The 2019 TONE Winter Dinner - Fun for All
The 2019 TONE Winter Dinner took place February 16th at the Winthrop Yacht Club in Winthrop, MA (just across the harbor from Boston.) The doors opened at 6:00 PM and the main hall at the club soon resounded with the excited chatter of TONE members reconnecting after absences that varied from a few months (folks that were on the maine Cruise) to years.
The catered buffet dinner started off with hors d'oeuvres and the delicious buffet started at 7:00. Nearly 50 TONE members and new recruits sat down to a wonderful meal to augment their social time. During dessert noted adventure sailor Brian Hancock delivered a great remembrance of a sailing life well lived. He has completed in the around the world races three times (Whitbread and then Volvo), written seven books, tried to build the world's fastest sailboat, and then settled down to open a sail loft.
Important announcements included the introduction of three new TONE Board members and the news that Vice President Peter Crawford will be placed into nomination this summer for election as TONE's new president.
This year's Winter Dinner marked the tenth anniversary of the event and was held back at the Winthrop Yacht Club where it all started in 2009. The event has become an anticipated opportunity to break free of the cold seasonal chains and think about both sailing and our dear sailing friends. It didn't disappoint.
The next TONE events will be the summer on the water meet-ups. The board is considering three local events: Greenport, NY (Shelter Island); East Greenwich, RI (Narragansett Bay); and Edgartown, MA (Martha's Vineyard). Full details will be forthcoming soon as we firm up the details. Watch this space for final plans as they are locked in.
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.