My name is Kenn Sovie, and I would like to tell you about my experience with the Pelagic Sailing Club.
I started sailing when I was 55, after I raised my rather large family and finally had some time on my hands. I purchased a 16′ Catalina sailboat and proceeded to learn the basics of sailing at Quannapowitt Yacht Club in Wakefield. As I became more competent, the mile by half-mile lake seemed to get smaller and smaller, so I looked around for other sailing opportunities. I took advantage of an MIT connection to join their sailing club which, in addition to their Tech dinghies on the Charles, had a 37′ Tartan sailboat, Nevermore, in Boston Harbor. While sailing on Nevermore, I met a cadre of great sailors who taught me the basics of coastal sailing, including a longtime Pelagic member Tom Spettel, who became my mentor.
After MIT sold Nevermore, Tom encouraged me to join Pelagic, where he said I would meet lots of good sailors and be exposed to many types of boats – he was absolutely correct on both counts. I started out as “Crew” and signed up to crew on some amazing trips with experienced sailors, increasing both my knowledge and confidence. After two years, through the contacts I made at Pelagic, I had the opportunity to purchase a meticulously maintained 30′ Pearson. My Pelagic friends helped me through this process, answering a million questions about sailboats and sailing. After a year of owning Taurus, I applied to become a “Boat Owner” member.
Pelagic has monthly meetings during the spring/summer/fall and a full calendar of social events. During the meetings, world-renowned sailors, authors, boat builders, sail makers, and adventurers give exciting and informative talks.
Pelagic also offers informal seminars in the winter on topics such as navigation, weather, canvas sewing, diesel engine maintenance – among others. If you like to sail and want to increase your skills and meet a ton of knowledgeable and friendly like-minded folks, I encourage you to give Pelagic a try.
Member since 2011