TONE Plank Owner Crosses the Bar
We regret to announce the passing of Robert Weismantel, one of the founding TONE members and spouse of Virginia (Ginger) Weismantel a TONE founding incorporator and Board member. Bob and Ginger were part of a small cadre of Tartan owners who banded together in 2007 to re-energize the existing, but very informal, Tartan Owners New England and incorporate as the Tartan Owners Northeast (TONE) that you know today.
Ginger and fellow founding Board member John Harvey were the driving force and creators of the TONE web site you are looking at right now.
Bob and Ginger cruised a Tartan 33, Larina, out of Minisceongo Yacht Club in Stony Point, NY. Those of you who frequent the Yahoo Tartan sailing list know that Bob was a well respected and frequent contributor to the forum.
TONE extends it deepest sympathies to Ginger and the rest of Bob's family. He will be missed.
Bob Weismantel at the helm of Larina
The TONE 2018 New England Cruise
The first official stop for this year's cruise was held on Sunday, July 29, 2018 in Boston: A group dinner at Filippo Ristorante in the famous North End. About 30 TONE members socialized, drank, and ate in the upstairs room at Filippo that looks out over the Charles River and the North End.
At Filippo's Chris Crighton from Squander fills in Gary Van Voorhis from Recess.
Familiar faces, and new ones: Jeff Stoehr from Ayacucho, a long running Maine adventurer, has a few laughs with Renee Wainwright off new Maine cruiser Star Watch.
From Boston the fleet of various Tartans headed for Boothbay Harbor. Our first major social event in Maine was an open dinner at Mine Oyster with 22 cruisers enjoying each others' company and planning where to go next on the trip.
As always, the float plan for the cruise was really a set of port suggestions. Skippers and crews took real advantage of the many destinations available when you leave Boothbay Harbor. Boats found their way to Winter Harbor, Seal Bay, Maple Juice Cove, Tenant's Harbor, Belfast, Rockland, and Camden.
The final get together event was a dinner at the Rhumbline Restaurant on the dock at Lyman Morse in Camden. This port had a two day planned stay, with the dinner coming on the evening of the second day. We gathered at picnic tables under umbrellas on the dock and enjoyed a warm and sunny evening meal.
After Camden the fleet went its own way. Some skippers were planning to stay in Maine and head further up the coast to Mt. Desert Island and beyond. Some folks headed back home by harbor hopping back south, and a couple of intrepid boats went to Port Clyde and then headed out across the Gulf of Maine to the Cape Cod Canal and beyond.
It was a great trip for those who took the ride. We at TONE really hope that we have opened a great new northern cruising ground to some folks who hadn't ventured this far before.
Winter/Spring 2018 Nor'easter
This issue features articles on the latest Coast Guard navigation aids updates, a new Suddenly in Command article, Tartan Tech pieces on solent rigs and electrical gremlins, boat handling in close quarters, provisioning - and more!
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Winter/Spring 2018 Nor'easter