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Porcu-pining for Spring

While it was technically the first week of spring, the weather for last Fridays Gunboat Gatheringcarried the bite of a wet winter wind across the largely ice-shelled waters of Presque Isle Bay. But inside BMCs Boatshop, Porcupines first true public event was plenty warm and cozy with a sense of camaraderie. While we formally announced the Porcupine Project at our annual Ales for Sails event in February, Porcupine had to share the spot light with seven excellent local craft brewers. This time our Schoolship was center stage.

Captain Jamie Trost leading Porcupine's first public deck tours.

Captain Jamie Trost leading Porcupine’s first public deck tours.

Headlined by the formal presentation of a generous anchor grant from Erie Insurance, the Gathering teemed with Downtown and Bayfront neighborslocal sailors from Eries many yacht and sailing clubs, partners from other non-profits, volunteers and crew from our neighbors at Niagara and Scallywag,, as well as dozens of folks eager to get aboard this new projectfilled out some of Porcupines first public deck tours.The night was draped with a true sense of Bayfront community. Or, dare I say, quill-munity?

That is exactly Porcupines goal, to create and strengthen community at every level through a shared appreciation of Presque Isle Bay and Eries History. She may still be a raw hull in our shop, but Porcupines power to inspire was sailing free last Friday. Disregard the blustery dregs of winter. Spring is here, and weve got something special starting to blossom here at BMC. Come check it out.

All best,

Jamie Trost, Team Porcupine, and the BMC Staff

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