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From the Commodore... Sharing your experiences with the Club is an important responsibility of membership. Please take the time to write an article for the Bay Piper no matter what the experience. We can all learn more about cruising, living aboard, maintenance or just great photos. Tom will be happy to edit and smooth out the rough edges of any story. The pump needs a little priming, so let’s get those keystrokes going.
The Annual Tartan Symposium
on March 21 at the Eastport Yacht Club was an amazing day. Read all about it in the May issue of The Bay Piper
. Five outstanding speakers gave presentations on sailing and racing experiences, plastic pollution in the Pacific, bottom paint, engine maintenance, and electrical safety. There were many great door prizes, from sailing gear to clothing to a Tartan half hull. Thanks to Crusader Yachts for sponsoring the venue.
TONE Regional Gatherings 2015
TONE has announced a series of Regional Gatherings for 2015, scheduled Friday through Sunday, and generally a week apart for sailors who want to cruise north. The dates are:
- June 19-21 at Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, Atlantic Highlands, NJ
- June 26-28 at Stamford Yacht Club, Stamford, CT
- July 10-12 at Shelter Island Yacht Club, Shelter Island Heights, NY
- July 17-19 at Bristol Yacht Club, Bristol, RI
- July 24-26 at Constitution Marina, Boston, MA
If you are heading to New England this summer, TONE members will be happy to see you at any or all of these events. Find more information on their website at www.tartanowners.org .
2015 Planning Meeting
Club members gathered on February 8 at Galesville Memorial Hall to plan the calendar of events for 2015. We have a full and varied schedule for the season, including the traditional Spring Symposium and Crab Feast as well as a return visit to the Wye Island DNR Conference Lodge. Check out the Events Calendar
to see all of the activities and dates. Note, some dates and locations are still being determined.
Cruising Tips and Tricks
Practicing Emergency Procedures
Are you planning to practice your emergency crew overboard procedures this season? The Sailing Foundation has a great video on use of the LifeSling, which you can view on this website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnhjOhWD4j0
Automatic Radio Check
Did you know that, in some locations in the Chesapeake Bay, you can get an automated check of your radio transmission? Sea Tow offers this service on Channels 27 and 28: http://www.boattest.com/resources/view_News.aspx?NewsID=4115