Gundalow Gatherings

7 Dinners, 200 Friends, 1,000s of miles:
Voyaging to islands and rivers near & far.

Please join us for
Gundalow Gatherings
Saturday, April 29, 2017
6pm in the evening

A delightful evening of food, drink & maritime conversation.

All proceeds support the Gundalow Company’s
2017 education programs.
$75 per person ($50 is tax deductible)

Attendees will receive a confirmation and directions to their Gundalow Gathering address in late April.

Questions? Email or call Kait at 603-433-9505

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PaddleQuest - 1,500 miles on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Bay of Fundy and Maine Island Trail in 70 days

Dinner #1 is hosted by Melissa Paly & David Batchelder in Kittery, ME.

John Connelly, President & CEO of Adventurous Joe Coffee

On the cusp of his 60th birthday, former Olympic Canoe and Kayak Team member John Connelly felt the urge to do something that hadn’t been done before. His challenge to himself — paddle the entire length of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail from the Adirondacks to the St. John River by canoe, then switch to a kayak to paddle down the St. John, Bay of Fundy, and cover the 375 mile Maine Island Trail from Cobscook Bay to Kittery. A total of 1500 wet and wild miles, all in 70 days. Get a taste of his adventure, and some of private chef David Batchelder’s home cooking, at the Cutts Island home he shares with Melissa Paly.


Dinner #2 is hosted by Gretchen & David Carlson in Lee, NH.

Gretchen Carlson, Gundalow Company Program Manager

Gretchen Carlson is the Program Manager at the Gundalow Company and has worked both as a classroom teacher as well as captain and program manager aboard several sail training vessels around the country.  She lives in Lee, NH with her husband, 3 children, and an assortment of animals.

In February, Gretchen and her husband David travelled to Cuba as independent travelers for educational purposes. They visited farms, stayed in homes, explored museums, hiked, rode horses and more. This gathering will celebrate everything Cuba with Cuban food and drink, Cuban music,and stories and photos of the country including Havana, Valle de Vinales, and the beach.  Whether you’re planning a trip to Cuba or just want to learn more about this country come spend an evening immersed in CUBA!

Voyage to the Galapagos

Dinner #3 is hosted by Peter & Ann Driscoll in York, ME.

Peter Driscoll, Gundalow Company Board Member

Peter recently traveled to the Galapagos Islands and will be sharing stories of his journey.

Shoreside Landscaping

Dinner #4 is hosted by John & Lee Lamson in Newington, NH.

Mary Cerullo, Associate Director of Casco Bay

Mary is responsible for our publications, public relations, and educational outreach with Casco Bay. She works with communities on BayScaping, an education program on environmentally-friendly lawn care. She developed the Casco Bay Curriculum, creating classroom activities that use our water quality monitoring data and other research efforts. Mary is an award-winning author of 21 non-fiction children’s books on the ocean, as well as a handbook for teachers on using children’s literature in the science classroom. She has more than forty years of experience as a science translator and has developed education materials for NASA, the National Science Foundation, NOAA, the New England Aquarium, and others.

Gundalow Voyages on the Merrimack River: Past & Present

Dinner #5 is hosted by Graham McKay, Executive Director & Master Boatbuilder at Lowell’s Boatshop

Jeff Bolster, UNH Professor of History

Jeff will be speaking about the history of gundalows as they traveled on the Merrimack River. This year, the gundalow Piscataqua will be making a special week-long stay in September on the Merrimack River, with public sails and private charters available.

Shoals Marine Lab: Six Miles Out, Where Marine Science Inspires

Dinner #6 is hosted by Cynthia & Cal Hosmer, and Catharine & Mason Newick, in York, ME.

Jean Seavey, Kingsbury Executive Director of Shoals Marine Laboratory

Dr. Jennifer Seavey is the Kingsbury Executive Director of Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, Maine – a joint facility of the University of New Hampshire and Cornell University. She also holds faculty appointments at both institutions.

Dr. Seavey is an applied ecologist focused on anthropogenic impacts on marine and avian species. Her academic achievements include: two post doctorate positions at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Florida where she studied climate change impacts to coastal ecosystems; Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts in Natural Resource Conservation, where her dissertation focused on the landscape ecology and recovery of the endangered piping plovers; Master’s Degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington and; a Bachelor of Science degree is in Biology from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon.

Before joining Shoals Marine Laboratory, Dr. Seavey held an faculty appointment in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, where she also served as the Assistant Director for University of Florida’s Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory. Personally, She is very committed to the sustainability of our nation’s field stations and she serves as a board member for the Organization of Biological Field Stations and the steering committee of the Northeastern Coastal Stations Alliance. When she is not working, you can find her in or on water- salty, fresh and frozen in a kayak, on skis, with a snorkel, on a bike whatever it takes to enjoy the natural world.  Little known fun fact, she loves the thrill of being dive bombed by the gulls and terns of Shoals!

Viking Voyage on SNORRI - Greenland to Newfoundland

Dinner #7 is hosted by Charles & Sooky Lassen in Portsmouth, NH. Note that this dinner begins at 5:30pm and takes place on Round Island. Ferry transportation will be provided.

Dean Plager, SNORRI Crew Member

I grew up in the Mid-West of Norwegian ancestry. As far as I know none of my ancestors knew anything about boats.  Nonetheless, as long as I can remember I have wanted to sail on the ocean.  My first real chance came in my mid-thirties. I had finished graduate school and was looking for a job teaching statistics.  I sent out about scores of resumes to universities on or near the ocean.  UNH was the sole responder.

In preparation, I took my first sailing course in a Laser on Boulder Reservoir from the YMCA.  One of the students in my first MBA class pickedup from my accent that I was not a native.  When I mentioned my interest in sailing she introduced me to her husband.  He and I spent the next two summers sailing his 19’ O Day out of Newmarket on Great Bay.  My first sailboat was Pearson 26.  After enough trips to the Isle of Shoals I wanted to find new territory.  Through a diving friend, I met the harbor master at Pleasant Point Cove across the St. George River from Port Clyde.  I kept a mooring there for the next twenty years.

After a decade of sailing I could afford, I acquired a Shannon 38 ketch.  Blue water sailing was my fantasy and solo sailors were my idols.  It was another decade before I was freed up enough to do that.  My biggest trip was a circuit of the Atlantic.  I left Portsmouth with two crew members who could sail the boat by themselves.  They swapped out in the Azores for a friend whose sole job was to stand watch when I needed to sleep.  We made it to the Canary Islands.  My first real solo voyage was from the Canaries to St. Lucia.  I had expected to keep on going more or less around the world but realized despite all the preparation I had done I needed some major upgrades.  So I sailed back to Portsmouth.

That winter I learned about a replica Viking ship being built in Maine.  Their plan was to retrace Leif Erikson’s voyage from Greenland to Newfoundland.  I managed to track down the builder, Rob Stevens, on Hermit Island.  He put me in touch with the captain, Terry Moore, an instructor at Outward Bound in Rockland.  He introduced me to the expedition leader, Hodding Carter III.  He said they had a full crew of twelve but he was willing to look at my resume.  I was able to help with the launch and joined in on a couple of test sails out of Bath.  Two weeks before the crew left for Greenland, Hodding called me and asked if I was still interested.  One of the crew had dropped out.  I spent the next four summers (1997-2000) sailing on Snorri and her sister ship Borgundknarren out of the Suunmore Museum in Alesund, Norway.

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