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It’s Open House at the Monmouth Boat Club this Saturday, and the members of the MBC have an irresistible “sails pitch” for all who’d like to enjoy life from the river-view perspective this summer.

For some 135 years, it’s stood at the edge of the Navesink River — a fixed point of reference to generations of recreational and commercial boaters, but a place often bypassed by the increasingly auto-centric pace of life at the top of the hill. And, while the river’s been known to occasionally make itself at home inside the historic Victorian-style structure at the foot of Wharf Avenue, it’s not every day that the Monmouth Boat Club throws open its doors to non-members.

This Saturday, May 24, the MBC invites the public to an Open House event that offers complimentary cookout food, an inside look at the Club’s seasonal programs, and — wind and weather permitting — free sail boat rides on the river.

Between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, local residents and other interested parties can stop in to the clubhouse adjacent to Marine Park, the better to learn more about summertime water activities — a slate that includes sailing lessons for young mariners (ages 8 to 18) and older salts alike. They’ll be serving up hot dogs and hamburgers on the grille as well, and more details plus directions can be found right here.