Auction to Benefit Junior Sailing: 1965 Dyer Dhow

High Bid: $850 (SOLD!)
(updated Saturday, August 9th, 2030hrs)
1965 Dyer Dhow

Generously donated by the estate of Eric Layton, this gorgeous 1965 Dyer Dhow dinghy is in pristine condition and has been lovingly restored. She is 7’ 9” and complete with spruce spars, Ratsey and Lapthorn sail, vintage Smoker’s Quality Brand oars, bronze oarlocks, and registration documents. This is your chance to own a classic!

Bids for this beautiful dinghy will be accepted through 8:30pm on Saturday, August 9th and will be updated online several times each day. Bids will be accepted by phone, email or on the bid sheet posted at the Club. To place your bid, call Chris Lucas at (917) 750-8292 or send your bid via email with your name and phone number to bids@hempsteadharbourclub.com. The current high bid will be updated several times daily on this page.

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Interested in seeing her in person? The dinghy will be exhibited Tuesday-Friday evenings at the club and Saturday during the day. Please email Chris Lucas at HHCJuniorSailing@gmail.com if you would like to arrange to view the boat at a different time.

Junior Sailing Scholarship

As the summer boating season draws near, Glen Cove’s Hempstead Harbour Club is gearing up for its summer Junior Sailing Program. Each summer for the past ten years, the Hempstead Harbor Club has offered sailing instruction to boys and girls aged 8 thru 15. This year, Hempstead Harbour Club will be awarding a full, all-expense-paid scholarship to the 7-week program for an opportunity to learn to sail and spend the summer on the water. This scholarship is generously provided by the Heritage Cup Regatta — a classic wooden boat regatta founded by Captain Mike Emmert of Glen Cove. “Through the Heritage Cup Regatta’s generosity, we are proud to be able to extend this unique opportunity to our community” said HHC Commodore Al Reres. “Our Junior Sailing program helps to ensure the future of recreational sailing. This scholarship will share that experience with a lucky recipient and help foster a deeper appreciation for our waterfront.”

Scholarship candidates should submit an essay of any length explaining in detail why they want to learn to sail together with a letter of recommendation. No previous sailing experience is required! Be sure to include your name, age, address and phone number and mail to Hempstead Harbour Club Scholarship; P.O. Box 192; Glen Cove, NY 11542 or send via email to HHCJuniorSailing@gmail.com. Entries must be received no later than June 10th and the winner will be notified in mid-June.

Located on Garvies Point Road in Glen Cove, the Hempstead Harbour Club was founded in 1891 “for the encouragement of sailing, swimming and other amateur sports.” The club has preserved its rich history and sailing traditions and was recognized as a historic landmark by the city of Glen Cove in 2010. The club’s Junior Sailing program runs for seven weeks from Monday, June 30th through August 14th with half-day sessions held Monday thru Thursday led by the club’s staff of US Sailing-certified instructors. The program is open to both members and non-members and caters to everyone from first-timers to experienced racers. Adult instruction is also available. Additional program information and registration forms can be found at http://hempsteadharbourclub.com/juniorsailing or contact Program Chair Christopher Lucas at HHCJuniorSailing@gmail.com.

Each fall, the Heritage Cup Regatta draws classic wooden yachts from up and down the east coast to compete in an event celebrating the art of wooden boat building and classic yacht racing. A spectacle for participants and spectators alike, Hempstead Harbour Club is proud to host this year’s event on September 27th.

How Long Until It’s Gone?

As our sailing season gets underway, it’s important to remember just how fragile our environment is and how even the smallest errant piece of litter stays with us a long, long time. While you’re out on the water with family and friends, please be mindful to bag your trash and dispose of it properly. Earlier this month, NOAA published a helpful infographic that illustrates the estimated decomposition rates for common marine refuse. Did you know that a plastic bottle is estimated to take 450 years to decompose? A discarded or fly-away plastic grocery bag can stay with us for up to 20 years!

Source: NOAA

“How Long Until It’s Gone” Source: NOAA (Click to enlarge)


Interested in learning more? Go to http://games.noaa.gov/oscar/media/beach_guide.pdf.

As informative as this infographic is, it doesn’t include the detergents, petroleum products, bottom paint, cleaners, solvents and other materials used by many in the commissioning of their boats for the season. PLEASE, remember to use tarps and dispose of all trash properly — and remember, it’s the law.

Spill in Our Local Waters!

On January 6th, a barge owned by Bouchard Transportation dropped anchor in a restricted area just beyond the Glen Cove breakwater and damaged a NY Power Authority cable, releasing dielectric fluid into our local waters – up to 50 gallons per hour during the first 48 hours after the accident. Cleanup has continued through the winter with the cleanup operation staged at Tappen Beach in Glenwood Landing. Sadly, this event has received virtually no media coverage and there has been no communication to local residents from government officials.

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The following is an excerpt of an article that appeared in NorthWordNews.com (author Tom Madden) on February 19 and is reprinted here with permission. Please visit the northwordnews.com website to read the story in its entirety.

“February 19, 2014 — The New York Power Authority cable damaged by a tugboat anchor on January 6 was leaking 50 gallons of dielectric fluid per hour into the water at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor during the first 48 hours following the mishap, NYPA officials said yesterday in a conference call with local government officials.

The amount is significantly greater than the five gallons per hour that was reported in a January 10 joint press release issued by NYPA, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Coast Guard.

According to NYPA, the dielectric fluid, which is used as an insulator for high voltage transmission lines, is non-toxic and not a danger to wildlife or to the environment.

Paul DeMichele, a NYPA media relations specialist, said that power authority officials had become aware of the leak almost immediately when the pressure of the fluid running through the line dropped tripping an alarm that shut down the line. Officials were able to identify the area of the breach after a Coast Guard Helicopter observed a “visible sheen on the water’s surface.

A skimmer vessel was dispatched to the area and hard and soft booms deployed to contain and collect the fluid. By the end of January, divers were able to determine the precise location of the damage to the line, 13 feet below the sea floor, in an area of the harbor that is about 30 feet deep. The cable has been clamped and the leak virtually stopped, with approximately 1 gallon per day oozing out.

Now that the breached line has been uncovered, NYPA officials said that the next step is to raise it to the surface where it will be placed onto a barge. 200 ft of the damaged cable will then be removed, and replaced with a new section.

The work is expected to continue for another few months, and NYPA officials said that their goal is to have it completed before large numbers of pleasure craft are out in the water as the summer season approaches.”

Workers at Tappen Beach from Miller Environmental Group, an environmental response, remediation and restoration services company have not been authorized to comment on the operation or their progress. HHC members wishing to learn more may want to contact their local officials.

Movie Night at Hempstead Harbour Club

Movie Night returns to Hempstead Harbour Club this Saturday evening, August 24th beginning at 7:30pm.

This year GREASE is the word! Wear your favorite fifties outfit and get ready to rock to one of the greatest soundtracks ever. Admission is 5$ at the door and includes soda, candy and popcorn.

And don’t forget, the GREASE party is followed by another fun sleepover and Sunday morning breakfast. HHC Movie Night is open to Hempstead Harbour Club members and invited guests.

Hope to see you there.

Junior Sailing Wraps Up Summer 2013 Program

2013 HHC Junior Sailing
HHC Junior Sailing closed its 2013 summer program with its traditional Awards Barbecue on Friday, August 9th. Over sixty hungry kids, parents and siblings enjoyed traditional barbecue fare and far too many desserts while celebrating the kids’ accomplishments and acknowledging our fantastic staff.

Each year, program instructors nominate and vote for recipients for four awards presented at the barbecue: the Instructor’s Award, Most Improved Sailor, Most Improved 1st Year Sailor, and Junior Sailor of The Year. Awards for 2013 were presented as follows:

  • Instructor’s Award: Joseph Traina
  • Most Improved Sailor: Caroline Lucas
  • Most Improved 1st Year Sailor: Sophia Duff
  • Junior Sailor of The Year: Gregory Zito

Gregory Zito: 2013 Junior Sailor of The YearAward recipients each received an award certificate signed by Commodore Al Reres along with gift cards for The Dinghy Shop in Amityville, NY. As Junior Sailor of the Year, Gregory Zito’s achievement was additionally recognized on the perpetual trophy at the club.

Our Junior Sailing staff for 2013 included Head Instructor Shanna Rae Savignano, Instructors Tori Keegan and John Maisano; and Junior Instructors Alec Snow, Vidar Minkovsky and Peter Budraitis. Hempstead Harbour Club’s Junior Sailing Program is chaired by Rear Commodore Chris Lucas.

Congratulations to all our junior sailors on their achievements and to our fine team of instructors.

The Big Lobster Tale

The 2013 Lobster Bake held on Saturday, August 3 was a huge success. Meredith and Dennis Brosnan hosted the party that was attended by over 100 people. The volunteers, dressed appropriately for the occasion in red t-shirts, did a great job cooking and serving the steamers, rolls, cole slaw, corn, potatoes and lobsters. We were all then treated to Klondike Bars for dessert and a beautiful sunset.
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2013-2014 Winter Storage

While their is plenty of sailing season remaining, 2013-2014 Winter Storage Documents are now due. Club Members should visit My HHC to access Winter Storage Agreements and scheduling information. Members who did not store their boat at the Club last year and wish to do should fill out and mail the applicable agreements. You will be notified as soon as possible whether or not there is space available. Members who have stored their boat at the Club previously must submit their storage agreements immediately or risk forfeiting their spot.