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.


Mundial Uruguay Zaf 2018

Start saving $$ or airline miles for this International Zaf in Montevideo, April 8 through 15,  2018. It is a good opportunity to see a country that is not on the usual tourist circuit. Some of us were there in 2006 prior to a Zaf in Buenos Aires; it promises to be quite special.

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


Boats Boom and BBQ 2017

The Houston table would like to invite you to the 2017 Boats, Boom & BBQ Zaf in Houston Texas, July 21st– 23rd.  We have a great lineup of activities planned including boating, fireworks, shopping, partying, dancing, drinking, BBQ, and wonderful fellowship.

Below is the link to the registration information.  The fee for the weekend is $95.00.  Many berths are still available so register soon.



Parade of sail – 2017 Capt Meeting

The Chesapeake Table of the Brotherhood Of The Coast will be hosting a National Aaffarancho in June of 2017.


For full document, click on title
The Chesapeake Table of the Brotherhood Of The Coast will be hosting a National Zaffarancho in June of 2017. As we have done in the past the Zaf will coincide with the Annual Norfolk Harborfest celebration. The dates for the Zaf will be Thursday June 8th through Sunday June 11th 2017.
Here is a brief synopsis of the daily events:
Thursday afternoon registration, Welcome Reception Thursday evening
Friday, join the Chesapeake Brothers aboard their boats to participate in the PARADE OF SAIL to escort the visiting Tall Ships and Naval Vessels up the Elizabeth River from Hampton Roads to Downtown Norfolk. Friday evening activities still in the planning stages.
Saturday, enjoy the Harborfest events in Town Point Park, go visit some of the nearby historical sites, or just come out and relax on your brother’s boats that will be docked downtown for the weekend. Saturday evening we will have our formal dinner, Battle Attire, followed by what it always a spectacular Fireworks Display over the River.
Sunday morning we will be having a Farewell Brunch to wish everyone safe voyage home.
More information to follow as it becomes available, so mark your calendars, keep the date flexible and plan to come out and have a great time.
Chesapeake Table
Aka Eric Matherne

Trailer Trash 2017

Float – Pirate Attire
AT THE BARN – Casual Dress – evening can get chilly.

Click for schedule and full fledged invitation :TRAILER_TRASH17
Click here for registration form : Trailer_Trash_Registration17



***** 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.
Enjoy and write comments!
*****  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