The Nautical Research Guild 2017 Conference was held October 25-28 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Happily, they did not incur any significant damage from the hurricane. We were blessed with wonderful weather, allowing participants who arrived early the opportunity to visit the local attractions.
Thursday started with a tour of the USCG installation in St. Petersburg. We were able to climb aboard two of the ships moored at the base and enjoyed lunch at the USCG galley. The most amazing part of the tour was the overwhelmingly positive attitude exhibited by enlisted men and officers alike. Even the tour guides learned something as Coasties stopped what they were doing to talk to us about their specialty. We concluded this part of the tour with lunch at the USCG’s dining facility, a great meal for less than $8.00!
The next stop was the Florida Institute of Oceanography where we toured the new research vessel, R/V W.T. Hogarth.
Sessions, Seminars and Round Tables
Friday morning was devoted to the technical sessions. Lectures were given by:
The afternoon was comprised of five excellent roundtables presenting seven different topics. Roundtable presenters and topics included:
The members meeting followed the roundtables.
On Saturday, there was a full day of lectures. The morning presentations were:
The NRG 2017 Conference dinner was Saturday night. The highlight was the keynote speaker, USCG Lt. Nyrel C. Allen, who spoke about the USCG’s hurricane preparedness and response actions.
We had a full model room this year, including several scale ship models built by Gus Agustin.