Mystic Seaport to host WoodenBoat Show
The 19th annual WoodenBoat Show will take place June 25-27 at Mystic (Conn.) Seaport.
The show will feature wooden boats of all sizes, old and new, power, sail, oar and paddle, plus demonstrations and workshops, maritime art, antiques, tools, books and nautical gear.
Family Boatbuilding will return this year as well, with five designers and builders offering kits and instruction for families to build and launch their boats during the three-day show.
Iain Oughtred, the dinghy racer turned boatbuilder, will be honored Saturday evening at a tribute dinner. Tickets for the dinner must be purchased in advance.
Other events include the return of "I Built it Myself," an exhibit of reader-built boats, Concours d'Elegance, including "People's Choice," children's activities, expert skills demonstrations and all the Mystic Seaport exhibits. Tickets can be validated for a free second day.
The WoodenBoat Show is owned and produced by WoodenBoat Publications.
For information, visit www.thewoodenboatshow.com.
Cruising Guide author, Duncan, dies at 93
Roger Fenn Duncan, co-author of "The Cruising Guide to the New England Coast" editions five through 11, died May 15 after an extended illness in his hometown of Boothbay, Maine. He was 93.
Duncan was an avid sailor, cruising Eastward, his 32-foot Friendship sloop for 40 summers as part of the Friendship Sloop Society in Friendship, Maine. This is where Duncan met the famed boatbuilder Ralph Stanley, based in Southwest Harbor, Maine, and a 50-year friendship blossomed.
"He was a good fella to sail against because he knew what he was doing," says Stanley. "Not everyone knew the rules of the road, so to speak, but he did."
Stanley, who is 80, says his friendship with Duncan developed into a business partnership when Duncan approached him in 1996 about building a ketch. Duncan was 80 at the time and his wife, Mary, was 82. They wanted a vessel that would be easier for both of them to manage.
"After we started talking, I knew a ketch wasn't what he wanted," says Stanley. "We decided a schooner would be better for his purposes."
The vessel would eventually become the Dorothy Elizabeth, a 28-foot schooner that was built between 1997 and 1998. The work was interrupted when Duncan suffered an aneurysm, according to Stanley, but "he was determined." After the vessel was finally completed, Duncan wrote a book called "Dorothy Elizabeth: Building a Traditional Wooden Schooner" published in 2000 by W.W. Norton & Company Inc.
- Elizabeth Ellis
Mahogany Memories on the Connecticut River
The 26th annual Mahogany Memories Show, hosted by the Southern New England Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, will take place July 10 at the docks of the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, Conn. The Saturday show will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. View more than 40 antique and classic boats both on the land and in the water; the museum will be open and the schooner Mary E will be scheduling cruises.
For information, contact Dave or Lynn McFarlin at (860) 643-7900 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lee Heinzman at (203) 264-5823 or email@example.com.
Soundings writer talks on cruising Cuba
Soundings contributing writer and Cuba expert Peter Swanson will speak June 11 at CubaCon 2010, a Cuban art and culture conference in Provincetown, Mass.
Swanson's presentation is called "Great Bahamas-Cuba Loop: A Post-Embargo Cruising Strategy." Other marine experts might join him for a session that begins at 2 p.m.
Swanson, a Massachusetts native now living in Florida, has written about Cuba for Soundings magazine and has a Web site, www.cubacruising.net, devoted to the possibilities for recreational boating on the Cuban coast if relations are normalized.
Swanson has recently lectured about Cuba for audiences at TrawlerFest in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the Essex by the Sea series in Essex, Conn. His talk in Provincetown will focus on how cruisers will incorporate the north coast of Cuba and Havana into their traditional Bahamas cruising plans.
"I invite New England mariners to join me for the conference, which spans four days featuring many sessions on Cuban art and culture. There is also a Cuban music dance party, Cuban art auction and Cuba movie day," says Swanson.
For information, visit www.cubacon.com.
West Marine to open flagship store in R.I.
West Marine announced it signed a long-term lease on a new flagship store location in Middletown, R.I.
The new store will be 23,000 square feet, which is almost 300 percent larger than the current 8,000-square-foot West Marine store in the area. With a full-service rigging shop on site, the Newport flagship West Marine will be able to supply any form of running or standing rigging as well as installation.
In addition, a significantly increased inventory selection was designed to meet the needs of sailors and recreational boaters in the Newport market.
In addition to its retail store, the new site will be home to two other West Marine-owned operations, Port Supply and Professional Captain's Services. The combined operations of the three West Marine divisions will increase in-season employment from 20 to 60 associates.
Grand-opening events at the new location are scheduled for the weekend of June 12-13.
For information, visit www.westmarine.com.
Store helps fund
Paddle Smart program
The South Norwalk, Conn., Walmart store recently donated $250 to the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
According to Commander Jay Millard, the donation will be used to help fund a Paddle Smart Public Education Program from Fairfield, Conn., to Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Hinckley Pilot Assoc. will rendezvous in July
The Hinckley Pilot Association will gather July 31 in the Casco Bay region of Maine. This year's event will take place on Bustin Island, close to South Freeport, and will include some local cruising followed by a traditional Maine lobster bake, according to organizers.
The prior weekend features the "Lobster Run," the Stonington, Conn., to Boothbay Harbor, Maine race, in which several Pilot owners will participate. The annual Chowder Cup Race takes place Aug. 7 in Friendship, Maine.
For information, contact Buzz Billik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doyle Ploch Sails signs on with Bic
Mark Ploch, owner of Doyle Ploch Sails in City Island, N.Y., is now a dealer for Bic Sport and will be offering the O'Pen Bic high-performance sailing dinghy as well as Bic paddleboards and kayaks.
This is the first step toward the creation of Island Nautical's Outdoor Center, according to the company. Island Nautical also has a location based in St. Petersburg, Fla., and carries sailing apparel such as Slam, Puma, Gill and Atlantis, in addition to Bic products.
Visit www.doyleplochsails.com for more.
Coast Guard cutter named for rescue hero
The first Sentinel-class cutter will bear the name Bernard C. Webber in honor of the legendary Coast Guard member.
The cutter Bernard C. Webber will be the first of the service's new 153-foot patrol cutters. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen approved the change of the cutter's name to allow this class of vessels to be named after outstanding enlisted members who demonstrated exceptional heroism in the line of duty. This will be the first class of cutters to be named exclusively for enlisted members of the Coast Guard and its predecessor services.
On Feb. 18, 1952, Webber, Andrew Fitzgerald, Richard Livesey and Irving Maske from Life Boat Station Chatham, Mass., braved 60-foot seas aboard the Motor Life Boat CG36500 to rescue the crew of the S.S. Pendleton that had broken in half during a winter storm off the coast of Cape Cod. At the end of the mission, the crew of CG36500 had saved 32 of Pendleton's 33 crewmembers, for which they all received the Gold Lifesaving Medal.
The Sentinel-class contract for up to 34 ships is worth up to $1.5 billion if all contract options are exercised. The Coast Guard plans to build a total of 58 Sentinel-class vessels.
The Coast Guard also conferred the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to Peter Kennedy of the Orleans Historical Society for his contribution to the preservation of the service's history.
Kennedy received the second-highest public service award from Allen for restoring the legendary Coast Guard Motor Life Boat CG36500 used in the S.S. Pendleton rescue.
For more on the rescue and the restoration, visit www.SoundingsOnline.com, keyword: CG36500.
This article originally appeared in the Connecticut and New York Home Waters section of the July 2010 issue.