Sea Scouts tented on Onondaga Yacht Club lawn

— There’ve been plenty of friendly sailing excursions at the Onondaga Yacht Club this summer including a rare visit by nearly 30 young Sea Scouts from across the Northeast. They were here participating in the first-ever Erie Canal Flotilla Sea Scout Regatta Aug. 1 through 3, on Onondaga Lake.

Between races, the kids from Sea Scout Ships camped out in tents on the lakeside lawn of the historic local Yacht Club at the base of Sycamore Street. The event was organized by Rob Stone, the skipper of Ship 876 hosted by OYC, and his son, Sam Stone, the ship’s boatswain.

In order to make the grassy expanse clean and comfortable for the sleeping scouts, club member Tom Ogden, who lives in Liverpool, loaned the club his lawn-sweeper, which other members used to clean up the droppings endlessly deposited by hordes of Canada geese.

That stinky situation has long plagued Onondaga Lake Park, including the Yacht Club. Near the clubhouse doors a small sign reminds all club members to check their feet before entering because, if they don’t, some unlucky club members get stuck sweeping up the bird poop.

Anyhow, several club members helped in happier ways with the Sea Scouts event by cooking breakfast, directing activities and readying the fleet.

Tess Freedman is the club’s current commodore, while former commodore Diane Knowlton serves as dinner captain. On Aug. 8, Knowlton helmed a club fish fry with sandwiches catered by Liverpool’s own Fish Company, located at the old Ponderosa Plaza.

The Onondaga Yacht Club was founded in 1883 and chartered Feb. 3, 1886, making it one of the oldest boating organizations in New York State. For info, visit cnyoyc.org, or call 457-9786.

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