WSS-PONY BRANCH MEETINGS AND EVENTS
NY HARBOR NEWS & NOTES
WHAT'S NEW ON THE WEBSITE
  • December edition of the PORTHOLE posted - 2/05/17
  • 2017 PONY Cruise Schedule posted - 01/19/17
  • 2017 Membership Application posted 11/08/16

UPCOMING

February

Friday, February 24, 2017 – 6:00 PM
NAVIGATING THROUGH ICE
Presented by Ben Lyons
Community Church Assembly Room, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan

When WSS-PONY Branch member Ben Lyons left his chief officer position onboard QUEEN MARY 2 in 2008, he set a different course—often, deliberately sailing his ships into ice! Since then, he has become an ice pilot and has worked onboard a variety of vessels navigating in the Polar Regions. Ice navigation is still primarily a visual skill, and he will explain the differences in types of ice, the tools that are available to modern navigators, what the different ice classifications mean and why accurate weather forecasts are so important to those on the bridge. Ben will also walk us through navigating in ice on three different types of vessels: a private superyacht, the ice-strengthened expedition ship NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER, and Crystal Cruises’ CRYSTAL SERENITY on its record-setting Northwest Passage transit in 2016. On the last named, he was an expedition team member.

On and often off terra firma, Ben is CEO of EYOS Expeditions, an outfit that plans expeditions for superyachts and provides the crews to carry out programs that span the world from Antarctica to the Russian Far East and Svalbard to Madagascar. In a recent development, on January 28, 2017, the 43,188-ton private yacht THE WORLD claimed the record for sailing the farthest south any vessel has ever sailed while cruising the Bay of Whales in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. THE WORLD was assisted in this feat by EYOS Expeditions.

Bundle up and come down to our heated assembly room to hear about our speaker’s adventures in the polar extremes.

March

Friday, March 31, 2017 – 6:00 PM
FIRST CLASS CARGO: COMBINATION PASSENGER-CARGO SHIPS
Presented by Bill Miller
Community Church Assembly Room, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan

July

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - Saturday July 8, 2017 2017
PONY BRANCH MEMBERS' CRUISE ROME TO VENICE ON THE QUEEN VICTORIA

Join Fellow PONY Branch members and friends for a 7-night cruise on Cunard Line's QUEEN VICTORIA, a ship that blends classic Edwardian and Victorian elegance with the latest modern conveniences. The ship will depart from Rome's port of Civitavecchia, call at ports in Malta, Montenegro and Croatia, and overnight in Venice. See Here for details.