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News From the Helm – August 2018



We have a fantastic readers’ photo spread coming up in the September issue, and we’re already thinking ahead to the next. If you’ve done any fancy rope work on your boat, send us a great photo of it. Maybe you’ve wrapped your wheel or boat hook handle. Maybe you’ve wrapped your keel-stepped mast (for the ship’s cat to use as a scratching post?) or compression post in the cabin. We really want to see it. Get creative and make it pretty, use morning or afternoon light, show us your stuff. Send high resolution photos to Michael_r@goodoldboat.com


Do you know what a gam is? In Moby Dick, Herman Melville described a gam as “A social meeting of two (or more) whaleships, generally on a cruising-ground; when, after exchanging hails, they exchange visits by boats’ crews…”

Seven Seas Cruising Association (the oldest and largest worldwide organization supporting the liveaboard and cruising lifestyle) has announced the dates and location of the 2018 Annapolis Gam: Truxton Park in the City of Annapolis on September 29th and 30th, just days prior to the start of the United States Sailboat Show. This will be the 30th year in a row that SSCA has hosted a gam in the Annapolis area.

More information about the presentations and registration is available at www.ssca.org.



The Newport International Boat Show will take place September 13th through 16th, 2018 at the Newport Yachting Center located in downtown Newport, Rhode Island. This show, which combines power and sail and is among the largest of the in-the-water shows, has been going strong since 1970. For more info: www.newportboatshow.com


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