Here's The Latest News from SEAS Monmouth
as of June 29th, 2022
SEAS The Breeze Work Session Scheduled
Small Boats Are Available
The Rhodes is in the Water
Safety On The Water
July Basic Sailing Class
Thursday Evening And Sunday Sunset Sail
Columbus Day Weekend Chesapeake Bay Cruise
and Cruising Course
Small Boat Day Coordinator Needed
Skipper Qualification Process
SEAS The Breeze Work Session Scheduled

Calling all volunteers to work on SEAS the Breeze. Maintenance and repair work begins on SEAS the Breeze starting this Thursday at 1 p.m. and continuing every day except July 4th until the boat is ready to launch. SEAS the Breeze is located in Morgan Marina, 8000 Gondek Drive, Parlin. Enter the marina, turn left, go about 300’, the boat is on the left. Also contact Matt Montanari – montanamcs@hotmail.com – with your availability and to confirm work schedules. More dates will be announced as work progresses.

Small Boats Are Available
Both Harpoons are in slips at Marina Bay Marina (B dock). Sails for Harpoon 2 (slip B6) are in the cuddy and a good cleaning is still needed.

The daysailers - the two Americans - are in the water, rigged, and ready to go.
To reserve these boats, contact Small Boat scheduler Jim Buonincontri at jbuonincontri@comcast.net or 732-925-0574.
The Rhodes is in the Water
The Rhodes is available for activity sails every Wednesday and Friday through the summer. The Rhodes is in the Atlantic Highlands Marina and the suggested donation is $20. As skippers sign up, the TBD status will be changed to the skipper and their contact information so folks can make a reservation.

Skippers should contact Bobbie McArdle to sign up for a sail.
Safety On The Water
Safety is everyone’s responsibility while on the water on SEAS boats or ashore on SEAS activities. "If you see something, say something”. That means if you see something that is unsafe, or not following SEAS Monmouth Safety Guidelines ask a question of the person in charge. There are incident reports on the website that are to be completed whenever there is boat, property, personal injury or anything untoward happens. These can be filled out by anyone, not just the skipper. But the skipper does have a responsibility to complete and report all incidents in a timely manner. Failure to comply with the safety guidelines may result in the suspension of a skipper and well as the potential to have skippering responsibilities rescinded. SEAS Monmouth Incident Report

July Basic Sailing Class
July Basic sailing class through Brookdale Community College is being held remotely via zoom. There is one spot left in the class The dates of class are 7/11, 14, 18, 21 with the water session on 7/16, 7/23. So if you don’t want to travel to the college this is the class for you. To register please go to https://ce.brookdalecc.edu/public/category/programStream.do?method=load&selectedProgramAreaId=1014087&selectedProgramStreamId=1014123
Thursday Evening And Sunday Sunset Sail

Every Thursday evening sails on the daysailers from Marina Bay Club. Time is generally from 5:30 - Sundown. As the season progresses, the starting time will be earlier. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. No reservations required. Contact Greg at 732-856-2073 for information about weather or expected availability of seating. Suggest donation as:
- $10.00 for member
- $15 for non-member

Meet Location:  Marina Bay Club Condominium Parking Lot - 580 Patten Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Extra Parking Location: Kelly's Landing Marina (Next Door)

Sunday Sunset Sail is this Sunday July 3rd @ 4PM
Check detail on SEAS Monmouth calendar:
Columbus Day Weekend Chesapeake Bay Cruise and Cruising Course
What getting away was meant to be …

Although the summer is just around the corner, it's not too early to begin thinking about our annual Columbus Day weekend Chesapeake Cruise and Cruising Course, especially given the tough year we’ve had with Covid. Before you know it, the summer heat will be subsiding, the autumn winds will be picking up, and the Chesapeake will once again be calling. Autumn Chesapeake sailing can be a really exciting experience! Every year this cruise is a fun-filled adventure, and a great sailing learning experience.

This year SEAS has four boats, including two boats for the cruise and two boats for the cruising course. Crew sizes will be 5 people on a cruising boat, and 6 on a cruising course boat, including two instructors. This makes for great social events at boat raft-ups and going ashore! You may remember sitting at dockside restaurants in Annapolis, St. Michaels, or even New Jersey, watching boats dock and sailors work, wondering what it would be like to be part of it all. Well, here's your chance!

The itinerary will begin on Friday evening, October 7, with your arrival at the boats in Rock Hall MD's Haven Marina, perhaps after a day at the Annapolis Boat Show just across the Bay. We will depart on Saturday, October 8, for our three-day cruise, returning on Monday, October 10, in the late afternoon. We'll spend one evening with our four boats tied together and anchored in a quiet cove watching the sunset and sipping cocktails, and the other evening at one of the Chesapeake's bustling ports – Annapolis, St. Michaels, or Baltimore Inner Harbor.

The cruising course is designed to give you the experience and training you need to serve as crew on larger boats, whether you’ve never cruised before or were just a “passenger.” In the four classroom sessions and three days on the water, you’ll learn about navigation, anchoring, using the radio, plumbing and electrical systems on a boat, safety, clothing (what to bring), weather, using the engine, steering the boat, docking (how to use dock lines and fenders), sailing (what are all those "extra" control lines for?), living on a boat and much, much more.

The cost of the three-day cruise is $397, plus a $268 refundable security deposit. The cruising course is $464 (which includes all course materials and course fee), plus a $223 refundable security deposit. The per-person cost of food and incidentals is extra (approximately $40-50).

If you're interested in the cruise or cruising course, contact Ray Kimber at raykimber@comcast.net or 732-809-3718. For more information about each, including an application, go to Cruising/Cruising Course Application.

Special note about COVID:
We’ve all been doing our best to stay safe during this pandemic, and we at SEAS Monmouth want you to be safe and feel safe during these cruising activities. In this spirit we’re requiring that all of our cruise and cruising course participants have completed their vaccination or vaccination series at least two weeks prior to the cruise date (October 8) with any one of the approved vaccines. In addition, you may wear a mask at any time during these activities.
Small Boat Day Coordinator Needed

Small Boat Day Coordinator - this role can be shared between several people as we hold small boat days on 2 Saturdays and 2 Sundays or an average of 4 per month from June through October. The coordinator of the small boat day schedules skippers for the sloops, a safety boat operator along with someone to tow the laser trailer over to the site. They arrange for a greeter to check in our members and guests, and coordinates the sailing time to allow everyone to get an opportunity to get out sailing. The coordinator doesn’t have to be able to skipper the boats but rather needs about 1 hour during the week to schedule everything. This is the gateway for new members to learn about the club and members to get out sailing and meet others. It would also meet the 4 hour volunteer requirement asked of our members. 
Consider signing up to coordinate 1 or more days to continue our very popular program which benefits so many. 


Please contact Ti Zhang at tizyuq6355@yahoo.com
or Karen at Commodore@monmouth.sailseas.com for more details.
Skipper Qualification Process

Over the winter, Jeanine Linse and her committee put in many hours developing a new skipper qualification process, and they recently completed the task. Coming up soon will be a meeting to present the new process to the membership. Watch this space for the details of that meeting!
The long awaited new skipper certification process is going live! The new process is posted on the SEAS Monmouth website on the Polices, Manual, Forms page. Skipper Certification Process is the policy. There is an excel file with the same content as well Skipper Certification Process Spreadsheet. Each level has a skills checklist that a prospective skipper should review and assess their competence before completing the Skipper Certification Checkout Request. The completed request and attached documents should be submitted via email to SCCommittee@monmouth.sailseas.com. The SC Committee is in the process of being appointed but will be ready to go within 2 weeks. All levels of skippers are being asked to consider a request to perform a minimum of checkout as approved by the SCC. Additionally all levels of skippers are being asked to accept a minimum of 1 mentoring sail assignment as approved by the education committee. 
Additional content will be uploaded as completed later in the month which describes Incident Process including the investigation, potential suspension of skipper status, remedial action, and potential permanent removal of skipper status. 

Please address any questions on the process to commodore@monmouth.sailseas.com for the time being.
We need speakers and/or topics
for our monthly meetings
If you know someone who can present a topic of interest to SEAS members, or if you attended a meeting somewhere else that had a presentation that you think would be relevant at a SEAS meeting, please let Joan Venezia know. If you are able to speak with the person about coming to a SEAS meeting that would be great, but if all you have is their name and contact information, with some background information about their topic and where you saw them, email it to Joan at joan.venezia@hotmail.com and she'll take it from there!