Mystic Seaport Waterfront

John Gardner Chapter: April 6, 2014 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting was called to order at 1:35 pm by President John Symons.

1. Introductions:

Seventeen members present introduced themselves. A sign-up sheet was circulated.

New members Leigh and Ron Reinhart were welcomed aboard.
Ron explained details of his project underway, a bike powered catamaran.

President Symons thanked Bill Armitage for his presentation which followed the March Meeting.

2. Secretary’s Report:

The Minutes of the March 2, 2014 Regular Business Meeting were accepted as posted on the JGTSCA website. Reading was waived.

3. Treasurer’s Report:

Treasurer Karen Rutherford reported a bank balance of $4752.41 as 4/1/2014. The opening balance for 2013 was $5091.36.

No major outlays were made during March.

The Treasurer’s Report was unanimously accepted as presented .

4. Old Business:

a. 2014 Dues Report:

4 dues payments, at 15.00 apiece, were received during the month of March. Will Iturino paid his dues at the April meeting.

b. NINA construction:

George Spragg reported that:
The bottom was ready to be installed.
The exact shape of the side planking was yet to be determined.
Andy Strode has arranged with MP&G for thickness planing the planking.
Bill Rutherford will place an order for 100 1 ¼” #8 screws with Jamestown after consulting with George and Andy.

c. Fleet Report:

Phil Behney stated that all the club dories were now located at Avery Point. The dories need repairs and seasonal maintenance.

d. Shop Member Project Queue.

John Symons reported, on Sandy DeSopo’s behalf, that Sandy was making good progress on his Swampscott dory.

Rob Pittaway removed the Custom House parade float from the Shop Queud. It will be replaced by the Club dories.

Bill Armitage will have access to the shop during July and August.

e. Radial Arm Saw:

John Symons and George Spragg will pick up the radial arm saw with Ellie Czarnowski April 12 in Columbia, CT

f. Boat moving equipment:

Phil Behney will order two inflatable rollers.

g. Small Reach Regatta and John Gardner SCW:

Bill Rutherford reported that registration information on the 2014 Small Reach Regatta was available at: The event will be held August 20 to 24, 2014.and will again be run out of the Audubon Center on Hog Island in Muscongus Bay, Maine.

Bill also reiterated information on the John Gardner Small Craft Workshop to be held in conjunction with the 2014 WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport Museum. There will be a TSCA booth at the WB Show. For info go to:

5. New Business:

a. Sea Legs:

Andy Strode reported that he had repaired a tiller and a seat for Sea Legs and that Sea Legs had delivered another tiller to be repaired. Sea Legs has been supplying most of the material needed to repair these items.

b. Pine Island and Bluff Point Clean Up activities:

Ellie Czarnowski said that there will be a Pine Island clean up event which she and Syma Ebbins (UConn Avery Point Maritime Studies faculty) will coordinate on April 10th. No JGTSCA boats will probably be needed. Dave Clark and John Symons volunteered to help out.

There will be an Earth Day Festival on the UCONN/Avery Point campus April 23rd (the day after Earth Day, April 22nd). JGTSCA can have a table if it wishes.

There will be a Bluff Point cleanup event, June 26th, which will involve a group of EcoHusky UCONN students and alumni in a Geo Cache for Trash. JGTSCA dories will be available for use at this event. Info on “CITO” at:

6. 2014 Activities:

See 5b. above.
Row: Gardners Lake

Presentation: Will Iturino: Boat built to honor Edwin Rivera (See below)

Ellie Czarnowski announced that the annual Alewife migration would be taking place soon. Optimum places to observe this migration are at Latimer Brook
and Bride Brook, both in East Lyme. The date of this event can’t be foretold with precision, so Ellie reminded the club members to check their e-mails on Friday night. The trip will be Saturday or Sunday.

Presentation: Brian Mitsch: Outboard Racing.

Row: Pine Island.

Row: Saturday May 17th in New London harbor to welcome the C.W. Morgan. The C.W. Morgan will be towed down the Mystic River on its way to New London and the eventual start of the Morgan’s 38th voyage. The ship will spend a month in New London outfitting and training. The departure date from New London and all other dates become weather dependent after that. The voyage will end on August 9th. See:

Row: “Row for the Rum”, Essex, CT, May 10, 2014. A short “race” on the Connecticut River in matched boats, crewed by five crewmembers, at the Connecticut River Museum. The boats are supplied. The event recognizes that when the British burned the merchant fleet at Essex in 1812, the British stole the town’s entire rum supply. JGTSCA will participate. Rob Pittaway, Sandy D’Esopo, George Spragg, Shirley Iselin and John Symons have volunteered to be the JGTSCA crew. See:

Nautical Yard Sale
Row: Small Craft Workshop, Mystic Seaport. See 4h above.

Row: Small Reach Regatta: See Section 4g above

7. Introduction of presenter Will Iturino

8. Adjourment
The meeting was adjourned at 2:09pm, followed by the presentation of Will Iturino.

Wil Iturino gave a very interesting talk about his 17’ Swampscot glued lapstrake dory, named in honor of Edwin Rivera, which he built from a kit produced by CLC. JGTSCA members welcomed members of Wil’s family who were also in attendance.

Respectfully submitted,
Peter Vermilya,
JGTSCA Secretary

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