The 2017 Vallee Summer Meeting was devoted to the Vallee Scholars, the younger generation of basic biomedical researchers supported by the Bert L & N Kuggie Vallee Foundation.  Seven Vallee Scholars and one keynote speaker filled the day with fascinating science. Conversations on CRISPR and Zelda, the lights of Boston harbor, alleles and zebrafish continued aboard the 90-year old schooner, Roseway, that evening.