On a brisk December Saturday sixty-two members and guests attended the December 10th luncheon at the Damariscotta River Grill in Damariscotta, Maine. This event, one of our most popular, may have set the attendance record for a standalone GMP gam. In the privacy of the entire second floor of the restaurant there was plenty of time to take advantage of the bar and to mingle before lunch orders were taken. Following lunch Post Captain Maggie Salter welcomed the group, especially the newest members Dale Bruce, Gene Gardner (who couldn’t attend), and Gust Stringos. Then after describing the future GMP events that she has planned she introduced Boston Rear Commodore Bob Morris to present the 2014 Vilas Prize to Zdenka and Jack Griswold for their article "Kite Crossing the Indian Ocean from Indonesia to South Africa" which was published in the 2015 issue of Voyages, the first opportunity to present the prize since the completion of their circumnavigation.
No strangers to Voyages, Jack and Zdenka have written about their circumnavigation in numerous issues, earned the cover photo in 2013 Issue No. 55, and have another story ready for the next issue. Zdenka has been an Editorial Advisor to Voyages and now having completed the circumnavigation Zdenka and Jack Griswold have agreed to become the Co-Editors of Voyages offering relief to Dale and Doug Bruce who have edited the magazine, with great professionalism and success, for the past seven years and will be putting out the next issue as well.
Zdenka and Jack were probably the reason for the high attendance and they put on an informative slide show and talk about their seven year circumnavigation, going back and forth between each other giving both perspectives. The Griswolds and their Valiant-42 Kite left from Maine and their route took them from the Caribbean to Colombia and through the Panama Canal, across the South Pacific to New Zealand, Australia, SE Asia and then across the Indian Ocean, around the Cape of Good Hope, up to Trinidad and back to Nevis where they crossed their outbound track. Lots of details of the trip can be found in earlier issues of Voyages.