The TONE Summer 2015 Mini-Gatherings have begun. The first Mini was held at the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club with the main event a wonderful dinner on Saturday evening, June 20. Hosts Jeanne and Carl Bergeron, assisted by other TONE AHYC members, rolled out the red carpet for attendees.
The first evidence of the gathering was found on the fence leading to the AHYC launch. The picture shows what greeted new arrivals on the dock (click on the photo to enlarge). It was clear that the club knew we were coming and wanted to welcome us to Atlantic Highlands.
The dinner itself was a delight with a cocktail hour at the AHYC bar overlooking the harbor and then a delicious steak and shrimp main course. Dessert featured an especially decorated TONE cake.
It was the usual TONE fellowship both at the bar and during dinner. Everybody who attended had a terrific time.
Here TONE and AHYC members Mike Sangiorgio and LuAnn Rathemacher enjoy a drink at the bar before dinner.
The Atlantic Highlands mini was a great start to what should be a summer full of TONE fun. There's still time to sign up for the Shelter Island, Bristol, and Boston mini-gatherings. Take a look at your schedule and see if you can carve out a weekend where we can almost guarantee a great time.
Each of these events focuses on a Saturday/Sunday (but you can arrive Friday if you'd like!) and features a Saturday night member dinner. Some events also include Saturday lunches and the occasional special speaker or highlight. Most of all, these mini-gatherings are spread out across TONE's Northeast member territory to allow participation close by your home port.
Here's what's still available:
July 10 - 12 Shelter Island Yacht Club, Dering Harbor, Shelter Is., NY
This event features a member dinner on Saturday
July 17 - 19 Bristol Yacht Club, Bristol, RI
This event features a Saturday evening beer and wine
social (beats ice cream for sailors!) sponsored by Tartan dealer
New England Yacht Partners, dinner in the club, and a guest speaker.
A Sunday morning continental breakfast is planned (also sponsored
by New England Yacht Partners) as well as the TONE annual meeting
and election of officers.
If conditions permit, we plan a race down the bay to put a real exclamation
July 24 - 26 Constitution Marina, Boston, MA
This event features a member dinner at Filippo's Italian Restaurant
So there you go - a full slate of terrific destinations for any Tartan sailor with wonderful social opportunities at each stop. And if you hadn't noticed, any crew that plans to head to Maine in late July could follow these events from west to east and be in a great position to head north from Boston.
Although no formal TONE cruise has been planned for this year, some members will be continuing on to Maine from Boston and would gladly offer moral support and advice to newcomers who might want to make the trip.