Kayak for FREE in NYC!

Kayak free in NYCThe Spare Times column in today’s NY Times has a great lead for a free outdoor activity in the Big Apple. Kayaking on the Hudson by Stephanie Goodman tells you how to get on the water for free at the The New York City Downtown Boathouse.

There ain’t a lot of things for free in NYC so don’t miss this one.

For an interesting blog about kayaking and NYC check out frogma. Also, check out tugster: a waterblog for an incredible chronicle of life in NY harbor.

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Indonesian Tall Ship Arung Samudera aground in Australia

Update (August 30, 2007)

Stricken ships arrives in Brisbane – The Age

Stranded Arung Samudera naval trainer wishes to proceed to Sydney – Antara news

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August 23, 2007 articles: Sunshine Coast Daily, Herald Sun, ABC News, The Age, Brisbane Times

Above picture from the Sunshine Coast Daily.

Update:

New picture and story from The Age.com

Arung Samudera aground in Australia

 

Arung Samudera aground in Australia - Rueters

 

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Sail training diary – Day 5 – Sailing with Parents and Graduation

Well this is starting to sound redundant but it was another perfect day for sailing. The wind was up a little more than Day 4 which added a little more challenge to line handling and the trainees were up to it.

After the Thursday day sail, there was an overnight expedition. Six trainees got the opportunity to spend the night aboard and work like crew. The Sloop Providence anchored in Potter’s Cove and from all reports it was a great experience. Even being woken in the middle of the night to stand anchor watch was managed with enthusiasm. The vessel returned to the dock on Friday morning and the shore bound trainees joined at 10:00 am.

Day 4’s challenge needed to be completed so ASTA Intern Heather organized a line naming contest and all of the professional crew. A line would be read out and the first player that grabbed it would win a point. The first team to 10 won. The trainees got stumped by the trickery of crew member Jody when he called out the “waterline.” It also took a good 10 minutes for one of the teams to figure out how to tie a bowline. All in all, the trainees recollection of line locations was surprisingly poor considering how well they sailed on Day 3. It’s funny that each winning has chosen scrubbing the deck rather than planning the voyage. Physical activities trumps intellectual activity which is not a surprise for this age group

Day 5 - teamwork

Today was parent day and we had six aboard which was great. The trainees seized the opportunity to show their stuff with setting the sails. This was the best demonstration of their team work yet. Continue reading Sail training diary – Day 5 – Sailing with Parents and Graduation

Sail training diary – Day 2 – Scrub Decks, Polish Brass, Sail

Today was one of those days that reconfirms the transformative power the sail training experience can have on young people’s lives.

I arrived at the Providence a little before the bus and after the USCG completed the final portion of their inspection. As I walked down the ramp of the floating dock I was met by a gentleman who had a few questions about the boat. It turned out that his daughter was part of our program and he was in the neighborhood and wanted to take a look. It didn’t seem to take much selling to get him interested in the parent sail scheduled for Friday afternoon.

The bus arrived missing one of our star trainees from Day 1 but we picked up a new one new so our count remained even at 13. Not too much later, our missing young man arrived with his dad who seemed a little annoyed that his son missed the bus.

The beginning of day 2 and we already have 2 fathers down to the boat with interest about what their children were doing. This is a great sign.

Day 2 - deck wash

Continue reading Sail training diary – Day 2 – Scrub Decks, Polish Brass, Sail