September 13, 1942 – November 30, 2014
With a heavy heart, the Whitby Brewer Association learned of the death of our great friend, Doug Stephenson. Doug’s health had been failing for the past several years and he was taken to Midland General Hospital on Sunday, November 30th where he passed away of heart failure. The photograph above was taken at the last Whitby Brewer Association Rendezvous he attended in 2011.
Doug came to know Curt and Doris Hanson as a member of their Whitby 45 racing team. He became a personal friend and business associate of the Hansons, owners of the Whitby Boat Works in Canada. As a result of his long-term association with the Whitby Boat Works, Doug became not only a personal ambassador for Whitby and Brewer sailboats but a living encyclopedia of every technical detail and the history of these boats. Doug freely shared his knowledge and love of these boats with every one of us and helped us navigate the shoals and hazards of our projects as we learned from him and rebuilt, maintained and upgraded our boats.
Doug was a raconteur of all things Whitby. His hearty laugh and impish sense of humor always lightened any moment when he sensed our discouragement. He was a gentleman of the old school whose word was his bond. He taught us all to live life large and to enjoy the moments we had on earth as he did himself to the very end.
Doug is survived by his son, Alan; one sister, Muriel and one brother, Don; he is predeceased by one other brother, Gordon.
2014 Annual Fall Upper Chesapeake Rendezvous Recap
The 21st Annual Whitby Brewer Association Rendezvous was held on October 6, 7, 8 at (the beautiful) West River Sailing Club in Galesville, MD. There were six boats at the dock: Morning Light, Wild Oats, Allegria, Island Time, Joie de Vivre and Shooting Star. There were 46 sailors in attendance. Each day was filled with socializing, presentations, boat visits and good food.
The following presentations were given:
Monday 6 October
Bob Smith (American Diesel, http://www.americandieselcorp.com) - Ford Lehman engine history
and Q & A.
Dalton Williams (Wifi for Boats, http://www.wififorboats.com) - state of wifi systems
Tuesday 7 October
Terry Temperly (Island Time) - refrigeration refit planning
Gerry O'Donoghue (Simbi) - iPad Applications
Mark and Diana Doyle (On The Water Chart Guides, http://www.onthewaterchartguides.org) - 50
Frugal Favorites on the ICW
Scott Lee (Joie de Vivre) - the state of our website, whitbybrewersailboats.com
John Cece - Life Raft Demo
Bill and Judy Speary (Janus) - cruising stories and lessons learned
Wednesday 8 October
Dee Strickland (Allegria) - Shafted in the Jumentos
Deb Temperly (Island Time) - Cruise Director's Corner - Easy in the Galley
John Cece - An Engineered Approach to No-Spill Fueling
Steven F. Lott (Red Ranger) - Boat Paperwork
Monique and Wick Mackenzie (Tigre) - update on the project boat
Maureen and Bruce Kinsey (Memory) - OpenCPN and Cruising Stories
George Chamberlain (Indefatigable) - Sales info and trends
Cindy Ann Bowers (Red Ranger) - Business meeting
Terry Temperly delivered the Financial Report for the past year (to be posted separately). The funds in the account are to be used for expenses related to the maintenance of the WBS website. The Annual Rendezvous is funded completely by the attendees. There was a small surplus of funds from this year's Rendezvous due to additional people signing up late. A motion was made and passed to add this surplus to the fund for website maintenance. Additional donations were also made to the website fund, as it was pointed out that the website is our only asset and it assists owners in learning about their boats and connecting with others. It is also a strong reason why our boats have value on the open market because potential buyers know there is an active community for support on issues.
There are currently no membership dues being collected. Dues may be instituted in the future if the website needs more funds.
Cindy Ann Bowers reported on the social initiative started last year, to increase the number and regions where Whitby Brewer meet ups occur. Currently, the Annual Rendezvous is the onlygathering with the "Rendezvous" name due to the presence of the business meeting and the election of officers. Other social gatherings will use the term "Meet up". The website forum category "Getting Together" was launched last year and provides a place for meet up planning, photos and descriptions of meet ups. Several meet ups were held and documented last year, in Miami, Jacksonville, Vero Beach, and the Bahamas. Tools for facilitating meet ups were discussed, including the Whitby 42 Yachts FaceBook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/251728048880/), Cruiseheimers Net (http://www.bigdumboat.com/network.html) and Active Captain e-boat cards (http://www.eboatcards.com).
Brief plans for next year's Rendezvous were discussed. The West River Sailing Club is a prime facility in a good location and would be the first choice if John Cece can secure the Club again. We discussed moving the registration deadline to August first with an option for a partial refund for cancellation and a late fee, to encourage attendees to sign up early enough that we can pay for the food deposit.
Officer elections were held. All of the 2013-2014 officers were willing to serve another year, so elections went along quickly.
Officers for 2014-2015
Coordinator: Cindy Ann Bowers
Co-coordinator: Joe Fonseca
Treasurer: Terry Temperly
Co-Treasurer: George Chamberlain
Webmaster: Scott Lee
Membership coordinator: Jeanie Lee
WRSC liaison: John Cece
Historian: John Cece
The meeting was adjourned and the bar opened.
Cindy Ann Bowers, Coordinator
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.