The RCCC believes in the importance of art and beautification in addition to functionality. Canoe club members hand-paint all of our boats and paddles to give each a unique identity. Each boat is named for one of Jamaica Bay's migratory bird species and is painted in various traditional styles influenced by Native American geometric and animal motifs. Our first four boats are named for the Yellow-crowned Night Heron, the Magnolia
Warbler, the Osprey, and the Sandpiper, and are detailed in a combination of Navajo and Huichol patterning. The careful embellishment of our equipment is designed to strengthen the respect and connection that members feel towards it, by personalizing each object and imbuing it with intention. For full images of our boats, visit our "past event photos" page or just come out and see them for yourself!
Jamaica Bay, Queens is composed of the open water and intertidal salt marshes. It is one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the Northeastern United States and one of the best places in New York City to observe migrating species, with more than 330 bird species sighted over the last 25 years. The Bay is an irreplaceable incubator for life. With its rich food resources, it is a critically important fish, wildlife, and plant
habitat that is under constant threat from the ever encroaching city, airport, and waste treatment plants. RCCC inspires interest, wonder, and conservation in Jamaica Bay by increasing awareness and public access to her waters. Though almost all of us have flown over it at some point, this ecological treasure is unknown to millions of New Yorkers. We want you to see this place, it's really beautiful.