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2020 Mariner Rendezvous a Resounding Success!

Stephen Hock - 8/16/2020

A total of 14 boats and crews began gathering on Friday night to prepare for the three day event.

25 sailors departed Niantic under cloudy skies. As the gaggle of Mariners proceeded through the bridges a few drops of rain was felt but the balance of the day remained dry.

Once out in the sound, boat crews struggled against adverse winds and currents. The winds were light and the temps were warm. It took several hours to make it to the planned beach break.

Most crews arrived tired but happy at about 4 pm at Crocker's Boatyard in New London, CT. Friends broke up into small groups and headed out to various places for supper as others remained aboard their boats for their meals from home.

Saturday morning, the adventurous ones headed to Fort Trumbull for a self-guided tour of the fort and the surroundings. The impressive ramparts of the old fort provided expansive views of the Thames River on a beautiful, breezy day.

The afternoon shaped up to be a perfect sailing afternoon. Good breeze and cool temperatures made it an ideal day for Mariner sailing. Those that made the effort to go out had some of the best sailing of the season.

For our evening meal we all headed to the Thames Landing Oyster House where we enjoyed a bountiful dinner and dessert. The portions were huge and the food tasty and well prepared .. no one went away hungry! The desserts, if you could still eat anything, were large and delicious. The party broke up and everyone took an evening stroll back to Crocker's.

Sunday morning at about 9 am boat crews began preparing for the return trip to Niantic. This time the winds were steady and the current favorable. It took about 4 hours for the return trip back to the ramp.

Boats were pulled and taken apart and set for travel. And of course ... a good time was had by all!

Sailors and Members in attendance were: Bill and Teresa Eggers (#2280 Julie B), Brad and Caroline W. (#3582 Sweet Sadie), Tim, Erin and Owen Reiche (#2170 Maggie), Ed Wise (#2862 Christina T), Steve Creighton and Joanne McCarthy (The Pod), Nate Bayreuther (#1922 Orion), Dan and daughter Madeline Meaney (#2024 Clew Sea Nuf), Alan, Lydia, and Joseph Schaeffer (#2470 Sialia), Chris Albert (#2714 Flotsam), Mike and Brenda Hanson (#4040 Bren Marie), Dave Oatley and sons (#2186 Nantucket), Bruce Robbins and Mural Rao (#3200 Nora Rose), James Hollister (#1574 Lively), and Andy, AJ, and Bonnie Stotz (#3223 Sheldon Jones).

Summer "Notice to Mariners" Just Published!

Nathan Bayreuther - 6/11/2020

Newsletter Editor Terry Moulton just keeps cranking out the newsletters! This is a 20-pager that has recent information about the Rendezvous, Nationals, new members, and the upcoming slate of officers which will come into effect following the Nationals on Sunday, July 26th.

Speaking of the new slate of officers, here they are:

President: Nate Bayreuther
Secretary/Treasurer: Brad Friedman
VP Communications: Will Gilmore
VP Membership: Jerry Taylor
Chief Measurer: Chris Duncan
Newsletter Editor: Terry Moulton
Webmaster: Steve Hock

Thank you for volunteering to serve this great organization!

Click Here for the 2020 Summer Newsletter.

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The Mariner is a 19-foot fiberglass sloop first manufactured by George O'Day in 1963, and currently produced by Stuart Marine. Over 4,000 boats have been constructed and can be found all over the country and even internationally. The object of the Mariner Class Association, founded in 1966, is to encourage and promote the use of the Mariner as an economical daysailer, racer and cruiser; to keep the boat safe; to develop Mariner Class racing under uniform rules with Fleet regattas and an annual National Championship and to maintain the one-design features of the Mariner as originally intended by the Designer; to develop and support family sailing opportunities with regional cruising events and an annual Mariner Rendezvous.
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