John Gardner Chapter: September 9, 2016 Meeting Minutes
Friday, Sep 09 2016 6:15 pm
Introduction of Members, Welcome Guests and New Members
Steve Barton, Alan Barton, Marissa Lacoursiere, Phil Behney,
John Hacunda, Dan Nelson, Dane Rochelle, Andy Strode, David
Tang, Peter Vermilya, Bill Armitage, John Symons, and George
Spragg were present.
Alan Barton was welcomed as a new member.
Minutes from June meeting
Members present unanimously voted to accept the Minutes for
6/05/2016 as posted on the JGTSCA Website. See online at:
Secretary Peter Vermilya thanked Bill Rutherford substituting
Treasurer Ellie Czarnowski presented by e-mail her Report
for the period as of 09/09/2016. With income from $2200.00
from the sale of the NINA and no expenses for July and August,
the Chelsea Groton Savings Bank balance is now $6,008.00.
Members present unanimously voted to accept the Report which
is attached to these Minutes.
1. Celebration of New South West Dory built by Dan Nelson.
Dan reported that, short of a few minor details, his SW dory
was essentially complete. The boat is now at his house on
a trailer. Dan has a complete photo-documentation of his build
process and will post his images online and notify the membership
of the link to them.
2. Boat rack at Mystic Shipyard East
Although no firm date is set for completion of the racks,
Phil Behney reported that part of the needed lumber is on
Two club dories are at Mystic Shipyard East and one is on
a float in Wequetequock Cove. Members are welcome to use these
boats, but should be sure to fill out the use-log at MS East
so that the Club can keep a record of the use of these two
boats. There is no log at Wequetequock Cove.
3. Second club trailer
After discussion of its essentially off-road only status,
Bill Armitage moved and Andy Strode seconded a motion that
the second Club trailer be sold for $25.00. Steve Barton said
he would purchase the trailer.
4. Success of John Gardner Small Craft Workshop.
Bill Rutherford thanked, by e-mail, all members who had given
so much effort in order to make the JGSCW such a success.
Members should reference the latest JGTSCA Newsletter or “Messing
About in Boats” for an account of the event.
5. Observation of the Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous
Dane Rochelle reported that for various reasons, an organized
review by JGTSCA members of the Mystic Seaport ACBR did not
6. JGTSCA Regatta for Oar and Sail
Members present who took part in the JGTSCA RO&S, reported
that the event was a great success. Excellent weather and
a good turnout of boats of all kinds contributed to the occasion.
Bluff Point was an excellent location. Kudos to Ellie Czarnowski,
principal organizer. Dane Rochelle volunteered to write up
the event for the JGTSCA Newsletter and to provide images.
7. Shop Queue
Now in the shop: the replacement dory and Steve
Barton’s rebuild of his kayak.
Progress continues on the replacement dory with principal
effort provided by Bill Armitage and Phil Behney. Steve reports
that his deck is made and that the wood and patterns for the
rest of the parts are in the shop. He may need member help
when it comes to his boats ribs.
Once the replacement dory is no longer in the shop, two member
projects can be accommodated.
The remaining names on the que are Phil Behney, Bill Rutherford
and Bill Armitage.
1. Block Island School 18 foot sharpie
The BIS has found another home for this boat.
2. 9/17 Event for Oar and Sail.
Those with row, sail, or even row and sail, boats will meet
at the Bayberry Launch ramp at 10:00am, 9/17, for a completely
informal unorganized event. Weather will dictate what is done.
Just show up.
3. Pawcatuck River paddle, October 1st
Dan Nelson is interested in leading a paddle on the Pawcatuck
River on October 1st (preferable) or 2nd (weather date). He
has suggested putting in at the Bradford, RI site off Route
91. Going up the river is delightful he says. Views of Fall
colors may be possible.
4. Tour of local boat shops.
Dane Rochelle volunteered to contact Tommy Thompson
to see if a Club tour of his boat shop would be welcome in
5. Tour of IYRS
Dane also said that a tour of the International
Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI, had been suggested.
He volunteered to gather further information.
6. The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival
John Hacunda mentioned the sailing festivities
which will occur 9/10/16 in New London. Several schooners,
including a replica of the famous Grand Banks fishing schooner
COLUMBIA will be on display. There will be whaleboat races,
food, sea-chanties, etc. FREE admission.
Friday, October 7th. Potluck at 5:30, Meeting
at 6:30 pm. UCONN Avery Point Boat shop.
Motion to Adjourn
The Meeting was adjourned at 7:00 pm.
Peter T. Vermilya, JGTSCA Secretary