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"Westward to Essex" Registration Now Open!

Nathan Bayreuther - 6/14/2017

Registration for the 2017 Mariner Rendezvous, "Westward to Essex", is now open! Join us as we sail from the Niantic River in Connecticut on Tuesday, July 25th to Brewer's Essex Island Marina, approximately a four-hour sail. Everyone is invited to have dinner at the historic Griswold Inn (registration required only for a headcount - you'll pay on your own). On Wednesday, July 26th, you'll be able to explore the town; take a guided tour of the Connecticut River Museum (register here); sail onboard the "Onrust" vessel, a replica of the ship Adriaen Block used when he discovered the Connecticut River in 1614 (register here); or even take a shuttle bus and ride on the nearby Essex Steam Train (pay on your own). On Wednesday night, everybody will enjoy a catered dinner from Marley's Cafe, the restaurant located adjacent to the marina ($45 per person).

Dockage for two nights is $140 and is available for only 15 boats; however, thanks to generous sponsorship by the Mariner Class Association, the first ten registrants participating with their boats get $75 off the price, so it's only $65 to register with your boat!

Please be sure to contact Nate Bayreuther with any questions or post on the forums.


Spring, 2017 "Notice to Mariners" Newsletter

The next newsletter is now available for members! Thanks to editor Bill Eggers for putting it all together and for all the great contributions. There is information about the 2017 Rendezvous in Connecticut, racing in Alabama, cruising in the Florida Keys, the Texas 200, and much more.

Please take note that registration for the "Westward to Essex" Rendezvous will actually begin on Wednesday, June 14th.

The file comes to about 14 MB, so please be patient as you download it. We hope you enjoy it! 




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The Mariner is a 19-foot fiberglass sloop first manufactured by George O'Day in 1963, and currently produced by Stuart Marine. Over 4,000 boats have been constructed and can be found all over the country and even internationally. The object of the Mariner Class Association, founded in 1966, is to encourage and promote the use of the Mariner as an economical daysailer, racer and cruiser; to keep the boat safe; to develop Mariner Class racing under uniform rules with Fleet regattas and an annual National Championship and to maintain the one-design features of the Mariner as originally intended by the Designer; to develop and support family sailing opportunities with regional cruising events and an annual Mariner Rendezvous.
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