By Bryan Boyhan
Snow may have cancelled a few events from last month’s HarborFrost celebration, but at least two have been rescheduled to make this holiday weekend a bit more eventful.
On Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m., the local Coast Guard Auxiliary will welcome Mark Chanski of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection who will lead a talk on surviving in cold water and present the film, “Cold Water Boot Camp,” at the Bay Street Theatre. The Coast Guard will also be sending a 47-foot marine life boat from the Montauk station that will be open for tours on Long Wharf throughout the morning.
In the afternoon, the Breakwater Yacht Club, a community sailing center, will host the fourth annual Ice Breaker Regatta, an event for Lasers, which will be sailed single-handed inside the breakwater.
Also Saturday afternoon, the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Easter Bonnet Parade on Main Street, sponsored by the Sag Harbor Variety Store, followed by the petting zoo at the Sag Harbor Garden Center. And Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater will offer two shows for children at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
“The water is still very cold,” said Tisha Bouboulis of the Coast Guard Auxiliary when explaining the importance of the programs. The film dramatically shows how rescues are performed and the importance of being prepared for being out on the water when water temperatures are below 60 degrees. The talk following will emphasize the importance of the 1-10-1 principle.
“Basically, if you fall overboard in cold water, you have one minute to get your breathing under control, 10 minutes before your muscles begin to cramp up and one hour before you fall into a coma,” said Bouboulis.
The USCG crew on board the 47-MLB will also explain how their vessel aids in rescues.
“It’s pretty amazing,” said Bouboulis, “it is designed to go through large surf and, with a water-tight compartment, is able to right itself if it rolls over.”
Water safety is not lost on the competitors in the regatta, who will be wearing dry suits in the water that is still at about 45 degrees, said Mary Ann Eddy of the Breakwater Yacht Club.
The boats are fairly small, said Eddy, just under 14 feet, and the sailors are bound to get wet.
“They’ll be wearing head gear and PFDs,” said Eddy. “Hypothermia is very much on their minds.”
Lasers are a popular one-design boat and compete in the Olympics. Prizes this year are donated by Gill North and a perpetual trophy has been designed by Mark Webber. Derrick Galen, the winner of the three previous Ice Breaker Regattas, is expected to return to compete this year. The first race will go off at 1 p.m. and there is good viewing from Long Wharf.
“With the crazy storm we had, a lot of events got put off,” said Kelly Connaughton, president of the chamber of commerce. “We want to get more organizations involved so we think it’s great they decided to reschedule.”
The Easter bonnet parade kicks off at 1 p.m. starting at the corner near the Laundromat and ends at the Garden Center.
“It’ll be a full day of events for the family,” said Connaughton.