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Road Race Wrap Up

Despite cloudy weather, we had a good crowd of enthusiastic runners and walkers at the 12th Annual “Run for the Water” on May 7th. Chris Jordan from Taunton was the Men’s 8K winner with a time of 28:16 and Annmarie Tuxbury from New Hartford CT was the first female, clocking in at 29:27.  Top local runners were Bethany Daniels from Dartmouth in 4th place and Westport’s Richard Cole came in 4th in the men’s division. In the 5K event, Trish Gardner and Ian Steen, both of Dartmouth, led the field.  Complete race results are here.

Proceeds from this year’s event will help fund the WFA’s scholarship program as well as the Westport River salt marsh study we are undertaking with the Woods Hole Marine Biological Institute and Buzzards Bay Coalition among other partners.

After the race, participants feasted on delicious pulled pork sandwiches and fixings courtesy of The Back Eddy.  The WFA also thanks the rest of our generous sponsors who donated goods, prize money and raffle items that helped make this event a success: D/2 Biological Solutions, J.L. Marshall & Sons, BayCoast Bank, Westport Rivers Winery, Toyota of Dartmouth, Lapointe Insurance, Westport Chiropractic, Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures, Bradshaw insurance, Country Woolens, The Bayside Restaurant, Stop & Shop, Crystal Spring Water, Bittersweet Farms Restaurant, Partners Village Store, Ten Cousins Pizza, New York Bagel, and Graphix Plus.

Community involvement and support is key to our work, so we give a special shout out to all our volunteers and to ‘Team Lapointe’, who came out in force to complete the 5K event. Thanks everyone!

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‘Run for the Water’ on May 7th

The Westport Fishermen’s Association will once again host its 8K Beach Run and 5K Family Fun Run/Walk at the DCR Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Westport MA on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The race gun will sound off at 10:00 am.

Come out to run a beautiful, flat and fast 8K course with ocean and river views or walk or run a 5K loop for fun. All proceeds will support WFA’s efforts to protect and preserve the Westport River and its tributaries as well as our scholarship and education programs.

Complimentary T-Shirts for the first 150 pre-registered runners. Cash prizes for top finishers and other awards for best time in different age groups. Post race celebration will include The Back Eddy‘s famous pulled pork sandwiches.  Raffle prizes for lucky participants will also be offered, compliments of our sponsors.

Register online at or download the mail-in form: WFA race registration 2016

Entry fee is $25 before May 2nd with a $5 discount for WFA members. Late/race day registration is $35.



Salt Marsh Study Intern Position

The Westport Fishermen’s Association is working with the Buzzards Bay Coalition, the Marine Biological Laboratory Ecosystems Center (MBL) and the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program to examine rapid salt marsh loss in the Westport Rivers, which flow into Buzzards Bay. We are seeking  a college student for 8 to 10 weeks this summer to support this study. With guidance from the project partners, the Salt Marsh Intern will be responsible for performing the core elements of a three-part project: develop a historical timeline of salt mash loss and upland land used changes based on aerial imagery, execute a field sampling plan, and perform laboratory analysis of the samples collected.

Job posting:  Salt Marsh Intern PD 2016

April 27, 2016 Update: We are no longer accepting resumes and have begun the selection process. Thanks for your interest.


WFA Boat Building Underway

boat in process jan 16   boat workshop jan 16

Volunteers have been gathering at Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station each weekend since the start of the new year to build this year’s boat for the grand prize raffle at the Annual Clambake in September.  They are making good progress! If you would like to help out just contact us at 774-264-9200 or email [email protected] for details.  


Sailboat for Sale to Benefit WFA

Snark Sailboat for Sale!

The WFA has an almost new Super Snark sailboat, which is for sale with all proceeds to benefit WFA programs. This little gem is easy to sail, very portable and durable. It can hold up to 2 people (310 lbs.) and weighs 50 lbs. Great for river sailing!

Features include a lateen-rigged nylon sail of 45 square feet; aluminum mast, spar, and boom; wood rudder and an integral center sleeve molded into the hull to support a removable wood dagger board. With an overall depth of 12 inches, the sailboat can be stored upright and the boat is described as “car-toppable”. Length – 11 ft. Beam – 3ft 2in. Hull – ABS Armor-clad

When new it retails for $1,144. The WFA is now accepting bids from WFA members and friends until February 7th by sending an email to [email protected] with your bid amount and contact information.

The winning bidder will be announced at the Oyster Stew Dinner & Annual Meeting on February 9th.  The boat can be viewed at the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station by appointment.

Minimum bid is $400. No bids to date.

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Run for the Water

may12_wfa4thrunSave the date:  The 2016 Run for the Water is Saturday, May 7th

The 12th annual “RUN FOR THE WATER”  will be held on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at Horseneck Beach Reservation, Westport, MA.

The Westport Fishermen’s Association will again host this annual 8K Road Race and  5K Family Fun Walk/Run.  Be sure to save the date and plan to join us! Come out and run a beautiful flat and fast 8K course or walk or run a 3 mile course for fun while supporting our efforts to protect & preserve the Westport River and its tributaries and our scholarship and marine education programs.

More details to come.


Westport’s 2015 Classic Wooden Boat Exhibit a Hit

Despite a chill in the air, the Westport Fishermen’s Association annual boat show was a big hit. Throngs of interested visitors were impressed by the fine workmanship of over 40 classic wooden boats and ship models on display at the shoreline by Horseneck Point Life Saving Station over the weekend of October 17 and 18th. Attendees were able to vote for their favorite boat in the exhibit and the WFA is pleased to announce that Bill Kern’s boat, the Mystic Sharpie, built by Westport’s own Scott Gifford was crowned the winner of “Best in Show” on Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday, along with pilot gig rowing demonstrations off shore by the Dharma Voyager team out of Westport, another highlight of the weekend was the presentation of an original 1912 Clifford Ashley illustration to be hung at the Lifesaving Station. Phoebe Chardon was on hand to officially donate her father’s black and white painting depicting three workmen at the ramp of Ship’s Bottom lifesaving station to the Westport Fishermen’s Association.  Clifford Warren Ashley, who lived from 1881 to 1947, was an American artist, author, sailor, and knot expert, well known for his maritime art. The WFA is thankful to Mrs. Chardon for her generous donation. The painting is now hanging in the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station Visitor Center, which is open to the public on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 4 pm throughout the fall.

The WFA is also grateful to two generous residents, Richard Armstrong and Mary Reis, who donated boats to the WFA, which were also on display at the boat show. Proceeds from their sale will benefit WFA programs.  Noquochoke Orchards, Coastal Roasters Coffee, Common Ground Coffee and Head Town Landing Country Store graciously donated food and refreshments for the event.  In addition, Common Ground Coffee, located at 762 Main Rd (next to Village Pizza) is now hosting a Lees receipts box where shoppers can drop off their Lees shopping slips to benefit the WFA.



Sunday September 13th,2015 at the Sportsmen’s Club  John Dyer Road in Little Compton

Get your tickets now for this time honored event. We will be serving creamy hot clam chowder to start at 12 noon followed by a traditional seaweed and rock Bake at 2pm. The Generous Bake is complete with assorted vegetables, meats, and fish homemade brown bread and stuffing. There will be a cash bar serving Beer, wine soda and water. Plan to participate in our  50/50 raffle and have a chance to win wonderful local gift certificates, hand crafted items, and of course this year’s grand prize a beautiful hand built Kaholo wooden touring stand-up Paddleboard. We hope you can join us!

The Regular Clambake is $40 and The Bake with a whole Lobster is $50. Tickets must be purchased in advance and the orders must be received by September 6th, 2015. Please mail your order and check made payable to The Westport Fishermen’s Association, PO Box 83 Westport Point MA 02791, and your tickets will be mailed back to you. For more information about our event and how to make reservations contact us at [email protected].


2015 WFA Striped Bass and Bluefish Tournament Wrap up

The WFA’s 4th Annual Striped bass and Bluefish Tournament was a wonderful success once again this year. The two week tournament started on July 9th and finished up 10 days later with a cookout and award ceremony at the Life Savings Station located just north of Gooseberry Island.

This year’s tournament sponsors were: Bay Coast Bank, Westport Bait and Tackle, Westport Police Association, Westport Credit Union,
Graphix Plus, Signs By Tomorrow, Bobs Sea & Ski, Main Bait CMS
Fishing Tackle, West Marine Southshore Dry Dock Marine, Westport
Chiropractic, Ten Cousins Brick Oven Pizza, New England Promotions, Jim
Gelinas and Boston Lobster Company. The WFA would like to thank all of our local sponsors and all who registered to fish for helping to make this years tournament a success. Thier generosity and community support is truly appreciated!               

During the first couple days the names on the leader board seemed to change hands every couple of hours as the fishing and the weather was near perfect. Then, on day four of the tournament a true giant striped bass was caught by the eventual winner, Jay Sousa, who landed a 46 lb 5oz cow!

Three more stripers, tipping the scales at over 40 pounds, were officially weighed in but none of them could knock Jay out of the top spot. Walter Cass is quickly becoming known as the bluefish king by the other WFA tournament entries as he captured the title for the biggest bluefish for the second year in a row.

Not to be out done Sue Igler also defended her title in the bluefish category, for women, by landing a 10lb 4oz monster bluefish.

The weather was perfect for the cookout again this year. Nearly all of the 45 people that entered were in attendance along with other friends and family to enjoy the homemade clam chowder (Westport River quahogs – thanks Don) and the burgers and dogs that were rolling off the grill. With a table filled with side dishes and desserts to round things out I don’t believe anyone left hungry.

This may not be the biggest fishing tournament in New England and we’re not giving away pickup trucks for prizes but the camaraderie and good spirited competition that has developed over the years during this tournament is truly something special!

This years tournament winners


Zach Carter – Bluefish – 9lbs 8oz

Austin Altrich – Bluefish – 3lbs 8 oz

Trent Sousa – Sea Bass


Sue Igler – Bluefish – 10lbs 4oz


Jay Sousa – Striped Bass – 46lbs 5oz


Walter Cass – Bluefish