As I was about to leave Liberty Landing Marina by car on January 4th, something a little unusual peeked my interest. It was a beautiful Down East sedan coming past the fairway in a light snow. I stopped to check it out. As the boat got closer it executed a perfect landing. There was the captain, comfy at the wheel in a light sweater vest, and his lovely mate. She stepped onto the deck in winter garb, leaned over with the stern line, and snagged the dock cleat with a single wave of her arm. She then moved to the foredeck and did the same for the forward line… a winter boating ballet.
Spring 2017 brings a new resort boating experience for mariners on Lake Champlain. Basin Harbor, now formally known as Basin Harbor Resort & Boat Club, will introduce the lake’s first-ever Boat Club in time for the historic Vermont resort’s 131st season, which begins in May 2017. The resort’s brand-new, 60-slip docking system will give travelers arriving by boat access to 400 acres of resort amenities, including golf, spa, boating, swimming, dining, and more.
New York State Parks has rolled out new initiatives to encourage greater safety (and fun!) out on
the water. Free stickers and decals are being given out to paddlesport enthusiasts. The “If Found” Stickers are for identification of owners of non-powered watercraft such as kayaks, canoes, rowboats, standup paddleboards, and sailboats.
As boaters head north on their vessels towards Lake Champlain, or tow their trailers up I-87 to Lake George, Lake Placid and other destinations, a beautiful treasure is often overlooked. Saratoga Lake, the closest trailerable powerboatfriendly lake north of Albany and the Hudson Valley, provides great recreational fun, whether it be cruising its beautiful water, sailing on its smooth surface, kayaking/paddling up the Fish Creek, swimming, or even indulging in something called “waterflight”.
by Deborah Medenbach
The first Riverport Women’s Sailing Conference will draw women from up and down the Hudson River on March 25 for a day of education, networking and skill building at the Riverport Wooden Boat School on the grounds of the Hudson River Maritime Museum.
Warren Smith, age 53, has 43 scouts in his Troop 49, Ossining, NY. When you speak with Warren you feel the vibration and enthusiasm that he gives off! When describing his troop, they’re accomplishments and many trips that they have taken over the past few years one trip stands out. On a scout trip three years ago, Warren took the troop to Mount Vernon, Virginia, Washington’s home for many years.