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A Flying Lifesaver in Our Future

A Flying Lifesaver in Our Future

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. There’s a new lifesaving system in development for use with remote control flying drones. The device, called Ryptide, was designed and tested with the help of students at King Low Heywood Thomas, a private school in Connecticut. Project Ryptide began under the guidance of Bill Piedra, who teaches computer science at the school. He […]

Sailing over Frozen Waves

Sailing over Frozen Waves

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Most sailors enjoy spring, summer, and fall days on the water. They see the sights, challenge each other in regattas and club races, and vacation aboard. Yet once winter sets in most sailors — even the die-hards nicknamed “Frostbite Dinghies” — head south or head home. However, there’s a group of committed sailors who don’t […]

The Growing Plastic Pollution Problem in our Waters

The Growing Plastic Pollution Problem in our Waters

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It may surprise you to know that there is now more plastic than plankton swirling in our oceans. Plastic pollution from throwaway plastic bags, bottles, and bottle caps have become all too common on beaches, rivers, harbors, bays, and open waters. When you consider that the global annual plastic production has grown from 1.9 million […]

Port Jefferson

Port Jefferson

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. Port Jefferson is an exciting place to visit by boat, as it offers plenty of attractions just a short walk from its marinas. When heading to Port Jefferson for a day trip, or to enjoy a long weekend, my family chooses Danfords Marina for its location, activities, and restaurant. Contact Danfords on VHF Channel […]

Don’t Do What I Did!

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In 1978, I owned a 1971 24’ Revelcraft with a 318 Chrysler salt-water-cooled inboard engine.   This was a very comfortable boat, capable of taking me and my fiancée on extended-day adventures away from the mooring in Oyster Bay. One beautiful day, we decided to take the boat across the Long Island Sound to Connecticut. […]

Building the Kids Who Build the Boats

Building the Kids Who Build the Boats

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With a name like Rocking the Boat and an address like 812 Edgewater Road, you’d be right to imagine a spunky organization that spends a lot of time on the water. Then you’d be accurate picturing a fleet of brightly painted 14- and 17-foot Whitehall rowing boats with names like Audacity, Phoenix, and Nereid.  What […]

Loving the Water with MS

Loving the Water with MS

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

People affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) are drawn to the water since it’s there that they can move more freely than on land. Aquatic activities offer exercise possibilities in places such as Camp Hemlocks in Fairfield County, Connecticut, a year-round camp with special swim and boating programs for disabled persons.  Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune […]

Checking the Waters with the Peconic Baykeeper

Checking the Waters with the Peconic Baykeeper

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The bright sun was reflecting off the waters of Wiesloch Creek as we boarded The Kathy, the Peconic Baykeeper’s 29-foot-boat. Kevin McAllister (the Peconic Baykeeper) and I couldn’t have asked for a better morning to patrol the shoreline as we made our way around Shinnecock Bay. Bodi, a serene two-year-old chocolate lab who acts as […]

Seeing Long Island Sound from a Kayak

Seeing Long Island Sound from a Kayak

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Kayaking is a great way to relieve the stress of a long day and to get some much-needed exercise. Living in the wonderful seaside town of Bayville, I follow a ritual:  I grab my blue Hobie Mirage Outfitter kayak, paddles, and life vest from my apartment, and head 10 feet down to the water. The […]

Putting the Sound Back in Long Island Sound

Putting the Sound Back in Long Island Sound

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. During summertime, people flock to the waters and the beaches (if you look closely enough, you might actually see the harmful UV rays bouncing off the sunscreened bodies enjoying our local resources). A particularly popular place for summer recreation is the 1,320-mile Long Island Sound. Bordering Long Island, the Bronx, and Westchester in New […]

Save the Mystic!

Save the Mystic!

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

With the sport of sailing in the Long Island Sound smarting from decreasing numbers, one Connecticut-based organization is working to change the tide. Connecticut Community Boating (CCB), a 501(c)(3) charity, has been working since 2007 to provide boating opportunities for everyone, regardless of income, residency, or social standing. Over the years, CCB has taught over […]

Boat Quest

Boat Quest

May 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a cold February weekend when we arrived in Kennebunkport, Maine. The town looked completely different from the last time we were there, late August, when it was teeming with tourists. Today there were only a few people scurrying around town, mostly trying to stay warm.

Preserving LI Sound

Preserving LI Sound

March 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Long Island Sound – Protection and Preservation By Leslie Fazin

When Enough Is TOO MUCH

When Enough Is TOO MUCH

When Enough Is TOO MUCH – Tales of Trading Up, Then Down Again.