Captain Ed's Sailing 

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Issue: #101

February 16 2016

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               Captain Ed's Sailing

 Today Is Guy Mannarino's Birthday he has now turned 31 twice. I never thought that I would start a newsletter with those words but I have been writing a story called a boat is a boat which describes how we grew up in Tewksbury and what we would classified as a boat. 
 This idea actually started a few years ago with Debra Theodore who came on the Bella Donna for a sailing lesson. She always dreamt of being able to sail a boat since she was a little girl and interviewed me in detail as to what possessed me. 
 I myself was crazy about flotation, I would nail stacks of wood from my dads shop together into the shape of boats and ships and float them in the puddles at the Shawsheen School across the street from my house in Tewksbury, MA,. As I got older I would make my way down to the river to try and find away to float to the other side because that is where the fish were. If something was floating I had to attempt to turn it somehow into a boat, a gas tank from an old car I found out made a terrible boat, and tipped over as soon as I tried to ride it.
 Patience some how paid off. One day a old oil tank boat floated down the river from the next neighborhood up stream. This boat was an old oil tank that some one cut in half put a board on each end and one in the middle. The kids in my neighborhood claimed this rusted chunk of sharded steel as our boat and played with it most of the summer until it either floated away or someone down stream stole it to use as theirs. I remember four of these floating marvels coming down the river so someone up stream must have the ambition to cut at least two oil tanks in half. Eventually one of these boats ended up in Guy Mannarino's yard and sincehe lived right on the Shawsheen River it was taken care of better and we had it for a while longer. 
 Guy lived in the woods so his whole neighborhood became a construction sight, which under the cover of darkness supplied us with enough building material to fabricate our own boats that ended up being these triangle shaped boats just about possibly four to six feet long. It would take us a few days to build these boats, I believe we built two and they were made to sort of float by covering the seams with roofing cement. Guys mom supplied us the turpentine needed to clean us up after that part of our construction phase. We would spend our days during the summer constantly playing on the river, we would play sink the bismark as we would try to sink each other.
 It was a great adventure that we had as kids and our parents let a lot slide because we were playing out doors. 
This is where my love of boats started, Debra Theodore's started young as well, she emailed me a few weeks back that she bought a small sail boat for herself this past fall.
 If you have the inclination towards boating especially sailing this is a great time to start thinking about maybe a sailing lesson with Captain Ed's Sailing whether as a Family Hands On Sailing Adventure or as a group lesson we can serve your boating needs.

 If you are thinking of sailing with Captain Ed's Sailing this summer this is a good time to  start thinking about reserving your spot since the weeks of summer will fill up fast.
Count down to Spring
  Next on the list will be the New England Boat Show at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, February 13th through February 21st. This is a good reason to get out of the house and start thinking of boats and summer.
The next great reason to get up and out of the house would be the Merrimack River Eagle Festival which will be held a little later this year, on Saturday, March 5, 2016.( In the past snow storms certainly interfered with this event). Make sure to dress warm as it can still be pretty chilly here in Newburyport. you can check out their web site at
Shortly after the Eagle festival spring will be upon us! Boats will need to be uncovered, painted, prepped and  launched! Then we can really get excited about summer, which is as you can see not far away!
 Thanks again for a great 2015 sailing season.
Captain Ed

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Captain Ed's Sailing has been doing charters out of Newburyport  Massachusetts since 2005. Well over 200 people have gone through either a Basic Sailing , a navigation class, or a family hands on sailing charter. We offer hands on sailing instruction in a very relaxed easy to understand manner.


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Edward Casazza
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