Saturday Seadog Speakers Series (Winter of 2017)
With the holiday crush behind us, beat the winter blues by coming to Seaford Yacht Club’s annual Saturday Speakers Series. Coffee and donuts will be available at 9:30 am, and the talks will begin at 10:00. The events are free and very much open to the public.
Robert Priseler will kick things off on January 14th with the final installment of his trilogy of Chesapeake Ports of Call, this talk covering destinations in Maryland. Robert’s presentation will be of interest whether you are an “Up the Bay” cruising enthusiast or someone looking for interesting places to visit by car,
Next up on January 28th will be Todd Engelmeyer, a district biologist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Todd will address the issue of invasive plants and animals in the Chesapeake watershed, including what is already there, what might arrive in the near future and what is being done to meet these challenges.
On February 11th, we are in for a treat! Geoff Pagels, retired Coast Guard, will bring stories of Coast Guard Search and Rescue missions. The take away will be lessons learned for boaters to avoid having to rely on the heroics of the Coast Guard.
Jim Shoemaker will complete this year’s program on February 25th. Jim is an avid boating enthusiast, past Commodore of the Hampton Yacht Club and a great storyteller. Jim will take us back to the spring of 1861 when Tidewater Virginia was in turmoil over the pending civil war, and both sides desperately wanted one of the new ironclad ships. Jim will tell the story of the development of the CSS Virginia, formerly the USS Merrimac.
The Club is located at 3108A Goodwin Neck Road in Yorktown. Take Route 17, George Washington Highway, to the Goodwin Neck Road intersection and turn toward the water. The Club will be on your right just past the Yorktown park and launch site. Mark your calendars now. We hope to see you there!
Submitted by Al Cummins