Our Cruising Club has monthly get togethers which teach about boat handling, allow you to explore far off lands and hang out with some interesting people. Check the Cruising Event Calendar for upcoming cruising activities. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun.




Cruisers Getting Active Again

Our Cruiser Chair David Fisher has served us well, but has begged off this position. He recommended that Di and I take on this role and we have agreed. Therefore, we are going to be requesting ideas from all of you for topics and speakers for future events. So far, we have come up with two, maybe three.

First, we have next Tuesday's potluck. Please come and bring a potluck dish Tuesday 9 August, 2011 for the Cruiser Club monthly meeting. Drinks and food are at 6:00 pm and the meeting and speaker will be starting at 7:00 pm. This month's speaker/presenter will be Jenny Bigman, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and Pacific Shark Research Center. Her topic will be one of our ongoing research programs "Spot a Basking Shark." She will present an overview of basking shark biology and let you know how you can help MLML and PSRC with its research on the distribution and abundance of this charismatic megafauna.

Next month, we hope to have Robin Jeffers and Dave Morris discuss their adventure (and those of others?) in the recently completed Transpac race. Both were on boats that finished and did well. So, they will present, assuming that Robin can get back from Hawaii in time. And, if anyone else who went on this fabulous race wishes to speak, you are welcome to.

A third idea is one that Sharon Halvorson has had for a long time. She has always wanted to have a "dinghy gathering," at which each cruising yacht deploys its dinghy and meets at a given location. We thought it might be fun to have everyone come to the YC one Tuesday Cruisers' night in their dinghy. And, at that meeting, we can discuss the pros and cons of inflatable, foldable, and plastic dinghies, along with their outboards. Since Di and I recently won a Torqeedo electric outboard at the Latitudes and Attitudes raffle at the Strictly Sailing Boat Show in April, we would be happy to demonstrate the use of this nifty (and quiet) outboard motor.

Any other ideas?

Greg Calliet

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