Plenty of energy at crab and kayak events down at Pier 26


Pier 26 on the Downtown waterfront was alive with activity on Sun. Aug. 17, two days after the great blackout of 2003.

At the River Project on the south side of the pier, the fifth annual Crab Crunch attracted 466 visitors who ate about 900 Hudson River blue crabs, cooked by Christopher Letts, docent with the Hudson River Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization. The event, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., included talks on the life cycle of crabs and other Hudson River creatures by Letts and Tom Lake, a teacher at Dutchess Community College of SUNY in Poughkeepsie.

At the Downtown Boathouse on the north side of the pier, about 40 kayaks took to the water for the 23rd annual Harrison St. Regatta, a race held this year from Pier 26 to Pier 40 and back. About 150 people gathered at the boathouse at 2:30 p.m. to eat, drink and cheer for Dimitri Bougakov, who finished second and, following the Harrison St. tradition, was declared the winner. Felix Apfaltrer, who finished first, was the traditional regatta loser.

Villager photo by Steven Goldman

Demitri Bougakov, center, winner of the 2003 Harrison St. Regatta, receives the trophy, a hand-painted kayak paddle, from Scott Geyer, right, winner of last year’s regatta. Felix Apfaltrer, who came in first this year and is the declared loser, looks on.

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