Monday, December 17, 2012

            DEC 2012 Flotilla Commander Graduation at the 
                         US Coast Guard Academy

Flotilla Commander Graduation 2012


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

21JUL12 Auxiliarist Ed Klotz Signing Off Safety Gear During A VSC

OSSINING, NY: Auxiliarist Ed Klotz, 014-06-07, signs off on the safety equipment required to issue a decal during a VSC at Shattemuc Yacht Club on 21JUL12.
Auxiliary photo by Bob Daraio 053-16-07

Monday, July 2, 2012

Auxiliary photos by Barbara Schulz 014-06-08

Swimmers escorted by kayaks by the Tappan Zee Bridge
TARRYTOWN, NY: On 24JUN12, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members provided security for the Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon, a half-mile swim in the Hudson River commencing at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow, followed by a 10-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run along the Hudson River and through legendary Sleepy Hollow.

Large orange markers helped the swimmers stay on course

Kevin Lustyik 014-06-06, Don Twiss 014-06-05, and Barbara Schulz 014-06-08, helped keep the more than 360 swimmers safe on the first leg of the Triathlon, whose purpose is to raise funds for the ongoing work of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The 2012 Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon raised over $ 300,000 to help fight leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

(From left to right) Kevin Lustyik 014-06-06 and Don Twiss 014-06-05. Auxiliary photo by Barbara Schulz 014-06-08.

NEW LONDON, CT: DSAR Team members (from left to right) Lorraine Cannata, 053-06-07, Lynn Glassman, 014-06-03, and Elaine Pealey, 014-06-03 repair a leaking tear in a 6" x 1/4" pipe as one of the stages in the DSAR competition at Coast Guard Station New London on 23JUN12.  Auxiliary photo by Sherry Kisver 014-14-04

In addition to the Damage Control evolution pictured, the DSAR Competition tasks include search planning and execution (SAR), first aid, communications, line heaving from a vessel to shore, marlinspike tasks, and a timed water pump assembly, haul, operate, and dis-assembly evolution.

Lynn Glassman, 014-06-03, doing search patterns aboard USCG Aux Facility "Sea Dog"

DSAR competitions help hone operational skills; foster teamwork; improve professionalism; increase interaction and strengthen relationships among Regular, Reserve, and Auxiliary units of the Coast Guard; promote recruitment and awareness of Team Coast Guard; and encourage fellowship within the membership.

DSAR Team members (from left to right) Lorraine Cannata, 053-06-07,  Elaine Pealey, 014-06-03, and Lynn Glassman, 014-06-03


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

 D1SR District Town Hall hosted by Flotilla 67 at 
Ossining Boat and Canoe Club (OBCC) 

Flotilla 67 hosted a town hall meeting at the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.  

(left to right) Lou Liotti, Hal Marshall, Vinnie Pica, and Lynn Glassman

Commodore Hal Marshall; Vinnie Pica,DCOS; Lou Liotti, DCDR-06, and Lynn Glassman VCDR-06 answered questions and discussed the future plans for the First Southern District of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

The key importance of leadership at the deck plate and open, clear communication up and down the chain of leadership was evident throughout the discussions.

The focus on recreational boating safety programs (RBS) was a major topic of discussion, along with ways to continue to improve Public Education, Member Training, and reporting of hours.
Indian Point from USCG Facility Azimuth Star

Coxswain Lynn Glassman
OSSINING,NY: Robert Daraio, 053-16-07, participated in an Aids to Navigation patrol on Wednesday, 20JUN12, as a crewman aboard USCG Operational Facility "Azimuth Star". 
The Coxswain was Lynn Glassman VCDR-06, 014-06-03, the crew included Elaine Pealey, 014-06-03, and Tom Cadwallader VCDR-20, 014-20-02. 
PATON marking Indian Point Security Zone
The "Azimuth Star" left Westerly Marina, Ossining at 1000, arrived at the Indian Point Nuclear Plant at 1100, and the crew proceeded to check the seven PATONs that mark the perimeter of the security zone on the Hudson river side of the plant. 

All were on station and functioning properly. The patrol ended back at Westerly Marina at 1400. Auxiliary photos by Bob Daraio




Bob Daraio with kayaker Nastaran Mohit
Flotilla 16-07 member, Robert Daraio inspected 18 of the 61 kayaks owned by attendees of the 2012 Hudson River Greenland Kayak Festival on Saturday, 23JUN12, day two of the three day annual event.  Although they all were very knowledgeable and up to date on their kayaking skill sets, since Saturday was a workshop and training day, many left most of their gear in their cars, just bringing the specific safety equipment necessary for the training evolution down to the beach. This meant Bob could not issue VSC decals to many of the kayakers that day.
Based in Croton Point Park, one of Westchester County's biggest and busiest public parks, the Hudson River Greenland Festival includes organized mentoring in paddling, rolling and Greenland Rope Gymnastics, paddle-carving workshops, kayak building demos, races, and various cultural presentations on Greenlandic life.  
There are kayak activities for all ages, cabins, camping, a lodge with full dining facilities and of course the Hudson River, where participants use Mother’s Lap beach for safe, controlled instruction. Mentors come from the top ranks of Greenland style paddling and rolling technique instructors, using multiple approaches that accommodate everyone from first-timers to experienced paddlers. 

The Hudson River Greenland Festival was founded in 2004 at Norrie State Park on the Hudson River in Staatsburg, NY.  Organized by Wayne Gilchrist and Hudson Valley Pack & Paddle, the original, one day event featured Greenland kayak technique demonstrations, races and rolling competitions.  Some of the most recognized and highly skilled kayak mentors in the country were there, including Cheri Perry, Turner Wilson and Dubside.  After two successful years, sadly the organizers left the area and the park closed the Norrie facilities for major renovations.  Seeking a new home in 2005 , HRGF found a new venue at Croton Point Park a few miles downriver on the Hudson and was reborn as a multi-day annual event. 
Brand New This Year!!!  HRGF was excited to announce the introduction of their new Youth Kayak Program.  A full kayak skills program for ages 5-14 with dedicated instruction and lots of fun, including paddling, games, Greenland Ropes and rolling. 

There were Rope Gymnastics demonstrations, a traditional way for the Inuit to keep fit during the long winter months, along with assorted other skill-inspired kayak games.A good time was had by all.


Thursday, May 17, 2012


WASHINGTON – The 2012 National Safe Boating Week (NSBW) campaign officially begins this Saturday, May 19 and runs through Friday, May 25 – the start of Memorial Day Weekend and traditional start to the summer boating season. 

Since its inception, NSBW represents an ideal opportunity for the Coast Guard Auxiliary to partner with other like-minded organizations to help make America’s waterways safer by promoting recreations boating safety.

“Recreation boating safety remains the primary goal for our organization,” according to James E. Vass, Jr., National Commodore of the  Auxiliary. “I encourage every  Auxiliary unit to maximize National Safe Boating Week opportunities to promote safety on the water.".

For more information on NSBW, please visit

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Flotilla 67 Announces 2012 "About Boating Safely" Course Schedule

Flotilla 67 offered the USCG approved Public Education class,  "About Boating Safely" (ABS) on April 14, 2012, more dates TBA 

Fifteen students, including Sea Scouts, Shattemuc Yacht Club Junior Sailors, Ossining community Sailing Club, and USCG Auxiliary members took the eight our class at the Ossining Rec Center.

Happy students holding their ABS course certificates after completing the 14APR12 About Boating Safely class. Fl-67 Instructor, Ted Foster, front row far left, Ossining Director of Parks and Recreation Henry Atterbury, front row center; FC-67, Michael Silvestri, standing, far left, back row; FL-67's newest Instructor, Bruce Caldwell, back row, second from left; FL-67 Instructor, Karen Caldwell, standing, back row, right side, second from the end; Guest Instructor, Bob Daraio, FL-1607 rear row, far right. Photo by Don Elmendorf, FL-67


All PWC operators and all Power Vessel operators boating in New York waters are required to take an approved boating safety course.

So, if you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety course, check out our popular 8-hour ABS course.

IPFC-67, Don Elmendorf, teaching the 14APR12 ABS course.
Photo by Bob Daraio, FL16-07

Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely. PWC operators must be at least 16 years old and possess a boating safety course certificate. Boaters age 13 to 15, possessing a boating safety course certificate, may only operate unpowered vessels,  vessels powered by electric motor, and powerboats with engines of less than 10 total Horse Power. This basic boating safety class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain boating safety certification in New York.

For course details click About Boating Safety

TIME:  ABS is a full 8-hour day course starting at 9:00am, and concluding at 5:00pm or soon thereafter.

Location: Class are held at the Ossining Recreation Center.

FEE: The cost for the class is $75 per person.


April 14, 2012, More Dates TBA 

Bob Daraio, FL16-07 teaching ABS

Michael Silvestri, FC-67 checks the ABS class paperwork

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