AGM Speaker

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.

Call for International Research Project Candidates

In celebration of 50 years of Tall Ships Races in Europe in 2006, Sail Training International has engaged the University of Edinburgh to undertake a major global research project into the value and effectiveness of the sail training experience for young people. Attached you will find a brief on the project and more information can be found on the STI website (


Gregg Swanzey, the Executive Director of the Schooner Ernestina has resigned to take a similar position with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
Ernestina is still hoping for funding for a needed haulout and repairs. A major part of the funding would come from the MA Dept. of Parks and Recreation, since Ernestina is owned by the state and is the "official Tall Ship" of the State of MA. This has to be one of the least organized depts around. I personally feel that Ernistina would be better served to be in the Education Dept., since that is her mission.

2005: A Summer on the Hard

I'm afraid to say that Comet II stayed dry this year. Although we knew that the approaching birth of a new crew member (due August 29th) would preclude our usual schedule of cruising and racing, we had hoped to launch and get sailing, even if only for a few weeks.

W&Ws Posted to Member Area

We've posted PDF versions of four past issues of Wing & Wing, the newsletter of the ASA, to the W&W Page of the Members Area. We'll keep working on digitizing and posting archive copies to this page, and will keep you updated with our progress.

If you are a member of ASA be sure to register so you have access to this resource. If you aren't, please join!

Gaff Mainsail For Sale

This sail was built for the Bob Prothero-designed and -built 65' Schooner "Alcyone" of Port Townsend. A mismeasurement on the throat-to-clew diagonal dropped the boom to the boom crutch!

The sail is beautiful as you can see from the pictures. All traditional in its finishing: hand sewn boltropes, rat tails, hand sewn rings, cringles, etc. It sets beautifully but is just a bit too long for their boat.

The sail is built out of 10.46 oz. Contender Low Aspect Dacron cloth: a high quality, premium cloth. 2 Reefs, 4 Battens. Has hand sewn eyelets for lacing along Luff and Foot.

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