Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 27 August 2010 00:00
Bay Day lived up to expectations as the WaterFront Center got people in boats, and out on the water on Sunday, June 6. There were free kayak rides available – with the boats lined up along Beekman Beach. There were Sonar rides for four – you had to sign up and get a special ticket – free again. By the Jakobson Pier, a tent was set up to handle the oyster sloop Christeen rides. It takes 25 people, a captain and a crew of two volunteers for the Christeen to set out to sea.
WFC Volunteer Betty Tiska was handling the list of people who wanted the free rides. It was a daunting task, but she was up to it. “People sign up and then don’t remember to come back since it is free. But that is all right, there is a standby list,” she said. At the Oyster Festival there is a charge for the ride, so people come back for their scheduled cruises, she said.
For the 1:30 p.m. cruise there were 25 people signed up and 22 on standby. A longtime volunteer for the Christeen at the Oyster Festival she said from experience, “the first sail of the day at the Oyster Festival is at 11:30 a.m. and it is like pulling teeth to fill the boat.” After that the people come along quickly.
She was hawking cruises on the Christeen saying it’s normally $25 for a two-hour cruise; and $30 for a 3-hour cruise. There are also Sun Set cruises that feature discounts for dinner at local restaurants. The cruises include tours of the harbor from West Harbor, to Cold Spring Harbor with stories about the local landscape.
FYI: every Friday night, now through Labor Day weekend, the WFC offers free kayak rentals and 30 percent off Sonar sailboat rentals. The offer is valid from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 922-7245 or http://www.thewaterfrontcenter.org/ for information.
The day was dark and dreary on Bay Day. There were a lot of clouds and rain, and lightning in the distance. For a while there was some concern about the Christeen going out for its 3:30 p.m. sail - but it did go out - although it came back a little early. And, although there was concern about the Anything That Floats Race, it did take place successfully, although the Enterprise Pilot wasn’t there by then.
Betty Tiska said, “I had gotten to the WaterFront Center a little after 9 in the morning, so I didn’t stick around to watch the Anything that Floats Race either. There were a few drops of rain as I was leaving.”
As you can see by the two photographs of the race provided by Dave Waldo, WFC executive director it was a lot of fun and the youth showed a great deal of creativity again. You can see more pictures of the wacky race on their website: the waterfrontcenter.org.
People said the next day, that they had a wonderful time at the waterfront. Bay Day is a great way to experience the best of what Oyster Bay Harbor has to offer.