Winter Dinner

The Boston Station had a good turnout of 56 people for our Winter Dinner at the Union Club on January 25, 2018.  The venue was a beautiful spot on the 5th floor overlooking Boston Common and as always the Union Club took good care of us with an excellent dinner and good drinks.  After dinner we had a presentation from CCA member and Blue Water Award winner Michael Johnson, who showed slides of his 2013-2014 transit of the Northwest Passage in his schooner Gitana.  Although the long-term trend has been for less ice in the Passage, 2013 and 2014 were two of the most difficult ice seasons in recent decades.  Mike was born in Virginia in 1944 and, after serving in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper trained in Arctic Warfare, he received his doctorate from the College of William and Mary. Mike has sailed all the major oceans, and has circumnavigated via the Southern Ocean from east to west (against the prevailing westerlies), including a non-stop passage without an engine from Rio to Easter Island around Cape Horn. He has the rare distinction of having won the OCC's Barton Cup twice.