David W. Dillion Plans at Mystic Seaport’s Website

Thirty-seven drawings by David W. Dillion of 15 different designs have recently appeared on Mystic Seaport Museum’s website.

2019 Small Reach Regatta

The idea of the SRR is to gather together small sail-and-oars boats for sailing, with the same kind of camaraderie and appreciation that the ERR has established. We will sail on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This year, we plan a one-way sail from Herrick Bay to the waters off the campground, where we’ll anchor, so secure anchoring ability is especially important. The next day will be a return to Herrick Bay. Final haulouts, trailering, and departure will take place on Sunday, July 28, vacating the campground before noon and the boatyard as soon as possible.

The Dramatized History of the Bantry Bay Gig in Camden

At Camden Library’s Amphitheater, Mick Delap, a writer, historian and avid sailor in retirement after a career in journalism at the BBC, and Apprenticeshop founder Lance Lee will host an interestingly presented history of the Bantry Bay Gigs of International Atlantic Challenge fame. Delap, with a cast of actors, will perform a theatrical version of . . .

Gathering of Traditional Small Boats at the Wilson Museum

The Downeast Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association is sponsoring the dedication of the Wilson Museum’s Antique Boat Exhibit and Boat Shop. It’ll be a great opportunity to see a wide variety of small boats and chat with their knowledgeable and enthusiastic owners.

NOAA Releases New Version of Chart No. 1

The chart of charts has been updated. This article at NOAA’s website details the revisions that appear in the new version.

Man Who Crossed Bering Strait in Dinghy Deported from Russia

This man planned to sail to China in his 8′ dinghy, but ended up in Russia. He’s now been deported about six months after his arrival.

New England Junket: 2nd Annual Junk Rig Gathering

The New England Junket will happen this year on Labor Day weekend, in Gouldsboro Bay, Maine. This is a gathering of Junk Rig Association members and others who sail junk rigged boats and/or are interested in junk rig. Emphasis is on sailing together and visiting, in the context of sharing information and interest in junk . . .

OkoumeFest 2018

Chesapeake Light Craft will present its 20th annual small boat rendezvous, OkoumeFest, on Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, 2018. “Okoume” is the plantation-grown African hardwood used in tens of thousands of CLC’s build-your-own-boat kits. OkoumeFest features an open house with technical seminars on Friday at the CLC plant in Annapolis, and on Saturday an on-the-water . . .

Sydney Flying Squadron to Visit Annapolis, MD

The Squadron is shipping their own fleet of historical 18-foot skiffs from Australia to Annapolis specifically for this event. They will also race their boats in the 8th Annual Classic Wooden Sailboat Rendezvous & Race on September 16-17.

A New Balmain Bug

We here at Small Boats Monthly love small, but here’s another level of wee. The Balmain Bug is a traditional Australian workboat type that was eventually used as a one-design racer, then inspired modern one-design racing skiffs.

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