07/06/15 2:43pm
07/06/2015 2:43 PM
(Credit: Google Maps)

(Credit: Google Maps)

A 34-year-old Greenport boat captain and one of his two passengers were injured Sunday afternoon after the man’s pleasure boat ran aground in Shinnecock Bay, Southampton Town police said.

Authorities said the 40-foot vessel “Satisfactory” ran aground on a sandbar about 6:30 p.m., causing injuries to the people aboard the ship. Captain Gregory Nissen was taken to Southampton Hospital by Hampton Bays ambulance volunteers for treatment of a “possible head injury,” according to a police press release.

One of the passengers, 28-year-old Gregory Soros of Shelter Island, was also injured and reportedly lost consciousness during the crash. He was taken to a local hospital for rib and potential head injuries, police said.

A third passenger was uninjured, officials said.

Southampton Town Bay Constables and the U.S. Coast Guard both responded to the scene and removed the crashed boat, police said.

06/20/15 6:00am
A screen registered boaters will reach on their smartphones when they use the SlipFinder app to locate a last minute reservation for a boat berth. (Credit: Courtesy)

Registered boaters can use the SlipFinder app to locate a last minute reservation for a boat berth.

Need to order a pizza? Click on an app. Need to book a plane ticket? Click on an app for that, too.

Need to find an open slip at a marina while out on the water? Well, now there’s an app for that.

The app SlipFinder — a recent addition to the boating world designed by two Long Islanders — allows boaters to make last-minute accommodations from their smartphone. Several local marinas have signed on with the app this season, while others remain skeptical over its effectiveness.


05/25/15 6:19pm
05/25/2015 6:19 PM
Long Island Sound in Greenport Monday afternoon, 24 hours after a rescue took place nearby. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Long Island Sound in Greenport Monday afternoon, 24 hours after a rescue took place nearby. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Paul Hashagen was enjoying a lazy day watching golf at his Greenport vacation home Sunday when he heard a frantic knock at the door.

His neighbor had come to alert him that another neighbor’s teenage grandchildren had flipped from a kayak in Long Island Sound and were drifting away.  (more…)

01/10/14 2:30pm
01/10/2014 2:30 PM

Peconic Bay Power Squadron will hold a New York State safe boating course for ages 10 to 19 Saturdays, Jan. 11 through Feb. 8 at noon at Mattituck-Laurel Library in Mattituck.

Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Jan. 11, the first day of class. The fee is $10, payable to Peconic Bay Power Squadron.

Call the library at 298-4134.

Southold Free Library will host a two-day New York State Boating Safety course Monday, Jan. 13, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The course, led by John Scourakis, is suitable for ages 10 and over and will cover such topics as boat handling, navigation, marine radio and other legal and safety requirements. A fee of $35 is due at registration. Students will be eligible to receive a boating safety certificate at the end of the course.

To register, call the library at 765-2077.

10/17/13 1:38pm
10/17/2013 1:38 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | Water tubers in the Peconic Bay.

FILE PHOTO | Water tubers in the Peconic Bay.

The Peconic Bay Power Squadron will present a one-day “America’s Boating Course” Saturday at Heron Harbor Suites, Port of Egypt Marine in Southold, at 8:30 a.m.

The course is offered to enable boaters to comply with the Suffolk County boater education law requiring all Suffolk County residents who operate a boat in Suffolk waters after October 2013 to carry evidence that they have completed an approved boating safety course. It will provide essential information for new boaters or a pre-season brush up for experienced boaters.

The eight-hour session will cover boating law, safety equipment, safe-boating practices, navigation, boating emergencies, personal watercraft, charts, GPS, trailering and more. The $70 fee includes a manual, companion CD, a box lunch and, after passing an exam, a safety certificate. Contact Fred Smith at 298-1930 or visit www.pbps.us.