September 19 7pm Speaker Event
NY City Captains & Currents:
What Boaters Should Know
presented by Captain Aaron Hilliard
Interaction between small and large vessels in New York Harbor and handling the unique Hudson/East River currents can be a frightening event for the unknowing... But it doesn't have to be! The discussion will include information about what recreational boaters should know, be doing, and not doing when operating in near to close proximity to NYC commercial vessel traffic, and will include understanding what the commercial captains' goals are and their assumptions about your actions. Also, if you are not familiar with how New York City currents impact your boat and your planned trip, stay tuned. The discussion will include "Good to know" information about the NYC currents that most recreational boaters misuse and misunderstand.
Captain Aaron Hilliard is a United States Coast Guard licensed 100 ton Steam and Sail Master Mariner who specializes in solo passage making. He is a graduate of Greenwich High School, and has skippered the SoundWaters schooner in our local waters.
Aaron has completed several near coastal and off shore voyages with the U.S. Coast Guard aboard the 300 ft tall ship Eagle, as well as aboard his sloop-rigged yacht Endeavour, including a solo round trip voyage to Canada. He is a Captain with Hornblower Cruises and Events, a dinner cruise company located on the West Side of Manhattan at Pier 40. When Aaron is not underway, you can find him enjoying a career as a professional Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Usual light refreshments will be served.