Yacht Club hosts River Day on Saturday, Sept. 7

    The Croton Yacht Club hosts its annual “Hudson River Day” celebration on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the yacht club, located at 6 Elliott Way in Croton-on-Hudson.

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 demonstration 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. Also, educational seminars will be conducted by NYSDEC Fisheries Biologist Amanda Higgs on the Hudson River Sturgeon. Riverkeeper’s Nicholas Mitch will speak about the ecological impact of the controversial proposal to build storm surge barriers at the mouth of the Hudson River.

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 scheduled sail times. There is a 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 from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. to 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.    

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, which requires an initiation fee and work time commitments, are entitled to reduced slip and storage rates.