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For the benefit of all slipholders, a copy of the Wharf developer's transition plans with graphic depictions of the Phase II, PUD plan is now in the laundry room. Please feel free to look at but leave the books there for other slipholders to also be able to review. This is similar to what can be found on the Wharf website, but may be easier for some to access.


Nov 4, 2012

October Peg Leg Award (AKA Peggie) - Celebrating Community at Gangplank



GPSA started a new tradition this year called the Peg Leg Award to better recognize the strong sense of community that makes living at Gangplank Marina so special. That sense of community exists due in no small part to the small acts of kindness that slipholders impart to one another on a regular basis. 

We decided GPSA should create an award to recognize these deeds that form the foundation of our community. The award would be called the Peg Leg Award and be given in recognition of being a good neighbor. Why a peg leg? Because we live on boats! And because we think that a good neighbor often provides support beyond what we are capable of doing alone.

Past Peg Leg Award winners include Jess and Travis (January) and Justin and Liz (April). As in the past, we selected five nominations randomly from a hat, and read each one aloud at the meeting. The fifth nominee was selected as the winner of the Peg Leg Award. To recognize as many neighbors as possible for their wonderful deeds, we decided to post all of the nominations below.

The October winner was GPSA President Jason Kopp. Jason has served as GPSA President for 4 years and led the GPSA during the negotiation process on a liveaboard management and transition plan with the District and SW Waterfront developers. Jason will be able to proudly display the Peggie as he chooses until we present our next Peg Leg Award at our January meeting!


Peg Leg Award Nominations for October 2012

Winner: Jason Kopp
Boat: Argo
Why: Jason saved our community!
By whom: Thom Hartmann – Freedom

Other nominations:
Name: Gene Day (and Bob from Bob & Stacy H dock sailboat)
Boat: Adios on A dock
Why: He helped unload literally a giant pile of lumber from my rental truck, working for hours together with me until very late hauling heavy crap down the docks. Bob, too.
By whom: Eve

Name: Jason
Boat: F dock
Why: Tirelessly working for us via GPSA to secure our future on the waterfront with the developer, city, etc.
By whom: Darrell F dock

Name: Justin & Liz
Boat: C dock
Why: they always come to the rescue. Car repairs, printer help, you name it.. Jiz is there ready, willing and able to help.
By whom: Eve (who often needs rescues)

Name: Jason Kopp
Boat: F dock
Why: He has gone out of his in a major way to build a sense of community, not just in Gangplank but in all of Southwest!
By whom: I am 5+ year liveaboard who sees a much brighter future for us all thanks to Jason.

Name: Tonya Nichols
Boat: B-07
Why: helped organize quite a few marina events. Reached out to other neighborhood organizations for volunteers.
By whom: marina employee

Name: Justin Chambers
Boat: C-7
Why: Spent the better part of a day working on the JECAR (formerly JETCAR) fixing the clutch, saving us quite a bit of money.
By whom: Joe & Eve

Name: Darrell Fields
Boat: F dock
Why: Has never said no when ask to do a favor or help………
By whom: F-17

Name: Diane Jones
Boat:
Why: Houseboat tour organizer
By whom:

Name: Bill and Diane
Boat: F dock
Why: Diane and Bill gave their all to have a successful 2012 home-boat tour. The tour was a huge success this year, mainly due to the efforts of Bill and Diane (and of course, all the slipholders that participated). Bill and Diane spent a huge amount of time starting at the beginning of the year planning for this great event. Not only did they reach out to the community through various press releases, emails to blogs, flyers, and word-of-mouth; but they also paid attention to the little details, such as, flowers for the check in tables, sandwiches for the volunteers, the humorous and informative booklet, pennants to identify the boats, and of course, the awesome after-party.  From all of us at Gangplank Marina, you arrgh great!
By whom: H-26, Concatemer II

Name: Diane and Bill Jones
Boat: H dock
Why: Great job running the 2012 boat home tour! Seemed like a great event and got lots of great exposure for the liveaboard community, especially among SW neighbors. So many visitors on Saturday said they always walk by and wonder what it’s like to live on a boat at Gangplank, so it was great to be able to invite people inside! People also really seemed to like the “passports” they could get stamped – neat idea! It was a really positive community event – thanks to Diane & Bill for pulling it off!
By whom:

Name: Julie Waesche
Boat: I-dock T
Why: Watching Quinn during boat tour….
By whom:

Name: John and Laura McLaughlin
Boat: A-dock (Panacea)
Why: Provided a temporary boat-home for us and our kitties for a month while our boat was having work done.
By whom: Liz & Justin C-7

Name: Jason
Boat: Argo
Why: All around awesomeness
By whom: Mark H-28, your humble servant

Name: Roger Thiel
Boat:
Why: Sunday coffee for years and years, for being a regular and reliable and decent member of community and for all his delightful idiosyncrasies.
By whom:

Apr 13, 2012

Make this Saturday a DC Waterfront Day!

The SW Waterfront seems to be bustling with activity these days. Last weekend we had an amazing time celebrating the SW Waterfront Fireworks Festival as part of the centennial National Cherry Blossom Festival. This Saturday (4/14) we have another busy schedule:
If you haven't been down to the SW Waterfront recently, be sure to stop by on Saturday. 

In fact, why not make Saturday a DC Waterfront Day?

The weather should be absolutely gorgeous the entire day. Come to the Southwest Waterfront in the morning to help with our AFF cleanup site (9AM-noon).

Grab lunch at one of the local restaurants (Cantina Marina, Station 4, or Z-Burger or any of the great new eateries in the Navy Yard neighborhood, where Justin's Cafe is having a Block Party!)

Then, pick one or two major events where you'll spend your afternoon/evening:
However you choose to enjoy DC's Waterfront communities today, be sure you have plenty of time to make your way back to the SW Waterfront around 7PM to attend the Titanic 100 Commemoration!

Looking for a unique form of transportation to enjoy your DC Waterfront? Consider using American River Taxi for your water commute! 

Below are some additional details on our SW Waterfront AFF Cleanup site and the Titanic 100 Commemoration. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!





Titanic 100 - A Commemoration at Waters Edge
 Women's Titanic Memorial on Washington's Southwest Waterfront
Fourth and P Street, SW
Saturday, April 14, 2012 at dusk
                                                                                  
                                                                    
WHEN:     Saturday, April 14, 2012 at dusk

WHERE:   Women's Titanic Memorial on Washington's Southwest Waterfront, 4th and P Sts, SW 

WHAT:     Commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic

  • Hundreds of images of the Titanic, her construction, crew, passengers, rescue and history of the Titanic Memorial will be projected will be projected 50 feet high
  • 1,517 luminaries will line both sides of the Southwest Waterfront Promenade, each bearing the name of a passenger and crew member lost in the disaster.
  • Period music will be played throughout the event.
  • At 9:00PM, a brass ensemble will present a live performance of "Nearer My G-d to Thee," the last song played by the ship’s musicians as the Titanic sank beneath the sea.
  • There will be no speeches.  The Southwest Community sees this as an opportunity for those who have been moved by the story of the Titanic to gather together and – at the waters edge -- be immersed in one of the most enduringly fascinating and epic events in maritime history.
HOW TO GET THERE:  The Titanic Memorial is a 5 minute walk from Metro's Waterfront Station.  The Titanic Memorial is located at the Promenade Park at 4th and P Streets, SW.

Learn more about the history of Titanic Memorial and its designer, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, at www.swdcheritage.org/titanic100

Apr 7, 2012

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival

Good Morning, DC!

We look forward to welcoming you down to our neighborhood for the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival today. If you haven't seen the latest schedule of events, be sure to check the National Cherry Blossom Festival website.

The following food trucks will be serving deliciousness all day:
  • Fojol Bros
  • Red Hook Lobster Pound
  • Takorean
  • DC Slices
  • Cap Mac
  • Sidewalk Sweetsations
  • Goode's Mobile Kitchen
  • Tasty Kabob

We'll be posting photos of the event to the GPSA Flickr Feed all day! Be sure to check back often to see the latest.

Remember, the event starts at 1PM, and the first 500 individuals that check-in at Washington Kastles Stadium will receive a free, reusable National Cherry Blossom Festival bag.

See you this afternoon!

Live-updated GPSA Flickr Feed Slideshow:

Mar 30, 2012

Friday Press Roundup - What's it Like to Live Aboard at Gangplank Marina?

We haven't done a big press roundup on the Gangplank Marina community since the Boat Home Tour last summer. However, just as we prepare for the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival next Saturday (4/7), we've gotten some great coverage that we thought was worth compiling for you.

This week started off with a wonderful piece in the Southwester by GPSA board member, Karen Anderson, describing the palpable excitement at Gangplank Marina as the boating community prepares to celebrate the arrival of spring. CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Then, on Tuesday, Kate Barrett Gallery posted an interview with GPSA president, Jason Kopp, on  Neighborhood Nomad. The purpose of Kate's blog is to explore what people, businesses, design, and infrastructure are needed to find the places we identify with strongly enough to call home. With these ideas in mind, Kate begins her post with the following question: "What’s more nomadic and neighborly than a tight-knit community that floats?" We couldn't agree more! CLICK HERE to read the full interview.

The week ended with news of our floating community traveling across international waters to the liveaboard boaters of London via Urban Boater Magazine. This London-based boating magazine decided to contact us to learn about life at Gangplank Marina, and came away wondering why more people don't know about our lively neighborhood that constitutes one of the largest liveaboard communities in the country. CLICK HERE to read the full article, featuring Gangplanker Justin Chambers.

If you want to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings at Gangplank Marina, be sure to check our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed on a regular basis.

We'll look forward to seeing you on April 7 for the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival and the opportunity to show off our Pink. CLICK HERE to check out some photos from last year's Pink Palooza.

Just one small example of the beauty we find every 
day while living on DC's Washington Channel

Mar 18, 2012

Marina in Bloom!

In case you haven't been monitoring our Facebook Page, let us tell you that the cherry blossoms are already popping in Southwest DC! Here are just a few photos:


And amazing art in celebration of the centennial celebration is starting to pop up all around the Southwest Waterfront as well. Whether it's the fantastic public art installations from The 5x5 Project at Gangplank Marina or Arena Stage, boats bursting with pink, or preparations for the April 7 Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, it seems that something exciting is happening every day. We'll try to keep you up to date on the latest, so be sure to check back often. In the meantime, here are some photos of what we've seen around the marina during the last couple of days:

Mar 4, 2012

Preparing for the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival



We've been busy lately doing all sorts of exciting prep work for the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival. Our latest effort was a proof of concept for some lighted cherry blossoms we hope to produce in vast numbers to help transform the marina with pink on 4.7.12. Check out the shots from our prototype session above.

If you don't have April 7 marked on your calendar already, make sure you add it now! The Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival will be huge for the centennial anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. We'll have 8 full hours of programming that will culminate in spectacular show of fireworks brought to Washington DC directly from Nagaoka City, Japan. For an example of the amazing fireworks shows that Nagaoka puts on every year, watch the video below:




More info on the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival can be found below. We look forward to seeing you at what will surely be one of the highlights of the National Cherry Blossom Festival this year in Washington DC!

Jan 16, 2012

Peg Leg Award (AKA Peggie) - Celebrating Community at Gangplank


Travis and Jess with their Peggie!

GPSA started a new tradition at our January meeting last Tuesday. Recently, our board decided that we wanted to do more to recognize the strong sense of community that makes living at Gangplank Marina so special. That sense of community exists due in no small part to the small acts of kindness that slipholders impart to one another on a regular basis. 

We decided GPSA should create an award to recognize these deeds that form the foundation of our community. The award would be called the Peg Leg Award and be given in recognition of being a good neighbor. Why a peg leg? Because we live on boats! And because we think that a good neighbor often provides support beyond what we are capable of doing alone.

Although the nomination period was just a few days before the first meeting, we received nine nominations for the first award. We selected five nominations randomly from a sock monkey hat, and read each one aloud at Tuesday's meeting. The fifth nominee was selected as the winner of the Peg Leg Award. To recognize as many neighbors as possible for their wonderful deeds, we decided to post all of the nominations below.

We were delighted to present the first Peg Leg Award to Travis Johnson and Jess Dankert. Travis and Jess have done amazing work to make our community a fun, inclusive place to live, including serving on the Bridge of the Port of Washington Yacht Club, and organizing the first-ever Boat Home Tour!

Jess and Travis will be able to proudly display the Peggie as they choose until we present our next Peg Leg Award at our April meeting!

Peg Leg Award Nominations for January 2011

Jess Dankert - because the floating home tour was awesome mainly due to her hard work!

Liz Chambers - is an outstanding neighbor, is constantly helping and supporting the community.

Justin and Liz Chambers - They are great neighbors and always lend a hand when needed

Joe Henderson - Joe helped me get my winter water working. This entailed sharing his plumbing expertise with me, checking my new pump installation, helping me take out my broken water tanks, and rigging up my hoses so that I'd have the water system working. Plus, the same morning he made me coffee and brought me danishes. Thanks, Joe the Plumber!

Mikhael Schlossman - Mikhael came to my rescue when I fell off my ladder and came over, used his EMT experience to check and see if I was OK, brought ibuprofen for the pain, and checked back on me. The next day he went to the store and bought groceries as I had nothing in the house to eat. When I tried to pay for it he suggested I donate the money to the Combined Federal Campaign to help someone else! That's truly paying it forward.

Travis and Jess - For making 2011 an amazing year!

Linda and Phil Stiles - They help everyone on B-Dock. They take care of the holder's boat. They put up the holiday lights on B-Dock. They are always there when you need them, for help with maintenance, watching your boat when you're gone, coordinating dock events and a glass of wine or an ear to listen.

Liz Chambers - Liz and her husband Justin are always helping their neighbors and supporting the community.  Liz was a hallmark of last year's POWYC bridge and highlights this year's GPSA Board.  We are lucky to have such a neighbor.

Roger