Monday, November 15, 2010

R u a NYC 'butthead?

Here is some information for all the New York City 'buttheads:

Come Race the Radio-Controlled Sailboats at Dennis Conner's North Cove

The summer season is always busy and exciting with great yachts stopping by. But when summer turns into winter, the yachts all fly south and we are left here in New York City with dreams and memories.

We also have a little bit of extra water with nothing happening.

Dennis Conner looked out over the marina and said, "Why don't we do something to liven up the marina and the community this winter."

So beginning this weekend and continuing through the winter, North Cove will be sponsoring radio-controlled sailboat races every weekend. If you live in or near Manhattan, we invite you to come down to the marina for some fun.

Now these are not bathtub-type boats. These are full sailing machines. The boats are over 4 feet high and they are super responsive. If there is wind, you will be thrilled by their performance.

There will be 2 sessions every Saturday and Sunday. The first session from 1 to 2 p.m. will be for beginners and practice sailing.

Then there will be a race series from 2 to 3 p.m. Scores will be kept and posted on the internet. There will be a series for November, December and as long as the sailing continues.

The cost will be minimal, $5 rental per hour (to help pay for batteries).

Reserve your boat today at Or if the boats are already filled, then just come down and sail on a stand-by basis.

When you get to North Cove, come to the south side of the marina and look for the dock master or a crowd of people playing with radio controls.

- Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh

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