The Whitby and Brewer Sailboat Association
Whitby 42 and 55, Brewer 42, 12.8 and 44
We are a group of sailors who own, use or are interested in Ted Brewer designed boats primarily focused on Whitby Boat Works Whitby 42 and 55, Ft. Myers' Whitby 42, Brewer 42, 44, and 12.8. The goals of the Association are simple: learn, share and help others learn about, maintain, repair, sail and enjoy their Ted Brewer designed boats. While there can be significant differences between models - and often variations between boats built successively - all share similar characteristics.
- You are invited to join and participate regardless of your experience level.
- There are no dues. Events are organized and costs passed on to attendees.
- Check the Local Rendezvous info to meet up with some of the folks who share your interests.
- Joining is as simple as registering on this site and participating..
20th Annual Rendezvous - October 7, 8 & 9
A Huge Success
The Association holds a "sail-in" or "drive-in" rendezvous each year. All interested in Whitby and Brewer sail boats are invited to attend.
This year 44 attendees shared their enthusiasm for our Ted Brewer designed sailboats. Folks arrived by both water and land. Due to weather conditions, a few boats remained at the West River Sailing Club for several extra days. According to John Cece, this was very enjoyable as it prolonged the get together. Thank-you John for travelling to the Club to open the facility for our members.
The presentations focused on many areas of interest, from great places to visit, how to be comfortable while underway, to some maintenance topics.
Cindy Ann Bowers was elected President, replacing George Chamberlain. Thanks to George for his guidanace last year and to Cindy for taking on the extra duties of coordinator for the group.
Gerry O'Donoghue spent countless hours arranging the event. Great job Gerry!
Many volunteers signed up to help complete the myriad of tasks involved with hosting an event this large. Thanks to all who lent a hand!
Thanks also to all who participated for making this another great event.
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Whitby 42 - A many-faceted boat known by many names
© Ed Lawrence
This article originally appeared in the September / October 2005 issue of Good Old Boat magazine.
Ever have one of those conversations during which you wonder if you and other participants are speaking the same language or discussing the same topic? Actually, those can be fun when you're speaking with someone whose pronunciation makes “hail" sound like the place in which sinners reside.
I recently endured such an experience while discussing the attributes and merits of the Whitby 42 with several owners.
“What I really like is the bowsprit and cutter rig," one says.
“My boat doesn't have a bowsprit," another responds.
“Well, I really like the centerboard because it allows me to get into shallow anchorages and improves performance to weather," a third voice adds.
Brian Stewart's Whitby 42, Pilgrim, awaits the return of her crew, above.
“Centerboard! What centerboard? My boat has a full, shallow-draft keel that only draws 5 feet," adds a fourth.