Vive la Difference!
Capt. Eric Knott discusses the difference between boaters in the US & Europe at the Club’s February meeting.
Greenwich Boat & Yacht Club
9 Grass Island Road, Greenwich, CT
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 pm
All USPS and GBYC members and friends are welcome
Usual light refreshments will be served
A commercial fisherman going to sea with his father, in 1973 Eric was awarded his Master’s Certificate of Competence in 1986 and sailed in that position out of northern European ports until 1994 when he joined a nautical training school as senior instructor and operating manager of 12 sea-going training vessels working throughout Europe. During this time, he consulted for law firms, the police and insurance companies, investigating maritime accidents in Europe and the US. In 2003 he moved to the USA and joined Landfall Navigation to run the developing Marine Training Center. He gained his US master’s license and now has the distinction of being licensed under both US and UK authorities. In 2006, he joined the safety department of Moran Towing and is responsible for safety audits and inspections of ship assist tugs. In his spare time, he fishes from his own boat, a 23′ Steigercraft Little Bear or with his grandson, Peter in his 13′ center console Reel Fun who, if asked why he pumps out after rain replies, “Bilge levels should be kept to a minimum.” Eric has been appointed by the Governor of Connecticut as Harbor Master for Stamford Harbor.
Differences between recreational boaters in the U.S. and in Northern Europe, e.g.:
- The people, the same … but different
- The boats, they look the same but …
- The weather (a favorite subject for conversation especially in England)
- The mind-set (of the people)
So we have a very serious boater addressing a very fun topic!
The Club’s Annual Meeting/Change of Watch dinner will be held on Friday, March 16th at 7 pm at the Innis Arden Golf Club, 180 Tomac Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT. More details to come soon.
The Winter/Spring 2018 newsletter has just been published with a lot of pictures.
Click here to read it and be sure to mark your calendar for our upcoming events and Full Schedule of Courses for 2018.
Come and see old friends, make new ones, and celebrate the holiday season with boaters.
Drinks ~ Dinner ~ Raffle
All USPS and GBYC members and friends are welcome.
Kindly RSVP to Vicki by Monday, December 4 by phone 914-714-1516 or by email GreenwichSquadron@gmail.com
Mail check payable to GSPS for $20 per person to Vicki Malara ~ 150 Southfield Ave #2309 ~ Stamford CT 06902
If you can contribute a raffle item, please let Vicki know
Greenwich Boat & Yacht Club Grass Island, Greenwich
Presented by Lt/C Bob Reilly AP from Mid-Hudson Squadron
In 2016 Disney produced “The Finest Hours”, the true story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s most daring sea rescue.
This presentation delves into the reasons that caused two ships to split apart within hours of each other on that date. The mid-latitude cyclone, the new design, and construction method, and the inexperienced builders all contribute to the accidents. Also covered are the four rescue attempts (3 at least somewhat successful) where 36-foot motorized lifeboats tackle 70-foot seas, and blinding snow & rain to find the four boat sections and save over 72 of 84 sailors.
Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 pm.
For directions, click here.
All USPS and GBYC members and friends are invited to this extraordinary presentation – with our usual light refreshments
The J Class has its roots in the oldest sporting race in the world, The America’s Cup. This international event was born from an annual race around the Isle of Wight in Great Britain, hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron, that was originally called the ‘100 Guinea Cup’.
Our expert speaker Rick Delfosse of Norwalk Cove and Rex Marine will cover the history of these incredible 130 foot yachts with photos from his personal files and movie clips of old.
Come and hear about such beauties as Shamrock V and how Endeavour was rescued from the mud, as well as the renaissance of the new J Class yachts that raced in Bermuda and Newport this year.
Wednesday, October 18 at 7:30 pm Greenwich Boat & Yacht Club. For directions, click here.
All USPS and GBYC members and friends are invited to enjoy the history with terrific photographs.
Light refreshments as usual; no RSVP needed