From the President
Sailing Near and Far
The Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous is always such a great way to wrap up the month of July and signify the mid-point of the summer season at Mystic Seaport. We did so again this year with a tremendous combination of vessels of every type and vintage. It was also our opportunity to highlight the 150th birthday of the Emma C. Berry. How wonderful it was to see her moving down the Mystic River in the parade of boats and heading up the fleet of Noank vessels. The ACBR always reminds us of how important Mystic Seaport is to the antique and classic boat community as we both celebrate the history of these vessels and call attention to the marvelous care and concern shown by their owners. This year, Mystic Seaport was proud to enter several vessels in the Rendezvous, including Aida, Araminta, Emma C. Berry, Francis Marion, and Star.
As we head into the month of August, we are reminded that it is in all likelihood the busiest month of the year when it comes to maritime activity. It’s the key month for a wide range of yacht club cruises, including the perennial New York Yacht Club Cruise, and it is the month when so many boaters set aside important time along the East Coast to enjoy snug little harbors, new destinations, rendezvous, and quality time with family and friends. It’s the duration of time away from the dock that satisfies the soul as well as the quality of the experience which draws outsiders to certain magnets like the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta in Maine and the Opera House Cup in Nantucket, just to name a couple. Like ACBR, they are celebrations of traditions that are meaningful to their immediate communities. In addition, there are informal gatherings in distant harbors and coves all along the coast of New England, as people head “Down East” free of fog, searching for cooler temperatures and uncrowded anchorages.
This year, our schooner Brilliant returns to the Opera House Cup, and she does so as a sail training vessel and as the graceful ambassador for Mystic Seaport. Thanks to a generous supporter, young people from the Nantucket Community Sailing Program will deliver Brilliant from Mystic Seaport to Nantucket so she can participate in the Opera House Cup and other events there. Following that weekend, another set of young people will deliver Brilliant back to her home here on the Mystic River. This opportunity to give young sailors the experience of open water sailing on a great vessel like Brilliant is true to her mission and the goals of Mystic Seaport to create meaningful opportunities to learn about the sea and to acquire important seamanship skills. It’s also important that Mystic Seaport be as present as possible at these events featuring traditional vessels, as we did last summer on Brilliant at the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. We are grateful to members of the Mystic Seaport community who help us promote sail training by allowing Brilliant to sail to distant waters and to proudly fly the Mystic Seaport burgee.
To all of you who are either cruising afar or sailing closer to home, enjoy this month of August and all that it brings. Remember to visit the Museum whenever possible, and if your charted course brings you to Fishers Island Sound, we hope you’ll venture up the river and spend a memorable night or two at Mystic Seaport.
See you then,