The 16th, 2nd Annual
Jon Shein Jamaica Bay Kayak Fishing Memorial Jamboree
We have reestablished the annual kayak-fishing event at Floyd Bennett Field originally co-founded by Jon Shein. A meet up and fish among friends in Jon’s name and for the camaraderie found with like-minded friends.
Photo credit to Hank Hewitt
The National Park Service has been fantastic. We have a very short time to get up and running. Please post any questions that you might have to the Event FaceBook Page.
There are some major changes for this year due to time limits. READ through this important announcement;
Floyd Bennett Field. Brooklyn, NY 50 Aviation Road, New York, NY 11234
May 16-19, 2019
Thursday 12pm to Sunday 12am
Registration- Pre-Registration is Mandatory to Attend whether you have a campsite or not:
The Jon Shein Jamaica Bay Kayak Fishing Memorial Jamboree Registration is set to open April 24th at 6am. This is a capped event! Do not wait! Park rules prohibit on site registration.
Registration fee- $50
Originally planned as a “Meet Up”, the event has grown too large which requires a permit. The registration fee will cover all costs associated with putting on this event. (Additional port-a-pots, event insurance, shirts, permits, etc.)
All participants must be pre-registered, paid, with waiver signed to participate in any way. The National Park Service will not allow on site sign up.
Waivers must be signed and brought to the Event HQ at site 45 on the tarmac. There you will receive shirts, Wrist bands, and up to date info. Waivers will be emailed to all registered participants and can be downloaded.
We will have a rule sheet attached to the Waivers.
A long sleeve, chartreuse performance shirt printed with event artwork will be included in the registration Fee. Additional shirts are available CLICK HERE The shirts were a huge hit last year! Shirts can only be purchased here, in advance. Shirts will not be available to purchase during the event.
Free Camping – The National Park Service has provided us with the tarmac as it has in the past. The event layout has changed this year. Check in prior to setting up your site. This will allow us to help large groups stick together. If you have not camped here in the past, a few tips; May winds can be punishing. Bring weight to tie everything down. Many folks use their vehicle as a wind block and tie down.
Paid Camping – Many anglers prefer to be in the campground on grass and shielded from the May winds. You are responsible for any fees to stay in the campground.
If you have reserved a spot in the campground but prefer free camping on the tarmac, create a post on the FB Page and someone may offer to buy it from you to escape the tarmac winds. You can also cancel your paid campsite.
Those that prefer to camp within the campground CLICK HERE:
We have ordered plenty this year. There will also be a cleanings on Fri and Sat to keep things tidy.
No food of any kind will be provided this year. While the event tent and food were a nice touch, we have chosen to keep things simple due to time restrictions.
Traditional raffles will not be conducted this year.
THIS IS IMPORTANT! This has always been a large event. Historically, one of the biggest in the world. There will no doubt be questions on all things. Try to imagine 500 people with a few questions…. Use our Facebook page for all questions and concerns. Others will benefit from this dialogue drastically reducing admin time regarding redundant info. All event announcements, updates, tips, misc coordination, maps, etc will all be there as well as here. Remember that we are volunteers and not paid staff. 99% of the time folks just need to read.
Special Concerns; For concerns personal in nature or not for “public”, please email Chris Parson chris@TheKayakFishingStore.com
DO NOT CALL THE STORE FOR EVENT INFO.
To keep the event costs down, we ask that you observe; “Carry in/Carry out” of all garbage from the tarmac and event areas. If you are camping within the campground, please observe their rules for this too.
This has always been one of the best events of the year. Let’s all do our part to preserve it and enjoy it for years to come!