We’re Celebrating ALL PBCB Volunteers!

We are fortunate to have many volunteers with wide-ranging interests and expertise on our team. This month we are shining our Volunteer Spotlight on…ALL OF YOU! On a balmy mid-September evening, we threw a party to thank our many volunteers for their service to PBCB and our communities. All enjoyed a wonderful evening of food, drink, friendship and gratitude for all that we have accomplished together. To see a gallery of photos from the evening, click here.

 

PBCB Wows at the “Celebrate Our Waters” Festival–and Inspires a Local Writer!

Orleans Pond Coalition held its annual “Celebrate Our Waters” festival on September 15-17, and PBCB played a starring role. During this weekend of free events and activities focused on the beauty of our waters, we were delighted to provide free sailing to 60 festival participants, many of whom had never sailed, been on Pleasant Bay, nor visited our campus. We all had a blast!
Among those sailing with us was a journalist who set out for her very first sail, accompanied by PBCB volunteer Steve Najarian. She describes her adventure in this

Cape Cod Chronicle article you can read by clicking here.

PBCB Joins Orleans Pond Coalition Festival

The Orleans Pond Coalition’s  “Celebrate Our Waters” Weekend Festival will be held September 15, 16 and 17. This weekend, filled with free events, centers on the beauty of our waters. Enjoy many activities and learn how to become a steward of our valuable natural resources.
Choose from more than 50 activities for the whole family, including kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, nature walks and tours, model sailboats, and a beach bonfire! Have fun and learn how we can all become stewards of our valuable natural resources!  And PBCB is joining in the fun by offering sailing with our instructors! Information on the sailing opportunities will be available at the festival.
Festival headquarters is located at Depot Square, Old Colony Road, in Orleans. Here you can gather information on events and register for sailing.
Click here for more information on the festival.  Hope to see you there!

2017 Cumming Cup: PBCB Makes a Comeback and Clinches 3rd Place!

Under conditions described as “wild and wooly,” the 2017 Cumming Cup was held at PBCB on June 30, 2017. The action and competition was fierce, and in the end, Stone Horse Yacht Club sailed off with this year’s cup. But our own heroes from PBCB pulled off a fantastic comeback from a last-place finish in the first race, to first place in the final (third) race! In the end, they placed third overall. Congratulations PBCB sailors!

Third Year of First Sail!

For the third year, our signature First Sail program introduced third graders from the Monomoy and Nauset Regional School Districts to sailing on Pleasant Bay.

First Sail 2017
During the month of June, we welcomed more than 300 students from Chatham, Harwich, Orleans, Brewster, Eastham and Wellfleet Elementary schools to the campus – and the kids loved it!  For some of them, this was truly their “first sail.”
Through First Sail, students engage with the marine environment of Pleasant Bay and experience the thrill of sailing. We hope many of these new sailors return to our campus during the season and eventually become PBCB members, sailors, paddlers and, of course, future stewards of the bay. We thank the Friends of Pleasant Bay for their generous grant that made this program possible. Click here to see the 3rd grade sailors!

VIDEO: FROM PARIS TO PLEASANT BAY (The Paris Accord, Climate Change & Cape Cod)

In June 2017, 200 people gathered at the Weequasett Inn to hear Rich Delany, CEO of the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) address the risks that climate change pose to the Cape Cod environment. PBCB and CCS co-sponsored the event, which was also the the kick-off for the new organization, the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative (5Cs), formed by twelve Cape-based organizations.
We filmed this important event. Click here to watch the video of the presentation and introduction of the founding members of the 5Cs.

Birding Around Pleasant Bay

Saturday, March 25
9:00 AM -11:00 AM

Join Pleasant Bay Community Boating in association with the Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (MAS) staff for an opportunity to explore some of the best birding spots on the bay!
The largest estuary on Cape Cod, Pleasant Bay is a biologically diverse and productive marine habitat, and an excellent place for birding year-round. Sea ducks and other waterfowl can be seen in large numbers on the open waters and protected inlets of the bay. Additional excursions will be offered periodically throughout the year and announced through this newsletter and our website.

Itinerary
9:00-9:30 AM: Meet at PBCB parking lot
9:30-10:15 AM: Carpool to Jack Knife Cove
10:15-11 AM: Carpool to Scatteree/Allen Point Landing
11:00 AM: Return to PBCB to retrieve vehicles

Cost
MAS and PBCB Members: $7 (contact info@pbcb.cc if you are not already a PBCB member)
MAS and PBCB Member Children 16 and under: Free/Non-members: $14
Non-member Children 16 and under: $5.
Questions? Contact Abby at info@pbcb.cc.