On behalf of the Board of Governors, I would like to welcome you all to the 74th season of the Manchester Harbor Boat Club. The purpose of our Club is to foster fellowship, promote and stimulate interest in boating, and encourage the full enjoyment of Manchester Harbor. Despite the ongoing difficulties posed by the pandemic over the past two years, our club membership and finances continue to be strong. Last year we added two new moorings, one in Kettle Cove and one near Kettle Island, and all our past activities have all been very well attended.
The 2022 summer season will include many activities that are designed to engage all our members and as your commodore, I hope to meet many of you at these functions and on the club docks throughout the summer. The Board of Governor’s encourage your input on new club activities and how we can protect and enjoy our beautiful harbor.
Our meetings on the first Thursday of March, April, May, October, and November will continue to feature a variety of speakers and topics. Last October we hosted Teresa Baybutt from The Massachusetts Oyster Project. Her presentation was well attended and we learned how “one oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day”. With that in mind, several of our board members have started to investigate ways the club can help to grow oysters in and around our docks. By working with the harbormaster and the shellfish warden, we are hopeful that at some point in the near future, the MHBC can take a leading role in growing oysters to help maintain the water quality in our harbor.
Our speakers for our Spring dinner meeting (4/7/2022) are Harold Burnham and Mary Kay Taylor from Essex. Harold is the owner of the H. A Burnham boat yard and builder of the schooner “Ardelle” of Gloucester and “Fame” of Salem. Mary Kay is the Business Manager and Education Director for the Ardelle. They will brief us on their latest projects as well as their work with the Maritime Apprenticeship program at Maritime Gloucester aboard Ardelle.
Our May 5th speaker is Nate Berkowitz who will speak about recreational fishing and the MBTS fishing tournaments. Come hear stories from some of our youngest fishing enthusiasts and get ready for this year’s tournament. With 80% of our club members in powerboats, and likely interest in fishing, we hope to draw a full house at the Community Center.
Our November dinner speaker will be Eric Wiberg, nautical author & historian, who will present about German U-Boats off the New England coast during World War II. For more information on Eric go to: https://ericwiberg.com. Thanks go out to Claire Cabot who suggested Eric as our guest speaker for our annual meeting. We are so fortunate to be able to host such wonderful speakers for our club members.
We will continue to provide the usual notice for meetings by email and members can also go to our website, www.manchesterharborboatclub.org to get the updates on upcoming events and Club information. Our Facebook administrator is my first mate and our club secretary, Admiral Suzanne Struss, so please help her generate posts for our club Facebook Group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490824971249940/.
Our electronic communications are more important than ever given the need for postponements and cancellations in these ever-changing times. Also please see our bulletin board at the dock entrance as well for details on upcoming activities.
As always, please refer to and comply with all our Float Regulations contained in Part 7 of the Club roster. Please make sure you affix the numbered boat sticker to the outside of your transom where it is clearly visible to our dockhands. You are always encouraged to fly the Club burgee, display the Club burgee sticker or wear MHBC club gear. The Ship’s Store has plenty of burgees, polo shirts, hats and vests which can be purchased on our website.
This year's combination for the dinghies and water locks is 1645, the year MBTS was incorporated. Regarding club dinghies, the work on the new dock at Tuck’s Point may not be completed by the start of this season. Therefore, our Club dinghy will not be available at Tuck’s until later in the season. We’ll update you via email, website, and Facebook when we commission the dinghy at Tucks Point.
We would like to welcome our newest board members Dallas Raleigh, Jim O’Neill and Stuart Conant to our Board of Governors. Remember we are always looking for members to become involved on our board and bring in some new club activities. MHBC is a 100% volunteer organization so on this note, I’d like to thank our past commodores and board members for their continued work over the years. Also, a very special thank you to Kerri Bisner, our Treasurer since forever! Kerri handles our finances and memberships, but she also picks up all the loose ends, and keeps the entire board informed. Last year she even planned a great event in September at Hammond Castle. I also want to thank our immediate past commodore Phil Chase who has been a big help in handing over the duties of commodore and graciously hosting all our club Zoom meetings. I, along with the entire board, look forward to a wonderful summer season in our beautiful harbor.
All my best,
Mark Struss, CommodoreAhoy,