2023 Gerry Blackstone Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation

with Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation
and Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club

Saturday, August 5, 2023
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Stop by Socrates to meet the participants from The 19th Annual Gerry Blackstone Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation! Have a lunch break alongside the kayakers and experience the Park filled with the participants’ kayaks.

Note: Our weekly Free Kayaking program with LIC Boathouse (12 – 5pm) will still be held alongside this event. View more details HERE

About the Circumnavigation

This annual 30-mile kayak paddle around New York’s Manhattan Island will launch from Pier 40, at the west end of Houston Street in Manhattan, New York, within Hudson River Park. Two leisurely and meditative paced groups will leave first and then two moderate paced groups after. More details can be found HERE.

To participate as a kayaker in the Circumnavigation (registration opens June 26, 2023) see below:

Participation Fee, Non-Refundable:
Non- ACA MEMBERS $140.00

Boat rentals extra cost (TBD)

Contact:  manhattancircumnavigation@gmail.com

Artist Mark di Suvero, lead founder of Socrates Sculpture Park and former director of public programs & community relations Pasqualina Azzarello, 2016, visiting the Circumnavigation group. 


Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club is a diverse community of people who love kayaking and the Hudson River. The non-profit organization not only to give the best experiences to their members, but provides community access to the Hudson River, through Hudson River Riders, among other programs. There are weekly group trips, training sessions and a popular club paddle and potluck BBQ. Other activities include sunset and moonlight paddles, day-long skill sessions, a teen paddling program, a boat building workshop and their annual, award-winning circumnavigation of Manhattan.