BEACON, NY — The Beacon Sloop Club hosted a “work party” on Saturday, April 6, to prepare its sloop, the Woody Guthrie, for the sailing season. The club’s founder, Pete Seeger, had the 47-foot boat built as a scaled-down replica of the 106-foot Clearwater, which shares its name with a nonprofit organization Seeger founded. The Woody was launched in 1978 and the Clearwater in 1969. On weeknights during the summer, the club offers free sails for up to 12 members of the public. “We don’t take passengers; we take guests,” according to club president Susan Berliner. The sloop’s five captains and its crew are all volunteers. The 2019 sailing season begins with the club’s annual Strawberry Festival on Sunday, June 9, from noon to 5 p.m., at Beacon Riverfront Park.
Tim Lamorte is an award-winning journalist who has spent more than two decades documenting life along the Hudson River.