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Talk/Lecture Series

2017 THURSDAY EVENING TALKS at Sandy Bay Yacht Club ~ 7 P.M.
Complimentary  Refreshments ~ Guests Welcome

July 27

The popular Thursday Talk Series will continue this summer, so mark your calendars now! Kicking off the Talks on Thursday, July 27 at 7 p.m. is a presentation with Nick Patey, Marine Systems Instructor, and Matthew Barry, Director of Admissions of The Landing School in Arundel, Maine .  Their talk will detail the story of the comprehensive renovations to the Emily Wick this winter, and also focus on the great work being done at The Landing School.  The Landing School effectively prepares men and women for careers in the marine industry as practical designers, builders and systems technicians who work professionally on today's vessels, adapt to the industry's evolving technology and appreciate the traditions of the past while imagining and building the boats of the future. 

August 10

"Category 1 Racing: Preparing for an Offshore Race" Join us on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. to learn about SBYC member Michael Crawford's Category 1 2015 Marion to Bermuda Race. Preparing for an offshore race can be a daunting challenge.  Discussion will focus on what it takes to enter a Category 1 race including safety concerns, boat prep and navigation.  Following the talk, we will have the opportunity to view Carol Crawford's accompanying video on the race and the return back to Gloucester. 

August 31

On Thursday, Aug. 31, Capt. George Grimes, Rockport native and SBYC member will will share stories and a slideshow of his life at sea and growing up in Rockport, and discuss his book, “Water Under the Keel: Memoirs of a Seagoing Life.” Capt. Grimes’ ancestry includes six generations of seafaring men, many of whom were Captains.  Water Under the Keel spans a lifetime of adventures and experiences upon and around the sea. Captain Grimes, a licensed master mariner, has extensive seagoing experience navigating steam, motor, towing, and auxiliary sail-training vessels. 


We are in need of hosts for the Talks on July 27 and August 31. (Talks are generally hosted by one or two members who share the responsibility for refreshments.) If you would like to be involved with helping to host the Thursday Night Talk Series, please contact Shelley Vassallo at We would also like to add one or two more "Thursday Talks", so please share any ideas for additional speakers with Shelley Vassallo.

For those new SBYC members or members and guests who have not had the opportunity to attend a talk, the format is relaxed and informal. The talks begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings with refreshments. They are 45 minutes to an hour long and not limited to boating. We try to appeal to a variety of interests.



Sandy Bay Yacht Club, P.O. Box 37, 5 T Wharf, Rockport, MA 01966 USA
(978)546-9433 Clubhouse, (978)546-6240 Office

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