Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

buoy tending

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2013/06/25

buoys:

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tender:

LILAC

buoys:

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umm, tender:

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Unrelated, but one buoy tender capsized in the East River the morning before the above photograph was taken. Story here, speedy and complete recovery to crew of tender and rescue boat.

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  1. Louis Kleinman said, on 2013/06/25 at 08:14

    It is beyond understanding that

    a. At least one of the guys was a non-swimmer

    b. They were not wearing PFD’s.

    This is how to give the rest of us on water advocates a bad name with officials.

    Thanks for the article.

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    • bowsprite said, on 2013/06/25 at 09:17

      Some may not know better.
      But, if you DO know better, shame on you for cutting corners or taking chances to avoid profit loss; compromising safety for profit? bravado? convenience? machismo? infamy?

      On June 7, Tropical Storm Andrea dumped 4 – 5″ of rain here, washing into the waters much that had been condemned and compromised by a very wet spring, and added to general sewage overflow.
      I love that people swim our waters, and I’m grateful there is an organization that does the work to make it happen. I admire the kayakers, boaters and volunteers who accompany them. But I was shocked to see the race gather early the morning of the 8th. This is one swimmer with the ear infection that never went away after I dipped in after the 138st treatment plant fire, so I am now extra careful.

      I wonder about the health (and ears) of those swimmers:

      “One Tough Swim

      June 8, 2013, also known as the day of the 2013 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, was a tough day. This isn’t to say it’s ever easy, but even by MIMS standards, this year’s swim was mighty difficult. Manhattan was drenched by over four inches of rain in the 24 hours before gunshot. Boats committed to the event had trouble making it in, resulting in a shortfall and a delayed start. All this, on top of already unseasonably cool water temperatures, compounded problems caused by Sandy last fall.

      On race morning, the NYC Office of Emergency Management considered canceling the race due to water quality issues. Despite the challenges, the race was held, with just one swimmer bowing out. That afternoon, 11 solo swimmers and one relay triumphantly finished the course straight through. An additional 17 soloists and two more relays made it to the finish after being boat-transported briefly in the East River, where the heavy rains had diminished the flood tide such that it did not provide enough of an assist for most of our field to get to the Harlem River.

      …This event gave us substantial flotsam and jetsam, and yet, in the end, there was a still an event to be held. We’re looking at went wrong in 2013, both within and outside of our control, and we’re confident this knowledge will make 2014 a great swim. Still for all those involved, in water or on land: Good on ya! Thank you for your participation and your understanding.”

  2. mageb said, on 2013/06/27 at 11:09

    Not Oh Buoy at all. No enthusiasm for swimming in that water at all. But thank you for the solar yacht images…very much.

  3. Mage Bailey said, on 2013/07/05 at 17:34

    By the way, all our bouys have harbor seals on them, don’t yours?

  4. Michael said, on 2013/07/08 at 09:45

    I thought this would be about tender buoys (I love buoys). Buoy tenders?


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