What Happens if You
Punch "Big Red"?
We all hope we never have to,
but what if you have to call the Coast Guard for assistance?
As part of the TONE commitment to member safety we are sponsoring a Search and Rescue seminar prior to the Winter Dinner on March 5, 2016.
The session will be held in Yeaton Hall on the campus of the United State Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.
The session will begin with coffee and registration at 9:30 AM, with the actual class beginning at 10:00 AM. The session will last for two hours and will end at noon.
Attendees will be welcome to join our Coast Guard instructors at the All Hands Mess for a cash lunch between 12:00 and 1:00 PM. After the lunch there will be an opportunity for those who wish to take a guided tour of the USCGA campus and museum. This will be a rare opportunity for attendees to "see inside" one of the Nation's four service academies both in terms of interacting with the cadets and visiting the campus itself.
The two hour session will focus on the cruising couples who make up the bulk of our membership and the challenges they may face if adversity strikes. We see the session as critical new information for couples who may not have considered the "Suddenly in Command" scenario where the usual skipper of the boat is incapacitated (often the husband among our membership), leaving the often lesser skilled wife or partner unprepared to rescue a person overboard or even control the boat if the skipper has been rendered unconscious.
For couples who have made plans, or practiced, for this type of scenario the session will be a great refresher a bit before the 2016 sailing season begins.
The content will also provide information on what goes on behind the scenes when you contact the Coast Guard to request assistance or press the red DSC distress button now on virtually all VHF radio base stations. If you ever wondered what was going on behind the mike at the other end of your distress call, this session should answer all your questions.
Our instructors will be faculty from the Cost Guard Auxiliary, the active Coast Guard itself, and on-the-water rescue personnel.
We expect that this will be an informative and fun way to refresh your knowledge about what to do when bad things happen to good people. It is not too far fetched to say that the knowledge gained by attending this free session could, in fact, save your life someday.
Like the Winter Dinner itself, this session is open to both TONE members and non-members. In order to properly plan for facility space, course materials, and general admin we are requesting the attendees sign up at the TONE website for the event as listed below:
We look forward to seeing you at this important event.
We Have A Winner!
no, not the lottery, a great location for the Winter Dinner
The fabulous Inn at Mystic will host the TONE 2016 Winter Dinner.
We wanted an exceptional place to have the 2016 dinner and we have found it in beautiful Mystic, CT, right on the water. The dinner meal itself will take place Saturday night March 5, 2016, at the historic Haley Mansion on the grounds of the Inn at Mystic.
Just below the mansion, on a hill overlooking the Mystic River, a block of rooms will be available that attendees can book for Saturday night, or make a weekend of it and book multiple nights.
We are planning a cash bar social from 5:30 to 7:00 PM with dinner served immediately after. Inn at Mystic has designed a wonderful dinner menu for us with beef, chicken, and fish main courses as well as wonderful side dish selections.
To see what the Inn at Mystic offers click on over to their website:
To see the Haley Mansion that will be the site of the dinner, click on the Weddings menu tab, and then click on Haley Mansion. It's beautiful.
To register for the Winter Dinner now, click the winter dinner sign up link below:
The Winter Dinner and the Coast Guard Academy SAR Seminar are open to TONE non-members. If you are a member and would like to introduce TONE to a friend this event is a wonderful opportunity. The SAR seminar will be a great learning opportunity and the dinner has a long history of legendary member hospitality and fellowship.
Fall 2015 Nor'easter Available
The Fall 2015 Nor'easter Newsletter is available for download now on the site. It features the President's Letter from newly elected President Gary Van Voorhis, two safety articles, two Tartan Tech maintenance articles, a new feature Tartan Owner Experiences, musings from Tim Jackett, and more.
It's twenty pages of don't miss TONE and Tartan information that is worth reading and then filing away for future reference.
Click here to be taken directly to the newsletter: