh 50 tons, Durham said.
The Riverhead Foundation will work with the county on Saturday in deciding what to do with the carcass. The biologists will have to be escorted to the area due to piping plovers nesting in the area.
Just this spring, an adult pygmy sperm whale was discovered dead on the shore in West Hampton Dunes.
In July 2011, an injured sperm whale calf washed up on the rocky shore in Montauk. It died several hours later. At one-year-and-a-half old calf, it weighed 2.5 tons and measured 18 feet long, making the task of removing it extremely difficult. An excavator hoisted the whale off the rocky shore and placing it in a large Dumpster, which was then carted away so that a necropsy could be conducted before it was buried.
In March 2010, a young humpback whale became stranded on an East Hampton beach. Despite attempts to save the animal, it was eventually euthanized.
Check back on Saturday for more information, as it becomes available.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
This Summer has been freakishly warm. Especially the water. I went straight from wearing a drysuit to wearing a 3/2 or a rash guard in early June. As a result, we have not been enjoying our normal thermals each afternoon. Instead we have been enduring 90 degree air, and 71 degree water temperatures.
While Friday's rain kept me out of the water...it's cool Easterly made for a wonderful sail with Lauralee on Saturday.
On Sunday the breeze was light but had switched to WSW. I left my mooring at high tide, so every thing seemed right with the world. As I was sailing I saw more Bunker schools than I had ever seen in one area. Giant bait balls with fish jumping everywhere. I thought something is forcing these fish to the surface, ( must be Blues). There were so many visible dorsal fins , the schools looked like cat paws on the water. What I didn't get, was why the fishermen where ignoring these giant bait balls.
It wasn't till I sailed back to the bay that I understood. The bay was back to smelling like a sewer. I'm no scientist; but I've seen this before...reports of whales beaching in the Sound: dead Bunker lining the shoreline...Hypoxia. These fish were desperately gasping for air.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
The Moth Class represents every thing the Yacht Club scene does not.
No design constraints. Just build the fastest most innovative boats you can.
Just like the windsurfing that still exists today, Change the shape; the design; keep tweaking it, and see what happens.
No tradition; no blue blazers, no pecking order in status; no pecking order in the line up.
Moves like this ...where unthinkable.....................................when our equipment looked like this...
|myself by Richard J in 1980 something|
|myself, shot by Steve|
So while windsurfing continues to make great leaps forward for the regular guy like me.
We lose ground when we try to be the Yacht Club racers we are not.The greatest example being that Windsurfing is no longer an Olympic Sport. And why not? The boards they race bear no resemblance at all to the boards my friends and I sail. And we are just regular guys.
We have families, hold "Real Jobs", and we just love the water.
Interestingly, we are actually gaining ground in our little corner of the sailing world.
For example after 35 years of wave sailing in the Ocean against NY State Parks rules. Windsurfing is finally allowed in the Ocean.
|George shot by Ted|
Subject: RE: Governor Cuomo's office in cooperation with the NYS Parks announces additional beach access.
Jones Beach· The surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing area is open year-round at West End 2. The area is located on the west side of the beachfront, avoiding protected species.· Off-season surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are permitted at all open parking fields from October 16th thru May 14th.· In-season surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are permitted west of Field 2 from June 1st thru October 15th.· Surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are permitted beyond 100 feet east of Field 6 picnic area year-round.· Surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are permitted at the west end boat basin.· Surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are permitted at Field 10.Montauk State Parks Complex· Surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are open year-round from sunrise to sunset at Shadmoor and Hither Hills (outside bathing area).· Surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing area at Montauk Point State Park is open December 15th thru March 31st from sunrise to sunset.Robert Moses· In-season, surfing, paddle boarding, and wind surfing area is located on the west side of each open field beyond the lifeguard protected bathing areas. (closed fields) Including Democrat Point west of jetty.· During the off-season, surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are authorized within Fields 2, 3 and 4 by permit only when fields are closed. Effective dates are September 15th thru December 31st daylight hours only. Field 5 surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are authorized year-round on the west side.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
And last but not least... the former Whitbread now Volvo guys, It's amazing what a couple million Euros can buy ya'.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Rockport Marine's blog for the full story.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Source: Times Beacon Record Media
Part II: Hail Aeolus, Greek god of wind
by Eileen Gerle
March 08, 2012
In my last article, I wrote about the Aeolian forces that shape the shore and impact the maritime landscape, but I could not write an article about wind at West Meadow Beach without mention of the many windsurfers and kiteboarders who frequent here. So one windy morning I headed out to the parking lot where I found Mike Burns of Port Jefferson Station, suited up and getting ready to hit the surf. I asked Mike if he would mind being interviewed. He was not only agreeable, but a pleasure to talk with.
Mike started windsurfing at the age of 14 when his aunt and uncle taught him the ropes. Mike is now a pro windsurfer and has been an enthusiast of the sport for the last 20 years. He has windsurfed across the U.S. and the Caribbean, but his favorite place to do so is, you guessed it, West Meadow Beach. To be able to wind surf here is why Mike moved to the area from the South Shore. "Being in Oakdale just didn't allow me the time to make it to West Meadow as often as I can now," he said.
I learned from Mike that there are two methods of windsurfing: riding the waves and freestyle. The best conditions for riding the waves are high tide and winds of between 18 and 40 knots. Freestyle, or doing tricks, such as a funnel or shaka, are most easily performed at low tide. Spend several hours at West Meadow on a windy day and you can do both, since the many sandbars make for really shallow water at low tide. In addition, the winds here are typically onshore, another plus, as one doesn't have to worry about being pushed offshore and looking for a ride home from Connecticut.
Interested in taking advantage of this local natural recreational resource? For as little as $500 (or as much as ten times that), you can secure the equipment needed to get started. Beyond that, Mike had some valuable tips for newbies. First and foremost — get a lesson. Hampton Water Sports and the Smithtown Recreation Center offer lessons. Also, check out the local forum online: sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/LongIslandWindsurfer. Additionally, be sure not to miss the annual East Coast Windsurfing Festival, held every June at Heckscher State Park, where you can meet some nice folks and maybe score some used gear. And girls, windsurfing may be a male dominated sport, by 10 to one according to Mike, but don't let that intimidate you. What women lack in muscle, they can make up for in technique. Mike has already had his 5-year-old daughter on a board.
I asked Mike if one day stands out in his mind as epic, and he said that any day windsurfing is a good day. However, being out there during recent Tropical Storm Irene stands out as being the most awesome day yet. I'm no windsurfer, but if you are just starting out, I would suggest leaving the stormy surf to the big guns like Mike. There are plenty of windy days here at West Meadow Beach.
Eileen Gerle is Brookhaven Town's ranger and environmental educator for West Meadow Beach.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Why? Well because those like me, are often referred to by the LI Fishing lobbies as “surfers posing as dedicated beach anglers”, or not “real fishermen”. They do this in an attempt to discredit any surfcaster who doesn’t agree with them. For the most part it works. Most people have such a need to belong to a group…any group; that they are afraid to speak up. I have witnessed this bullying within the anonymity of an on line posting board. And my wife was first exposed to it this May during a NYS State Parks and Recreation meeting.
'The Fisherman' this April. My favorite part was when this PHD of something I suppose, emphatically called the State of NY “foolish” if they were to allow Kayaks and windsurfers to launch from Sunken Meadow State Park. Perhaps if he had done some research; he would have discovered that these activities have been allowed there for over TEN years! And without one conflict.[I'm pretty sure you need to do research to earn a PHD.]
Now get this… not more than 2 minutes later. Right after the resolution to open up the State Parks to more water sports was PASSED by UNANIMOUS DECISION: his friend “Dump Truck” sitting next to him and his kids, proceeds to call the NYS Parks Board a bunch of scum%@gs! Considering the emotional trauma they have already endured: I can only hope they will not be scarred for life .