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July 18, 2011
Vol 7, No 1-11  


All Ashore Who's Going Ashore


Why come ashore? Why, for the food 'n fun, of course


It's the height of summer, so our August issue talks about the fun and food found along our waterways.


Our contributing editors have outdone themselves. Kate Godfrey-DeMay's lead story, "Framing the Arch," lets you in on the plans chosen by the National Park Service to remodel the grounds of the St Louis Gateway Arch--they're fantastic. 


overall view

Overall view from the Behnisch Team  













Then Gary Kramer gives an excellent overview of the exciting boating scene in Pittsburgh. Two rivers join there to form a major national waterway, the Ohio. In fact, that's why the city's site was selected.


Pburgh waterfront  Pburgh waterfront lawn   

    Marina Day in downtown Pittsburgh, 2009  Photos courtesy of        



Debbie Fox paints a memory picture when she interviews Kaskaskia boaters Joan and Real Vasquez about a cruise
they made to the Gulf of Mexico some years ago.

New Athens New Orleans
Near start of the trip, left, & near New Orleans Photos by R Vasquez

Jeff Dunlap literally shows stunning pictures when he profiles Gary Lucy, one of the most famous painters of river scenes

Great Race
"The Great Race," by Gary Lucy  Photo courtesy of Gary Lucy

Marinas profiled in August are Lake Springfield Marina 

by Kate Godfrey-DeMay and The Breakers of Swan Bay Marina. by Bob Duthie.

Lake Springfield
Lake Springfield Marina, land view Photo courtesy Bob Gordon

 Breakers of
Swan Bay Marina, entering by water
Photo by Bob Duthie

Co-founder of the magazine, Molly Lightfoot Blom, shares a whole different kind of fun when she writes about the Tiger Cruise she and Doug Blom took aboard the aircraft carrier USS
John F. Kennedy when it returned after a six-month cruise following 9-11. Their son served in the Navy. Here's a snapshot commemorating the event.

Big John shot
Petty Officer Blom with his 11-year-old nephew, Max, aboard "Big John." Photo courtesy Molly L Blom
To see a video of the John F. Kennedy, click here


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Two HLB Friends Honored 


Dawn Santamaria and Roger C Taylor get well-deserved salutes 


Back in April of last year, Susan Peterson Gateley  wrote about

Sisters Under Sail, the tall ship sail-training program founded by Dawn Santamaria for young women. She serves as executive director. Now the Boat Owners Association of The United States writes to say that Santamaria was presented the 2011 Leadership in Women's Sailing Award at the 10th Women's Sailing Conference last month in Marblehead, Mass. BoatUS and the National Women's Sailing Association (NWSA) sponsor the award. Here's a photo of the ceremony.



Left to right, NWSA Founder Doris Colgate, NWSA President Joan Thayer, 2011 Award Recipient Dawn Santamaria, and BoatUS Membership Programs Manager Dina Murray Photo courtesy Sisters Under Sail


The news release said, "Leadership In Women's Sailing Award honors an individual with a record of achievement in inspiring, educating and enriching the lives of women through sailing. Sisters Under Sail has the only all-female crewed tall ship in the world, the 110-foot, square topsail, gaff-rigged schooner STV Unicorn, which sails New England and Great Lakes waters."


I couldn't have summed it up better myself. Hats off to Dawn Santamaria!


Another news release from HeartLand Boating friend Ann Pryor, of McGraw-Hill Professional Books , followed shortly. She wanted to let us know that McGraw-Hill's subsidiary, International Marine , is now celebrating its 40th year of publishing "Good Books About Boats," many of which appear in the semi-regular column, Books Aboard.


In 1969, truly a year of highs and lows, Roger C. Taylor, the former editor-in-chief of Naval Institute Press, traveled to Camden, Maine, to launch a new venture, a book publishing company devoted to books about boats. What a radical idea.


Here's how Pryor describes Taylor's method: "Roger wrote and published books about boats, teasing stories and concepts from boat designers and their builders, creating authors out of men without high school diplomas but who had earned their degrees in hundreds of boat launchings. Through books that piqued interest in the sea and the boats on it, Taylor also made sailors out of landlubbers. He often wandered down to Camden harbor at lunchtime, anxious to set sail on his small vessel, feel the pull of the wind on the mainsail. He was a teacher, a sailor, a bookman. He mentored a loyal team of bookmakers and sailors."


Sounds about right to me. Pryor said Taylor stressed "grace, clarity, and simplicity" both in type and in boats, even to rowing dinghies. Forty years on, International Marine represents the "world's deepest backlist of nautical knowledge." Click here to access it.


But wait a few months until the weather turns cool to start reading, OK? Those cool breezes on the water feel really good right now.


Happy Boating!


Lee Braff

Editorial Offices of HeartLand Boating