2011 Season Recap

| December 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

2011 Sunset

As another season on New York’s waterways draws to a close, we would like to thank all of you who made this year such a resounding success. As a volunteer-run non-profit, NYO could not have accomplished its goals without strong and active members.

The 2011 season was our best ever. Some of our most noteworthy accomplishments include:

  • Another record year for our free outreach program – Novice. We had more than a 40% increase over 2010, with more than 240 New Yorkers spending nearly 500 hours on the water. Notably, to meet demand, we doubled the number of novice sessions each week and were able to get nearly every New Yorker who wanted to on the water. NYO members collectively volunteered more than 1,000 hours to the novice program alone.
  • A new initiative to better serve New York City – Special Events. Through the season, we had several requests for one-off events from non-profits, corporations and City agencies. To meet demand, and better serve the public, we established a Special Events program focused on this segment. Through the Special Events program, We facilitated custom experiences for the City Parks BeFitNYC campaign, KPMG and the Hudson River Park Trust’s board of directors. We expect to enjoy continued growth in the Special Events program next year and anticipate expanding the program through a renewed focus on non-profits.
  • A better way to build experienced, safe New York paddlers – Growth. As NYO continued to grow, we recognized the need for a better way to develop novices into safe, responsible, experienced paddlers ready for the busy harbor. Established in 2010, Growth exploded in popularity this season and often filled three canoes per practice.
  • Our most diverse membership yet. NYO is now the largest and most competitive outrigger group on the East Coast, an astonishing achievement. We estimate that you had approximately 4,000 paddles through the season and spent, collectively, more than 8,000 hours on the water. Our committed members are the cornerstone of what we have achieved and allow us to get more and more New Yorkers on the water each year.
  • A record year for our competitive paddlers. NYO won first place in the East Coast Outrigger Racing Association point series and are the new ECORA Champions! Additionally we had paddlers competing in the Treasure Island Classic in Florida (with NYO’s mixed crew taking first place overall), the 50th Annual Queen Lili’uokalani Race in Kona, the OC1 World Championships from Moloka’i to O’ahu, the Canoe Surfing Challenge on Kaua’i, and as members of the winning team at the International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships in Florida. Congratulations to everyone who competed in this year’s race season.

As we look forward to 2012, we are very excited for the opportunities ahead. With a larger membership, we will continue to expand our Novice sessions, thereby increasing public access to the Hudson River. We are particularly excited about the opportunities to expand into educational activities, including Polynesian culture and technology resources.

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