Safe Boating Week Gets Underway With Classes, Inspections

Huntington’s Safe Boating Week kicks off Saturday with boat inspections and a class on boating safety.

The week of events is sponsored by the Town of Huntington and the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs.

Supervisor Chad Lupinacci spoke Thursday about several steps the town is taking to improve safety, particularly as more and more vessels crowd Huntington Harbor.  He noted that while only those who who Saturday’s eight-hour safe boating class will receive official credit from the state, the town will post a video of the course on its website for everyone to view.

“It’s a jam-packed week,” Jackie Martin, executive officer of the boating council, said Friday. “We are very proud of everything we’re doing. After 7 years, people are still genuinely interested, and receptive, coming out for classes and the waterfront festival.” The festival is scheduled for Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mill Dam Park and features 150 vendors, food, craft beers, a pirate puppet show, music and other activities.
During the week, such classes as Know Your Knots, Suddenly in Command, and Understanding Marine Salvage Recovery, and a program led by former maritime director Ed Carr on Hurricanes and Superstorms -The Aftermath and Lessons Learned.
 Lupinacci said, “The Town of Huntington is committed to promoting boating safety I encourage all of our residents to take advantage of the many learning opportunities offered throughout Safe Boating Week, which will provide useful throughout the boating season.”
He was joined at the press conference by Town Councilman Edmund Smyth, State Sen. James Gaughran and boating safety activist Lisa Gaines, mother of Victoria Gaines, one of three children who died when an overcrowded boat capsized in Oyster Bay in 2012.

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