Every summer, the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club organizes a Manhattan circumnavigation. The trip has grown from 17 paddlers in 2004 to more than 100 in 2014. Many Turtles participated in the event last year as paddlers. Others helped paddlers launch from ICC’s boathouse early that morning and rocked the dock to celebrate successful completion of the long day’s journey late into the night.
Many of us have been through this thought process: “Wouldn’t it be great to own a kayak?” Unfortunately the next thought is always: “Oh right—my apartment is barely big enough for me and a bed, never mind a boat.”
Shawn Lauriat went through that thought process, and then blew right through the other side.
If you’ve been to Open House this summer, chances are you’ve seen Mila Loza in action. Whether it’s carrying boats, washing boats, or getting people in and out of boats, Mila is generally the first to volunteer for whatever needs to be done, and she always looks like she’s having maximum fun doing it.
One of the great things about Open House is paddling with people who are learning to love the water. That was the case with Silvia Suero.
“I'm very afraid of doing things, and I’m amazed that the second time that I’ve been here I’m willing to do it by myself,” she said. “Even my husband was impressed!”