2017 Chesapeake Bay Rendesvous Recap
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
Delorme in reach weather
Weather underground marine
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.
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.
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.