On my trips to the Akron library with my family, I encountered a few training sessions of the Akron Power Squadron designed to train the uninitiated in operating a water vessel.
Through them I found out about the event at which they were planning to host on 3/31 where a design engineer was about to speak about his company and a sail boat he designed himself. The sail boat he designed won accolades in 2012.
Event information (from http://akronpowersquadron.com/wp/?p=736):
April Dinner Registration Closes 3/31 !! Tartan Engineer to Speak!
Posted by Administrator on Saturday, March 16, 2013 ·
CRUISING WORLD MAGAZINE’S
2013 SAILBOAT OF THE YEAR DESIGNER TO SPEAK
AT AKRON SAIL AND POWER SQUADRON DINNER MEETING
REGISTER NOW AT http://akronpowersquadron.com/wp/events/170/general-meeting/
Tom McNeill, Design Engineer for Tartan and C&C yachts, and Lead Designer for the new C&C 101, will speak at Akron Sail and Power Squadron’s dinner meeting on April 4, 2013.
The C&C 101 sailboat was judged “Domestic Boat of the Year” and “Best Performance Cruiser, 30 to 39 Feet” by the Editors of Cruising World Magazine. “The C&C 101 is a true dual-purpose boat that will excel as a club racer and an inshore cruiser,” said Boat of the Year director and Cruising World senior editor Herb McCormick.
The C&C 101 is built in Fairport Harbor, Ohio by Tartan-C&C Yachts and is now racking up awards both for design and on the racing circuit. Born and raised in the Cleveland area, McNeill has deep roots in the Cleveland and Lake Erie sailing community. Attendees will learn how his design along with advanced materials and manufacturing systems came together to yield this exciting new sailboat.
The dinner is at Prime 93 Restaurant, 4315 Manchester Road, Akron, OH 44319. A cash bar begins at 6:00PM, with dinner served at 7:15PM. Entrée choices are Lemon Herb Chicken, Swiss Steak, Lasagna and Eggplant Parmesan over Linguine. Meat dishes include red skin potatoes and all entrées include salad, sourdough rolls, coffee, tea or soda and cake for dessert. Cost, including tax and gratuity is $20.50. Reservations must be made by March 31, 2013. No walk-ins, please
I’ve grown up in urban settings all my life, so was particularly interested in attending this meetup, so dialed the speaker and was happy to find that he permitted me to video tape his session at the Akron Power Squadron.
In the videos below, hear Tom describe his journey and learn a few things about his company. If you aren’t a sailor yet, watching the videos would at the very least convince you to take Tom up on the offer of getting a free tour of his facility in Fairport Harbor.
- Akron Sail and Power Squadron: http://akronpowersquadron.com
- C&C Yachts: http://www.c-cyachts.com
- C&C 101: http://www.c-cyachts.com/article/article_view.aspx?UID=17838734-c104-4229-a1a2-7c101f99ea4b
- Cruising World’s 9 Top Sail Boats for 2013: http://www.cruisingworld.com/sailboats/boat-reviews/9-top-sailboats-for-2013?page=0,8