New Boat in a Box

From wherry

A box containing a Chesapeake Lightcraft Tandem Annapolis Wherry kit was delivered to the VCB boat shop this week. This will be the second Annapolis Wherry to join the VCB fleet. The Wherry is a two person sliding seat sculling boat- meaning each rower rows with two oars as opposed to our Whitehall Gigs which are propelled by longer sweep oars- one per rower and have fixed seats.

Our first Wherry was never given a name- we just call it “The Wherry.” Now that there are two, they must be named. Wherry #1 has proved to be popular with VCB’s college community rowers among others in Prospect Park Lake as well as at Pier 40. The absence of wind, waves or current on the lake makes for ideal conditions to learn sliding seat sculling. Our high school rowers who are considering joining college rowing teams are particularly interested. The wherry also comes with a cane seat, parasol and picnic basket which would add to the historic authenticity of VCB’s Brooklyn program.

The computer-cut okoume planks are assembled using stitch and glue construction- the glue being epoxy resin. Like our Whitehall Gigs, the Wherryies have a “wineglass” transom so they fit in easily with the rest of the VCB fleet.

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Annapolis Wherry #1- Prospect Park Lake

Safe Boating at BMCC

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(Photo by Michael Anton)
On Saturday January 10, Village Community Boathouse co-sponsored the 5th Annual NY State Boating Safety course at BMCC with instructor Brendan Malone. After 8 hours of instruction, nineteen youth and adults passed the exam and will receive NYS certificate cards and/or anchors on NYS drivers licenses indicating their status as Safe Boaters!
Because the New York Safe Boating Course is NASBLA approved (National Association of Boating Law Administrators), the Boating Safety certificate cards are accepted in other states and Canada too. This credential is critical to VCB’s continuing safe operations, and the course is recommended for all coxswains and frequent boaters.
Imrul Islam, current BMCC club president, commented, “The other students and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to get our safe boating course certifications. I feel confident now that I know more about safety practices while on a boat. I recommend anyone that enjoys being on the water to get their safe boating course certification. A great skipper is the one who is always trying to learn more about safety procedures.”

From BMCC Safe Boating

Brendan Malone, Marine Technology Teacher, and Department Co-Chair for Career Technology Education (CTE) at the New York Harbor High School on Governors Island, is NYS certified to teach the course.

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(Photo by Michael Anton)
Brendan Malone teaching safe boating practices to a rapt audience.

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(Photo by Michael Anton)
BMCC Rowing Club, Co-sponsors of the Safe Boating Course, has been a presence at the Pier 40 Boathouse since the club was founded in Spring 2009 by high school rower, then BMCC coxswain, Suresh Ramdhanie. Faculty member Mary Nell Hawk, coach and rowing coxswain, has advised the club since Fall 2010.For more information on BMCC clubs, see http://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/studentactivities/