2015 Run For the Water
8k Road Race and 5k Family Fun Walk/Run
11th Annual Run For The Water
Saturday May 9th, 2015 10:00am start
Horseneck Beach Reservation, Westport MA 02790
The Westport Fishermen’s Association is hosting their annual 8k Road Race and 5k family fun walk/run. It is a 10:00 am start at the DCR Horseneck Beach State Reservation - Westport MA. Be sure to save the date and plan to join us! This year marks our 11th Anniversary so plan to register for a wonderful community even.t Come out and run a beautiful Flat and Fast 8k course or walk or run a 3 mile course for fun while supporting our efforts to protect & preserve the Westport River and its tributaries and our scholarship and marine education programs.
$20 Pre-registration online at www.racemenu.com (by 05/04/15 or by mail (postmarked by 05/02/15. $30 Post-registration and day of race. We will give complimentary T-Shirts for all pre- registered runners. There will be cash prizes for the top 3 overall and other prizes for best time in the different age groups. You can also download a pdf of the application to send in the mail to WFA Po Box 83 Westport Point Ma 02791 clik here.
The Post Race celebration will include Raffle prizes compliments of our generous WFA sponsors and delicious pulled pork sandwiches complete with a side of coleslaw will be provided by the Back Eddy Restaurant.
For any additional questions or concerns please feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by simply clicking the link at the bottom of any page of this website.
Merit Scholarship Deadline is fast approaching!
The WFA awards up to two $650.00 scholarships to deserving high school seniors each spring. We urge to apply. Members please navigate to the scholarship page on this website for more information and an application to apply.
Save the Date!
Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station Day
May 24th 2015 12-4pm
Plan to join us on May 24, 2015 when we will open our doors from 12-4pm to the public in an effort to celebrate historic preservation month in conjunction with MA DCR Curatorship Program. We will have ongoing tours of the Historic Life Saving Station with discussions on the history of Historic station #69 and the Humane Society Life Saving Service and their role as the rescuers to those who were in peril at sea during the late 1800s.
For event details navigate to the HPLSS Page on this website.
Local Herring Run 2015 Spring Update
Fish Commissioner David Bates was at the herring ditch by Cockeast Pond recently (about a hour after low tide) and found the ditch was quite full of herring waiting for the incoming tide to get up into the pond. He did not smell any of the putrid odors of the past few weeks, and while water clarity wasn’t perfect, it was much better than it had been. No sign of any algae, but it’s probably too soon for that. The water level at Adamsville Pond is down, and the level in the fish ladder appeared to be below the 17” minimum level. No sign of any fish at all using the ladder.
2015 Oyster Stew Supper and Annual Meeting Wrap Up
We had a great evening. Despite the harsh weather conditions our members and community friends came out for a bowl of warm stew and cornbread to catch up with old friends and share plans for 2015. The WFA would like to thank all who attended for your continued support!
We announced at our Annual Meeting the 2015 board of directors are President: Jack Reynolds Vice President: Donald Dufault Treasurer: Tom Perkins and Secretary: Chris Dunn. We discussed our agenda for advocacy and public outreach in the area of protecting our local marine resources.We also spoke about upcoming events at the Horseneck Point lifesaving station. Please see our HPLSS page on this website for more detailed information on upcoming programs and events for the 2015 season.
The Annual Meeting portion of the evening begain just after the supper around 7:30. Our guest speaker Cornelia Dean journalist, author, advocate and educator
spoke about her book "Against the Tide" The Battle for Americas Beaches which
has been widely accepted as the best book that deals with beach policy. Cornelia delivered an informative and interesting talk and slide presentation of erosion of beaches and waterfront properties that line our coastline. She shared studies on how climate changes have and can effect our natural resources and change the landscape in devastating ways. There were a terrific question and answer sessions during and after her presentation. The WFA would again like to thank Cornelia for joining us for the evening and sharing her lifes work on the environment with us.
2014 Wooden Boat Show wrap up.
We had a great weekend! On Saturday around 12:30 we kicked off the event with 3 pilot gigs on-site from Westport, Dartmouth and Newport, that were modified for sport rowing. These pilot gigs were originally designed to deliver pilots out to incoming vessels off the Atlantic about to run aground. Today, pilot gigs are used primarily for sport with about 100 clubs across the globe. The weather was terrific for enjoying all of the small wooden crafts on exhibit on the landing across from the Life Saving Station. The conditions were great for mid October. The crews launched their boats off of Gooseberry Island for a demonstration for all who were present.
Inside the Visitor Center guests were able to talk with Local Author John Conway about his recent book "Buckrammer's Tales" ... adventure with the century-old Buckrammer, filled with ghost stories, mishaps and excitement, of the oldest catboat still afloat. And of course there were a small collection of hand crafted models, antique boatbuilding and woodworking tools and other marine related items on display.
Local favorites, The Spindle Rock River Rats, entertained visitors just
after the rowers returned to shore worth their acoustic fiddle tunes and wonderful
sea shanties. Their performance was the perfect fit for the occasion. Kevin
Allen stopped by from MA DCR Historic Preservation program. He wanted to
deliver in person a new plaque for our efforts to preserve the Life Saving
Station and successfully make it available to the public, in keeping with the
long term lease agreement the WFA entered in with the DCR back in 2009.
The WFA would like to Thank all who contributed to the classic wooden boat exhibit and the visitors who came by in support of our efforts to share the maritime history and talent of our local community and its boat builders and enthusiasts. We hope to see you again next year!
2014 WFA Clambake and Raffle Wrap Up
We had a perfect day for a great bake! Thanks to all who came and supported us again this year. Many thanks to Our Board of Directors, Bake Master Allen Walters and his crew for assuring a delicious bake was served to all who made their reservations in time.
We served a crowd of 170 smoothly although we had a hiccup with the melted butter. Details were noted and quantities will be sure to be adjusted for the future. Many thanks to all who who purchased bar items, raffle tickets and wfa merchandise in support of our efforts of fundraising
The beautifully handcrafted Kaholo Stand Up Paddle board was awarded as the grand finale of the day and it went to Steele Blackall, a Westport summer resident. Steele was thrilled to hear of his prize. He had attended the bake but had to leave prior to announcing the winner. The SUP was delivered that week by boat builders Tom Perkins(left) and Jack Reynolds(right) to the happy winner (middle).
The WFA is truly grateful to all of the sponsors of this years bake. We recognize the continued generosity of our community to help us hold this time honored event. Our 2014 clambake sponsors were, Blount Fine Foods, Buzzards Bay Brewery, New England Promotions, Graphix Plus, Arthur Moniz Gallery, Ten Cousins, Village Pizza, Westport Bait and Tackle, The Back Eddy, Barbara Bates, Laurie Marinone, Lynda Perkins, Howie Gifford, Gelinas Design Studio, Cindy Reynolds, Hay Ray's Farm and Feed.
The 2014 WFA Fishing Tournament Wrap Up
This year's tournament ran from July 10th through the 19th and concluded with a bbq reception and award ceremony at our headqauarters on East Beach Road. Most of the registered fishermen came to the party to pick up their tournament t-shirt and celebrate their recorded catches. All in attendance loved the new location for the after party and were thrilled that we had brought the tournament back after taking a year off in 2013. It was great catching up with everyone and hearing how they made out over the 10 day tournament.
After enjoying the cookout put on by the WFA board of directors and member volunteers we moved on to the award ceremony. We began with the kids division celebrating young 7 year old Zachary Carter who reeled in a 15.30lbs striper and 7 year old Austin Altrich who weighed in a 8.30lbs bluefish. Next we awarded Sue Igler for carrying the womens division by weighing in a 5.15lbs bluefish. Then we moved to the cash prizes when we announced that Chris Daniels was the $250.00 prize winner for landing the largest striped bass which weighed in at 48.40lbs and Robert Berhman who was awarded the $100.00 prize for the largest bluefish which weighed in at 13.85lbs.
Austin Altrich pictured here with his dad David Altrich of Altrich Anglers reeled in the largest striped bass for the youth division.
$250 1st Place Prize for the largest by weight Striped Bass went to Chris Daniels on the left above.
Robert Behrman on the right in the photo above took 1st place for the largest bluefish by weight
and then went on to clean up at the raffle table!
Many thanks go out to Keith Igler owner of Westport Bait and Tackle for being the tournament weigh in station! His wife Sue landed a winning bluefish for the women's division.
The WFA would also like to thank all who participated in our event and all of the sponsors who helped to make our 2014 Fishing Tournament possible and the wonderful event that it was. We look forward to next year!
This years sponsors were:Westport Bait and Tackle Baycoast Bank Boston Lobster Company The Westport Police Association The Westport Credit Union South Shore Dry Dock Main Bait Westport Chiropractic Jim Gelinas Therapy Resource Management K& K Painting Lafrance Hospitality West Marine ( Fairhaven) CMS Tackle Bobs Sea & Ski