Float Hauling 2019

Float Hauling 2019 Video

A perfect fall day to haul the floats.  Thanks to the nearly 30 people who spent Saturday morning caring for our floats, ramps, flagpole, chairs and…  …for bringing the donuts and coffee.  Ever wondered what the process looks like – see the drone footage in the video below.  (Thanks Tony Federici!)

Newsletter Extra: Tuesday Night Dinners / Stewards

A couple of additional items that didn’t quite
make it into last week’s newsletter:

Tuesday Night Dinners are Back! 

Starting July 2nd and every two weeks through the summer, RIYC is bringing Dog Watch Catering to the Club.  A minimum of 30 signups are necessary, so please RSVP for the first dinner before June 29th by contacting Linda Rambow 860-908- 2470 (lerambow@hotmail.com).


5:00 to 7:30
Dog Watch Catering
$22 per person; includes:

      • BBQ Chicken & Ribs
      • Dog Watch salad
      • Green beans and baby carrots
      • Corn bread with maple butter

BYOB your own appetizer and dessert!

Put down your table cloth on one of our new picnic tables and bring your own favorite beverage.

Yacht Club Stewards for 2019 

Tristan Steele (returning from 2017) and Ben Dellacono will share responsibilities so the club has coverage 7 days per week 8 am to 5 pm, except Thursday when coverage will be until 8 pm to support the picnic. They will monitor channel 9 on the VHF if you would like assistance docking a boat. If you need other assistance while at the club, don’t hesitate to reach out to them. We anticipate they will be available until the end of August. If you have questions about their duties, please reach out to John McCrea or Frank Conahan.

Tristan Steele

Tristan Steele lives in Noank, Ct. and went to Marine Science Magnet HS and will be a senior at Roger Williams University majoring in Psychology and Minoring in American Sign Language. He enjoys hiking, learning, listening to music, and being on the water.



Ben Dellacono

Ben Dellacono is from Stonington, CT. He went to Avon Old Farms high school in Avon, CT and will be attending Holy Cross this year as a freshman to play baseball and study business. In addition to working at Ram Island Yacht Club, he is a member at the Watch Hill Yacht Club.

RIYC June 2019 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Gary Annino

We are all very pleased with the significant progress we’ve made this month:

There is a Special meeting @ RIYC on Thursday 6/27/19 @ 17:30 to review and vote on the previously distributed bylaw revisions.  It’s important to note that the Board felt strongly that we first needed to clarify the existing bylaws and place them into effect.  If approved, we would operate under this version for a period before substantive changes to the bylaw are considered.

The next exciting news is that the Board approved a new mission statement for the Club based on input from our members, recent surveys, and workshops. It also considered mission statements from other clubs.  We are excited to share the new mission statement:

Ram Island Yacht Club is a volunteer-run association of members whose mission isto promote mutual enjoyment of boating and related activities.
We do this by:
      • Attracting and maintaining a cross-section of enthusiastic individual and family members who actively participate in this mission;
      • Sponsoring and supporting boating, social, instructional, and educational events; and
      • Maintaining facilities and operations for safe, convenient access to water activities for generations to come.

We are excited to complete this important step toward solidifying our long-term strategy for the Club.

Last – the Ideal 18s have arrived at the club and are awaiting rigging & launching. To support this, we are working on the necessary processes to support the program (qualifying sailors, solidifying the sign-up & access protocols, and defining the programs we are anxious to support). Of special note, The Essex yacht club has donated two sets of sails to RIYC to assist in getting our program operational!


Report from the Entertainment Committee – R. Denman and D. Kennedy

The month of May witnessed a Frugal and the annual Pot Luck party, both well-attended and in-the-black. Many thanks to all the hosts and crew members who volunteered their time and energy to put those events on the map! Additionally, thank you to the Trustees for hosting the annual Memorial Day Picnic (nice weather!). June is well-underway with a well-attended Frugal in our rear-view mirror (thank you hosts and crew!) and soon upon us is our annual Past Commodore and New Member Party on the 22nd. We look forward to seeing you give welcome to the new and give thanks to those for their past helmsmanship of the Club.

Stay tuned as you’ll be hearing about our inaugural Docktails Party (July 6) for which we will be inviting members’ boats to come to the pier, raft up and consider featuring‎ a ‘signature’ beverage or appetizer snack (and there will be a limited ‘bar’ and appetizers on the pier). There’ll be some coordination through our Dockmaster and Stewards on this, so again, stay tuned!

Denise and Rodney

Report from the Junior Program – A. Bergendahl and R. Warn

Our sailing Instructor, Martina (from Argentina), will be in residence starting yesterday. Please give her a warm welcome.

Reminder that boat check day is this Saturday, June 22 from 8-10am.

The program starts Monday, June 24!

We are going to try something new this summer. We are offering a Laser clinic Monday nights from 5:00 to 7:00. And then running races at 5:00 on Thursday nights. All are welcome. All you need is yourself and a Laser. The clinic will be taught by our instructors. Cost is $225 for members and $275 for sponsored non-members. Clinic will start the week of June 24th and will go seven weeks, the last week being the week of August 12th.

Contact Ann Bergendahl if you are interested, 860-460-3909.

You are reminded to please drive slowly down Front Street and keep an extra eye out for little ones during the busy summer.

Lets have a great summer!
Ann and Rob

Thursday Nights –  T. McLoughlin

Tina McLoughlin has arranged for 4 food trucks throughout the summer. It will be in the newsletter and website, and the Secretary will send a special email blast on the Tuesday prior to the Thursday Food Truck.

Celebrate Artist Y E Soderberg  at Mystic Museum of Art

Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA) invites RIYC Members to enjoy a private viewing of ​Soderberg Unfurled! Y​ E Soderberg, artist, longtime resident of Mystic, and an avid sailor in our waters, achieved national recognition for his lovingly depicted maritime scenes including dramatic etchings of America’s Cup races. Join us after hours for drinks, light appetizers, and inspiration!
More details.

Report from the Race Committee – Race Ashore – T. McLoughlin and Race Afloat – M. Solomon

Just a reminder this month regarding race afloat that the race has moved to Saturday this year. This means the SI pickup and cookout will be Friday evening, with the main party starting at 5PM on Saturday after racing.

Report from the House Committee – F. Bohlen, F. Haberlandt, M. Lettrich (C. Connor – Beautification)

  • The south-side locker door project is on hold for a few weeks while the fabrication and installation team members tend to personal commitments. The project is expected to complete this summer. The support of members to open and empty lockers in support of the installation effort is much appreciated.
  • Painting of the walkway overhead and installation of additional overhead lighting is being discussed.
  • Dressing the existing lower cinder block wall will be addressed in conjunction with Long Range Planning (LRP) recommendations for parking lot repaving.
  • The next significant project will be to refurbish cosmetic and other deficiencies in the outside bathrooms.

Strategic / Long Range Planning – B. Powell, F. Haberlandt and J. Watson

The initial meeting of the Facilities subcommittee was held on Tuesday, 21 May with a follow-up meeting on 4 June. Based on the F. Bohlen white paper documenting house and grounds elevations and forecasted tide levels out through 2050, initial priorities are being discussed. While detailed recommendations are yet to be developed, the results of a 2011 strategic planning initiative have provided valuable perspective and candidate projects. The next meeting of the LRP Facilities subcommittee is scheduled for Tuesday, 18 June.

Cruise News – Stan White

Spring/Summer: July 12 – 14 Shelter Harbor (dinner at SHYC) and 3 Mile Harbor or Coecles Harbor (Saturday). Moorings at SIYC contact Tammi office@siyc.com

Fall: September 8 – 10 Block Island; Island bike ride and dinner out one night.

Please let Stan White (swhite151@gmail.com) know if you are thinking of joining either or both cruises.


We have added a new topic for the newsletter where Members may post, for one newsletter, an item they wish to sell. The item must be marine-related and the information to be sent to the RIYC Secretary must include:

  • Member Name
  • Member contact information
  • Detailed description and condition of the item wishing to be sold
  • Desired selling price


No listing this month



Viper Regatta this Weekend

Just a friendly reminder that we are hosting the Viper 640 regatta with our guests at RIYC this weekend.  There will be five boats visiting – one wet-sailed and at the dock Friday & Saturday and four dry-sailed on trailers Friday & Saturday nights

RIYC Wins 2018 Boatwright Trophy

RIYC was invited to compete in the Boatwright Invitational Regatta among with Stonington Harbor Yacht Club and Wadawanuck Yacht Club on July 21, 2018.

The Boatwright Regatta is an invitational event hosted by the Wadawanuck Yacht Club and the Boatwright Trophy is awarded to the club who had the lowest cumulative score for all one-design classes and each club provided a one design class for competition.

Each boat finishing a race was scored points equal to her finishing place.   All participants must be adult members (21 or over) in good standing with their respective club.

There were three one-design classes. RIYC provided the Blue Jays thanks to Andy and Mary Giblin as well as Paul and Carol Connor.   The WAD Club provided 6 lasers and SHYC provided three ideal 18s. The Teams representing RIYC were:


Ideal 18 Dave Nickerson, Moise Solomon, Gary Annino
Blue Jays Paul and Carol Connor
Lasers (2) Carl Fast and OJ O’Connell

The competition was steep but the elements were in our favor. The breeze came up greater than 10 knots and that was sufficient to propel RIYC to victory.  We look forward to defending our win of the trophy next year. We believe that there will be more clubs present and they will be anxious to take the cup!

Great Volunteers Make for a Great Salle Evelyn Regatta

With some unstable weather on the sound, the RC held this year’s Salle Evelyn regatta in the mooring area SE of the clubhouse.  With thirty Club 420s, a pair of Blue-Jays and a crew of volunteers, it was loads of fun.  

Race committee consisted of PRO – Carol Connor, Gil Millsom,, Val Fast and Kelsey Conahan, Anne Wilkinson and Ann Bergendahl, with the always wonderful Chuck Chorlton on the mark boat.

Austin LaFrance Regatta a Great Success

84 Optis Sailors Have a Great Day On the Water

The Austin LaFrance Regatta was well attended with 84 registered sailors in the Green Fleet with Bob LaF & Carl Fast as the RC & the White, Blue, Red fleet led by Carol Connor & her team of Ann Bergendahl, Gil Millsonm, Val Fast & Linda Rambow with 40 boats on their circle in West Cove. 6 races were sailed in breeze from 4-12 knots.

Pretend Newsletter for June

Letter from the Commodore

We need to personally thank Matt Nelson from First T

racks Marketing for this efforts to help our new website.  He was much more useful than Rush Hambleton, who was pretty much a slouch.

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Please drive slowly on Front Street – tell a friend!

Please remember to drive slowly on Front Street

Our neighbors on Front Street, many of them fellow members, remind us that the narrow road frequented by junior sailors can be a dangerous place when cars speed.  Please drive slowly and have the courage to ask others to slow down when necessary. 

45 MPH
is a great speed for Front Street.