Secretary’s Monthly Update Email - May

Members in the northern and mid tier states are finally seeing the end of what seemed to be a never-ending winter and boats are launching and commissioning! My good friend Paul Sepe and I took Quintessence out for her maiden voyage of the season last Thursday. We spent the afternoon and evening sailing up and down Toms River, NJ on a perfect cloudless day in 10-15 knot of wind. We started off short tacking into and running with the easterly sea breeze until the wind came around to the south as the sea breeze died. We spent the evening close and broad reaching up and down the river until the sun went down!

A perfect afternoon of sailing!

This month’s update will be a quick one!

Wing & Wing

A quick apology to all members who receive printed copies of Wing & Wing for a considerable delay in mailing.I switched to a different printer this issue and the printed issues where mistakenly shipped to the Association PO Box in Connecticut instead of directly to me for distribution. Compounding the problem, no one was quite sure where they went, just that they had been mailed. Going to the PO Box wouldn’t normally be a problem as John Eginton of schooner Mystic Whaler routinely checks the PO Box.  Unfortunately, Mystic Whaler works with the Clearwater Foundation operating out of New York City until the school year ends so the PO Box doesn’t get checked quite as frequently.

All is good now. I received the issues on Friday and they are going out in the mail today! This won’t be a problem with future issues, as the printer will be mailing the issues directly!

Again, I apologize for the delay!

New American Schooner Association online store

Thanks to the generosity of members Brenda and David Hattery (schooner Mahdee, currently somewhere around San Francisco I believe) the Association has a new online store on Brenda and David’s new venture, SchoonerChandlery.Com.

All the currently available Association merchandise is available through the store. It is still a bit of a work in progress, so please forgive the missing photos! We will have them up as soon as possible!

The store can be found at https://schoonerchandlery.com/store/amschooner/. Drop in and take a look at the Association’s and the other stores on Schooner Chandlery! There are a number of stores that will definitely be of interest to traditional sailors!

Oh, have you looked at your Association burgee recently? Chances are you need a new one! Don’t have one? What a disgrace, stop by the store and pick one up!

Events

There are a lot of events coming up in the next few months. Be sure to check them out and make your plans!

Boothbay Harbor 53rd Annual Windjammer Days

Sunday, June 21, 2015 - Saturday, June 27 2015

http://www.windjammerdays.org

Classic Castine Yacht Race/Schooner Celebration

Wednesday, 29 July - Thursday, 30 July

http://amschooner.org/ccyr

American Schooner Association Block Island Schooner Rendezvous

Even though the rendezvous isn’t until August 31st, it isn’t too early to start thinking about it! Put it on your calendar now. Remember, the Rendezvous is open to all schooners and all member boats, regardless of type of boat.

http://www.blockislandschoonerrendezvous.net/

Maine Windjammer Association

The Maine Windjammer Association has several schooner events this summer. Take a look!

June 8, 2015 Schooner Gam

Kick off the summer season with a windjammer gathering of the entire fleet! Relive the age of sail during this quiet rendezvous of more than a dozen 19th-century-style sailing ships. Location is determined by the weather of the day! Live music and festivities. Raft-Up!

June 22, 2015 (week of) Windjammer Days

Participate in a grand sail parade on June 24th through picturesque Boothbay Harbor. Majestic windjammers come from up and down the coast to participate in this exciting early-season event. Shoreside activities include music and fireworks.

July 3, 2015 Great Schooner Race

Maine’s tall ship fleet gathers for an exciting race from Islesboro to Rockland, followed by a festive Awards Ceremony/Party with live music. This year marks the 39th anniversary of the Great Schooner Race, North America’s largest annual gathering of tall ships! Pre-Race festivities include fireworks and small boat races.

July 10, 2015 Maine Windjammer Parade

The entire windjammer fleet participates in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing spectators with stunning, close-up views of Maine’s fleet of tall ships.

If you know of any other schooner events this summer, pass the information along to me!

 

Ports of Call

Are you underway and heading somewhere? Drop me a note and let me know. I’d like to start sharing adventures with membership!

That’s all for now.

See you next month.

Fair winds!

 

Paul