Annapolis, Tybee Island and the 2016 BOCUS Guide

  •  Patrick reiterate the invitation to the Sailing Capital Annapolis August BOUCAN BOIL. ( See Calendar of Events ). Further info in the last First Watch. There is a limited number of bunks available. The table will arrange slips as necessary.  Respond by email or phone.
  • Third Quarter 2016 First Watch is published and uploaded.
  • BOC Guide revised 2012 version was uploaded







Tybee Island, Georgia Sept.22

Savannah Capt Meeting and Zaf: Sept 22

Tybee Island Lite shrine Club
Tybee Island Lite shrine Club

Attached is the formal Announcement and Invitation to the 2016 Savannah Zafarrancho and Captains Meeting.  Included is a brief description of the planned events and the places where they will be held.  The last page shows the “fee to attend” and where to send it, and there is a “form” that will help with tracking people down should that be necessary.
The Savannah Table very much looks forward to entertaining you and the members of your Tables who are able to attend.   Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you or your Table members.

Savannah-Capt-Meeting2016 – as Word Document



Pirogue (aka John Byrne)

NY Zaf: Andrej is back from the Horn

It went so fast! On March 13, the Bienkowski hosted their “Farewell Zaf to Andrej”  before he embarked on a round the Cape Horn sailing trip.

P1020101One can say “It’s old news…”. Let’s not denigrate such an accomplishment.  Detroit of Magellan is not an easy cruise and remains an important passage in any sailor’s life.

On April 5, I already received the first picture from Andrea with the message “He Is Back! ”

Andrej proudly displaying his BOC burgee
Andrej proudly displaying his BOC burgee

We had to wait until Rascal’s Zaf on May 21 to hear more of his adventure.
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The 53′ steel sloop Andrej joined is skipped by a young Dutch professional captain assisted by a young crew. A team of eight participated  to the trip, three of them young women. Most of the watches were shared between the yacht’s crew, Andrej and the other Brother of the Coast … ???
Some of the pictures show that the boats are now way better equipped than Moitessier’s Joshua or Slocum’s Spindrift! Rigid cockpit canopies are standard. Hydraulic winches are at the ready. Storm stay sails, heavy duty furlers are the rule. And when they anchor, they do not even check the depth. an all chain tackle is set. All of it !
The yacht encountered 54 knots winds, thankfully enabling a somewhat comfortable running route.
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Jungle Jane to comment: I found these photos from my  2 trips to Cape Horn, two from the circumnavigation of South America in 1996, the other of the ramp going up from a trip to Antarctica, in 1999. Is the Brotherhood flag still there?It is an exciting place to visit. Well done. Jane

For to go out cruisin’ round Cape Horn …

Andrej – NY#28 to Cape Horn…

Andrej Bienkowski – NY38 is a darn interesting Brother! It helps that he and his lovely Irene are throwing great Zafs such as the late brunch we shared this Sunday. We also enjoyed the healthy presence of “Rascal” who brilliantly went through a successful hip surgery process.
We all visited Andrej’s collection of Polish sabers, swords, stylets and cutlasses. We smelled his newly acquired “camphor wood” treasure chest. We looked at historical photographs of when he was boarded and “welcomed” by the US Coasts guards. This was when with four comrades,he had built a steel ketch and jumped the “liquid” iron curtain to escape socialist Poland.
We dug hard into his reserve of Vodka. And we raised a series of Orza’s to wish him fair winds and safe passage. Next Friday, Andrej is flying to Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. He will board a yawl to sail a double rounding of the Cape Horn. This seems to be a tradition and a “Rite od Passage” for our Polish friends. Among us was Andrej Gruszka who also had accomplished this feat a couple of years ago. We certainly will follow Andrej’s adventures in close to real time. We’ll try post AIS positions and maybe to relay some e-mail news!

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Sailing Capital Table is Operational !!!

After 12 minutes of phone call, Sailing Capital has managed to post its own entry.

We are up & running
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Marco from Chile visits New York

Marcos Apablaza, from the Nao Conception, Chile, visited Brothers in New York February 22nd while in the USA on vacation. Rising to the occasion, the NY Brothers organized a “Flash ZAF” at a Latin American restaurant in NYC for a wonderful “get acquainted” lunch. Afterwards NY Brother Jay (Squeegee) Howard, who has hung out (literally) on many landmark NY buildings, took us on an impromptu tour of Grand Central Station.

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Be sheer chance, Budweiser was hosting a new beverage roll-out party and not to turn down free drinks, we took advantage to show Marco a “only in NYC” moment, as captured in the video below:

Robert Coles, one of the more reserved NY Brothers, went “ball swimming” – check out the video! Only in NYC!

20th Anniversary Bavaria Table May 5th through 8th, 2016

German table burgees
German table burgees

Attached, the official invitation for in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Regensburg. Soon to be posted in the calendar…
This is in WORD format: please leave a comment if you need it in PDF.

Gary and Helene Buckingham Flash Zaf

Garry and Helene Buckingham from the Guernsey table visit New York at the tail end of their two and a half year,  18000 miles journey through Australia, New Zealand, Fiji , and North America. Before ending the trip with  a big bang on the Queen Mary towards Southampton, they give the New York table a New Year’s Orza! Thanks to Kathleen for hosting this short notice Flash Zaf!

NY Holiday Zaf

Cruz, our national captain and captive Michele visited the big apple on their return from the German Geese Festival.  Ina, barely off the plane from the same gathering, pulled off her usual organisational skills and culinary prowess for her traditional holiday zaf.
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