View from the Bridge
View from the Bridge
The days are getting longer and I like to think it’s downwind from now to when we are back on the water. Meanwhile we’ve been enjoying “Good Times, Good Sailing (vicariously) and Good Friends” thanks to the outstanding set of seminars Rear Commodore, Jack Savage has organized: in January we heard Roy Greenwald on single handed offshore racing followed by Nigel Calder in February. Richard and Ellie Scherr are hosting a mid-week ski getaway in Waterville Valley while in contrast, our southern contingent will gather in Delray Beach, FL mid-month.
The Marion-Bermuda Safety at Sea Symposium will take place at U-Mass Boston in on March 9th and 10th with the regular classroom Safety at Sea (SAS) certification offered on the Saturday and expanded “Hands-on Day” on Sunday with in-pool drills, flare, fire extinguisher practice and damage mitigation. Whether you are planning on doing the race or not, this is an excellent way to advance the skills of your whole crew or family.
Our last seminar will be on April 13th at North Sails’ Loft in Salem and we’ll cap the offseason/ kickoff the new sailing season at our Spring Dinner at the Corinthian YC on May 4th.
Then it’s time to get the boats in the water. As of this writing we have six BWSC boats registered for the Marion–Bermuda Race. There will be a cruise south of the Cape, the Women’s Cruise will take place the week of July 27-Aug 3rd and the Maine Cruise will run from August 4th through 17th.
Blue Water Sailing Club functions due to the volunteer efforts of all of us. Please step forward and contact Peter Forte, Vice Commodore, for other activities you want to pursue when we are back on the water, e.g. July 4th, Memorial Day any other event
Lastly, this is a good time to reach out to fellow sailors whom you think would be good additions to our club and invite them to join. Don’t be shy, we have a great Club with a lot to offer. You can put them in touch with our Membership Chairman, Richard Scherr.