Monday, February 19, 2007

Gung Hay Fat Choy: Year of the Golden Pig

Yesterday marked the start of the new year according to the Chinese zodiac calendar. The Year of the Dog concluded and and yesterday we celebrated the Year of the Golden Pig, which occurs every 60 or 600 years (depending on who you ask). Apparently, the pig is celebrated in China and some people believe that children born this year will be blessed with good luck and wealth. This fact, hasn't gone unnoticed in China, where they expect a 10 percent boom in births during the Year of the Golden Pig.

From a sailor's perspective, perhaps the Year of the Golden Pig will bring good fortune to the Chinese America's Cup Syndicate, who's CHN 95 has the coolest paint scheme of all the syndicates, but face a tough battle in the Louis Vuitton Cup to challenge the right to challenge the America's Cup winner to battle.

Yesterday, we decided to get in the spirit of Gung Hay Fat Choy and headed to New York City's Chinatown to join in the festivities. We loved the bands, the lucky red lanterns and, of course, the many dragons.

More photos are available at Sail Brooklyn's Flickr Page.

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At Friday, March 02, 2007 9:20:00 PM, Blogger bonnie said...

er, I am really sorry, this may be a little annoying but I am trying to get out the word about a little poll that I think every boater in NY should take.I think it's only up
until tomorrow, too, so I'm going to be a little annoying and just post this on a few of the NY boating blogs. I will not be in the least offended if you take this down!

PlaNYC2030 is an interesting initiative that people have started posting about
on NYCKayaker - interesting sort of holistic approach to improving NYC, starting
with an open suggestion period that ends in March.

I was browsing the site & found that they have a weekly OPINION POLL. This week's
should be answered by as many people who like boats as possible!

Question: What would you like New York City to do with its waterfront?

Here are the choices they give you...

Answers: 1. Parks, with views and promenades. 2. Housing 3. Cultural destinations 4. Recreation opportunities, with boating, swimming, fishing, etc. 5. Maintain manufacturing.

Any questions?

Head over, cast your vote, and spread the word! Only takes a second!

The forms for suggestions on how to improve the waterways for recreational use can
be found here:

takes a little more time, but not a whole lot more.

At Friday, March 02, 2007 9:37:00 PM, Blogger bonnie said...

Oops. Try THIS link for the poll. Scroll down to "Question of the week". Sorry.

At Wednesday, March 14, 2007 3:26:00 PM, Blogger R2K said...

: )


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