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Spring Newsletter
Special Note: The Town of Orleans has the opportunity to vote tonight to allocate Community Preservation funds for the purchase of beautiful beach-lined Sipson Island, providing full public access and making it a prime destination for boaters in Pleasant Bay! Town meeting: 13 May 2019, 6 p.m., article 15. 
News from the Pond
We have a new river launch in service this year, aptly named the ‘Cat Catcher.’ The Cat Catcher has a recently rebuilt engine and will be the main launch for the pond and river this summer. 

Our launch service for mooring customers runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Our team has also been working on replacing the last of the original 1970’s floating docks in time for this season. 

Big physical changes are coming to the waterfront as well. We have begun the permitting process for a repair/rebuild to our aging bulkhead and hope to complete the process within the next two years.

We’re also very excited to roll out our new website this spring, complete with a new look, layout and logo. Keep an eye out, we will be going live soon!

Sailing School Update
This summer will bring major changes to the Arey’s Pond Sailing School as we end our decades long group program for kids. We’re excited to explore the opportunities for expanded private lessons, rentals, and possible charters that will come with this change.

As in years prior, we will continue to offer private sailing lessons with US Sailing Certified Instructors, as well as rentals of catboats, kayaks, and paddle boards. This year we’re excited to introduce an online booking system that will allow students to browse our offerings and book online. We will also continue to take bookings over the phone and in person. 

Employee Updates
Farewell to Michelle
Our purchasing manager Michelle Jewell left the company in April to pursue an academic position in North Carolina. She will be missed! Haley Cedarholm has taken over the purchasing manger responsibilities. 
2019 Spring Seminar
This year’s spring seminar took place on Saturday, April 13th. For those who were unable to attend, we’ve included a recap of the seminar below!

The informational meeting lasted for about an hour and a half and was held in the Sail and Canvas Shop on Cygnet Lane. We began by confirming that the sailing areas in Little Pleasant Bay and Big Pleasant Bay remain the same as last year.

The Chatham Director of Natural Resources, Ted Keon, spoke about the big changes currently happening with the Chatham breaks. The sands have shifted and the 2017 break, north of the Chatham Light, has become the best outlet to use for navigating into the Atlantic Ocean. Although the channel is still open to pass through to Nantucket sound via the inside route, it has become very dynamic. Boaters must proceed with caution and an understanding of the tides and direction of the tidal rips.

Our special guest speaker was Michelle Jewell, a zoologist who specializes in white shark research. She spoke about sharks in the waters of Cape Cod. Michelle wrote her master’s thesis on the predatory behaviors of white sharks while at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. In her presentation, Michelle stressed that sharks do not prey on humans. 
What We’re Working On
Boatbuilding & Finish Shops 
This has been a productive year in our boatbuilding shop. Our new builds include a wooden 16’ Open Cockpit Lynx, multiple fiberglass Open Cockpit and Cabin Lynxes, and of course, our 24’ Custom Catboat. The 24’ Cat is the largest sailboat built at Arey’s Pond. We’re excited to unveil the project at this year’s Wooden Boat Show in Mystic, CT. She will be on display, in the water. We welcome guests to come aboard and experience all of her custom features.
The finish shop, led by Peter Przygocki, has had a productive winter finishing new builds, and completing some major jobs on boats that we maintain annually. 
Canvas Shop 
We thank all of our customers for their continued support of our Sail & Canvas Shop, led by Geoff Cabral. Pictured here is one of the many jobs that Geoff has been working on. These custom, striped cushions were made from scratch. Lining up the stripes perfectly was no easy task, but there’s no one better for the job than Geoff! 
Let the season begin! 
We look forward to welcoming all of you back for another great season of sailing!
Schedule of 2019 Events
Wooden Boat Show - June 28-30 at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT
27th Annual Cat Gathering - August 16-19 at Arey’s Pond. First start at 2:30pm. 
Newport International Boat Show - September 12-15 in Newport, RI

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