Sunday, August 25, 2013
by Bruce Taterka
Low tide at The Battery: 6:01 am -0.0´
High tide at The Battery: 12:21 pm +5.3´
Full Moon: August 21
7:20am: Push off in the mud at the Englewood Boat Basin under clear skies and perfectly calm water with a slight breeze from the south. Nine paddlers in the group: Bruce Taterka, Tanya Sulikowski & Ken Rendell, Mendham HS teachers Mike Scoblete and Mike Bullis, and long-time Delaware & Hudson Canoe & Kayak Club circumnavigator Fireman Pat with his NYFD crew of Shane, Paul and Liam.
7:40am: GWB. Nice current downriver against a mild south breeze.
8:00am: 135th St. Strong current moving S.
10:10 - 10:35am: Rest stop under the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge. We attract a crowd of onlookers.
11:05am: 23rd St. Moving fast upriver with the current against a slight N breeze.
11:35am: Northern tip of Roosevelt Island. Current is flying in the East River.
We pushed off at 1:25pm onto warm, calm waters in mid-80 degree temperatures under clear skies, about as fine as the weather could possibly be. The current was picking up in the Harlem River as we paddled north.
3:20pm: Back to the Boat Basin, exactly 8 hours after pushing off. The current was moving N in the Hudson with a mild breeze from the S.