Mystic Seaport Waterfront

John Gardner Chapter: May 6, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Friday, May 06, 2016 6:30 pm

Introduction of Members, Welcome Guests and New Members

Steve Barton, Phil Behney, Jim Clark, Ellie Czarnowski, Gail Ferris, John Hacunda, Larry McGee, Dan Nelson, Dane Rochelle, Ross Spencer, Andy Strode, David Tang, Peter Vermilya, were present.

Minutes from February meeting

Members present unanimously voted to accept the Minutes for 4/1/2016 as posted on the JGTSCA Website. See online at:

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Ellie Czarnowski presented her Report for the period ending April 15, 2016. Members present unanimously voted to accept the Report which is attached to these Minutes.
Ellie reported that the NINA cost the club approximately $1600.00 in out-of-pocket expenses.

Old Business

1. Status of New Dory Build

Vice President and Lead Builder Dan Nelson reported that the bottom plank had been cut to approximate shape and was resting on the dory sides. It will likely be glued in place next Friday. Fiberglass will then be applied to the bottom, the boat flipped, and work done to the stem. The breasthook will be fitted, etc.
Work on the dory is ongoing on Friday nights at the Avery Point Clubhouse. The work sessions usually run from 6:30pm to about 8pm. All members are invited to take part.

2. Boat rack for holding dories at Mystic Shipyard East

Phil Behney reported that he will be putting the rack together when the weather ameliorates. Part of the necessary lumber is already in hand.

3. Second club trailer – licensing

Discussion tabled.

4. Status of oar re-leathering and varnishing.

Six oars are now hanging from the overhead. They need to be varnished this week so they can be available for use for the Mamacoke Island row on 5/15/2016. Andy Strode volunteered to help on this.

5. Shop Queue

The shop queue is: the replacement dory, John Symons, Dan Nelson, Phil Behney, Bill Rutherford and Steve Barton. Once the club dory is no longer in the shop three member projects can be worked on at the same time.
Bill Armitage finished the work on his Annapolis wherry during his school spring break.
Dan Nelson announced that the new dory will be named “Professor Jones” in honor of Steve Jones.

New Business

1. Pine Island Clean Up

Ellie Czarnowski reported that the annual Pine Island Cleanup day which occurred April 12th was a success. The out-of-pocket cost to the club was $93.00.

2. Mamacoke Island Row

The Club row to Mamacoke Island is scheduled for Sunday May 15th. Club dories will be available or bring your own boat. Boats will launch at 9am sharp at the DEP Kenneth Streeter State Boat Launch Ramp located under the Groton side of the Gold Star Bridge (access on the north side). The row usually lasts for three hours so bring your own lunch. Phil Behney is point person for this event. See:

3. John Gardner Small Craft Workshop/WoodenBoat Show

This annual event is planned for the weekend of June 24-26 at Mystic Seaport Museum.

The usual early morning rows up and down the Mystic River will take place, as well as workshops and demonstrations. Thad Danielson is already scheduled to either give a presentation about Albert Strange and a Strange designed boat that Thad is planning to build or to talk about his Mower dory. Not to be missed.
NINA will be on available for sailing and the JGTSCA dories will be on hand for rowing.

If members don’t go to the WoodenBoat dinner in honor of John Harris of CLC fame, they will be welcome at the justly famous barbeque hosted by Bill and Karen Rutherford at their house in nearby Stonington.

Registration forms for the John Gardner Small Craft Workshop are on line at Mystic Seaport’s website. Registration includes the workshop and admission to the WoodenBoat Show for the weekend.

4. JGTSCA Regatta for Oar and Sail

Ellie Czarnowski will circulate further information on this event, which is highly weather dependent

Other Business

There was no other business.

Next Meeting:

Next meeting is Sunday, June 5th at the UCONN Avery Point boathouse at 1:30pm.

Motion to Adjourn

The Meeting was adjourned at 6:50pm.

After Meeting Program: Gail Ferris to speak on her Sitka, Alaska kayaking experiences

Respectfully submitted,

Peter T. Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary

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