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2019 THURSDAY EVENING TALKS at Sandy Bay Yacht Club ~ 7 P.M.
Complimentary  Refreshments ~ Guests Welcome

June 20

Nicholas Patey, owner of Cribble Cove Boating Solutions, will be giving the First "Thursday Talk" on June 20th at 7 p.m, at the Sandy Bay Yacht Club on "Collision Avoidance and Determining Right of Way."

Nick is a USCG licensed captain as well as an American Boat & Yacht Counsel Master Technician. He grew up in Rockport and learned to sail with the help of The Sandy Bay Yacht Club's Junior Sailing Program. Nicholas is experienced in coastal navigation and has familiarity sailing both modern and traditional vessels. He works in the sail passenger trade along the coast of Maine during the summer and runs a small boat storage and restoration shop in Saco, Maine.  He also teaches the USCG Captain's Course through Atlantic Captain's Academy and The Landing School in Arundel, Maine.

Join us and bring an appetizer to share! We look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday, June 20th at 7 p.m.!

August 1

Robert M. Gray, PhD, Stanford University
Stanford University Electrical Engineering Professor Emeritus Robert Gray received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring for his efforts in recruiting and supporting women in engineering. Seventeen of the 56 doctoral students Gray supervised during his 44-year Stanford career have been women.

"Emily Wick and Coeducation at MIT and Sailing at MIT"
In 1951 when Rockporter and sailor Emily Wick received her PhD at MIT in chemistry, the MIT student body had been coeducational for about 80 years, but only about 1% of the students were women -- down from a high of 6% in 1897. Between her graduation and her appointment as an MIT Assistant Professor in 1959 -- the only woman faculty member at MIT outside of the Humanities -- the MIT President convened a committee to decide whether or not MIT should continue to admit women. This talk is the story of that committee, the context of the time, and the enormous impact that Emily had on coeducation at MIT. An illustrative part of the story involves Emily's quiet involvement with women's competitive sailing at MIT during the 1960s and 1970s, a story which resonates with current events.

August 8

Q &A with Free Solo co producer Evan Hayes and photo op with the Oscar!

Join us to welcome Evan Hayes, co producer of Free Solo, the 2019 Oscar winner for the best documentary feature at the Academy Awards, for in depth look into producing the film.

National Geographic Documentary Film’s FREE SOLO, is a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock ... the 3,000 ft. El Capitan in Yosemite National Park ... without a rope.

Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.

The Oscar statuesque will be at the Club and available for pictures! "Free Solo" has also been recently nominated for an Emmy in several categories.


We are in need of hosts for the Talks,  which 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

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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