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Talk/Lecture Series

2016 THURSDAY EVENING TALKS at Sandy Bay Yacht Club ~ 7 P.M.
Complimentary  Refreshments ~ Guests Welcome

July 7

The popular Thursday night Talk series will be held again this summer, so mark your calendars now! Kicking off the Talks on July 7 is Jesse Fielding, nephew of SBYC members Ed and Betsy Salas. Hailing from Kingston, RI, Jesse Fielding entered filmdom at the age of 20, not as an actor but as a sailor. A contestant in the grueling Transpac sailing race between Honolulu and Los Angeles, he appeared prominently in the Walt Disney Pictures documentary covering that event, Morning Light (2007).

July 21

On July 21, we are delighted to welcome William H. Waller, Ph.D. His talk is titled, “Navigating the Cosmos”. Bill will take us on a cosmic journey -- from Rockport’s Front Beach into the Solar System, Milky Way and beyond. Along the way, he will show how astronomers reckon distances and sizes of myriad celestial wonders. It can take a lifetime to effectively navigate the currents, waves, winds, and shoals of Sandy Bay. It is another thing altogether to navigate our planet, galaxy, and universe. Bill is a former NASA astrophysicist and Tufts professor of astronomy. He currently teaches physical sciences at Rockport High School and writes general interest books on astronomy.

August 4

UNIQUE NEPAL - Richard Calnan and David Mahat
Rich Calnan, former Associate Director of the Peace Corps in Nepal, and David Mahat, a native of Nepal and proprietor of the Rockport Market, will discuss Nepal and its recent history, as well as David and his family coming to America and Rick’s multiple roles there offering their special insights, experiences, compelling photos, maps and a display of significant artifacts.

With its ancient culture and the Himalayas as a backdrop, landlocked Nepal was closed to the outside world until the 1950s. Since then it has withstood an invasion of tourists and mountain climbers, evolved from a Hindu monarchy, suffered a royal massacre, been through the creation of a multi-party parliamentary system, a decade-long Maoist insurgency and the abolition of the monarchy.

About three quarters of the country is covered by mountains. It is home to Mt. Everest – the world’s highest mountain. Nepal hit the headlines in April 2015 when it was struck by a devastating earthquake, which killed thousands, flattened villages and reduced numerous heritage sites.

About our speakers

Rich Calnan, SBYC Rhodes 19 sailor, is a consultant in international science and natural resources who lived in Nepal for more than five years as a Peace Corps Volunteer/Technical Trainer and as Associate Director of the Peace Corps responsible for all agricultural and natural resource programs in the Himalayan Kingdom. Most recently he managed the Secretariat of the International Union of Geological Sciences under the International Council for Science in Paris and prior to that was Chief of International Programs, U.S. Geological Survey. During his career he has carried out assignments in fifty countries including Madagascar, Afghanistan, Moldova, Sweden, Brazil, Guatemala, Thailand, and The Philippines.

David Mahat, a native of Nepal, is the Proprietor of the Rockport Market. He lived on his family’s farm in the countryside with his six siblings and attended a college in Kathmandu. In 1997 he emigrated to the U.S and worked in Texas, New York City and Boston. While visiting a friend in Beverly in 1998 he took a job at Rockport Market where, working closely with the owner, he mastered the administrative and managerial operations and purchased it upon the owner’s retirement. He and his family received many kindnesses from Rockporters and met Ruth A. Salinger in 1999. She helped him in many ways and visited his mother and family in Nepal in 2001. He brought his family from Nepal to America beginning in 2006, and they have obtained their U.S. citizenships. His wife, Laxmi works with him at the market; his son, Dichyant, a graduate of the University of MA, Amherst is pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy; his daughter Dilasha, a graduate of WPI, and the University of Vermont Medical School is a resident in pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center.



For those new SBYC members or members and guests who have not had the opportunity to attend one of the Talks, the format is relaxed and informal. The talks begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings with refreshments. The talks are 45 minutes to an hour and are not limited to boating. We look to appeal to a variety of interests. Talks are generally hosted by one or two members who share the responsibilities of the refreshments. If you would like to host, or have a suggestion for a speaker, please contact Shelley Vassallo at




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