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  • Bill Scanlon
    On the water in New England http://www.explorenewengland.com/travel?photo_gallery=massachusetts/towns/boston/galleries/boston_sailing_center/ The Boston
    Message 1 of 6 , May 2 9:46 AM
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       On the water in New England
       
       
       
      The Boston Sailing Center's Free-sailing Weekend
      The Boston Sailing Center kicks off the sailing season each year with Free-sailing Weekend. The event attracts both expert sailors and novices looking to get a jump-start on summer.
      A portion of proceeds from lesson and membership fees earned during the weekend is donated to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, a nonprofit agency working to conserve and improve the Boston Harbor .
      However, on a windy day, sailboats demand the full attention of their captains. Francois Asselin of Boston led a cruise around the Boston Harbor .
      Asselin, a lifelong sailor and Boston Sailing Center member for 10 years, expertly scaled the boat as the sea swashed against its sides. He shouted commands to sailing novices while simultaneously adjusting and tightening the sails.
      Kate Lau of Baltimore , Md. , who was in Boston for a business trip, took the wheel of the boat.
      Dan Brown of Somerville assists Asselin as he raises the sail.
      The boat tilted to steep angles as the wind picked up.    (“tilted”, hehehehehehe Bill)
      Vincent White of Chestnut Hill and Lau hold on tight as the sea kicks up one side of the boat.
      (“as the sea kicks up on ONE side of the boat”,   LOL ..  what was it dead calm on the other side?, Bill)
      Once the boat steadies, passengers admire Boston landmarks such as The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge.  [ what we all wait for, the boat to “steady”  ;-)  Bill ]
      The Boston Sailing Center offers classes that accommodate a variety of skill levels, from the first-time sailor to the sailboat racer. The 2006 sailing season is from May 1 - November 1.
       
       
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      Cape Ann, Massachusetts
      Less crowded and more accessible than Cape Cod, Cape Ann sits about an hour north of Boston. The region includes the towns of Rockport, Gloucester, and Essex and you’ll visit for the fried clams, for the artist’s colonies, for the antiquing, for the whale watching, and for the beaches. And when it’s too cold for the beach the towns are walkable, with plenty of opportunities to explore.
       
      Don't miss:
       Good Harbor Beach
      A local and resident favorite.
       Woodman's of Essex
      Established in 1914, some say Woodman's is home of the fried clam.
       Rocky Neck Art Colony
      The nation's oldest artist colony.
       Schooner Thomas E. Lannon
      Perfect for a sunset cruise around
      Gloucester Harbor.
       St. Peter's Fiesta
      Don't miss the Greasy Pole Contest. Put June 21-25 on your calendar.
       
       
       
      Exploring Camden, Maine
      Being in Camden, Maine, can be like looking at a picture postcard. The small city mixes a classic downtown, a cozy harbor with posh sailboats, verdant gardens and deep woods to create a neatly wrapped package that is quintessentially New England.

      Here, a trio of girls overlook
      Camden from Camden Hills State Park.
       
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    • Mike Long
      A word of caution: two people I know of within the last year came down with some very upset stomachs after eating at the Barking Crab. ... volunteer. ...
      Message 2 of 6 , May 2 2:16 PM
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        A word of caution: two people I know of within the last year came
        down with some very upset stomachs after eating at the Barking Crab.


        --- In MassBaySailors@yahoogroups.com, Bill Scanlon
        <Catalina30Ruby@...> wrote:
        >
        > Hello,
        >
        > A member of this group e-mailed me with this question;
        >
        > " I'd like to come if there is room.
        >
        > The boat I sail on does not race - strictly cruising but I could
        volunteer.
        >
        > Should I still call to RSVP?"
        >
        > My response to this person and all of you is;
        >
        >
        >
        > Hi,
        >
        > In my opinion, YES, still go. Yes, RSVP: 617-223-8326.
        >
        > There is NO need to have raced in this event (or any past
        race/regatta) in the past nor are they expecting an absolute
        commitment to participate this year. This Regatta will be held at
        the very end of September and this is just a PR kick-off event.
        >
        > IMHO, use this as an opportunity to meet other Boston area
        sailors, whether or not you ultimately end up sailing/racing in this
        Regatta. I view this as a "sailing" networking/social event. I
        think it would be great to get a large turn-out of us MassBaySailors
        as a season kick-off and a way for many of us to meet for the first
        time.
        >
        > Bill
        >
        >
        >
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