Welcome to Spring! It has been a long winter and we know how ready everyone is to get back on the water. With that in mind, we wanted to share with you some of the great events planned. We hope you'll join us for some or all of them!

And if you're making plans with friends, remember it's not too late to take advantage of our "Refer-a-Friend" program! For every fellow boater you introduce to Brewer, both of you will save 5% on your 2014 slip!

Make Your Plans Now to Rendezvous with Brewer

Back by popular demand! For those who missed out last year, Bath, ME and Mystic, CT are again on the list, but so is a brand new destination, New Bedford, MA! Visits will offer social gatherings and the opportunity to explore Mystic Seaport, the Maine Maritime Museum, the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the 172 year old whale ship, the Charles W. Morgan, during her voyage to her original home port!

Members who participate and attend by water will receive a commemorative BYY tote bag and a BYY club burgee! At each rendezvous, attendees, including walk-ins, will also have the opportunity to visit with fellow BYY members, as well as BYY staff. Two designated Saturday social gatherings – a morning “coffee” and an evening “docktail” – will serve as bookend events to busy days of independent exploration and discovery in these fascinating locations. Reservations are required and all bookings are being made on a first-come, first-served basis. Please read on to learn more about each of the 2014 BYY Rendezvous events. Reserve your spot today!

BYY Rendezvous @ Mystic Seaport, June 6-8
Arrive Friday and settle in with other BYY'ers. After breakfast Saturday at the North Pier, Mystic Seaport staff will lead us on a free “behind-the-scenes” tour of the watercraft storage area Saturday morning to view their extensive collection, with the balance of the day open for visiting other parts of the museum. View the historic maritime art museum, live demonstrations of traditional rope making and shipbuilding, lots of hands-on activities and much more! Our “Docktail” Party is at 5:00pm Saturday at the North pier where you can swap stories or make plans for dinner with new friends. Sunday depart or stay another day!

This rendezvous is limited to 30 vessels. To book your slip, call Len Sawyer at the Mystic Seaport Dock Office at (860) 572-5391. Be sure to mention your BYY home port affiliation to receive your Brewer Preferred Card member discount. Note: museum entrance fees are included with dockage for all on board. For general information on this event, contact Lynn Oliver, BYY Marketing, at (203) 653-7095 or at loliver@byy.com. To learn more about this destination, go to www.mysticseaport.org. Click here to see a video on cruising up the Mystic River to the Seaport.
BYY Rendezvous @ New Bedford, MA, June 27-29
Participants will literally rendezvous with the Charles W. Morgan as she makes a homecoming voyage to the port she called home for 60 years (1841-1921). The Charles W. Morgan is the world’s last remaining wooden whale ship! This summer, she will embark on an unprecedented voyage to historic ports on the New England Coast; New Bedford is her first port of call. Rendezvous participants will have access to all of the homecoming fanfare and celebratory events surrounding the Charles W. Morgan’s return to the Port of New Bedford. Concerts, programs, regattas, whaleboat races and parades, a whaling history symposium, public ceremonies, and much more are scheduled to take place over a nine day period, and during BYY’s weekend rendezvous. Downtown New Bedford’s historic sites, restaurants, and famed New Bedford Whaling Museum will also beckon sailors ashore, as will a complimentary breakfast, a scheduled tour of the Charles W. Morgan, and an evening “docktail” with fellow BYY members and local BYY staff.

Space is limited to approximately 20 boats. Slip/mooring reservations should be made at Popes Island Marina, which is conveniently situated within sight of the State Pier where the Charles W. Morgan will be docked. To reserve your spot, please call Debbie Yuille at (508) 979-1456. Be sure to mention that you are part of the BYY Rendezvous group. For general information on this event, contact Adam Plante, Events Planner at Brewer Yacht Yard at Cowesett and Brewer Greenwich Bay Marina, at (401) 884-0544 or at aplante@byy.com. To learn more about this destination go to www.whalingmuseum.org or www.mysticseaport.org
BYY Rendezvous @ Bath, ME, July 18-20
An easy day trip from Brewer South Freeport Marine, BYY members will enjoy a private, informal docent lecture and guided tour that presents the history of wooden shipbuilding as it occurred at the historic Percy & Small Shipyard on the Kennebec River, with additional attention given to the museum’s Small Boat Collection. In the afternoon, participants will board Seguin, the museum’s tour boat, for the Great Ships & Lighthouses Cruise, a one-hour cruise narrated by an authorized Bath Iron Works (BIW) tour guide. The cruise will include a waterside look at the Navy’s newest ship, the lead Zumwalt destroyer, DDG-1000. Once back at the museum, all are sure to enjoy this season’s exhibit titled Eye Sweet & Fair: Naval Architecture, Lofting, and Modeling. In the evening, BYY members will have exclusive access to the beautiful museum campus! All will be invited to gather on the Visiting Yachtsmen’s Building porch over appetizers and “docktails” to enjoy the sound of live music, before heading off to dinner and a look around Bath’s historic Main Street. The city center is just a modest hike, a short boat ride, or a quick cab ride away.

Space is limited to approximately 13 vessels. To book a slip or mooring, contact Christine Titcomb in the Maine Maritime Reservations Office at (207) 443-1316, or at reservations@maritimeme.org. Note: museum entrance fees are no longer included with dockage/mooring fees, but are included with the cruise tour rates. For general information on this event, contact Brewer South Freeport Marine’s Waterfront Manager, Kristin Peterson, at (207) 865-3181 or at kpeterson@byy.com. To learn more about this destination go to www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org.

We’re excited to extend these invitations and hope you’ll join us for one, or more, of our 2014 BYY Rendezvous events. Be sure to make your reservations soon and stay tuned for Rendezvous reminders, and possible additions, via BYY eBlast communications, your Brewer marina’s home webpage, and BYY’s Facebook.

Special Offer from Mystic Seaport

For a limited time, Brewer Green and Gold card members will save 30% off Mystic Seaport Membership! Click here for more information.
Mystic Seaport offers discounts to Brewer members on museum entrance, programs, and overnight dockage. By being a Mystic Seaport member as well as a Brewer member, the discounts are even greater. And there is a continually changing array of events and exhibits, as well as the lure of overnight dockage inside the grounds of the museum. Indulge and delight your inner captain by joining the Mystic Seaport Museum, now at a special low rate, specially for Brewer Customers!

New Partnership with Herreshoff Museum!

Brewer is pleased to announce our new partnership with the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI. Green and Gold card members will receive discounted dockage on overnight stays and free admission to the museum during those visits. They will also receive discounted entrance when visiting the museum by car. The Herreshoff Marine Museum is one of the nation’s historic maritime treasures and proudly offers exhibits about the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., the America’s Cup and the fabulous people and yachts that gained fame around the world. For more info, visit  http://www.herreshoff.org/.

Learn How to Sail Safe

The Storm Trysail Foundation, New York Yacht Club, and SUNY Maritime are running a full-day Safety At Sea seminar at Ft. Schuyler on April 5. This will be a hands-on seminar teaching safety skills including: sailing to and picking up a man overboard, setting storm sails, reefing a main sail, shooting off flares, using a fire extinguisher on burning diesel fuel, drown-proofing while swimming in full foul weather gear, righting a lift raft, damage control, emergency communications, and more.

The course meets the requirements of the Bermuda Race, but more importantly it teaches lessons all sailors can benefit from, even if they only venture as far as across Long Island Sound. You will not fall asleep as a result of information overload. Instead of sitting in a chair watching PowerPoint presentations, you’ll be on a boat, in the pool, fighting a fire, and launching parachute flares. These are activities you don’t want to be doing for your first time when lives are at risk.

The $250 tuition fee covers a continental breakfast, lunch, and a cocktail party at the end of the day. To register online, go to www.stormtrysailfoundation.org. SUNY Maritime is easy to get to from anywhere in the tri-state area since it is just off the highway at the foot of the Throggs Neck Bridge in the Bronx. For detailed instructions, click here.

Brewer Benefits - More than just a pretty marina!

With spring and the new season, you’ll soon receive your Brewer Preferred Member Card. As a Green or Gold card member you’ll enjoy free overnight visits to other Brewer locations, savings on Valvtect fuel at any BYY fuel dock, discounts at local shops and vendors, and with our partners such as Mystic Seaport, the Herreshoff Museum, and Nantucket Boat Basin. We hope you enjoy the benefits of boating with Brewer and thank you for being our customer!

Have a safe and happy 2014 season!
Your crew at Brewer!
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