Thursday, April 29, 2010
Swinburne Seal Paddling Trip
We set out at 9:30 am from Pier 66, paddled south for about two hours without a break passing under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and continuing past Hoffman Island to Swinburne. In recent years, since the water pollution has diminished the flourishing fish population has attracted a small seal colony.
It must have been the early 90's since I was there last and that was by sailboat, the Schooner Pioneer. Each year, to reward the hard working crew there was a crew only trip. We sailed out there at dusk, anchored overnight and the next morning swam off the side of the boat until it was time to return. To help us against the currents, the life raft was deployed and if we drifted off we could grab on to that and pull ourselve back. We never even got close to losing anyone. It was all great fun, usually someone brought a guitar. Of course the singing eventually ended with the Gillian's Island TV show theme.
The only down part of the trip was the exhausted bike ride back to Brooklyn. Once home I showered and enjoyed a sushi dinner and went to sleep.