Annual Meeting

2006-02-04 11:00
2006-02-04 14:00

Seaman's Inn, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT

The Annual Meeting will be held in the River Room on the 1st floor of the Seamen's Inne Restaurant & Pub, 105 Greenmanville, Ave, Mystic, CT (860-572-5303) on the first Saturday of February (Feb 4th). Accommodation for those wishing to stay over has been arranged at the Mystic Best Western Sovereign Hotel located just off the highway at 9 Whitehall Ave.
0930 Refreshments
1000 Annual Meeting
1200 Buffet Lunch @ $20 / head -- SEE BELOW
1300 Post-meeting discussion
NOTE: This year a buffet lunch will served in the meeting room. We must know the number intending to eat by Tues, 1/31. If you wish lunch please email

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mike Santos will be the speaker for our meeting this year. Dr. Santos, a history professor at Lynchburg College in Virginia, is an avid historian of the fishing industry under sail and has extensively researched the International Fisherman Races between the US and Canada in the 1920s and 1930s in his book Caught in Irons. The book uses the fisherman races as a window into the changing social and economic realities that redefined the North Atlantic fisheries. The complications in running the Fishermen's Races between the US and Canada then are just as germane today! This should be a fascinating talk so please attend.
Following the meeting and luncheon at the Seamen's Inne, those interested in sharing views about Ernestina are encouraged to join an informal gathering at the Inne. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is looking for partners to operate the vessel and take on the majority of the cost burden. Although proposals are due prior to the meeting (February 3rd), the scope of challenges facing Effie over the long term merit concern.
PS- Please consider coming to the Pre-AGM Gathering on Friday, Feb. 3 -- it should be a great time and a wonderful chance to meet and socialize with ASA members.

Beauty, Romanticism and Working Class Sport

This is the title of Mike Santos' talk at the AGM in Mystic on February 4th. It will follow the theme of his book, Caught in Irons, with special attention given to the tension between pop culture, media hype and boosterism vs. the values and realities of fishermen culture that defined many of the problems that were manifested during the races in the first half of the 20th century. Today the fishermen are gone, but organizers and participants of current schooner events will discover that Dr. Santo's historical perspective is highly relevant.

Annual Meeting

This could be one of ASA's most important meetings in a long time, with the potential for giving us a greater influence on events for traditional vessels and, perhaps more importantly, spearheading a movement to help save historic schooners that are in various stages of neglect. All who can should attend and should plan, if possible, on staying both Friday and Saturday nights. And the musical event for Friday evening at the Best Western should be interesting to say the least.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.