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Talk/Lecture Series

2014 THURSDAY TALKS at Sandy Bay Yacht Club ~ 7 P.M.
Complimentary Wine and Refreshments ~ Guests Welcome

July 10
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.

July 24
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.

August 7

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 or 508-284-6800.




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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