DHCKC Circumnavigation, August 2013

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.

8:30am: 79th St. Boat Basin. Boats all facing north against the current.

9:30am: Holland Tunnel. Current still moving S.

9:45am: The Battery. Big swells against the sea wall but the breeze is light and water relatively calm. Ferries to the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island and Staten Island all coming and going. We bunch up and paddle in a group past the ferries and into the fast-moving East River, with helicopters flying all around.

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.

Noon - 1:25pm. Rest stop and lunch on Randall's Island. We stop at the beach and lift our boats onto the stone wall, but the park is closed off to us because of preparations for the Electric Zoo Festival which will rage over Labor Day weekend. The park is newly sodded and covered with tents, fences and portapotties for the 137 acts and 100,000 people expected to attend. A security team in a golf cart shooed us off the grass and back to the beach, and even stationed a guard to watch over us as we ate lunch, making sure we stayed off the festival grounds. The catering team supplied us with ice-cold water and Gatorade, though, which made us feel a lot better about the situation.

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.

1:55pm: 140th St.

2:25pm: I-95

2:55pm: Marble Hill Metro-North Station

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.

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