Annual Winter Holiday Party 2014

Annual Pelagic Winter Holiday Party

December 7, 2014

Invitation: [PDF]

Venezia Restaurant

20 Ericsson St Dorchester, MA

Directions per Betty Gulesian

When I first drove to Venezia, I made a wrong turn, but now I find it an easy find.  Coming from the north on 93S, get off at exit 12 which says “Toward RT 3A S/Neponset/Quincy.  Your gps will then say turn slightly right onto Gallivan Blvd/RT 203E.  Do it.  Now this is where I made my initial mistake.  You will drive under 93.  Then do NOT follow the signs that say 3A S Neponset/Quincy or Marina Bay.  Go straight ahead following the sign 93N 1 N Boston Morrisssey Blvd.  There is a Shell gas station straight ahead of you.  At this point, keep on the right and take the 2nd street after the Shell Station.  It is Redfield Street (you will also see at the same time a sign for Berry Street).  Just drive down Redfield Street until you get to a grassy triangle.  At the far end of the grassy triangle, you will see Walnut Street on the left.  Drive down Walnut Street and you will end up in the restaurant’s parking lot.

Pelagic Holiday Party Sign-Along

Trivia Challenge Answers

Will Phillips

ROUND 1: Sailing Terms in Common Usage:
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Answers in Bold

1-The 17th century Spanish custom of hoisting false flags to deceive enemies.


2-Tacking when the tide is with the vessel but the wind is against it.
Backing and filing.

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3- Deliberate grounding and heeling a ship to one side in order to inspect or repair the hull below the waterline.

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4-Any part of wreckage of a ship or her cargo that is lost by accident.


5-Goods Deliberately cast overboard with a rope attached so that they may be retrieved.



1-Location of world’s largest copyrighted work of art and artist:
The Route 93 Gas Tank called by Corita

2-Port of Registry of Titanic:

3-At what temperature can a healthy adult stay indefinitely in the ocean without fear of hypothermia.
800 F


What is a Triatic Stay? A triatic stay is a piece of standing rigging that runs between masts. On a ketch it runs between the main mast and the mizzen mast and is used to stop the upper section of the mizzen mast being pulled backwards. The same job can be done by forward shrouds so not all ketches have triatic stays, it depends on the specific rig set-up on the boat.

Triatic Stay

Triatic Stay

What Is A Dolphin striker ?

Schematic view of the bow of a ship, showing: A the martingale stayB the dolphin striker and C the bobstay.

A dolphin striker (an older term for a martingale boom or simply a martingale; sometimes called a striker) is a small vertical or near vertical ancillary spar spanning between thebowsprit and martingale thereby redirecting the tension in the forward end of the martingale slightly more vertically. This vertical component is necessary to more effectively oppose the forestays’ mostly upward tension on the forward end of the bowsprit than would be the case in the absence of the dolphin striker.

Around 1813 some large sailing vessels experimented with double strikers: these had two downward-pointing spars forming an inverted V in the middle of the bowsprit. However, the practice was short-lived as it did not seem to provide any additional benefit. The dolphin striker’s length was typically half the length of the spritsail yard or, when spreaders were used, the same length as one spreader.

Dolphin Striker (B)

Dolphin Striker (B)


What Is A Cunningham?

In sailing, a cunningham or cunningham’s eye is a type of downhaul used on a Bermuda rigged sailboat to change the shape of a sail. Sailors also often refer to the cunningham as the “smart pig”–a play on words “cunning ham” It is named after its inventorBriggs Cunningham, a victorious America’s Cup skipper and yacht builder.[1]

The cunningham differs from a typical downhaul in the way that it attaches to the sail. The system usually consists of a line which is secured at one end to the mast or boom below the foot of the mainsail. It is then passed through a cringle in the luff of the sail near the foot, but above the tack, and then led down on the other side to a fitting on the mast or boom or on deck.

The tension in the luff of the sail is adjusted using a combination of the halyard and the cunningham (where fitted). The primary advantage of adjusting the cunningham is the speed and ease with which the luff tension can be changed while sailing or racing. By either hauling or easing the line, the tension in the luff can be changed, thereby shifting the point of maximum draft of the sail forward or aft respectively, optimizing sail shape—and therefore—performance. It is a fine control which is used more frequently on racing sailboats than on cruising or day-sailing boats.


Name: Lin & Larry Pardey;

Boat: Talesin

Talesin: Lin & Larry Pardey

Talesin: Lin & Larry Pardey

Name: Joshua Slocum;

Boat: Spray;

First to solo circumnavigate: 1909

Spray: Joshua Slocum

Spray: Joshua Slocum

Name: Tania Aebi

Boat: Varuna

First and youngest (18) woman to solo circumnavigate (1985)

Varuna: Tonia Aebi

Varuna: Tonia Aebi



First Line in Moby Dick?

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago – never mind how long precisely – having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.


Who wrote this and the title?

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking,

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

Answers: John Mansfield . Sea Fever


Who Wrote and Author? Where were they?

Water, water everywhere
And al the boards did shrink
Water water, everywhere
Nor any drop to drink.

Answer: –The Rime of the Ancient Mariner; Samuel Taylor Coleridge:  They  were in the Horse Latitudes or Sargasso Sea.

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