(October 20, 2005 – Weirs, NH) Local sailor and charter
sailboat captain Larry Tanner is the featured speaker for
the first of the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society’s
“Winnipesaukee Wednesdays” lecture series. The
free program will take place on Wednesday, November 2nd
at 7:00 p.m. at the LWHS Museum on Route 3 in the Weirs.
“Sailing with Captain Tanner” will provide
a fun and first hand look at sailing the big lake on board
the “Queen of Winnipesaukee.” As the owner and
operator of this popular 46’ sloop for 13 years, Captain
Tanner has stories that will interest any lake lover.
Captain Tanner will share his sailing experiences that
range from being caught out on the lake in storms and being
stopped for speeding while under sail. In addition, you’ll
see a short video of sailing the big lake on a good windy
“Our guests always wanted to have a good time,”
shared Captain Tanner. “Some were scared, but they
always came back with smiles on their faces.”
Larry, who sailed with his wife Therese every day from
June through Labor Day, liked to give his guests the “thrill
of a lifetime” and hosted themed events and weddings
on board. Their “Shades of Maui” cruise offered
a Hawaiian meal served by surprise from a little pontoon
boat near Timber Island with everyone dressed in grass skirts!
Guests were from all over the world and “you never
knew who you’d have on,” indicated the Captain,
such as the young girl from Greece visiting in Alton who
turned out to be Princess Radziwell. Other guests included
well-known television journalist Bryant Gumbel and President
George Bush’s bodyguards who came over from Kennebunk.
Built in Clearwater, Florida, the Queen of Winnipesaukee
was a 46 foot Irwin Sloop, 13 tons, 13 feet wide at the
beam, with a ballast of 4 tons of lead and a mast 60 feet
tall above the water. The last time Captain Tanner knew
the sailing yacht was in Venezuela, being sailed around
the world by a young couple.
“Winnipesaukee Wednesdays” is a new lecture
series sponsored by the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society.
The program is free and open to the public.
The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society was established
in 1985 to preserve and promote the history of Lake Winnipesaukee
and vicinity. The LWHS Museum is open Monday through Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. all year and is located directly
on Route 3 in the Weirs, just south of Funspot. For further
information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 603.366.5776.