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Annual Meeting And Dinner Was Great!!

Attendees at the the Sea Sprite Association Annual Meeting And Dinner held April 15th, 2016 once again enjoyed a lovely evening and gracious hosting at the Bristol YC in R.I. We met at 6:00 for drinks, and enjoyed a delicious buffet presented by Amos House Catering. For us northerners, this is Opening Night for the sailing season! Good friends, good drink, good food heralds again a fun and exciting sailing season.

Emma Radeka talks with Harold Tucker and her after

Emma Radeka talks with Harold Tucker and her father

 

After dinner, Carter  opened the meeting welcoming attendees and thanking the sailors at Bristol Yacht Club for hosting our event. He then covered the state of the organization, and followed with new business.

Here are the minutes:

2016 SS23 ANNUAL MEETING

April 15, 2016
STATE OF THE ASSOCIATION

Financial

Bank balance grew from $2,673 to $3,532.

Income: solely from memberships, with a total of 64 active dues paying members for 2015.

Expenses: included a one-time application fee of $400 paid to obtain approval from the IRS to be tax-exempt, low internet fees (because we were in the 3rd year of 3 year contracts), no race fees.

On the assumption that average administrative expenses are $500, we have enough savings to cover 6 to 7 years of operating expenses if income stream ends.

Although the position of Treasurer was approved as a by-law change at the 2015 Annual Meting, no progress has been made in filling the position.

Membership

64 members paid dues for 2015, down slightly from 77 in 2014. There are 120 members who have paid at least one year of dues coming from 23 states. Benefits remain the same (Jamestown Distributors, Thurston Sails, selling one’s boat). Dues remain at $25.

Organization

This was our 2nd year of registered non-profit status, and 1st year of official IRS tax-exempt status (one time filing fee of $400). Max profit we can make before status changes is $50,000. Filing is e-card. It takes me 5 minutes to file. (No cost). Classifieds have grown, with 10 boats listed for sale, and 24 sold. Website, including the Forum, is very active, and remains open to all. 14,000 visitors viewed 81,000 pages in 2015, up from 11,900 visitors in 2014. Ship Store remains the same (fine arts print, line drawings). Website projects include documenting rehabs as references (Zara, Heritage, Tim Lacky, Art Haberland) and changing technical to be a simple compilation of articles on particular subjects and projects.

Goals

Our goal remains the same…we are a national organization for rehabbers, local 1-design and PHRF racers, and rendezvous sailors across the country.

Racing

Narragansett Bay is the only known one-design racing venue for the SS23, although boats do race PHRF in their local fleets. Last year, at BYC’s request to save resources, our local fleet joined with their J-22 to have a one-design regatta in early Spring in Bristol instead of our historically separate Sea Sprite Regatta. It was cancelled for a variety of reasons. Later in the summer we held a free, self-sponsored event under the insurance umbrella of the Herreshoff Museum using the bell off Poppasquash Point for 2 races run by Herb Browne and family from his catboat. The Herreshoff unfortunately bundled entry fees with tickets to the dinner for the Herreshoff Regatta in August, making the day cost over $200. Only 2 SS23’s entered, and the Sea Sprite 23 division was cancelled. ‘Round The Hog was a total success, with 6 boats sailing a self start course around Hog Island followed by a well attended barbecue at Lou and Karen Marino’s house.

Regatta insurance was explored. We talked with NBYA and Herreshoff about umbrella coverage, and with Shub directly.

A 3 race series was planned and promoted for Ohio Ledge last year to encourage West Bay participation. Nobody signed up.

Class Rules were written, posted, changed per suggestions, and accepted.

BYC reduced the cost for non-members to race Wednesday evening in their Millard Series from $370 to $200, helping to maintain racing fleet integrity.
NEW BUSINESS

Relationship with BYC

Ruth Souto is our liaison with BYC. She reported on plans for the Millard Wednesday Night Series, and the need to encourage participation.

Racing 2016

Jon Goff, NB Race Chair, reported plans for 3 weekend races this year. He is working with Ruth to have our Regatta again at BYC. We will join the MOHOSA
Regatta mid-summer, and finish with our ‘Round The Hog Race in early September.

Rendezvous

Carter suggested a rendezvous for the SS28/30/34’s this summer, perhaps at Dutch Harbor in Jamestown (RI) or at Cuttyhunk in the Elizabeth Islands in Buzzards Bay (Mass). A Volunteer is needed to coordinate such a get-together.

Awards

Bob Catani almost swept the sailing awards, winning the Amon Plaque (to the winner of the Millard Series), the Nancy Belle Plaque (to the best sailor on NB),
and the Sea Sprite Regatta Bowl. Jon Goff, sailing Bramisole, won ‘Round The Hog.

The b oys sweep (almost) the sailing awards

The Browne Bowl was presented by Herb Browne to Lou Marino for his
good sportsmanship, courteousness, and big smile on the water, and for his contributions to the local fleet through his and his wife’s gracious hosting of an annual fall barbecue.

Herb talking about Lou and his fleet contributions and good sportsmanship

Herb talking about Lou and his fleet contributions and good sportsmanship

Lou and Herb

Lou and Herb

 

The Denise Award was presented to Dejan Radeka for his tremendous contribution to the organization through his writings and advice over the years in the sea sprite
Forum.

Dejan receives the Denise Award for his Forum contributions

Dejan receives the Denise Award for his Forum contributions

ADJOURNMENT

 

It was a wonderful evening, with a great buzz. Thanks to All!!!!!

Bardell yakking. They are not all his beers.

Bardell yakking. They are not all his beers.

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Searching The Forum

The Forum has over 10 years of postings with questions and answers about a multitude of topic regarding the Sea Sprite, This wealth of information can easily be tapped using the Search option from the Forum’s home page. Hit the box labelled Search, and then type in your key word. You will then have a page of threads on the Forum that have that key word. Alternatively, hit this button to get to the Forum’s Search function box: Search Function link

For example, if you wish to find out readers thoughts on what size motor to buy, type in “motor” in the search box. You can search on any word…winch handle, a boat name (try “Heritage” to get to Chance Smith’s posting on his extensive rehab project), sails, hatch cover, etc. We have broken out a few topics from such searches and have placed them under Technical. And you too can become a published author (!!!) by writing up the results of your Search on a topic and sending it into the SSA for placement in Technical.

 

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Zara Restoration

Paul Sollito, from Wickford, RI, has done a masterful restoration on Zara. His effort was completed 2 summers ago, and he pulled together last Fall his pictures and wrote up the story. Zara looks like a brand new boat. You can get to his documentation by clicking on “Zara” under “Restorations” on the right-hand menu. You can also go directly to Zara’s post by clicking here:

Zara Restoration

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2016 Dues Are Due

Yes, a reminder, everyone… yearly dues for 2016 are due. We again will keep dues capped at $25.  The BOD will meet this winter, review the budget, and will publish the budget and state of the organization report by Springtime.

This will be the only notice you will see (maybe one more in the Springtime) regarding dues. I will not bother members this year by sending out a blast email to everyone. Thanks to those who have joined already for 2016. And thanks to those 117 members from 23 states and Canada who have joined at least once in the past 3 years, many for multiple years. We are a strong organization because of your support.

Fair winds, everyone!

 

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Tim Lackey Restorations

As part of my winter project to post descriptions of rehabs for reference by Sea Sprite owners, here are 2 more recent major SS23 restorations done by Tim Lackey in Whitfield, Maine. They are Ms Lynn G, owned by Joel Schuman of Eagle Harbor, Wisconsin, and Aventura, owned by Peter Krause of MacMahan Island, Maine. Tim does fine work, and posts terrific documentation of the entire project.

His site is Lackey Sailing. From his home page click on Projects Log to get to links for Ms Lynn G and for Aventura. Alternatively you can get to the project documentation for each boat from the Restorations category on the right-hand menu on the home page of the Sea Sprite Association website.

 

 

 

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Heritage Restoration

Many of you know the work done by Chance Smith on Heritage, his SS23, from his postings on our Forum. Chance’s work is meticulous, and his documentation is beautiful. He believes we are all stewards of our boats. It shows in his work.

Chance posted many posts on our Forum for several years.  You can reference them by going to the SS23 Forum, and typing “Heritage” into the Search box at the top right-hand location. You can get to this site as well by clicking here: Search SS23 Forum link

In addition, he wrote several posts for a forum on the Pearson-Ariel website describing his work on through-hulls, cockpit drains, brass portholes, and the cabin sole. Click on the following link to get to his postings on their site:

Heritage Posting On Pearson-Aerial Site

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Is It Really Fall???

Last I checked, Fall is really here in New England. Yes, the leaves are turning and dropping. It is getting cold at night, And during the day, as well. The first frost has arrived, the apples are Delicious, and there are pumpkins everywhere. And yes, Lulabelle is covered.

lulabelle under wraps

She is not just out of the water, but is (finally) tucked away under a tarp in a little corner of the boatyard. Awaiting Spring. Like the rest of us.

Notes From Narragansett

But the season was busy, filled with great sailing and great friends. Here on Narragansett Bay, the season ended by September. The Wednesday evening series at Bristol YC was well attended for 12 races. Bob Catani won almost all of the SS23 races, and in fact won overall best boat in the entire series because of his consistent winning ways. Carter in Lulabelle pulled in 2nd, and Roger Carney garnered 3rd.

We raced the Sea Sprite Regatta in early August with 6 boats racing. Herb Browne and family in his newly purchased Marshall Catboat started the class  for 2 races. Bob C. placed first and second, winning the series.

And we saved the best for last. In early September, we had 9 boats for the ‘Round The Hog race. Perfect wind, perfect clear and blue and sunny day for a counterclockwise race around Hog Island, just outside Bristol Harbor. Jon Goff sailing Bramasole nipped Bob C. sailing with Jeff Bardell in Pau Hana. And the post-race party at Lou and Karen Marino’s home in Bristol was again a blast. Lou’s Famous Pulled Pork Barbecue took culinary honors.

Here are some pictures:

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Carter presenting Mr. Hog to the combined winners Jon Goff sailing Bob C’s Bramasole.

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The Spread

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The slow roaster a la Lou…flower pots, electric coil, wood chips, briquets

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New outdoor seating at the Marino’s

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Race pics

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Bob and Deb Rude with Emelia Marino and friend

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Good food!!

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Call For Postings

I hope there are pockets of SS23’s around the country who are getting together. And I know there are some great adventures waiting to be told. Please send me pictures, a story, a poem, your thoughts about a day sail, anything you think might be of interest to other sailors, and I will put it out as a post. We need some winter time reading!

 

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Norm Grant SS23 Photos

Norm Grant is a Rhode Island based photographer who among other subjects has taken some gorgeous pictures of sailboat racing on Narragansett Bay. He has been a photographer for 30 years, currently producing video for the Community College of Rhode Island and shooting freelance photo and video assignments. He welcomes inquiries for event photography, documentaries, or corporate videos, and can be reached through his website at http:////normangrant.zenfolio.com

 

He has kindly lent our website numerous photos of Sea Sprite 23’s sailing in local races in the upper Narragansett Bay. The images below are from Bristol YC races in 2010 and 2013 as well as from the Mount Hope Sailing Association races in 2013 and the Herreshoff Regatta from 2010. You will also see a few of them cropped and used as web site headers. If you use any of these pictures from our site, please give him appropriate credit. If you would like prints, they can be ordered from his website.

 

By the way, if you would like to while away some time in the cold (or even warm) weather season, go to his website and scroll through his galleries. He has some spectacular shoots of PHRF yachts and big boat Herreshoff classics racing in the Upper Narraganset Bay.

 

SEA SPRITE RACING PICTURES FROM NORM GRANT. Single click on photo for full size screen.

 

MOHOSA

Bob Rude and crew racing in MOHOSA 2013

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Annual SSA April Dinner And Meeting April 15th, 2016

The Owners!!

The Owners!!

The 2016 annual meeting and dinner of the Sea Sprite Association will be held this year at Bristol Yacht Club on April 15, 2016. We will enjoy cocktails (cash bar) from 5:30 to 6:30, dine from 6:30 to 7:30 buffet style, and have our annual meeting from 7:30 for about an hour covering our financial picture, events of 2015, state of the organization, awards, and new business.

An agenda will be available at the door. If you have an item you would like to discuss under new business, please send it to seaspriteassociation@yahoo.com.

The kids had a great time

The kids had a great time

Cost will be $22,50 per person, and only $20.50 if reservations are made by Tuesday, April 12th. Please call Chris Healy, the Bristol YC club steward, at 401-253-2922 to reserve a spot.

Come and enjoy a fun evening with old and new friends. It is a great way to kick off the sailing season!!

Herb and his son Rob

Herb and his son Rob