2020 Winter Programs
During the off season, the MYC Program Committee invites experts to present boating topics such as chartering, engine maintenance, cruising, and safety. Most programs are Free and open to MYC members and the general public. These programs offer a great way to learn something new, meet fellow boaters, and stay engaged with the Club during the off-season.
Thursday, January 23 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Presented by Brian Hancock
Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, we have switched speakers from Jonathan Green to Brian Hancock.
Brian Hancock is in the rare club of professional sailors who have logged over a quarter million offshore miles, most of them competing in major offshore races, including three Whitbread Round the World Races. He also competed and was shipwrecked in the disastrous ’79 Fastnet Race where 21 sailors were lost. Brian took up solo sailing and to qualify for the 89/90 Around Alone race, he set out to sail from Spain to Bermuda but ran into more trouble. Brian later co-founded the first international race for smaller boats (40-feet) and smaller crew, solo or double handed, the Portimão Global Ocean Race, which was a huge success.
Whether you and your spouse plan to do some doublehanded coastal cruising, or you’re gearing up for a shorthanded, long distance offshore passage, these topics will be relevant to your preparations: sail handling, autopilots, electronic alert systems, sleep strategy, safety training and more.
Wooden Boat Building
Thursday February 20, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Presented by Graham McKay, Exec Dir & Master Boatbuilder, Lowell's Boat Shop, Amesbury
Graham will present a brief history of whaling and whaleboats focusing on the building of a replica Beetle whaleboat for the Charles W. Morgan and Mystic Seaport. Graham will also present the shop's current project rebuilding a 33' shallop for the Mayflower II. Established in 1793, Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest operating boat shop in America and is considered a national historic landmark.
As we wind our way through the winter months, we invite you to join us for this interesting presentation on how boats were built for our predecessors and how Lowell's Boat Shop continues to maintain the art and craft today.
Ocean Wildlife of Alaska and Antarctica
Thursday March 19, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Presented by Berit Solstad, Marine Biologist/Naturalist
Berit works on small expedition ships, and she will share images and stories from Alaska and Antarctica - two of her favorite destinations. She’ll focus on wildlife encounters with whales, seals, puffins and penguins, oh my!
Sailboat Racing: Starting Techniques
Thursday April 23, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Presented by North Sails
Looking to up your starting game? Come to learn starting techniques, tricks and tips.