Pacific/South America/US East Coast Zoom Zaf

The New York Table has been enjoying Saturday night “Zoom Zafs” for several weeks now. Recently these Zafs were attended by guests from other U.S. tables. On May 3, the New York Table and Orza from the Chesapeake were thrilled to join New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and New Caledonia at 12:00 Sunday Canberra time – 22:00 Saturday EST.
Our Chilean engagé Andres proudly recited the Octalog in Spanish. ORZA!


Virtual Zaf in New York.
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New York Brothers usually meet at each other’s homes on a monthly basis. Recently, this has not been safe or feasible. We turned to technology to continue our tradition virtually and even increase the frequency of our Zafs.  We had two Zoom test sessions, inviting an increasing number of participants. 

The first ZoomZaf started with some hiccups – and not from too many Orzas … some of us had no mic or video… but could still participate. It ended up being such a successful break from our isolation that we decided to make it a weekly event. Every Saturday evening at 6 p.m.

“Baggywrinkle” has been waiting for three weeks for Amazon to deliver a camera. He was so eager to virtually embrace the Brothers that Elaine and he drove 40 miles to fetch a legacy piece of equipment Robert had used in Windows 7. (Elaine traded for it with some home-sewn face masks … but why bother when I have Norton antivirus software? Ha ha.) We spent an hour on the phone trying to install the correct video driver. No luck… they had to participate in the ZoomZaf with audio only. We’re hoping for next time.

Our latest Zaf on April 18 included Show and Tell stories about our confined activities: repair of polyethylene water tanks, construction of a bottle wall, major mask production for charities and friends, musings about the effects of isolation on introvert and extrovert personality types, work on jazzy piano techniques, increasing working hours in hospital administration, studying Spanish, sorting family archive pictures, sailboat re-powering, electronic rice-cooker repair and prepping for a hilarious skit for us.  Maximum number of participants is 10, we hope for more. We were happy to have our St.Augustine-Florida branch join in also. Baggy Wrinkle polka was most entertaining. <-Click to enjoy!

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Albert Seidl

Albett Seidl; a Brother, an Artist, a Sailor, a great Husband and Father.

Albert Seidel, slipped his cable on May 3, and is now sailing the sea of eternity.

The Savannah Table is greatly saddened by Albert’s passing, but we all are grateful for our time with him, and his dedication to the Brotherhood.  Albert has stood out as the essence of what the Fraternity is all about.  His ship, his home, and his heart were always open and welcoming to his Brotherhood family. His stories, and stories about him, will be told into the future.  Today we see him at the helm of his beloved his Barkentine, a twinkle in his eye, and his broad smile in place, heading to the four points of the compass with a fair wind constantly at his back.
Sail on Brother Dokwaes, sail on high. Our deepest sympathy to Alise, and his family.
Adapted from J. H. Byrne, . Hamrick, J. D’Alusio, Sherry and Preston Carraway.

Albert Seidl

Alise does not plan a memorial or celebration for Albert at this time.  Family has recently visited and is home in their various countries.  However, Alise wants all of Albert’s friends to know that at a future date there will be a proper Pirate Celebration of Albert’s life and exploits. 

August 2019 Zaf in New York

Do not forget to register for the NYC Zaf in August 2019

Many photos have been uploaded on Google Drive. Anyone with the link can view the album

NYC Zaf 2019 Invitation

It appears that some Brothers were not aware of the April 1st deadline for the National Zaf in New York this August. Therefore we are extending the deadline to April 15th for registration. We look forward to seeing our Brothers for our Big Apple Party!

August 16 through 18, 2019 Join your brothers and celebrate BOCUS 60th anniversary, concurrently with NY Table’s 40th anniversary.

Worth mentioning: Ocean Day Today

Ocean Day Celebration







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2018 Captains meeting and Tortuga Post 92

Tortuga Post TTP92-march2018 has the incorrect dates for the 2018 US BOC Assembly of Captains in the Solomons.

Please note that the current March 2018 edition of Tortuga Post TTP92-march2018 has the incorrect dates for the 2018 US BOC Assembly of Captains. ( Thank you J.  and S…)
The correct dates are:

  • Thursday August 16 – Early arrival reception at the Drum Point Lighthouse
  • Friday August 17 – Daily activities on the Island followed by dinner at the Calvert Marine Museum (pending availability) or Solomons Yacht Club.
  • Saturday August 18 – Captains meeting and Castle Downs Crab Races, Full summer pirate attire.
  • Sunday August 19 – Farewell breakfast at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center

Just a reminder… Brise Galets is still assiduously managing the distribution of our world wide newsletter, the famous “Tortuga Post”.  Its publication is usually announced by e-mail. If you miss it, all are available on
You have to enter your e-mail address and the password. Had you forgotten this pw, it will be reinstated very easily by just retyping your email address, where the updated password will be sent.
The same website also present the worldwide roster. It also enables each Brother to update his/her own information.


An epic life saving tale

Reading the last TTP, I can’t let this event fall in the forgotten tales bag. I therefore reproduce the TTP article here, easily searchable in the BOCUS website… – Big Hopper-.


Brother “Swedish Navigator” – Gary Johnson – collapsed on the evening of June 8 th , following dinner on the first night of the Chesapeake Table Zafarrancho and USA Captain’s Meeting.. One moment he was deep in a conversation,, the next moment he was on the deck.. Gary’s life was saved that night by Chesapeake Brother Scott Rogers and A..JJ.. Eller,, wife of Chesapeake Brother Mark Eller..

Gary is a pretty tough old sailor,, but anyone who was there knows that it was the quick thinking and the truly professional application of CPR by A..JJ.. Eller and Scott Rogers that saved his life.. All of their training and experience was there for Gary when it was needed.. Scott is a retired fire fighter with EMT experience and is trained in CPR,, using it numerous times during his career..

Garry beginning of the party

A..JJ.. Eller is an operating room registered nurse who is also CPR trained,, although in her work she has not had to use CPR as much as Scott.. Sometimes CPR is the only option,, but it is not ideal.. In Scott’s experience,, when CPR is necessary the survival rate is fairly low,, sadly only about 5%% make it..

When Gary collapsed,, Scott and A..JJ.. sprang into action without a moment’s hesitation.. Initially Gary was breathing and had a pulse.. After a few minutes,, however,, Garry lost his pulse and Scott and E..JJ..,, working as an effective and highly skilled team,, administered CPR.. A..JJ.. was first to perform CPR, and after she tired,, Scott took over until the ambulance arrived.. Both made sure that Gary’s airway was clear to avoid choking,, with Craig Wright lending a hand.. Even though the hospital was close – by,, this event took place during Norfolk’s “HHarbor Fest””,, and many streets were closed or congested.. It took about 15 minutes for the ambulance to arrive,, while Scott and A..JJ.. attended to Gary.. The EMT’s took over CPR,, administered two shocks by AED (Automated External Defibrillator)),, and wheeled Gary to the ambulance,, where he was stabilized and then taken to the hospital..

When asked about how he felt prior to collapsing,, Gary said he had no warning at all – no shortness of breath or feeling dizzy.. He had never been told that his medical history would indicate a cardiac event could happen.. Thankfully,, subsequent testing found no arterial blockage or permanent damage,, but instead pointed to Atrial Fibrillation (AAFIB)) as the cause.. Gary has no memory of his collapse or the next four days in the hospital..

Gary’s son Jimmy came from Hawaii to be with him during his lengthy Norfolk hospital stay.. There were some speed bumps along the way,, but the “SSwedish Navigator”” is now back at his home in Cocoa Beach,, Florida,, with close friends nearby and receiving great care.. Gary is as feisty as ever and just celebrated his 80 th birthday on August 21 st . He now has a pacemaker which monitors his heart’s rhythm,, and if AFIB is detected,, it administers a mild pulse to shock his heart back into normal rhythm..

One take – away from this event is that if an AED were readily available,, it could have been used effectively to stabilize Gary rather than administering CPR.. National Captain Scott Ripley has taken this to heart and provisioned both his home and boat with AEDs.. Other Brothers should seriously consider purchasing an AED as a cheap insurance policy..

We are all grateful to A..JJ.. and Scott,, the ambulance paramedics,, and the doctors and nurses of Norfolk’s first class cardiac hospital,, for Gary’s recovery.. Lastly,, but most importantly,, the members of the Chesapeake Table,, too many to name,, visited,, encouraged,, and looked after Gary for the entire time he was in the hospital and rehabilitation center.. For those of us who could only call and send cards,, it was good to know that Brothers and their wives were there for him.. Gary and the Savannah Table can’t thank you enough for his incredible “eearly”” birthday present!!

Swedish Navigator’s 80th Birthday

Joe Citarella – USA Int’l Vigie & John Byrne, Captain Savannah Table


Brother Squegee now sails on serene seas, bow bearing to eternity.

John(Jay) Howard was born in Mount Vernon, New York on August 2, 1941.  Jay was a resident of City Island, New York for the past 59 years.

Jay is survived by his wife, Norma, and his brothers, Ed, Robert, and George of City Island, and their children: Edward, Lucille, Michelle, Robert, Cassidy and Russell.Jay is also survived by his two sons with his first wife, Maureen Kortleven; John, daughter-in-law Kimberly, and grandson Kingston, and Peter, daughter-in-law Carrie, and grandchildren Bryce and Laurel.

Jay was a major force in City Island Community Projects, Outreach, and Service and was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

He was a true “Man of the People”, and inspired everyone with his kindness, selflessness, humor, and genuine interest in the human spirit; especially the young, the vulnerable, the needy, and the ordinary.  Jay made everyone he knew feel like the most important person in the world.

Jay lit up a room with his infectious personality and laughter. He was never one to deny anyone a moment of his time, or safe harbor for the needy.  He always appeared to take great pleasure in helping others.

Jay Howard achieved public recognition for his service with teens through his “Living Rocks” Project, and was an inspiration to young and old alike.

Squegee in Sag Harbor, September 2016


Squegee in Sag Harbor’s Whaling Museum, September 2016









A memorial service for Jay will be held Saturday,  November 4, 11 a.m. at the Trinity Methodist Church, corner of City Island Avenue and Bay Street. (113 Bay, 10464). It will be followed by a reception in the church hall.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers a contribution be made in Jay’s memory. The NY Brotherhood will do so when there is more information about the creation of a fund honoring Jay’s enormous contributions to the youth of City Island.
Sadly, Jungle Jane



***** New look: In order to comply with the requests of Brothers who do not follow FB and other social media, we slightly altered our”splash” screen. The home page is more static. The top menu presents access to this blog and new posts by clicking the NEWS option. A recap of the most recent news and blogs appear in the right column, above the events.
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*****  Uruguay 2018 Mundial Zaf is filling rapidly and rumors sailed to us that there will be a maximum of 400 participants. Hoist your spinnakers and arrange to register !
*****  Spring is another occasion for laboring men to go sailing…so wrote Hesiod in the Homeric Poems .

Le Cannonier
Vincent Werbrouck visits NY

The recent North East blizzard denied this verses, but the NY Table was still able to welcome our Belgian brother Vincent Webrouck aka”Cannonier” and his captive Wivine, from the table of Brussels. After a double transatlantic crossing, he sails out of Toulon, France.


*****  Another story was related to us by Brise Galets, from the FB page which  accurately traces what is our Brotherhood. I’ll breach copyrights regulation for our Brothers who do not follow social media…

Brotherhood of the Coast-Chesapeake Bay Table

12 hrs ·

Today I experienced what is the true meaning and exceptional about The Brotherhood of the Coast in general and the Chesapeake Bay in particular. Due to an ongoing serious illness I am currently unable to clean and attend to maintenance requirements on Pounce.

This morning in high winds, heavy snow and rain, 9 brothers: Capt. Upwind,(Peter Dennant), Capt. Country Boy (Michael Monteith), Viajero (John Martin),El Calbucano (Tom Smith), Floater (Eric Matherne). Tortuga (Peter Briggs), Bui (John Williams), Tinker (David Holmes), and El Maestro (Mark Eller) came aboard Pounce at Hampton Yacht Club and began work. They changed the oil in both engines and the generator, made list of additional items to be taken care of, brought necessary supplies to perform these tasks and removed trash and cleaned up after themselves.

Also, Brothers unable to attend, have provided much needed moral support as well as Brothers from other Tables.

I cannot thank everyone enough and I am truly blessed to be a member of the Brotherhood of the Coast.

Capt. Pilot

Trailer trash in April and Captains meeting in June

Check the calendar for these events!
Trailer Trash Invitation: TRAILER_TRASH17
Registration : Trailer_Trash_Registration17

Followed by the annual bash – Great ships parade in Norfolk:

Check the Calendar also!
Peruse the elegant invitation: Chesapeake Bay_Zafarrancho_2017

Major new events events in the calendar

New events appear at the right of this main posts window… But if you are such a techie that you only visit these pages on a smartphone, you will have to visit the EVENTS page.

* Our Houston brother “Chaser” just posted a teaser invite for the Boom & BBQ Zaf in Houston Texas, July 21st– 23rd.
* Our national Captain “Orza” dispatches the last Tortuga Post (TTP87) in English language which describes the Mundial Zafarancho 2018.

Don’t hesitate to post your table’s calendar..  Peruse the Help page if needed!

Michael Pranschke – Broomlip

Michael Pranschke has slipped his mooring and begun his final passage upon the eternal sea on Tuesday, November 22nd.

Mike left us unexpectedly this week after years of learning to live with serious medical conditions.  In addition to his other challenges, but unknown to Mike, he also had an advanced heart  problem.  Through it all, Mike maintained his sense of humor and positive outlook.  He worked on his many projects, and to Karen’s frustration, frequently acquired new ones.  He supported his local sailing club, went schooner racing every summer in Nova Scotia until he couldn’t, and set about restoring a vintage VW Beetle for Karen.  The Savannah Table depended on Brother “Broomlip” to manage our funds as Purser, and for a time he also took on the job of Scribe.  In recent years he applied his considerable expertise to boiling lobsters, making our fall Lobster Dinner the success it was.  Mike and Karen constantly opened their home to the Table.  The Savannah Table is blessed with a lot of heart, one of the biggest lived at 32 Brightwater Drive in Thunderbolt, Georgia.  He will be greatly missed.

Credit: Michael Pranschke – Fabebook page


John Byrne
Captain, Savannah

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Our friend and Brother Bob Hadley sailed to his next port.

Bob and Marge had several years of courageous battles with illness. Following are few thoughts prepared by Dan and Bonnie Sagan about Bob’s passing…..
We are saddened by the passing of brother Goofy, Bob Hadley and will miss him dearly. Before his health battles became a nearly full time effort, Captain Bob and his captive (Admiral) Marge,were active ambassadors of brotherhood in every sense of the word. They traveled to national and international Zafs on their own boat bottom, by air, auto and prairie schooner (R. V.) and made and kept friends from around the U.S. and around the world. Bob truly embraced International brotherhood. If all of his many friends could each give Bob one day, he would have lived to a hundred. He both gave and received a great deal of warmth.
Orza Bob.