___________________________________________________________ 2019 Second Annual "First to Lunch Sail" to the Wequassett Inn & Resort
September 1st gave us fair winds and following seas as eight boats sailed to the Wequassett Inn & Resort for lunch. Skippers and crew included: Helen Kelsey and Dida Hagan (organizers), John Kelsey, Gail Brier, Bill & Maura Terrell with Michelle, Phil & Ellen Dickinson and Mal Bornemeier, Jill Klein, Paul Desrosier, and Tony Davis. The sailors were met by the resort's shore crew who were exceptionally friendly and helpful, shuttling people to and from moorings, making space on the dock and even retrieving a hat that had blown overboard! And, we were knocked out at being greeted dockside by a lovely lading holding an elegant tray of Prosecco cocktails! We never expected such a gift! It was wonderful to find an ample table ready and waiting. The charming wait staff was the very model of professional kindness and flexibility with last minute preparations. A very special thanks to Mark Novota, Managing Partner for making our sail and lunch such a special event.
___________________________________________________________ 2018 Debut "First to Lunch Sail" to the Wequassett Inn & Resort
Namequoit Sailing Inaugurates New Event
South Orleans, MA-August 17, 2018: Namequoit Sailing Association (NSA) held what was a new sailing venue as part of its adult racing program. Dubbed the ‘First to Lunch’ the event entails NSA boats travelling from Namequoit Point to The Wequassett Inn & Resort and back along the lines of the well established ‘round the world’ yacht races. “We wanted to give the contestants the opportunity to stop mid-way” said Vice Commodore John Laurino, “to take advantage of the splendid facilities afforded by The Wequassett and to let the skippers meet and greet fans watching from shore. The event was a huge success and we anticipate growth in participation in the coming years” said Laurino. Inexplicitly, the race ended with a tie for first place among four contestants. “This has never happened before” said Laurino. We doubt it will be repeated again in the annuals of NSA racing lore”.
Dida Hagan, Jim Nathanson, Carol Hayward & Helen Kelsey