2014 THURSDAY TALKS at Sandy Bay Yacht Club ~ 7 P.M.
Complimentary Wine and Refreshments ~ Guests Welcome
Charles W. Morgan
This season’s first talk will involve the Charles W.
Morgan, the last whaler in the country. Chris Freeman, Director of
Development, Mystic Seaport, will be discussing the Restoration and 38th
voyage of the Charles W. Morgan. The whaler, which has not sailed in 70
years, began her 38th voyage in May. Chris will share visuals on the
restoration and recent photos of the Morgan under sail.
Chris, a lifelong resident of Stonington, CT, grew up
sailing in dinghy’s, then keelboats. One design racing was a large part
of his sailing career, with a good deal of coastal cruising and a
handful of ocean passages. He has been with Mystic Seaport for the last
15 years, most recently raising money to support the campaign to restore
the Charles W. Morgan. Additionally, his current volunteer role is as an
at large board member of CUSH (Clean Up Sounds and Harbors) a local
clean water action and advocacy group in Long Island Sound.
Battle of Chelsea Creek
Paul Duval will give a Talk about a little know but
important battle of the American Revolutionary War – The Battle of
Chelsea Creek. Those growing up in the Boston area learned about the
battle in Lexington and Concord and the Battle of Bunker Hill yet few
people know of a battle that occurred between these two events. Records
from the Continental Congress clearly show that this battle was the
reason a local General was promoted, yet even today the stone marker at
his home credits his promotion to the battle of Bunker Hill. Come and
learn more about our history.
Paul joined SBYC in 2013 after purchasing a home in
Rockport. He grew up next to the Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop
were he has been a sailing since 1971 and where he sails his Cal 29. He
has lived the past 22 years in Lexington, MA and has been an active
member of the Lexington Minute Men Company since 1991, participating in
the annual re-enactment on Lexington Battle Green every April.
Bill Rapp will be giving a Talk about his involvement
with the SailBlind program. The SailBlind program is sponsored by the
Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton, MA. Several members of the team
will accompany Bill. These blind and visually impaired sailors compete
in local, national and international blind sailing regattas. The blind
sailors will talk about their challenges, experiences and
accomplishments. A video of the 2013 Blind Sailing World Championship,
held in Japan, will be shown.
Bill is a lifelong resident of Rockport, a member of SBYC
and an instructor in the adult sailing program. His passion for sailing
began early on at SBYC where he learned the finer points of sailing and
racing from many great sailors. Bill has been a sighted guide with the
competitive SailBlind program for over 15 years. “Getting involved with
the SailBlind program has allowed me to share my knowledge and skill
with others so they can pursue their passion for sailing through the use
of my eyes.”
If you would like to co-host one of the Talks or wish
further information, please contact Joanne Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org