Challenge to Mid-Atlantic Members

Hello members of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Schooner Association. I hope this note finds you well and dealing with the short days and unpredictable winter weather.
As you know, we have our annual meeting coming up in March (more details will follow soon). We thought we would throw out a challenge, to receive some feedback from you before the meeting, so that we might discuss these ideas with you, our members, at that time.
The challenge: What can our Mid-Atlantic Chapter do to 1) promote the mission of the American Schooner Association, and 2) to accomplish some of our own goals in our Chesapeake Bay/Mid – Atlantic region: to enhance the enjoyment of our own boats, to promote the history, importance, and beauty of schooners and sailing in general, and to help "spread the word," if you will, through education, youth participation, etc. The "etc." is where your ideas come in.
The ASA's website describes its mission as follows: The object of the Association is to foster, promote and encourage the enjoyment, traditions, and preservation of schooners by supporting individuals and organizations that are in sympathy with our object, by maintaining a record of these vessels past and present, and by coordinating a program of racing and cruising. In addition to this, there are, today, realistic local projects that may be developed and accomplished to enrich our own schooner ownership, and allow us to share our experiences with others.
For the last several years we first developed and then implemented the Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous... a gathering that is now one of the premiere schooner events on the Bay. Now, the Richardson Museum has taken over the lion's share of the production needs of the event. So, our challenge to you: What's next? What can we do, as an organization and through our own efforts, to reach out to others to share our joy and enthusiasm about schooners? I remember during one of the Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous, I had to move my boat from Long Wharf back to my slip, and I invited a local family to come aboard for that short ride. This young boy took the helm, if only for a short time, and the look on his face told me: he was changed! He was introduced to something new and exciting. This is what I'm talking about. This is what we can do for others.
So, besides our own yearly rendezvous, where we've rafted up for an enjoyable weekend... what else can we do? What are your thoughts and ideas? Please contact me directly and I'll bring some of those ideas and aspirations with me to our annual meeting so that we may discuss them. Until then, hang in there. Warmer weather will be here before we know it.
To kick off this coming season of sailing and to begin to develop some ideas for our own Mid-Atlantic Chapter, join us in Mystic, Ct. for the Annual American Schooner Association meeting on February 5, 2011. For details of the meeting go to www.amschooner.org.

Roger Worthington, Commodore
Mid-Atlantic Chapter
American Schooner Association
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re the Challenge

Yes, I'm supportive of these ideas. We do need to make more noise around schooners. My larger schooner, "Jacob Jones" is the littlest of the little-dog schooners, she's just a tad over 31' (hull is 23', she's a Chuck Payne "downeast schooner" from the early 80's). the previous owner turned her into a topsail schooner (yes, she has a yard on the foremast) and added ballast to balance the topsails he also added.)
She's in Worton's Creek in Maryland. But because of her small size, she has a relatively limited range. Some pix here: http://www.schoonerjacobjones.com/

As I said, JJ is my larger schooner. My smaller one (much smaller) is the CLC Skerry hull I built and put a tiny rig on - for demos and to single-hand. (See the fifth photo down here: http://www.clcboats.com/okoumefest/2010-2.html )
She sails with attributes that the 31' footer does. I took her to MASCF last fall.
The Whimsy is 15' and on a trailer. So I can bring her to events - I had intended to do so with Cambridge this year, but other events crowded it out. Jim Davis was quite encouraging in asking me to bring her down there. Whimsy can be brought inside and rigged in a reasonable sized room, like school gym or hotel conference room for instance.

I add these two boats to the conversation because I am not sure how they can help, but my boats are small, easy to sail, easy to learn on and maybe I can help with some of your ideas.

stay wing on wing,
-Kris (kris@youngers.org)