Welcome New Science Director, Ali Hogue

We are all excited to welcome Ali Hogue as our incoming Science Director and Assistant Program Director!

Ali grew up in North Attleboro, where she spent her childhood exploring the woods with her dog (and visiting the Cape, of course!) Her parents now live full time in Wellfleet, where she has joined them for several summers.

Ali studied biology and Spanish at Colgate University. She researched invasive earthworms, lifeguarded, picked vegetables at a CSA farm, and sailed with Colgate’s club team. She spent an unforgettable semester abroad in South Africa’s national parks, where her team studied everything from aquatic snails to butterflies. Ali worked at Seacamp in the Florida Keys, where she taught sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, diving, and marine science using a fleet of floating classrooms. She also worked at Cape Cod Sea Camps for 3 summers, where she was the Department Head of Bay Sail for the day camp. She has dabbled in just about everything else…baking, boat maintenance, philanthropic work, and guiding scuba divers in Australia. She loves working with people of all ages and walks of life, especially on the water. She’s a USCG Launch Tender, a US Sailing Instructor, and a PADI Divemaster.

Most recently, Ali has been living in Jamaica Plain and working in a malaria research lab at Boston Children’s Hospital. While she loves JP, she is thrilled to get back to working outdoors and the Cape. Ali spends most of her time with her sheltie, Rudy. She also likes to run, cook, read, watch documentaries, fuss over her houseplants, and travel. Ali can’t wait to get the PBCB community as excited about science as she is!

Ali will be leading Science curriculum development and activities and will also assist Program Director Mike Moore with program planning.  Ali can be reached at hoguea@pbcb.cc.



Waterfront Boat Repair Volunteers and other items needed this spring

I’ve been working on our fleet of motorboats this winter, but soon the weather will break (April) and we will need to get on to boat preparation. This will require re-varnishing tillers for Flying Scots and rudders and centerboards on Sunfish; prepping and bottom-painting all Flying Scots and motorboats; and splicing mooring pennants. Many sunfish hulls need attention. So there is lots that can be done but all weather dependent.

What else can we use?

  • We need 6 additional 100 lbs. mooring anchors with tackle.  This would be 6 @$400 each or $2400
  • 4 – 24” life rings with heaving line for motorboats
  • 6 sets of boat flares @ $36 per four or $216 total
  • 6 boat fire extinguishers @ $25 each or $150 total
  • 10 Jibsheet: 5/16″, 30′ @ $17/ea or $165 total
  • 6 mainsails at $399 each or $2,394 total
  • 4 Marine Fuel Water Separator Kits including fuel line and primer bulb @$50 ea. or $200 total

If you would like to donate toward any of these items above, please click the donate button on our Home Page and type “waterfront” in the note field.  We appreciate your support!

Let’s look forward to a great season and getting back on the water!

Tom Leach, Waterfront





Autumn Speaker Series

October 27, 4PM – Lisa Sette, Biologist, Center for Coastal Studies

Title: Pleasant Bay: Seals in all Seasons.

Presented by Center for Coastal Studies biologist Lisa Sette.

When: 4pm October 27th, 2020

Lisa Sette directs seal studies at the Center for Coastal Studies and is a founding member of the Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium (NASRC). CCS has been surveying seal haul outs in Pleasant Bay since 2008 and has been part of a team of scientists from CCS that have been providing outreach and education programs through

the PBCB summer programs for young students.  Lisa will present on the long term monitoring project in Pleasant Bay and other seal projects underway at the CCS.

Zoom Info:

Topic: Lisa Sette Seal Talk at PBCB

Time: Oct 27, 2020 03:45 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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Opti Sailing Ages 8-15

We Love Optis!


Last spring, we brought two Optimist prams that were in the rafters back to life. It was not long before a few of our instructors, like Eddie Goggin, and some of our little skippers were reliving a faint memory or experiencing an exciting, new to them, sensation. Afterall, the single-handed “Opti” truly is sensational for when you climb in one… you are in command! What this means is you are the skipper, you are the crew, and you need to learn what makes a boat sail and fast.  A tiller extension and hiking straps allow a young sailor to “hike out”. This can be crucial to maintaining the boat in near horizontal disposition during heavy air, allowing greater speed through the water. What a blast!

It registered very quickly, that if PBCB could organize a small fleet it would make an ideal transition boat between our Flying Scots, Sunfish, 420’s. The Opti is no slouch, due to its inherent stability, unstayed rig, robust construction and relatively small sail, the boat can sail in winds of up to 20 knots.

The word got out through social media and by summers end, we received donations of five of these late model dinghies and parts in decent shape. So, the PBCB Optimist Pram program is born and we now offer afternoon Optimist classes three day per week. These sessions will build on the elements of the rules of the road, fleet racing, with the goal of learning basic team racing, 3 on 3.  We are really looking forward to making this tick.

Sign up for the Opti fleet here


Can’t wait for Summer 2020!
Tom Leach, Waterfront Director