River Day to be held on Sept. 8

The Croton Yacht Club will be sponsoring its annual “Hudson River Day” celebration on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Croton Yacht Club located at 6 Elliott Way in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.  The mission of the event is to promote interest in the history and ecology of the river, to cultivate future local environmental leaders and to promote, enhance and protect river related recreational resources.

There will be events and exhibits throughout the day targeting both children and adults, focusing on the history and ecology of the river.

Events and exhibits will include: a seining exhibition where local marine life will be captured, displayed and later released; viewing tanks where local marine life can be identified and observed; hands-on exhibits for children such as toy sailboat making, fossil making; sail boat rides, and local artist displays and sales.  A presentation, “Commercial Fishing on the Hudson” will be made by Scott Craven.

Free sailboat rides, will be offered by Ferry Sloops aboard their 22-foot sloop-rigged Catboat the “Whimbrel” on a first-come first-served basis. The sails will depart at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Guests can sign up at the Ferry Sloops table in the tent beginning at 10 a.m. for any of the day's scheduled sail times. Limit of four passengers per sail. Passenger age requirement: must be at least 12 years old, under 18 years old must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian.

There will also be a youth fishing clinic and contest sponsored by the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association and the Yacht Club.  Volunteers will be present during the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and provide the use of fishing equipment and bait, free of charge. Fishing rod and reel combinations will also be awarded as prizes. All youths wishing to fish at the Yacht Club must be accompanied by an adult.

The Croton Yacht Club looks forward to coordinating this event annually because it provides the membership and local exhibitors the opportunity to share their river related knowledge and expertise with the community, especially the children. The organization realizes that only through this transfer of knowledge can it safeguard the future of this great resource, the Hudson River.

Food and beverages will be available including the best fish chowder on the Hudson. Admission is free so please come and join us in a fun filled, educational and family focused event you will surely enjoy. Environmental organizations, local craft vendors and artists are welcome. For additional information please contact Dennis Kooney at dennis@kooney.net or call 914-271-6384.

 

Yacht Club Receives Award from Hudson River Fisherman’s Association

The Croton Yacht Club was honored on April 15 at the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association’s annual dinner and awarded “Friend of the HRFA” by President Dan Harrison and Director Scott Havner. HRFA member, past Croton Yacht Club Commodore and Director Dennis Kooney accepted the award on behalf of the CYC membership.

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The HRFA was established in 1966 by then Croton resident Bob Boyle who met with other advocates at the Crotonville American Legion and launched the Hudson River Fishermen's Association. The group's mission: To track down the river's polluters, and using federal law, make them pay for the cleanup. Those statutes also offered rewards to those who turn in polluters. The fishermen's association collected bounties and used the revenue to form Riverkeeper and pay for the work of the organization.

The organization was involved in stopping the Storm King power plant, a foundational case in federal environmental law and was involved in the legal action in the case of PCB pollution in the Hudson River. 

Their mission continues to “encourage the responsible use of aquatic resources and protection of habitat. We assist where possible in efforts to abate pollution and promote sportfishing and the management of that recreation.”

The Yacht Club was recognized for it’s extensive community outreach efforts to educate the public on the history and ecology of the Hudson. The Yacht Club shares a similar mission which includes “to promote respect of the Hudson River through education and policies that reflect our commitment to sound environmental practices.” Some of the many outreach programs mentioned at the award presentation included, annual educational seminars, Croton-Harmon High School scholarship awards and its Hudson River Day event.

The HRFA has supported the Hudson River Day event in recent years by conducting a free fishing clinic and contest for children and young adults. Traveling from as far away as New Jersey and upstate New York, HRFA members provide fishing equipment, bait and prizes augmented by Croton Yacht Club donations to attendees. Their passion and expertise exhibited in coordinating and managing this event is remarkable and the highlight of the day.

“To be recognized by the organization that started the environmental movement on the Hudson and whose efforts spawned organizations like Riverkeeper, Clearwater and Scenic Hudson is truly an honor and testament to the hard work and dedication of the Croton Yacht Club membership,” Kooney said.

 

About the CYC

Located on the picturesque Croton-on-Hudson waterfront, the marina provides easy access to popular boating, fishing and sailing destinations on the Hudson River.

Village residents who join as members are entitled to reduced slip and storage rates.

 

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