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miramar yc sailing day

The last time I wrote to you about the Miramar Yacht Club it was because I had attended the first night of a sailing class taught by their excellent instructors.

At that time, I proudly claimed to have been awarded new sea legs; when, in actuality, it was just the first of four classes, three land-based, and one on the water.

Due to some scheduling conflicts on the Friday evenings of the second two classes in the series, I was prevented from attending the full course. So, I was determined to do the sail that was included in the course. But with the June bad weather, it looked like the boat would never sail. On June 27, when the sun was shining and the temperature was just perfect, the deck shoes had to come on.

To tell the truth, even though I live so near the water, I (and apparently, the better half of Sheepshead Bites) live a landlocked life — practically touching water only to do routine cleaning of dishes, body, and clothes (here, I can’t speak for the better half).
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Tri-color Heron in Jamaica Bay
(Photo courtesy of vracing via Flickr)

For all the bird-brains out there, the New York City Audubon Society has planned a Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise departing from Sheepshead Bay this weekend, Saturday, June 20th.

South Brooklyn residents are lucky to live near one of the Northeast’s best bird-watching locales – Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. This weekend, NYC Audubon guides Don Riepe and Mickey Cohen are leading passengers of the Golden Sunshine around the backwater marshes near JFK Airport to learn about the history, ecology, and wildlife of the bay. See nesting peregrine falcon, osprey, egrets, shorebirds, and waterfowl. Includes wine and cheese, fruit, drinks, and snacks.

When: Saturday, June 20th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Golden Sunshine, departing from Pier 2 in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $45
For reservations, call 718-318-9344 or email

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This comes to us from the Deep Creek Yacht Club:

The Deep Creek Yacht Club will attend the 6th annual raft-up in Dead Horse Bay in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, June 20th and celebrate Sailstice 2009. The raft up forms at 2pm and is open to all SAIL and POWER boats. Share food and drink with your fellow boaters and “ring in” the summer solstice at the 4pm Bells & Whistles celebration. Pot Luck dinner after the celebration:


This is New York event of the international celebration of the summer sailing and boating season. By signing up at you will be eligible for prizes ranging from West Marine gift certificates to Caribbean vacations. It’s all free and all boaters are welcome. All boats participating will receive a free memento of the day from the Deep Creek Yacht Club.

Bring friends and family for this unique way to start the summer fun.

Please see the Summer Sailstice and Deep Creek Yacht Club websites for disclaimer and VHF, MMSI, and Cell phone number.

monofilament line recycle box
(Monofilament fishing line recycling collection box at Stella Maris Fishing Station; Photo by Ray Johnson)

The not-for-profit organization, Going Coastal, Inc., works to preserve urban waterfront resources by connecting people and their coastal waterways in sustainable ways.

One of the many means to the ends of “public enjoyment of coastal resources and responsible use of coastal resources” that the Going Coastal organization, in partnership with the Berkley Conservation Institute, uses is the collection and recycling of monofilament fishing line. Although, this fishing line is a necessity for making the big catch, it’s not necessary (or good) for it to be thrown into the water.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, monofilament — which lasts for up to 600 years — contributes to environmental pollution. Check this article about birds in Florida found strangled by this type of fishing line.

Monofilament line is doing damage to local wildlife in the Sheepshead Bay waters. Darren, at Bernie’s Bait and Tackle says, “I do a lot of diving and whenever I’m out in the water I see a lot of horseshoe crabs that get tied up in the fishing line and there is a lot of other marine wildlife that gets tangled. For example, there’s a type of bird that when it goes diving into the water for fish, it comes up with fishing line. But, I’ve also seen people go fishing and get caught up in it. He goes on to say that if “we could do something to help the environment, then that’s what we’ll do.”

monofilament line box topTo help reduce the damage to our natural environment, the organization has put out a call for volunteers to place and maintain collection bins where fishermen can place their used monofilament fishing lines. The collection bins are already in place at a few local fishing supply stores, a marina, and the NYC Parks Department pier station. With your help, they can be placed at every other spot where they are needed. Once or month or so, the boxes are visited by the volunteers and the fishing line is packaged and sent out for recycling in postage paid boxes.

You can spread the word about the importance of keeping this fishing line out of the waters by telling your friends to drop it off at the stations. If you or someone you know may be able to volunteer to help with this recycling effort, contact Going Coastal.

Contact information to volunteer:
Going Coastal, Inc.
Send e-mail

Stella Maris Fishing Station
Bait, Tackle & Ice
2702 Emmons Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11235
(718) 646-9754
Open Everyday
March 1 to September 30 from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
October to February – Call for hours
Located near the store entrance

Bernie’s Bait & Tackle
3035 Emmons Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11235
(718) 646-7600
Open Everyday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Located behind the counter

Venice Marina
3939 Emmons Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11235
(718) 646-9283
(Ask the manager for the drop-off box)

NYC Parks Department Fishing Pier Station
Drop-off station located at the end of the dock
Parks Information 1-800-201-PARK

The Sea Queen VII will be launching their summer flounder (fluke) 2009 season on Friday, May 15. You can head on over to Pier 5 on Emmons Avenue (near Dooley Street).

There are new stricter regulations that limit the size and number of fish that you will be able to catch, but you can have a lot of fun escaping from the concrete jungle for a day. Just make sure to follow the rules, because there’s no way to escape the DEC.

Here is the information:
Sea Queen VII
Fluke Season Launch on Friday, May 15, 2009
Half day sail from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sheepshead Bay Pier 5 at Emmons Avenue & Dooley Street
Captain Gerald Nappi or Captain Steve (917) 642-0265

(Miramar Yacht Club trophy case)

Tonight I attended the Miramar Yacht Club (MYC) Sailing Course and I feel as if I’m sailing off into a new phase in my life. It’s hard to believe that all this leisure sailing has been going on, practically in my backyard, and I never had a part of it.

Anyone can take this class and everyone should. In just three short sessions, you can learn how to talk like a sailor — and I don’t mean swearing. By the first sail date in June, you’ll probably be able to rig up the spinnaker.

Accompanied by the computerized presentation, the well-worn, waterborne teachers went through the information as smoothly as a sailboat going downstream. Those who paid for the course received the book, “Start Sailing Right” by Derrick Fries of The United States Sailing Association. Members of the press will have to buy a copy for $15 at MYC or online.

Read more about the sailing course after the jump.
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From Landlubber to Sailor

The Miramar Yacht Club is having a Sailing Course to introduce us landlubbers to what it takes to be on the ocean. I’m sure this series of classes will fill up fast. You will definitely get a faster response if you call, as opposed to e-mailing.

The course will cover all the basics of sailing and will be held on three Friday nights – March 27, April 3, April 17, 2009, 8:00pm – 10:00pm. The price includes a free sail, on the water – in a sailboat – to be given sometime after the class to practice your new sailing skills.

The class fee is $60 per person — $100 for couples or families — and includes class materials, refreshments, and the Free Sail.
Payment for the course will be accepted at the first class.

The class will cover: Sailing nomenclature, parts of a sail, apparent wind, Bernoulli Principle, points of sail, luffing, sail trim, slowing and stopping a sailboat, sailing after stopping, tacking, jibing, general rules of the road, red-right-return, anchoring, docking and a few knots.

Miramar Yacht Club
3050 Emmons Avenue
Sheepshead Bay
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Located between Haring St & Nostrand Ave

For reservations call 718-743-5823 or e-mail.

Note: The link to the website won’t work on Firefox.

Royal Flush Entertainment & Soundwave, who brought you the Bang on the Bay New Year’s Eve Cruise, is at again with another party sailing from Sheepshead Bay.

For those of you who are not into all that sappy candlelight and huge Valentine’s day markups, you can head on over to Pier 8 for a Reggae, Soca, Hip Hop, R & B, and Old Skool dance cruise.

Next Saturday, February 14, the Sheryll Princess Yacht will be dubbed the The Love Boat and head out for “The Valentine’s Midnight Cruise”. With the amount of promotion these events get, it ought to be called the Black and White and Read edition.

Although the organizer of this event, Legaci, specifically told me that the upscale partygoers (as opposed to Booze Cruise Lovers) on his exclusive cruises do not pollute, this advice can be useful for anyone: This Valentine’s Day, show a little love for Sheepshead Bay, keep our streets clean.

Here are the details from the promoters:
THE LOVE BOAT — “The Valentine’s Midnight Cruise”

Red, White & Black Edition
Saturday February 14th 2009

Aboard the Sheryll Princess
Pier 8, Emmons Ave. & East 21 St
Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY 11235

Boarding time starts @ 11:00PM (Feb. 14)
Boat departs @ 12:30AM SHARP!
Cruise the seas of NYC from 12:30 a.m. – UNTIL

I’m not really sure if there is a special reason (other than it was one really great segment), for the Brooklyn Independent Television (BIT) to do an encore presentation of Ned’s Walk Around the Blog one week after they just did.

I’m sure there are many of you who missed it last week and would still like the chance to see it. Here is the information:

Sheepshead Bites: Next on a walk around the blog, we meet the blogger known as Sheepshead Bites as he talks to fisherman in Sheepshead Bay about what they fear is a declining Brooklyn industry.

Monday, January 19 at 1 pm & 9 pm
Thursday, January 22 at 1 pm & 9 pm
Friday, January 23 at 3 pm & 11 pm

Brooklyn’s Time Warner Cable channel 56
Cablevision channel 69
RCN 84
Streaming live online at (channel 3)

(Brooklyn Review announcement at BRIC Online)

For those of you who are missing Ned (a.k.a., The Blogger Known as Sheepshead Bites) and are getting tired of seeing him only on the computer screen, you can catch him this week on the big screen. Okay, okay, the small screen.

Brooklyn Independent Television (BIT) and Brooklyn Community Access Television (BCAT) will be presenting an encore presentation of Ned’s interview with Captain Sapanara of the Brooklyn VI fishing boat as he discusses the decline in the fishing industry.

See the Brooklyn Review’s A Walk Around The Blog segment as it re-airs at the following times:

Monday, January 12, 2008 at 1 & 9 p.m.
Thursday, January 15, 2008 at 1 & 9 p.m.
Friday, January 16, 2008 at 3 & 11 p.m.

and the following channels:

Brooklyn’s Time Warner Cable channel 56
Cablevision channel 69
RCN 84
Streaming live online at (channel 3)

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