Mystic Seaport Waterfront

John Gardner Chapter: March 2, 2014 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting was called to order at 1:36 pm by President John Symons.

1. Introductions:

The eight members present introduced themselves. Six more members arrived late but also signed the attendance log.

2. Secretary’s Report:

The Minutes of the February 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 $4714.41 as 3/1/2014. The opening balance for 2013 was $5091.36.
The majority of money expended has been for supplies for the NINA project.
The Treasurer’s Report was unanimously accepted as presented and will be forwarded to the secretary and webmaster separately.

4. Old Business

a. 2014 Dues Report:


b. NINA construction:

George Spragg reported that the chines were ready to be steamed into place. PVC pipe is on hand for construction of the steam box. George estimated that at least six persons will need to be on hand to help bend the chines into place. This will take place during a Friday night session.

The chines will be followed by installation of the bottom. The bottom plywood sheets will need to be scarfed beforehand.
An inventory of fastenings in the shop will be made and the needed fasteners and caulk for the NINA will be ascertained and purchased at Jamestown Distributers. The fastenings will be kept in the plastic divided containers now on hand. Additional containers will be purchased if needed.

A supply of pattern making material has been bought.

c. Fleet Report:

Phil Behney stated that a number of the dories need to be repaired before the April Club row.

d. Sea Legs:

Sea Legs has delivered to the shop various parts of their boats which need repair or replacement. Andy Strode, along with Phil Behney and John Hacunda, will coordinate this operation.

e. Shop Member Project Queue.

Sandy D’Esopo reported that he is ready to fasten in the centerboard case in his Chaisson Dory Skiff, once done he will move the boat out of the shop for painting.

Sandy’s dory skiff will be followed on 4/1/2014 by Rob Pittaway with his Custom House Museum parade float project.
Bill Armitage said he would like access to the shop during July and August.

f. Boat moving equipment:

Phil Behney and George Spragg reported good progress, respectively, on ordering air rollers and a possible trailer parts donation.

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 said he would be attending a planning meeting this week for the 2014 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. Karen Rutherford will check into the condition of the Club’s JGTSCA banner.

h. Radial Arm Saw:

Ellie Czarnowski reported that her brother still has a radial arm saw he is willing to donate to the JGTSCA if it can be picked up in Columbia, CT. John Symons will plan the pick date.

i. Pine Island Clean Up:

Ellie Czarnowski said she will meet with Syma Ebbins (UConn Avery Point Maritime Studies faculty) this Tuesday to continue the planning for a joint JGTSCA/UConn Maritime Studies Pine Island cleanup. The date set will need to occur while students are still on campus, perhaps close to Earth Day, April 22nd.

Ellie has written a letter to regional Shop Rite executives requesting that they authorize the local Shop Rite to donate equipment for use at this event, as has been done in the past.

There may be a separate Pine Island cleanup event which would involve a group of UCONN alumni/ae. JGTSCA members present agreed to offer the use of JGTSCA dories for use at this event.

j. New Members:

Members present welcomed new members, Ron and Lee Reinhardt, to the Club.

5. New Business

a. C. W. Morgan, whale ship. See “2014 Activities”

b. “Row for the Rum”. See “2014 Activities”

c. 2014 Activities

Two new events have been added for May which involve the C.W. Morgan and rum.
Shirley Iselin supplied the information on the “Row for the Rum”.

Row: Gardners Lake
Row: Pine Island

Row: Saturday May 17th. 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

d. Presentation by Bill Armitage

Bill Armitage gave a highly interesting and appreciated talk on his participation in “The Way of Saint James” or Camino de Santiago in 2013. A lengthy Q&A session followed. The talk was inspiring.

6. Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 3:19 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Peter Vermilya,
JGTSCA Secretary

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