On behalf of the Board of Governors, welcome to the 76th year of the Manchester Harbor Boat Club. Let’s all remember, the purpose of our Club is “to foster fellowship, promote and stimulate interest in boating, and encourage the full enjoyment of Manchester Harbor”.

We experienced a very successful 75th anniversary year which included our Spring Dinner with Michael Carvalho, environmental attorney, speaking about his expedition to the Arctic; a summer Lobster Bake at Tucks Point; the Fall Dinner with author, Michael Tougias, discussing his book “Ten hours until Dawn” and ending with a delightful cocktail party at the Manchester Yacht Club. Thank you to all the members who worked on these events.

The Board of Governors is working hard to plan events for the 2024 season that will appeal to our entire membership base. Our first event, which was available via zoom was scheduled for March 7th with Harbormaster, Bion Pike, discussing projects and challenges facing our harbor. 

Please plan to attend our Spring Dinner on April 4th for a presentation by KD Montgomery, Executive Director, and Louis Somma, Board President, Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum regarding the history of wooden shipbuilding in Essex. The dinner will be at the American Legion.

On May 2nd we welcome to speak, Manchester resident, Martha Wood, an open water swimmer who swam the English Channel in 2022.  Martha trains year-round at Singing Beach. This will be at the Congregational Chapel’s Community Room. 

During the summer, we have scheduled a dock party on June 22, our July sponsorship of the MHBC fishing tournament, the Crocker Race Skippers meeting, and in August we will conduct a month-long raffle and the popular Lobster Bake at Tucks Point.  There may be an additional social event planned with details to follow.

The Board of Governors would love to hear from you on how we can make each event bette and how we can encourage the full enjoyment of Manchester Harbor.  In addition, the Board is always looking for volunteers from membership to assist in organizing and facilitating events. We’re not talking about a huge time commitment, but help from time to time. Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on our board.

Jim O’Neill