2016 Annual Fall Upper Chesapeake Rendezvous Recap
From 4-6 October, 2016, John & Mary Cece hosted the 23rd Annual Upper Chesapeake Whitby Brewer Sailboat Association Rendezvous at the West River Sailing Club in Galesville MD. Forty-one sailors and 4 boats were in attendance. The boats were Alembic, Allegria, Red Ranger and Shooting Star.
Monday night was our opening dinner with social hour, including the famous anchovy dip made by Hannah Gardner.
Jeanie Lee (Joie de Vivre), our membership coordinator, discussed the Boat History Project. She is gathering data on each boat, including past and current owners, boat names and dates of ownership. The data gathering is challenging due to incomplete information. The hull number has various formats but is unique for each boat. Matching hull number with boat name and owner is complete for fewer than half the boats. Bill and Helen Weigel (Alembic) found Bernie Boykin’s list of WBS Association Members from the 1990s which will help Jeanie in her quest.
After lunch and some boat visiting while the sun shone, John Meskauskas (Laume II) presented Bringing DC systems into compliance with ABYC standards and Main and mizzen roller furling. Steve Lott (Red Ranger) presented on Solar Panels and electrical budget. The traditional group picture was taken on the front lawn of the club.
Scott Steele and Larry Leonard from http://www.ullmansailsannapolis.com brought their large model and discussed sail trim. Their presentation focused on racing sloops, but we were able to learn some general techniques for sail trim that could be applied to any rig.
Hurricane Matthew predictions were coming in for the South-Eastern coastline, so a few crews decided to leave early to head homeward to protect their boats.
Wednesday, Deb Temperly (Island Time) gathered some short topics on how to make cruising more enjoyable with Hannah Gardner (Rita T), George Chamberlain (Indefatigable) and Scott Lee adding pointers about food preparation and sewing projects. Tony Navoy (Zephyr) gave well-documented project reports on SailVac holding tank and Frigoboat refrigeration installations.
The WBS Association Business Meeting followed, starting off with the Treasurer’s report from Terry Temperly (Island Time). We overestimated the event cost for three reasons:
The event insurance was significantly less than previous years.
The WRSC Commodore and guest were unable to attend a dinner (that cost is shared among attendees).
The fixed costs (insurance and club rental) were sized for 30 attendees and we had 41.
The officers presented 3 options to attendees to split the overage amount (~$18/person). Each attendee received a blank paper to record their preference:
Tip the catering team (in previous years, we have collected donations on the last day).
Donate to the WRSC.
Donate to the WBSA
Get a refund.
The Officer candidates were reviewed. All current officers remain except the Co-Treasurer position, which George Chamberlain passed to Gerry O’Donoghue.
2016-2017 Whitby-Brewer Sailing Association Officers:
Coordinator: Cindy Ann Bowers
Treasurer: Terry Temperly
Co-Treasurer: Gerry O’Donoghue
Webmaster: Scott Lee
Membership Coordinator: Jeanie Lee
Cindy Ann Bowers (Red Ranger) presented the Sales Trends report with boats sold in the past 12 months and current boats for sale. She also presented Field Notes gathered from current cruising boats on how well the boats keep their crews cruising happily.
Many, many thanks to the event organizers:
Registrar - Gerry O'Donoghue
Greeters - John Cece, Hannah Gardner
Dock Masters -John Cece, Steven Lott, Terry Temperly
Club Liaison - John Cece
Catering Liaison - Hannah Gardner
Presentation Coordinator - Cindy Ann Bowers
Cleanup Coordinator - Ruth Seifert
MC - Steven Lott
Audio/Visual Coordinator - Terry Temperly
Treasurer - Terry Temperly
More photos are available here.
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..
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.