Welcome, fellow world travelers!

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Oct 202016

The Circumnavigators Club would like to welcome all of the new visitors to our website based on the recent New York Times article.  We’d like to encourage you to learn more about our historic club. Some links of interest:

Our Goal: Through Friendship, To Leave This World A Little Better Than We Found It.

New York Times article features Club

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Oct 162016

I Crossed the World

How an accidental circumnavigation — with stops in Japan
and Germany — awakened the spirit of exploration in me.

Tour the Waldorf Astoria before its upcoming renovation

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Oct 122016

Don’t miss this opportunity to
tour the Waldorf Astoria

New York City’s landmark, Waldorf Astoria hotel, will soon close for up to three years to undergo a major renovation.
Before that happens, take this unique opportunity to tour our local historic hotel.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
5:30 p.m.

Cost: $10.00


The Waldorf Astoria, 100 East 50th Street, New York City

Send your check for $10.00 to:

Circumnavigators Club
P.O. Box 465
Ramsey, NJ 07446

RSVP by November 1

The 85-year-old iconic hotel has received every United States president since Herbert Hoover and hosted icons like singer Ella Fitzgerald and composer Cole Porter, all while inventing the concept of room service and the Waldorf Salad. The Waldorf Astoria was once the largest and tallest hotel in the world, a must-stay for wealthy New Yorkers and foreign dignitaries. The property was famously called “the greatest of them all” by hotelier Conrad Hilton.

The original Waldorf Astoria hotel was the product of a family feud. William Waldorf Astor opened the Waldorf Hotel in 1893 on the corner of 33rd Street and Fifth Avenue. Four years later, Waldorf Astor’s cousin John Jacob Astor IV opened the Astoria Hotel next door. The cousins ended up connecting the hotels with a 300-foot corridor called Peacock Alley. The hotel’s name was changed to Waldorf=Astoria, with a double hyphen to represent the corridor.

The original building was later knocked down in 1928 to make way for the Empire State Building. Waldorf manager Lucius Boomer purchased the Waldorf Astoria name for $1 and moved the hotel uptown, where it opened at its current address in 1931.

walobbySome fun facts:

Marilyn Monroe lived in the hotel’s $1,000 per-week suite in 1955. A year earlier, Monroe moved to New York City to film “The Seven Year Itch.” She also wanted to take acting classes with Lee Strasberg and to leave behind her more hectic lifestyle in Los Angeles. Monroe filmed her iconic white dress scene on a subway grate just up the street from the Waldorf, at 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue. She and husband Joe DiMaggio split soon after the scene was shot.

Cole Porter lived in the Waldorf Astoria Towers for 25 years and his piano is in the hotel. He played some of his most famous songs in his suite, including “You’re The Top” from “Anything Goes.” His Steinway & Sons piano still resides at the hotel. Years later, Frank Sinatra and his wife, Barbara, moved into the same suite. The Waldorf’s 5-bedroom Cole Porter apartment rents for $150,000 per month, according to the hotel’s website.

In 1971, multi-award winning singer Ella Fitzgerald, widely known as “The Queen of Jazz”, performs her inimitable brand of improvisational jazz at the Waldorf Astoria New York’s Starlight Roof. Fitzgerald famously referenced the hotel’s eponymous Waldorf Salad in her rendition of Cole Porter’s “You’re The Top”.

In 1993, the Waldorf Astoria became an official New York City landmark, joining other major icons like The Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge.

We hope you can join us!

October 2016 Circumbits

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Oct 022016

Dinner with Bertrand Piccard at Yale Club

Past Presidents and members of the Board of Governors of the Circumnavigators Club welcomed 1999 Magellan Award Recipient, Bertrand Piccard on September 19th at a dinner at the Yale Club in New York City.

Bertrand Piccard dinner

Photo Caption: (from left, top row) Secretary Sue Murphy, C. Gordon Whiting, Past President Esther Dyer, Past President Howard Matson, C. Dottie Mink, First Vice President David Mink, Guest Vincent Colegrave. (from left, bottom row) Treasurer George Sanborn, United Kingdom Chapter President Helen Jenkins, Dr. Bertrand Piccard, International President Ellen Parke, C. Kevin Short.


Club members toured historic ship

Circumnavigators and guests toured the newly restored historic Wavertree Ship at the South Street Seaport in New York City on September 27th. Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the Seaport Museum, led a guided tour followed by dinner at the India House. Captain Boulware’s presentation left guests with a newfound appreciation of the life of the ship Wavertree and the importance of the South Street Seaport to modern New York City.

Over the Horizon

Jack Veasy

C. Jack Veasy aboard his yacht “White Star” in Palm Beach

Park Shaw

C. Park Shaw with his wife, Nancy.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of long time member and Past President of the Desert Chapter, Park A. Shaw and Past President of the Palm Beach Chapter John P. Veasy (Jack). They will be greatly missed.





The Last Shot

We asked for photos of snow and ice, and Cynthia Bassett came through with this fantastic shot in Antarctica. Winter is coming!!

We asked for photos of snow and ice, and Cynthia Bassett from Shaker Hts., Ohio, came through with this fantastic shot in Antarctica. Winter is coming!!


Luck to you!




David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

Club Members: Contribute to The LOG

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Sep 212016

The LOG needs your help

The next issue of the Circumnavigators publication, The LOG, is in the works. It will be published in early December.

There are many ways that our members can participate and contribute to this historic magazine, first published in 1910.

All Over The Map…

This column features the comings and goings of our membership. Just drop us a couple of lines about your recent or upcoming travels. As always, a photograph will be appreciated, but not necessary. If you want a feature story for consideration, let us know details of a trip that would interest our readers.


This column features newsworthy events for our members. Have you been elected to a new organization or position? Have you been featured in a publication? Have you received an honor or recognition? Have you written a book or article? Let us know to share with our members.


This issue will feature photos of China. Please send us a couple of your best photos from China for consideration for the cover or photo spread. The photo does not have to be current.


Please submit these items by email attachment directly to David Mink at his email address: davidamink@me.com

Thank you.

September 2016 Circumbits

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Sep 012016
Photo by Richard Perry, The New York Times

Photo by Richard Perry, The New York Times

Come meet The Lady that Circumnavigated the Globe in the 19th Century

The historic Wavertree Ship has returned to South Street Seaport! Take a tour of this 131-year-old ship, enjoy great food and drinks with fellow Circumnavigators. Meet Captain Jonathan Boulware during his engaging presentation on the historic Wavertree.

Join us on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
5:30 p.m. Tour of Wavertree Ship
(Meet at 5:15 p.m. at Wavertree’s gangway on Pier 16)
6:30 p.m. Cocktails
7:30 p.m. Dinner at India House
(One Hanover Square, New York City (a quick walk or cab ride from South Street Seaport)
8:30 p.m. Guest Speaker Captain Jonathan Boulware
Q & A

$80.00 per person (Circumnavigator Members), $95.00 per person (Guests)
(Beer, wine and soda included for entire evening)

Please print and return this RSVP by Sept. 15, 2016.

Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the Seaport Museum, is an enthusiastic advocate for the contemporary relevance of New York’s maritime history. A passionate educator, Capt. Boulware will spin the tale of the 1885 full-rigged ship Wavertree, a circumnavigator herself, and put the ship and the recently completed $13M restoration in the context of modern New York. Part autobiography of his time at sea, part storytelling, and part maritime history, Capt. Boulware’s presentation will leave guests with a newfound appreciation of the life of the ship Wavertree and the importance of the South Street Seaport to modern New York City. The evening will begin with a guided tour of the ship at Pier 16 in the East River, including key aspects of current restoration. Please wear practical shoes (no heels) and plan for steep ladders and stairs. Meet at Wavertree’s gangway on Pier 16 itself.

Come join fellow Circumnavigators and friends for this terrific event!

NBAApic2Young Aviator set for solo circumnavigation

Shaesta Walz, who recently met with Club Governor Angela McLean and  member Matt Guthmiller, is embarking on a venture this fall which, if successful, will make her the youngest woman to fly solo around the world. Members can learn more about Shaesta on her web site www.dreamssoar.org.  Please consider making a tax-free charitable donation to help her on her daring mission.

Luck to you, Shaesta!

New Membership Roster is available online!

A new, user friendly membership roster is available on our website. Just go to the Membership tab at the top of our website and scroll down to Roster, or click here. The roster is for members only so if you do not know the password, please contact Tracy Sancilio at club@circumnavigators.org or 201-612-9100. Once you access the roster page, you will find detailed instructions on how to use the roster. It is user-friendly and is continuously updated by the Executive Director so please make sure to check your contact information and email Tracy with updates.

The Last Shot

In the next month, many Circumnavigator “snow birds” will leave the north and head for warmer climes. This glorious sunset was shot at the home of Naples Chapter member Pat Classen and beckons us to Florida. The Naples Chapter held its end-of-summer retreat, with 68 members attending.



Luck to you!




David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

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