December 7, 2019 is the date for the annual GMP gathering at the Damariscotta River Grill in Damariscotta, Maine. The bar opens for a social hour at 11:30 followed by lunch from the menu. Following lunch our featured speaker, Rachel Slade, author of Into the Raging Sea - The Sinking of El Faro, will talk of the many stories behind the story.
Read this book ahead of time - as a CCA member and mariner it will make you angry. Yes, the story is that a ship sank in a hurricane with the loss of its entire 33-person crew mostly because the Captain misjudged, but there is much more to it. The stories behind the story include corporate mismanagement, chain of command traditions, personalities, morale and job insecurity, regulations that allow 'grand fathering' of existing equipment, and more.