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Talk/Lecture Series

2018 THURSDAY EVENING TALKS at Sandy Bay Yacht Club ~ 7 P.M.
Complimentary  Refreshments ~ Guests Welcome

June 28

Ed Becker, President and Executive Director, Essex County Greenbelt Association.

"A Journey through Cape Ann's Geologic History to its Present Day Landscape"

The talk will describe how our geologic history over millions of years shaped the Cape Ann landscape we know today. It will also show how human history has influenced the landscape, from colonial times to the current impacts of climate change and sea level rise. The talk will conclude with a brief overview of land conservation in the U.S, which has been described as one of America’s greatest ideas. Ed Becker is president of Essex County Greenbelt, a regional land trust, where he's been involved in several hundred projects saving over 17,000 acres of land.

Ed has been at the heart of Greenbelt's growth and land conservation success for over thirty years. During this time, he has led the transformation of Greenbelt from a small three-person operation to its current position as one of the most effective and highly-respected land conservation trusts in the country. Ed’s exceptional abilities, integrity and passion for conserving land and nature define him.

July 12

Cape Ann Shipwrecks with Capt. Raymond H. Bates, Jr. A fascinating recollection of Cape Ann's maritime past.

Join lifelong historian, author, scallop diver and lobsterman, Captain Raymond H. Bates, Jr., for a discussion of his most recent book, Shipwrecks North of Boston: Volume 2, Cape Ann. Captain Bates has been exploring shipwrecks and writing about them since 1969. This book is the second in his history of the maritime disasters that occurred along Boston's North Shore. In volume one, Bates focused on the shipwrecks of Salem Bay; in the second volume he turns toward the shipwrecks along the coast of Cape Ann, from Magnolia to Coffin's Beach.

July 26

Paul St. Germain, President, Thacher Island Association, Sandy Bay National Harbor of Refuge and the Navy. Author of just released Sandy Bay National Harbor of Refuge and the Navy.

Paul St. Germain, local Cape Ann author and historian, has been a Rockport resident for 20 years and has written three other books in the Images of America series. With assistance from the Sandy Bay Historical Society archives, official US Navy files, and other private collections, he has developed a revealing record and interesting history of the building of the breakwater, the men, the ships, and the events surrounding the Navy visits that occurred from 1899 to 1919. Join us to learn about this new book that recounts the history of the Sandy Bay Breakwater and the Navy visits in the 1900s.


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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