The Whitby Brewer Sailboat Association

Reports from previous Association Rendezvous. Usually held at the West River Sailing Club in Galesville MD, just before the Annapolis Sail Show in October. The Rendezvous was not held in 2019 due to lack of a coordinator. 

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2016

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2010

2009

2008

 

2018 Rendezvous

Another year of fun and sharing! There’s a lot we can learn from other sailors with the same boats and a wide variety of experiences. An important lesson from this year is how long it takes before we’re talking about the ship’s head. (For non-sailors, read “toilet.”)

For the 2018 edition of the rendezvous, we had four boats at the dock of the West River Sailing Club:

  • Red Ranger
  • Shooting Star
  • Wild Oats
  • Allegria

We had almost two dozen attendees reflecting — perhaps — a dozen boats. James and Christine won the prize for coming all the way from Calgary, Alberta, some 2,300 miles. We keep Red Ranger at Herrington Harbour North, so our trip was about 15 miles: 3 hours by boat. Shooting Star and Wild Outs, similarly, are close by. Allegria, however, came down from from Newfoundland.

Some Whitby-emeritus owners (Ted, Alice, John, and Mary) live in the area so, they win the prize for shortest distance traveled.

There are some key ingredients for a proper rendezvous.

Introductions. And a boat card exchange. We all describe our boat and our favorite locations. We get to meet the folks we don’t know, greet the folks we've met before. We learn about folks new to the group, and new to their boars, as well as the folks with thousands of sea miles under their keels.

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Shared Meals. We use the West River Sailing Club and Betka’s Real Food catering service provided us wonderful meals Monday night, all day Tuesday and all day Wednesday, also.

Boat Tours. With four boats at the dock, we can swap ideas, and learn from each other. I’ve seen these three boats several times before, and I’m starting to understand some of the smaller differences between them.

Program. Ruth of Shooting Star built an amazing program this year. She seems to know a huge number of cruisers, and invited lots of them to speak.

  • Jeanie and Scott talked about the Whitby-Brewer web site. Jeanie explained the detailed history of the boats she’s collected. This history can help a buyer learn about previous owners and previous names for a boat you’re thinking about buying. It also helps when you see a boat and wonder who you should hail on the VHF.
  • Fred reviewed the rules of the road. “Red over Red, Captain is Dead.” Okay. It’s silly, but we’ve learned to recognize the lights of a ship not under command.
  • Monty and Sara — the folks who publish Explorer Chartbooks — stopped by to tell us how and why they put their unique offering together. We learned about coloring scheme for the hydrography and their policy for stating depth. The books include tons of need-to-know information about the Bahamas. Since they offered us a discount, we bought the latest editions.
  • Dee and Molly told us about their trip up the coast of Newfoundland. They shared details of anchorages, and spectacular photos. This wasn’t their first trip up north, and we learned how they managed the persistent SW winds they encountered.
  • Molly Winans— editor of Spinsheet Magazine — told us about sailors and the twelve reasons why she loves sailors. Stories from a  master story-teller are a delight.
  • We demonstrated how flares work. We tried 12-gauge and 25mm flare launchers, signal rockets, SOLAS flares, and (cheap) locator flares. Out-of-date flares really do work. We saw how the pistol-like flare launchers can be unimpressive: a 12 gauge flare with a six-second burn is barely visible. If you’re going to use this, have a generous supply. The 25mm launcher with converter sleeve didn’t work out very well, either: when the flare misfired, it wound up jammed in the sleeve. Have multiple sleeves in case of misfires. The demonstration required a fair amount of coordination with US Coast Guard, Galesville Fire Department, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and local businesses to be sure everyone was aware of what we were doing. You can see Molly’s Facebook post of our flare demo.

Day two was just as informative and helpful:

  • Brian Smith from American Diesel stopped by to help us understand our diesel engines. We talked about a number of topics, including the frequency of oil changes and the complexities of getting all the oil out of the pan. We learned about the importance of looking closely at your oil as a diagnostic tool for how your engine is running.
  • Kathy Barth from Seven Seas Cruising Association told us of the many benefits of SSCA membership. We have several members — and at least one commodore couple— in the Whitby family. What we’re doing is like an SSCA Gam on a smaller scale. 
  • We shared our stories of things that work — and things that don’t.  As Milly Winans pointed out, it’s only about ten minutes before we’re talking about the boat’s head and the various complexities of marine sanitation devices. 
  • After lunch we had a brief business meeting to examine our finances. We pay for Whitby Brewer Sailboats. The rendezvous pricing is designed to break exactly even with the fees for Real Food and the West River Sailing Club. And that’s it. We have a couple of people who handle the tiny dribble of money. Ruth, Cindy Ann, and Maureen put the program together for the rendezvous.
  • Steve showed how rock climbing safety techniques can be applied to ascending the mast. Use proper 22 kn rated carabiner clips, and use a figure-eight with follow-through knot for anything you’re climbing on.

And then we moved on to visiting boats, having hors d'oeuvre and then eating a delightful dinner.

An associated event can help. In this case, the Annapolis sailboat show starts the next day. Some of use will sail up to Annapolis to make last-minute purchases before heading south.

A bonus this year was yoga at 07:00 both mornings. CA finished her instructor training at Blue Nectar recently.  The morning program was designed to build up some strength and flexibility based on the kind of activities common on a sailboat.

 

2018 Whitby-Brewer Sailboat Association Rendezvous

1-3 October at the West River Sailing Club

4800 Riverside Dr, Galesville, MD

The Upper Chesapeake Whitby-Brewer Sailboat Association Rendezvous will be hosted at the West River Sailing Club as it has been for the past several years. There is dock space for 7 boats, 4 mooring balls and ample anchoring room. Dockage includes 30-amp electric and water. Showers are available at the club for all. There is laundry available across the street at the Pirate's Cove restaurant/hotel. 

Monday 1 October

Crews arrive during the day; lunch on your own; boat visiting.

Dock Masters on duty to assist incoming boats - monitoring channels 16 and 69.

17:00 - Social hour: cash beer and wine, bring a snack to share, if possible.

18:00 - Supper provided

 

Tuesday 2 October

07:00 - Yoga for sailors (45 min)

08:00 - Coffee and Continental breakfast provided

08:30 - Welcome/Introductions/Boat Card exchange

09:00 - Boat History and Website (Jeanie and Scott - S/V Joie de Vivre)

10:00 - Rules of the Road (Fred - S/V Shooting Star)

11:00 - Explorer Charts - (Sara & Monty Lewis - tentative)

12:00 - Lunch provided, cash soft drinks

13:00 - Newfoundland (Dee & Molly - S/V Allegria) 

14:00 - Spinsheet (Molly Winans)

15:00 - Flare Demo (tentative)

16:00 - Boat visiting

17:00 - Social hour: cash beer and wine, snacks provided

18:00 - Dinner provided. 

 

Wednesday 3 October

07:00 - Yoga for sailors (45 min)

08:00 - Coffee and Continental breakfast provided

09:00 - American Diesel (Brian Smith)

10:00 - open - (your presentation here!)

11:00 - Seven Seas Cruising Assoc. (Kathy Barth-Pres.)

12:00 - Lunch provided, cash soft drinks

13:00 - General Discussion Boat ideas - upgrades, storage

14:00 - Whitby Brewer Sailboats Association business meeting

15:00 - Mast Climbing (Steve - S/V Red Ranger)
16:00 - Group photo on the lawn / visiting
17:00 - Social hour: cash beer and wine, potluck snacks
18:00 - Dinner provided

19:30 - Cleanup

2016 Upper Chesapeake Rendezvous

 2016 rendezvous group

From 4-6 October, 2016, John & Mary Cece hosted the 23rd Association 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.

Tuesday morning Hannah Gardner and Paddy O’Donnell (Rita T) presented information about Caribbean rallies. Gerry ODonoghue (Simbi) followed with a discussion on rigging. Scott Lee (Joie de Vivre) presented about the current state of the website. He is collecting a photo of each boat for a new slideshow on the website. Email a favorite photo of your boat to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The slideshow is here

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:

  1. The event insurance was significantly less than previous years.

  2. The WRSC Commodore and guest were unable to attend a dinner (that cost is shared among attendees).

  3. 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:

  1. Tip the catering team (in previous years, we have collected donations on the last day).

  2. Donate to the WRSC.

  3. Donate to the WBSA

  1. 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.

 

Program

October 3, 4, 5 at West River Sailing Club; Galesville, MD

4800 Riverside Dr, Galesville, MD

(Approximately 38 50.80N, 76 32.22W Boat directions available upon request)

Monday 3 October

Crews arrive during the day; lunch on your own; boat visiting.

Dock Masters on duty to assist incoming boats - monitoring channels 16 and 69.

16:45 - Welcoming session.

17:00 - Social hour: cash beer and wine, snacks provided

18:00 - Supper provided

Tuesday 4 October

08:00 - Coffee and Continental breakfast provided

08:30 - Welcome/Introductions/Boat Card exchange

09:00 - Caribbean rallies - Hannah Gardner

10:00 - Field notes from the cruising fleet - CA Bowers

10:40 - State of the website  - Scott Lee

11:00 - Boat history and membership projects - Jeanie Lee

12:00 - Lunch provided, cash soft drinks

13:00 Boat visiting

13:30 - Bringing DC systems into compliance with ABYC standards - John Meskauskas

14:00 - Solar Panels and electrical budget - Steven Lott

14:40 - General topics — All (Q & A and short presentations)

16:00 - Scott Steele from Ullman Sails Annapolis

17:00 - Social hour: cash beer and wine, snacks provided

18:00 - Supper provided

Wednesday 5 October

08:00 - Coffee and Continental breakfast provided

09:00 - The Cruising Corner - Deb Temperly

09:30 - Rigging and update on Simbi - Gerry ODonoghue

10:30 - SailVac holding tank installation - Tony Navoy

10:40 - Main and mizzen roller furling - John Meskauskas

11:00 - General topics — All (Q & A and short presentations)

12:00 - Lunch provided, cash soft drinks

13:00 - Sales info and trends - CA Bowers

13:30 - Group photo on the lawn

14:00 - Whitby Brewer Sailboats Association business meeting

17:00 - Social hour: cash beer and wine, snacks provided

18:00 - Supper provided

19:30 - Cleanup

2016 Rendezvous boats

 

 

History of the Whitby Brewer Sailboat Association by Bernie Boykin

Newsletter Archive (1991-2006)

Douglas Stephenson (1942-2014)

Bernard (Bernie) Boykin (1921-2011)

In Search of the Ultimate Cruiser (undated PDF) - Interesting history and review of the Brewer 12.8 and the 'Original 8' who made it happen.

Whitby Brewer History Project (access for owners only)

Meet your fellow Whitby and Brewer friends......

--->  View Latest Local Rendezvous Information.

2017 Chesapeake Bay Rendezvous

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Steven Lott, SV Red Ranger

While Monday is the expected arrival day, Sunday had good conditions and several boats arrived early. Our contract with WRSC doesn’t really start until Monday, but, the club was flexible.

 

The proper content began on Tuesday:

We learned about the refit on Uhane Kai. It’s almost done. She may be departing the Chesapeake next year.

We learned about surveying from a local surveyor, Karen Alt from Anchor Marine Inc.

We discussed weather, and weather resources. Terry, of Island Time, moderated the discussion. Here’s what I jotted down.

Attainable adventure cruising. https://www.morganscloud.com/about/

Modern Marine weather. https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Marine-Weather-Traditions-Technology-ebook/dp/B00BZDR2XE

http://Saildocs.com

http://passageweather.com

http://www.buoyweather.com

Delorme in reach weather

Weather underground marine 

http://www.marvsweather.com/cu_01.html

We learned about the San Blas islands from the crew of Memory. Get Eric Bauhaus’ book.

We learned about dinghy renovation from the crew of Shooting Star.  We’re going to buy some ToobSeal for the pinhole leak in our dinghy.

We learned about sewing projects from the crews of Indefatigable and Alembic.

We got some promotional gear from Sailrite, including hats, shirts, and tote-bags. We had a raffle to share the bounty among all the crews in attendance. (I got a new hat.)

And that was just the first day!

On Wednesday, we shared tips and best practices. This was facilitated by Deb, of Island Time, who makes sure that everyone can share their lessons learned with the rest of the Whitby-Brewer family.

The crew of Alembic talked about Western Caribbean destinations. Looking at the hurricane devastation in the Eastern Caribbean made this particularly poignant. 

 

We also reviewed some more mundane details. Scott (of Joie de Vivre) showed us the latest features of the web site, including the Slide Show of boats. Please submit a favorite photo of your Whitby or Brewer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We looked at sales information about our boats. And we also had a brief “business” meeting. There’s rarely much business beyond reviewing our tiny budget and getting volunteers lined up for next year.

Indeed, the biggest budget issue is the pennant. We have been selling some appliquéd nylon pennants, and it’s time to reorder. The current material doesn’t stand up well in a marine environment. Maybe we should switch to printed dacron? Or appliquéd dacron? Or Sunbrella? Lots of discussion. 

Thursday, we bid tearful farewells.

 

Photos are available here.

 

2017 Whitby-Brewer Sailboat Association Rendezvous Program

2 - 4 October at the West River Sailing Club

4800 Riverside Dr, Galesville, MD

Monday 2 October - Optional

Crews arrive during the day; lunch on your own; boat visiting.

Dock Masters on duty to assist incoming boats - monitoring channels 16 and 69.

17:00 - Social hour: cash beer and wine, bring a snack to share, if possible. 18:00 - Supper provided (see menu below)

 

Tuesday 3 October

08:00 - Coffee and Continental breakfast provided

08:30 - Welcome/Introductions/Boat Card exchange

09:00 - Uhane Kai Renovation - Mike Foster

10:00 - Karen Alt, surveyor, Anchor Marine, Inc.

11:00 - State of the website - Scott and Jeanie Lee

12:00 - Lunch provided, cash soft drinks

13:00 - Group discussion on weather - led by Terry Temperly

14:00 - Short presentations:

            San Blas Islands - Bruce and Maureen Kinsey

            Dinghy renovation - Ruth Ann and Fred Seifert

15:00 - Sewing for a boat - Helen Weigel and George Chamberlain

16:00 - Boat visiting

17:00 - Social hour: cash beer and wine, snacks provided

18:00 - Dinner provided. Local boaters have been invited to join us. 

19:00 - Drawing for some very cool Sailrite gear!

Wednesday 4 October

08:00 - Coffee and Continental breakfast provided

09:00 - The Cruising Corner - Deb Temperly, Maureen Kinsey and Scott Lee

10:30 - Western Caribbean loops - Helen and Bill Weigel

11:30 - General topics — All (Q & A and short presentations) - TBD

12:00 - Lunch provided, cash soft drinks

13:00 - Sales info and trends - CA Bowers

13:30 - Whitby Brewer Sailboats Association business meeting - ALL

14:30 - Group photo on the lawn / visiting

17:00 - Social hour: cash beer and wine, potluck snacks

18:00 - Dinner provided

19:30 - Cleanup

 

Rendezvous organizers:

Registrar - Maureen Kinsey

Greeters - John Cece, Steven Lott, Deb Temperly

Dock Masters - John Cece, Steven Lott, Terry Temperly

Club/Catering Liaison - CA Bowers

Program Coordinator - CA Bowers

MC - Steven Lott

Audio/Visual Coordinator - Terry Temperly

Treasurer - Terry Temperly

 

Whitby-Brewer Sailing Association Officers:

Coordinator: Cindy Ann Bowers

Treasurer: Terry Temperly 

Co-Treasurer: open 

Webmaster: Scott Lee

Membership Coordinator: Jeanie Lee

2015 Upper Chesapeake Rendezvous

2015 Whitby group on lawn

The 22nd Whitby Brewer Association Rendezvous was held 5-8 October at (the beautiful) West River Sailing Club in Galesville, MD. There were three boats at the dock: Alembic, Allegria and Bye Polar. There were 34 sailors in attendance. Each day was filled with socializing, presentations, boat visits and good food.

The following presentations were given:

Water tank replacement -- Scott Lee

Cruising the Western Coast of FL -- George Chamberlain (delivered by Terry Temperly)

Event Coordinators:
* Dock Master, WRSC Liaison - John Cece
* Registrar - Gerry O’Donoghue
* Treasurer, Technical A/V - Terry Temperly
* Catering Liaison - Hannah Gardner
* Master of Ceremonies - Steven Lott
* Communications - Scott Lee
* Presentations - Cindy Ann Bowers

Business meeting:
There were only three agenda items for the business meeting and one item came from the floor.
* Officer slate
* Rendezvous feedback
* Treasurer's report
* Memorial gift for Doug Stephenson

There was not much discussion on Rendezvous feedback and planning for next year, but three items had been informally discussed. CA requested other feedback through email. Due to weather, we had some cancellations, but some folks arrived on the spur of the moment and they were very welcome.

1. Attendance has been steadily declining at the Rendezvous for a variety of reasons, some known, som unknown. One reason is the dispersement of the boats over a wider range, thus many crews are not near the Rendezvous location at this time of year. In conjunction with this, the crews that have come annually for many years are getting older, some have sold their boats and many new crews have not made the Rendezvous a part of their plans. If the Rendezvous continues on this schedule and in this location, more effort to reach/motivate crews needs to be made.

2. The club catering changed hands this year and we were treated to wonderful food. Being fed well contributed to happy attitudes and smiles. While the food was very good, and the cost of the food was reasonable, it is possible that the overall cost of the Rendezvous is one of the factors in declining attendance. The suggestion was made to make the Monday dinner and the Thursday breakfast optional for next year. This complicates the registration and tallies for the caterer, but may be more appealing to crews.

3. Expanding the Rendezvous model to other locations was discussed again, as some smaller meet ups have taken place in Miami, Jacksonville and the Bahamas in the past 2 years. The consensus has been to continue to develop the meet ups beyond the Chesapeake. The Miami boat show is generally too late in the season to coordinate with a meet up in Miami, as most crews have already gone to the Bahamas by then. Several crews would be interested in an Eastern Caribbean meet up. Finding a venue can be challenging in other locations, since the rental of the WRSC is very inexpensive compared to other venues.

A PayPal account has been set up with the credit union account and a Donate button has been installed on the website to collect donations for the website maintenance. Some donations have already been received. Terry will follow up to thank each donor as the donations come in.

Terry delivered the Financial Report for the past year (to be posted separately). The expenses for the Rendezvous are funded completely by the attendees.

Since there was some surplus beyond website maintenance (from the donation button), a motion was made to send $100 to the charity named in Doug Stephenson's memorial notes. Ted Schimpff reported on the Memorial service, as he and Alice had attended this Spring.

Officer elections were held. All of the 2014-2015 officers were willing to serve another year, so elections went along quickly.

Officers for 2015-2016
Coordinator: Cindy Ann Bowers
Treasurer: Terry Temperly
Co-Treasurer: George Chamberlain
Webmaster: Scott Lee
Membership coordinator: Jeanie Lee
WRSC liaison: John Cece

The meeting was adjourned and the bar opened.

Respectfully Submitted,
Cindy Ann Bowers, Coordinator

 

Program - October 5, 6, 7, 8 at West River Sailing Club

4800 Riverside Dr, Galesville, MD (Approximately 38 50.80N, 76 32.22W. Boat directions available upon request)

Monday 5 October Crews arrive during the day; lunch on your own; boat visiting.

4:15 pm - Welcoming session. Set up nautical flea market to sell your junque. Volunteers sign up on to-do list.

5:00 pm - Social hour: cash bar, hors d’oeuvres provided.

6:00 pm - Supper provided

Tuesday 6 October

8:00 am - Coffee and continental breakfast provided.

8:30 am - Welcome/Introductions/Boat Card exchange

9:00 am - Latest and greatest Communication and Applications - Terry Temperly

9:45 am - SOPs Onboard - Steven Lott

10:30 am - Patrick Tewes of Marine Electric Systems, LLC

12:00 pm - Lunch provided (cash bar)/boat visiting

1:00 pm - Davis Craven of Waterway Diesel Center

1:45 pm - Water tank replacement - Scott Lee

2:30 pm - Center fuel tank - Dee Strickland

3:10 pm - General topics -Q & A and short presentations

5:00 pm - Social hour (cash bar)/Boat visiting

6:00 pm - Supper provided

7:30 pm - nautical themed movie, if any interest.

Wednesday 7 October

8:00 am - Coffee and continental breakfast provided

9:00 am - Cruise Director's Corner - Deb Temperly/p>

10:00 am - Cruising the Western Coast of FL - Terry Temperly

11:00 am - Seamanship 101 - John Cece

12:00 pm - Lunch provided

1:00 pm - Boat visiting

2:00 pm - Sales info and trends - CA Bowers

2:30 pm - State of the website - Scott Lee

3:00 pm - General topics - Q & A and short presentations

4:00 pm - Whitby Brewer Sailboats Association business meeting

5:00 pm - Social hour (cash bar)/ Boat visiting

6:00 pm - Supper provided

7:30 pm - Preliminary cleanup

Thursday 8 October

8:00 am - Coffee (leftovers, if there are any) and CLEAN UP !!!

9:00 am - Crews depart

 

2015 Whitby group on dock