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Walter Lewandowski, Commodore

Commodore’s Report – May 2017

The long, cold, dark days of winter are refusing to go quietly. But the first signs of spring have been apparent: the occasional early season paddle or sail on those scattered warm days when Jamaica Bay calls out to us; the yearly reawakening of our grounds with mowing, painting, plumbing and electrical work required to keep Sebago functioning; boat maintenance on

Spring Race Series, Race 3, photo courtesy David Cripton

Sailing Committee Report – 2017

Another season is upon us and our Spring Race Series is almost complete as I write this report. In the spring, the weather and conditions are always an ongoing surprise and this spring was no different with actual conditions rarely matching the forecast. For the first time in many years we actually held one of our races in Paerdegat Basin

Canoe Restoration, visit to the shop, photo courtesy of Patrick Daniels

Canoe Committee Report – May 2017

The big news for canoe aficionados is the return of our fully restored, Old Town war canoe. Long canoes have a long history of warlike use by the indigenous people of North America and Africa. Be assured, the Canoe Committee is committed to their peaceful use, including programming for families, the community and others. The amount of war canoe programming

War canoe restoration, visit to the boat shop. photo courtesty Jim Luton

Preserving a Classic – The Restoration of War Canoe One

By the end of last season, it became evident that our classic Old Town war canoes were not going to go much further without some serious attention. Many years of well-intentioned but misguided repair efforts and inadequate storage conditions have rendered both boats nearly unusable. I’ve done some wood and canvas canoe restoration myself, and I know enough to be wary of undertaking a project

How Music and the Tar Came to the Kiva

The story is still told in the kivas not only of the ancient ones but of their children and transformations. As it was told to me, so I tell it to you. This was before fires and the instruments we have had since. It is a story of your relatives: the swift-footed, four-leggeds, and the winged ones.

The Journey

One by one they had come down into the Valley of Shadows in wagons of fear. They were led by a fisherman, his wife, and their new child. The fisherman had been away from the sea for many years. And in all their days of marriage, the fisherman and his wife had been childless. It was not until the journey that the couple came to have a child. On their way through the mountains, the fisherman’s wife

Frostbite Regatta 2017
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Commodore’s Report

Once again, we are at that special time of year between the Thanksgiving leftover potluck event and the Frostbite Regatta. This year’s Thanksgiving paddle was the best-attended I remember, despite the windy forecast and cooler temperature. I for one was thankful to be back in my kayak with my friends after too long a time…

Group of kayakers with new Kayak Chair, Lydia

Sea Kayak Report

Your new kayak chair here. First, I want to thank Tony Pignatello for an amazing year of programming and applaud him for his many years of service and four years as sea kayak chair! …

Sailing Report

Our typical Spring sailing season was nearly a bust this year, as the expected dock replacement did not get underway until well into April. We were forced to forfeit all but two of the races for our Spring Series with no way to launch the boats, and no committee boat either. But after that we had a wonderful season…

Canoe Report

This season, the Canoe Committee focused on four areas of activities related to instruction, high adventure, family activities and public trips. The Canoe Committee exists in a virtual and inclusive world, drawing participation from Sebago kayakers, sailors, rowers and their families…

Boat Shop News – The Point Comfort 23

After a year and nine months of construction, we actually have an end in sight for Canarsian, the club’s new launch and safety boat. A boat this size, even a simple one like our center console Point Comfort 23, has what seems like an endless number of details to resolve and acres of surface area to sand, epoxy coat, sand, paint, and did I mention sand?…

Pool Sessions

It is officially winter, and the Sebago Pool Sessions that take place at the Flushing Meadow pool are set to start on Sunday, December 4…

The official time frame for each pool session is from 8:45 am to 11:00 am each Sunday, but we request that all arrive early to prep and

The New Garden Shed

Alongside the garden plot restructuring, we will have a new, custom-designed and -built shed to house all the gasoline-powered lawn equipment, rakes, shovels, and garden paraphernalia. Building a new shed will achieve several things at once. We’ll get the gas fumes out of container 11, and expand the boat storage in that space. We’ll move the garden equipment closer to the central gardening area…

Trash Bash Brings in Big Haul

Sebago Canoe Club proudly participated in the annual New York State Beach Cleanup on September 24th. Over the course of the day, several teams of volunteers collected man-made debris along a mile of the Paerdegat Basin shoreline…

Sebago Canoe Club Alumni – a Part of Your Proud History

In December, 1967 I joined the Saint Francis Prep Flatwater Canoe and Kayak team. My introduction to the team was at the Metropolitan Avenue pool and bath house in Williamsburg. At the time, I was a member of the school swim team which practiced at the facility. The canoe team, moderated by Brother Louis Cunningham, swam for conditioning in the off-season at the same time…