The SUMMER issue of Harbor Light, the newsletter for our club, is now available online. Click here to read the newsletter.
To participate in any event, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19*.
OUR MOORING in Greenwich Cove is in place! Any member is welcome to tie up during the day. Coordinates are: La 41 00′ 86″ N Lo 073 34′ 73″W Your boat should fly the squadron burgee, available for $20 from GreenwichSquadron@gmail.com
June 25 SUMMER FLING – 6 pm – 76 Tomac Ave, Old Greenwich: To celebrate the re-opening of our boating activities following the pandemic, you are invited to drinks and light hors d’oeuvres on the patio chez Mike and Susan Ryan. There is no charge, but we need to know how many to prepare for, so please let us know you’re coming before June 20. You are welcome to bring a friend or two. RSVP here
June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10, August 24: TUESDAY SUNSET SAILS: We meet at the dock at 6 pm and return at sunset; please bring a drink or nibbles to share. If you would like to receive updates on these sails, sign up with David Leisten HERE. He will assign members to boats for each event.
July 10 and August 14: RAFT UPS Saturdays from 1 pm: At our mooring in Greenwich Cove La 41 00′ 86″ N Lo 073 34′ 73″W The anchor boat will be there at 1 pm so come when you can. Bring refreshments to share.No Boat? No problem, contact David Leisten HERE to get a ride to the mooring.
July 21 Norwalk Islands Cruise Wednesday 6.30pmMeet us at 6.15pm Norwalk Seaport Ferry Dock, 4 North Water Street, Norwalk.$30/person. Buy your own ticket from Norwalk Island Cruise via this link Buy tickets hereBring your own refreshments and enjoy the sunset with fellow Club members.Please follow the safety instructions outlined on their website.
August 18 SoundWaters Sail on the Schooner Wednesday 6 pm: Meet us at 5.45 pm at Boccuzzi Park, 200 Southfield Ave, Stamford. $40/person. Buy your own ticket from SoundWaters https://tinyurl.com/sail818. Bring your own refreshments and relax while watching the sun dip below the horizon. Please follow the safety instructions outlined on their website.
August 29 LOBSTER PARTY Sunday 4 pm at Greenwich Point Park: $40/person. Please RSVP here and mail your check made out to GSPS to Vicki Malara, 18 Innis Lane, Old Greenwich CT 06870. Or transfer to our PayPal account https://PayPal.Me/ABCofG
Priority for events will be given to our members. To join, contact GreenwichSquadron@gmail.com, Membership is $102/person or $145/family.
SoundWaters was founded in 1989 with the mission to protect Long Island Sound through education and action. They have shown hundreds of thousands of students and adults how to build a deeper interest in science for improved school achievement and to raise awareness about the small differences we all can make to protect the health of the Sound. The schooner SoundWaters conducts 250 experiential education sails each season for school and community groups and public sails for everyone throughout the region.
America’s Boating Club of Greenwich has partnered with SoundWaters for many years. Our Young Mariners program taught underserved children in Greenwich the basics of sailing and merged with SoundWaters a few years ago and we continue to support this worthwhile endeavor. We look forward to hearing future plans.
Bob Mazzone will discuss the ambitious plans SoundWaters has for teaching on Long Island Sound over the next 30 years.
Bob joined SoundWaters in 2016. As the Vice President of Development, Bob’s team is responsible for raising over $1.2 million annually to fund SoundWaters operations and ensure that no student is turned away from a SoundWaters program for the inability to pay. Prior to SoundWaters, Bob was the Chief Operating Officer of the Connecticut Challenge, an organization dedicated to empowering cancer survivors. A graduate of Harvard College with a concentration in Biology, Bob and his wife have lived on Holly Pond in Darien 27 years.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
6:30 PM via Zoom
For the Zoom link, email Susan Ryan at GreenwichSquadron@gmail.com
We have pleasure in offering you ‘Little Known Aspects of Long Island Sound Maritime History’ presented by author Bill Bleyer.
Join us for an evening with Bill Bleyer as we go through the least known tidbits from his new book Long Island and the Sea; a condensed version meant for boaters on LI Sound, including lighthouses, the islands of Block, Gardiners, Fishers and Long Island. He will touch on a wide range of topics including whaling, Captain Kidd, submarine testing, the steamboat Lexington disaster, the invasion by Nazi saboteurs, to name a few.Bill Bleyer was a prize-winning staff writer for Newsday, the Long Island daily newspaper, for thirty-three years before retiring in 2014 to write books and freelance for the newspaper and magazines. His work has been published in Civil War News, Naval History, Sea History, Lighthouse Digest and numerous other magazines, as well as in the New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Toronto Star and other newspapers. Bleyer graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors in economics from Hofstra University, where he has been an adjunct professor teaching journalism and economics. He earned a master’s degree in urban studies at Queens College of the City University of New York.
For the Zoom link, please contact GreenwichSquadron@gmail.com
We encourage you to buy the book. For personally signed copies costing $24, email Bill directly: Bill Bleyer To obtain on Amazon for the same price: Click here
Our thanks go to our member Captain Joy Sherman for hosting this fine presentation.
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Historian Ed Hynes will talk about some fascinating activities on Long Island Sound. We may look at sailing these waters in a whole new way after this talk!
|This presentation will explore the dramatic, but little-known naval activities on Long Island Sound during the American Revolution. Connecticut sent licensed privateers to intercept British ships, while other enterprising men, from both sides, engaged in smuggling banned goods. As 1777 progressed, the Loyalists continued to be pushed out of Connecticut and the Patriots were forced out of Long Island. Subsequently, the naval action on Long Island Sound grew more heated and intense.|
For most of the colonies, the Revolutionary War ended in 1781. But for the adversaries on both sides of the Sound, the fear and bitterness of war only intensified throughout 1782 and into 1783. Whaleboats were often used to carry out raids designed to steal goods and to kidnap and kill opponents. Mr. Hynes’s lecture will bring this action to life. Viewers will have a chance to ask questions following the presentation.
Edward Hynes, CFA is a native of Wilton, CT. He and his wife have traveled extensively to various battlefields around the country and overseas. In addition to his interest in history, Ed is a Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor in Westport, CT.
We thank our member Captain Joy Sherman for arranging this event.
America’s Boating Club is a trademark of the United States Power Squadrons.
The Greenwich Historical Society is offering us a private presentation:
‘Revealing a Lost Shipyard: Childe Hassam and The Red Mill, Cos Cob’
Join Maggie Dimock, Greenwich Historical Society Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, for an illustrated lecture on renowned American Impressionist Childe Hassam and his ties to Cos Cob.
Learn about the thriving art colony that grew around the 18th century boardinghouse run by the Holley Family and delve into the story behind one of Hassam’s earliest paintings, The Red Mill, Cos Cob.
The Red Mill, Cos Cob depicts the distinctive red-painted buildings of the Palmer & Duff shipyard, where beginning in 1858 many of the fastest and best-known wooden sloops and schooners to sail on the Long Island Sound were built. To learn more click this link
We are pleased to announce the 2021 schedule for upcoming boating classes in the area. These will be given virtually until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
- Marine Navigation: Sat January 16 9am – 1pm for 7 weeks.–
- Cruise & Cruise Planning: Sat January 16 1:30pm-5:30pm, for 6 weeks.
- Weather: Sat March 6 1:30pm-5:30pm, for 5 weeks.
- Safe boating Class for the CT boat and personal water class license will be given March 13 2021 – 9 am to 5pm
- Marine Engine Maintenance: Sat March 20 9am – 1pm for 6 weeks.
- AIS (Automatic Identification System) Seminar: Tues April 13 6pm for 2 nights
For all enquiries – and to register – please contact GreenwichSquadron@gmail.com. If you are not a member, and would like to take a class, we suggest you pay your $100 membership and then you can take any class at the members cost.