Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Summer Sun

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Nov TSCA Meeitng


Saturday, October 23, 2010

November TSCA mtg

The regular monthly meeting will be held on Olympia at Penn's Landing. RSVP so i can get a head count.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oars Shipped

picnic on the river

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Out Rowing

Friday, October 15, 2010


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Pete Peters gave a good talk on sailing tactics. I nominated Ted for Pres, Frank for VP. Pul for Treas. Bill will con't as sec. Next mtg at the Dragon. Elections.

Presentation: “Efficient Catboat Sailing Skills”, by Pete Peters (Lecture 1 of 2)

- Key parameters:

o Length

§ Hull speed = (Length in Feet) x 1.34

§ Disproportionate energy needed to exceed hull speed

§ “make boat as long as possible”

o Weight

§ Lighten as much as possible

§ Inertia hinders acceleration

§ Greater wetted surface = drag

§ Center as much as possible

§ Remove water in the boat – bail!

o Lift

§ Bernoulli’s principle – air moving over curved surfaces

§ Lift off wind

§ Lift found in sail, centerboard, rudder

§ Rudder – a little weather helm generates lift

o Balance

§ Center weight in boat

§ Maximize waterline, maintain level (fore/aft and port/starboard) by shifting crew and content weight.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

TSCA August

Have been busy with SILENT MAID and crew duties since the last post but actually have made two meetings.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

MAID in Manhattan

SILENT MAID is in the basin at Manhattan Sailing Center, down in the Financial district. Has some instructional sailing with a group of young people. These sails are always fun with new foredeck hands an back stays and helmsmen. I can see how the old navy state, then repeat the command is beneficial.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Drove the crew to Beaton's Boatyard to resume the journey. They are headed for New York City. I am driving the car back home.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

Night Row

Have not had the sail up this spring yet, but have had two very peasant sunset pulls on the river. Tonight's was on a flat outgoing flood tide.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


On the move. Centerboard will be in this week.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Monday Orange

FISH STIX bottom primed by Ed and Bill,, who also 8 sided gaffs. Lots of consultation on setting up the spar taper jig. Pete and Mike running them down. Nice photo essay by Paul G. Paul S. helped me true the taper jig. Here are some pix on the TSCA facebook page

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March TSCA

A Beautiful diminutive Cradle boat by Andy.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Worker Bees

Monday this week brought eight members out to spar, sand, and tape. Good friends helped set up the dado so she was ready to rip and teams of two got staves milled for five masts, planed three gaffs and routed one boom.

Bow Tie Elegance

SILENT MAID Silent Maids new blog
Guys uniform is bow ties and boaters, white dress shirts and khaki shorts. Girls ? I am guessing white linen and lace.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How to Build a Tuckup in One Easy Step

TOFU in progress
(some years ago)
Photo of a photo from the collection of John Brady

Monday, February 15, 2010

Seven Member Monday

Using a batten to layout the taper for a Tuck-up gaff. Lots of spar work got done tonite.

Guess Who

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Seven members came and worked on spars and FISH STIX rubrails.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

TSCA February Meeting

Meeting at the Seaport, topic, ELF sparmaking, John Brady.