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Master Mariners Benevolent Association newsletter

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  • The Shellback, December, 2012, Pg.

    Since 1867 December 2012 Norm Harris, Editor

    Eight bells In Fond memory Ali Immel Maheu Passed on December 23, 2012

    January 1st , 2013-Point San Pablo Yacht Club

    Time to Start: 11:30 at Clipper Cove. Look for Aida she may be there and be your starting line. Skip will try to be on time!

    Where to End: Entrance at the Breakwater. If you arent there by around 2:30 turn on that engine and join us.

    Pot Luck: Marconies please bring chili and gaffers all other fixings and salads.

    Tacky Trophy Exchange: Start rummaging through all your bilge treasures. We have seen broken/repaired Father Christmas, Rubber Chickens, Strange Sculptures and even a very vintage bottle of Cold Duck stored faithfully on several vessels in grungy bilge water. Now is the time to get even with that boat that beat you at the Regatta! Hope to see you all there by boat, vehicle or something exotic. Point San Pablo has good guest docks for rafting and

    plenty of parking.


    First Event of the Year

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    Andrea Rey promoted to Executive Director at The Spaulding Wooden Boat Center.

    Sausalito, CA --- November 13, 2012 ---- The Board of Directors at The Spaulding Wooden Boat Center has appointed Andrea Rey as their new Executive Director. For the past 5 years, Andrea has served as the Centers Associate Director.

    During her tenure, she has been instrumental in the growth and success of the Centers many programs. Andrea has

    demonstrated her leadership through her various roles- from strategic planning, fundraising, director of daily opera-tions, and oversight of four programs to working as an instructor for the Spaulding Youth Boatbuilding Program. Re-cently, Andrea successfully secured a grant from the San Francisco Baykeepers to develop a Boatyard Best Manage-

    ment Practices showcase at the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center. Andreas nonprofit career began fifteen years ago when she worked at The Womens Building and Lyon-Martin Health Services, both in San Francisco. Andrea was born and raised in Mar del Plata, Argentina. She grew up in a family of craftsmen and business entrepreneurs. Andreas deep interest in business leadership inspired her to launch her first

    business venture at age 17, a successful cookie factory that is still in business. In 1996, Andrea moved to the San Fran-cisco Bay Area. She specialized in 13th to 18th century antique furniture restoration and worked for some of the most notable designers and antique collectors in United States. Andrea is also a fine artist. Her wood sculpture has been ex-hibited in Europe, Latin America and United States and is part of several important private collections. Ten years ago, she moved to Sausalito to pursue her interest in wooden boat restoration. Andrea Rey Executive Director Spaulding Wooden Boat Center

    Foot of Gate Five Road Sausalito, CA 94965 Ph: (415) 332-3179 Fax: (415) 332-3821

    A gateway to wooden boat building, traditions and seamanship for people from all wlks of life.

    All of a sudden December has arrived. It gets me to thinking about all the fun Ive had with each

    and every member during this past year. I want to thank you all for not only attending the Regatta and the Corinthian Boat show but the smaller functions the Chicken Ship Regatta to Petaluma, the Offshore Cruise and the Spring General Meeting and Potluck. Now is the time to remind you to en-joy this holiday season and then look forward to the January 1 Race for the Chili Pot. Hope to see you all get your vessels out on this first day of a new year. This is truly the time for us to host new boats, try and find new folks to help with the planning and execution of other events and generally get involved. Please walk your docks and find that beautiful woodie that just doesnt know about the Master

    Mariners and invite them to join us. Also a great time to remind others that it is time to rejoin in the very near future. We all sometimes let that opportunity get away and say Ill rejoin later. This is a

    fun organization and it is fun to get involved with the running of events and assisting in many small ways that do not require an extended time commitment. Wishing you a great holiday and fair winds in 1213. Patty Henderson

    Commoders Message

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    The National Park Service (NPS) at Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) announces a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) for the operation of the Historic Boat Shop and Marina within Fort Baker. This is an opportunity for interested parties to share their ideas for joining a community of National Park Service partner organizations at a former Army installation lo-

    cated on a spectacular site adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge.

    GGNRA is interested in a partnership to develop a maritime recreation center within the facilities at this site in order to provide a

    diverse mix of programs and services including, but not strictly limited to, the following: Public educational programs that include

    maritime themes of boatbuilding and sailing Public marina with a mix of slips and buoys that accommodates up to 60 boats primarily

    for day use and community programs Food and beverage services Event venue Small convenience store Restrooms

    RFEI Release Date: November 15, 2012- available for download at


    Operate a public maritime recreation center within Golden Gate National Recreation Area location

    The northeast corner of Horseshoe Bay within historic Fort Baker, south of Sausalito, California and adjacent to the north tower of

    the Golden Gate Bridge


    The historic boat shop, which includes a boat repair facility, event facility with kitchen, and a bar/lounge; guest dock; 60 berth ma-

    rina; storage shed; workshop; and small storage kiosk

    Financial Requirements:

    Will vary, dependent upon legal instrument under which the operation is authorized and level of capital investment; rent may be

    based on fair market value and adjustment of rates for capital improvement costs will be considered.


    A range of term lengths will be considered, dependent upon operating scenarios and level of capital investment

    Site Tours:

    Thursday, Nov. 29, 2-5 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 2-5 p.m. Please RSVP.

    Response Deadline:

    February 15, 2013, 5 p.m.

    For more information, to RSVP, or to receive a copy of the Request for Expressions of Interest contact:

    Katharine Arrow at or (415) 561-4971

    To download the RFEI starting November 15th, go to

    National Park Service/GGNRA Park Headquarters, Building 201, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123

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    The Bear Fleet Celebrates 80 Years On Saturday, 20 October 2012, the San Francisco Maritime NHP hosted an 80th Anniversary Celebration for Bear Boat #1, Merry Bear. Seven other Bears -- 9 Panda, 13 Sugarfoot, 29 Smokey, 32 Little Dipper, 35 Renegade, 47 Chance, and 65 Magic -- sailed in to the Aquatic Park Lagoon and met Merry Bear sporting a new suit of 1930 replica sails. The staff of the Small Boat Shop had just received and bent on new sails to complete a phase of restoration of the 80 year old guest of honor. The small fleet ghosted about the lagoon in sight of the Park visitors on Hyde Street Pier before tying up and enjoying the afternoon. Park staff, Bear fleet members, family and friends visited the boats, shared stories and scrap book pho-tos, and talked about the next set of projects needed to keep little wooden boats sailing. Russell and Christine Katz, # 35 Renegade, were pleased to visit with two former owners Bill Rude and David Bacon. David Bacon has a mythic status in Bear fleet; he is the guy who sailed a Bear from the Bay to the Sea of Cortez in 1980s. David brought photos, stories, and a number answers to the questions about the unique gear Russell has in his garage that was removed during his restoration effort. Brothers Daniel and Tim Maloney brought the family boats: # 9 Panda which was owned by their grandfather in 50s and Bear fleet youngster #65 Magic built in 1959. They welcomed Barbara McVeigh and three generations of her family aboard Magic which her great uncle Robert Keleher had built and sailed to consecutive season championships in the mid-1960s. Patti Tipton, granddaughter of Bear Class designer Ernie Nunes, came with family members and the best scrap book entries: copies of Bear class build notes from her great grandfathers, Manuel Nunes, construction notebook. Patti re-

    cently rescued #37 from the hard in Napa (see the July 2012 Sightings article in Latitude 38). Patti and her husband Keith have invested in significant repairs and Patti is now full filling a lifelong dream: sailing one the boats built by her grand-father. The Bear Fleet hopes to see the newly christened Patti Bear in Bay soon. We also hope she convinces her sister to take on a second Bear in need. Ansel Wettersten recalled the story of how boat #47 had been given up for lost after it burned and sank. Jens Hansen was not to be deterred and spent $25 to acquire the hulk. After it was raised, rebuilt and launched with a second lease on life, he renamed her Chance. Today, when Glenn Treser and Ansel race that boat, the rest of fleet still thinks they are on fire. The San Francisco Maritime NHP staff and volu