Rendezvous, Revel, Repeat!
My container of shampoo says "Lather, rinse, repeat." It's a great way to sell twice the shampoo than would otherwise be the case, but it's also great metaphor for this summer's TONE mini-gathering schedule.
When we surveyed members about their interest in our traditional (and often distant) marquee location rendezvous they told us: "We don't sail like that any more; schedule and family pressures tend to keep us closer to home." We listened and created a summer's worth of mini-gatherings with less fuss and formality.
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.
So here's what we've planned:
June 19 - 21 Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, Atlantic Highlands, NJ
This event features a Friday cocktail hour and Saturday
June 26 - 28 Stamford Yacht Club, Stamford, CT
This event features a Saturday evening member dinner
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.