RIYC May 2019 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Gary Annino

The 2019 season is on!

The club is open and in full swing.  The Board has been busy ramping up for what has all the elements of a great season.

We are planning for the Memorial Day weekend events with full Steward coverage.  The picnic is scheduled for late afternoon to allow everyone to enjoy the holiday as they wish and ring in the summer properly as the sun sets.

The Board of trustees decided to extend the Ideal 18 pledge drive until the end of the month.  At the time of this update, the financial gap is ~$4,000, meaning we have pledges from club members for $12,000.  I have been impressed by some of the feedback ranging from “I’d love to take sailing lessons” to “we don’t have a boat in our lives right now and we’d really like to get on the water…”.  Probably the most impressive thing to note is that most of the donors own multiple boats and yet they feel passionate enough about exposing others to the water that they have made significant pledges.

If we can get 13 members to pledge $100/year for three years ($300 total) we will meet our goal.

I hope to see you all at Memorial Day picnic,

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

Entertainment is reporting on two parties.  There were 101 attendees at the Commissioning Party and 81 at the May Frugal.   The Entertainment Checking Account is managed by the Entertainment Committee, is separate from the General Fund, and is not reported on by the Treasurer each month.  However, the Treasurer oversees the Entertainment Account through the Balance Sheet and reconciles monthly.   The goal each year is to break even or end up with some extra money to cover the cost of the Annual Meeting.  There is currently a positive balance.  The Trustees will review the balance in this account after the summer and determine how any excess funds should be spent.  The recently held Potluck Dinner was a success and will be reported in full next month.

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

We’ve hired Ben Wilkinson as a sailing instructor.  Registrations are coming in nicely.   The program starts Monday, June 24.

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.

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

We have officially changed the party time to 5pm-7pm.  The 5pm party start is consistent with start times for other Regatta parties.  To help ensure everyone is clear on the timing, we will:

  • Announce at Memorial Day Picnic
  • Update the NOR
  • Provide an announcement in the Newsletter
  • Update the website
  • Mention in Race Instructions
  • Send a special email blast to RIYC members
  • The Commodore will send a special note out to the Commodores from other yacht clubs

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

The House Committee met on 8 May to update project status and establish priorities for ongoing work.

  • The south-side locker door project is in progress. The “build” team (Dan Spear) and an “installation” team (Jon Lathrop, Ed Dieckerhoff, Jim Rymash) will continue with the project through Locker 14 at which time there will be a break while team members attend to other commitments.  The project is expected to be completed this summer.  The support of members to open and empty lockers at  short notice of the installation effort is much appreciated.
    • Painting of the walkway overhead and installation of additional overhead lighting is being discussed.
    • Options to improve the appearance of the existing lower cinder block wall will be investigated.
  • Lattice work at the riverside ramp has been completed.
  • Upstairs heating vent covers have been sanded and freshly painted.
  • Plumbing repairs to replace the outside toilets and to repair the upstairs shower (approved last year) are complete. The next significant project will be to refurbish cosmetic and other deficiencies, including replacing the exhaust fan, in the outside bathrooms.
  • The six additional picnic tables (total of eight) have been assembled and are on the lawn.
  • The eight additional Adirondack-style chairs (total of 12) have been received and are on the lawn. The chairs will be “branded” to discourage the chairs from walking.
  • Replanting of the bed to the left of the front door is complete. The exterior light fixtures have also been replaced.
  • House will work with the Fire Department and alarm service to make sure that alarms are in working orders. In addition, House is also checking on the emergency chains in the outside bathroom to assess their function and correct as necessary.
  • Members will have the opportunity to pay to have their boat names on the new director’s chairs.

Bylaws Subcommittee – A. Leger

Amy Leger has received and made all updates.  Once all changes are finalized, the Board will schedule a special meeting.  The Board will send a letter highlighting high level changes, as well as pdf’s of the new documents, with reference to finding the existing Bylaws online.  The Board will indicate, based on the level of comments received, the Board will determine when to schedule the meeting.

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

The initial meeting of the Facilities subcommittee is scheduled for Tuesday, 21 May.  A white paper documenting house and grounds elevations and a forecast of tide levels out through 2050 was prepared by F. Bohlen.  We are seeing repetitive parking lot flooding events and this paper provides a basis for making informed decisions addressing resiliency of the club and its property into the future.

Mission Statement Process Discussion – the Trustees received a draft mission statement for review and discussion at the next meeting.

Report from the Waterfront Committee – S. Turner and M. Champney

The floats are in and parts of the Main pier have been repaired as mention in earlier updates.  The flagpole is up and waterfront is opened.  The Chairs will be monitoring the docks throughout the season for any repairs as needed.  The ladder on the floats will go in when it is closer to Junior Sailing Time.

Resignations 

Last Voyage

New Members

  • Peter Austin and Lena Holleran-Austin
  • Benjamin and Cristina Connell
  • Sara Kimball and family
  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Maltby
  • Yev Rapoport and Hannah Wilson
  • Matt Schoman
  • Danielle Smith

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.

Fun Stuff

In 1996 RIYC rebuilt the seawall in front of the Club. Wes Maxwell and Paul Connor were the designated sidewalk superintendents.

FOR SALE

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

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RIYC April 2019 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Gary Annino

Greetings.

As announced under a separate email – the board of trustees agreed to partially support a three-year lease of two Ideal 18’s to provide access to sailing for its members (adult learn to sail, Ladies & Men’s inter-club racing, introduction to keel boats for Juniors, and as an attraction to new members).  There is a financial gap to make this a reality. With the generous support of six “angel” donors, we have covered approximately 1/3 of the $16,000 financial gap.  If you have interest in supporting this effort, please contact me directly with any questions or how you can pledge assistance.  The current plan is to have full funding for this effort by next month’s Board meeting or end the pursuit. Please keep in mind that effort is in direct response from the survey feedback received from the membership.

Next, I’d like to thank the Board members and club volunteers for the recent flurry of activity as we get ready to commission the club for the season.  Please take notice of the rebuilt floats, freshly cleaned carpets, new waterfront doors, Adirondack chairs, picnic tables and soon to be constructed replacement locker doors.  These upgrades certainly help the welcoming appeal of the club.

Last, having just returned from Charleston Race Week, I’d like to mention how many friendly RIYC faces were at the event.  It’s a long trip from our area but what was even more amazing was multi-generational RIYC representation which made it so meaningful.  While there were many RIYC representatives present, I’d like to make a special shout out to Sarah Wilkinson who was available via text for on demand local hospitality recommendations.  Every call and excellent choice and extremely well-orchestrated by a young lady preparing for college finals.

I hope to see you all at commissioning!

Name Badges

A special notice to anyone wanting to order a name tag. Send and email by April 29th to Stan White (swhite151@gmail.com) with the name(s) as you want them to appear and indicate a magnet or pin backing. Send a check directly to RIYC in the amount of $7.50 for each pin ordered.

Report from the Entertainment Committee – Rodney Denman and Denise Kennedy

Thanking all volunteers–and patrons! Our last two Frugals (3/6 and 4/3) have been very successful with strong attendance of 120 and 104 respectively. We genuinely thank the hosts and crews whose efforts resulted in record-attendance events! Additionally the hosts and committee for the 4/3 Frugal ended up donating the food.
Our Commissioning Party will be soon upon us (4/27) so please remember to RSVP if you haven’t already.
As we all look forward to floats and boats and social activity at our Club, please remember that our events survive and thrive with volunteer effort. Many of our upcoming events this year have ‎already received gracious commitments–thank you! There are still others that need the help of those who perhaps haven’t been able to commit yet, but please do…we value your help.  Lastly, as the waterfront begins to ‘heat up’ with the need for ice for coolers and cocktails, your cash contributions to the Club’s ice cash-box are needed and appreciated! See you at Commissioning!

Report from the Junior Program

Junior Sailing – Ann Bergendahl and Rob Warn

Sign-ups are under way for our summer youth sailing program!  If you know a child  between 6 and 16 (member or non-member with a sponsor) that might be a good fit, please direct them to our website or have them reach out directly to us. Space is limited so sign up soon.
We have hired a college student from Argentina. Her name is Martina. She comes with a strong background in Opti/420 racing and coaching. She will be living in the apartment. Please make her feel welcome when you see her.
We still need instructors. Send them our way, if you know of anyone. Part time available…  Ann and Rob

Report from the Race Committee

Race Ashore – Tina McLoughlin and Race Afloat – Moise Solomon

The Committee Chair met with Matt Curtiss and in addition to providing all of the materials from prior years, he suggested two items for consideration.  1)  Matt strongly encourages us to consider changing the Race Ashore start time to 5 pm instead of “sometime after 2:30”. Masons Island and the Mudheads both start their parties at 5 pm.  Additionally, Matt thinks it would be much easier for all of the volunteers if we have a set start time.  It has  been previously discussed and the Board was concerned that people might leave if the party is significantly later than the end of the race.  2) Matt also suggested that the club purchase a device (such as Square One) so we can accept credit cards.

The Board agreed that the start time for the party is up to the committee.  There were some concerns that the start time may be a bit late; but it was also pointed out that the race is taking place on a Saturday so there is not as much need to start early.

The Board encouraged the committee to explore the cost of devices to process credit cards and return with additional information.  The understanding is that these would be used to collect party payments, not sign-up fees.  The device would be available for other events – the percentage remitted to the vendor may be an issue.

Thursday Nights:  T. McLoughlin

Plans are underway and there will be at least visits from 4 Food Trucks!

Practical Guide For Race Committees

Bob Austin-LaFrance will use the club on April 24 to hold a “Practical Guide for Race Committees” seminar.  There are no fees involved in the class.  It will be oriented towards interested members of ECSA.

Report from the House Committee – Matt Lettrich Frank Bohlen and Fred Haberlandt

  • Installation of the riverside lower deck doors is complete.
  • Professional cleaning of the carpet and other areas completed Thursday, 4/14. There was a follow-up field day Saturday (4/14), with focus on the kitchen.  The support of those that participated is most appreciated.
  • We now have three new (town-conforming) trash and three new recycling bins in the outside enclosure.
  • As a result of the positive response to the new Adirondack chairs and picnic tables, the Officers and Trustees have authorized the purchase of eight more chairs and six more tables.
  • Replacement of the outside toilets and repairs to the upstairs shower (approved last year) will complete shortly.
  • The south-side outside locker door project has started (see photo of the approved design). We have established a “build” team and an “installation” team to accomplish this large, club member accomplished project.  It is anticipated that doors will be replaced in lots of four as their fabrication completes.  Locker “owners” will be notified when their doors are scheduled for replacement so that the contents can be secured while replacement is in progress.  Your timely support will be appreciated.

Report from the Waterfront Committee – Sandy Turner and Matt Champney

Our float and dock projects are 99% complete.  Our float crew has fixed 4 floats.  We have new chains to connect the floats to the main Pier.  The north side of the pier leading  to the North set of floats has been structurally refit and new decking has been installed.  The flagpole, which was overhauled last winter, has been looked over and is good to go.  Once the floats are in we will be periodically inspecting the dock and floats for deck replacement.

The committee chairs would like to thank the float crew for their work in getting our projects ready.  Sweat Equity does a long way!

REMEMBER: We need volunteers for float launch day.  April 20th at 7am to 7:30 am show-up time.  Ron Helbig will be there at 8am.

We are looking forward to a fun 2019 season!

Resignations 

  • Liz Murphy

Last Voyage

New Members

Cruise News – Stan White

Spring/Summer: July 12 – 14

Fall: September 8 – 10

More information to follow next month.

 

FOR SALE

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

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RIYC March 2019 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Gary Annino

Greetings.

This month, I attended a dinner with the Commodores from SHYC, WAD, NESS, WHYC, MIYC, FIYC & EYC.  It was an interesting and lengthy discussion.  Below is an abbreviated set of discussion topics for your awareness.

    • Broad demographics making yacht club operations more challenging
      • Sailing activity peaked in 1979
      • Average area yacht club member age 50-60
      • Migration to the eastern Connecticut shoreline skewed towards retirees more than young families
      • New hires at Electric Boat in the younger, pre-children age range
    • Promotion of women sailing programs sometimes challenging
      • SHYC Ideal Women is very successful
      • Most clubs have one design fleets
      • Support with mentoring by more experienced women sailors
      • Construct program with social element/lunch/dinner available
      • Include interclub events on a casual basis
    • Increase men’s/families’ participation in one-design sailing
      • Scheduled Guys & Dolls family evening sailing followed by dinner
      • Promote men’s’ participation in sailing instruction, racing basics and casual racing with/without spouses
      • Schedule periodic family fun sails with parents, kids, games on the water, followed by BYO barbecue
    • Increase one-design racing within and amongst clubs
      • Provide chalk talk and on-water instructional sessions on a regular basis
      • Provide a weekly racing schedule for a variety of one-design/handicap boats
      • Schedule (more) periodic one design interclub regattas between clubs
        • Wad Club’s Parsons and Boatwright Regattas (invitational)
        • SHYC’s Red Lobdell Regatta (PHRF + one design on separate courses) (open)
        • Mudheads PHRF Wednesday night races (open)
        • Fisher’s Island has 6-9 Bulls Eyes racing (2 owned by club)
      • Schedule more races in September and October offering beautiful sailing weather
  • Junior Sailing Programs under pressure due to dwindling demographics
    • Increase efficiency by combining programs where it makes sense
    • Consider “Big Boat” nights to get juniors out on bigger, keelboats to broaden experience
    • Consider promoting juniors to utilize club platform such as I-18s also to broaden their experience
  • Club seasonality:
    • Essex and SHYC open year around with dining room service
    • Mason’s Island and Ram Island open “year around” but with limited service
    • Fisher’s Island, Wadawanuck and Watch Hill open seasonally
  • Rising tides and impacts of Global Warming
    • All clubs concerned depending on asset exposure
      • Essex: Clubhouse safe but grounds including septic system low and remediation in process
      • Wadawanuck: Docks being raised and clubhouse and grounds including tennis courts exposed
        • Study in process
        • Considering acquiring the local indoor tennis facility to protect tennis interests
      • Watch Hill: Already elevated clubhouse 13 feet
      • SHYC: Clubhouse out of immediate danger but docks/boats exposed to seas overflowing neighboring seawall
      • Ram Island, Mason’s Island and Fisher’s Island with varying degrees of exposure
    • Clubs with exposure in various planning/discovery stages and several initiated developing Emergency Funds to cope with future costs
  • Capital Costs
    • Virtually all clubs have monthly, quarterly or annual CIF (Capital Improvement Funds) or Emergency Fund charges to members
  • Varieties of Entertainment
    • Commissioning parties and events
    • After-race parties
    • Memorial Day & 4th of July picnics
  • Cruising
    • Use of dockwa.com has increased transient docking fees substantially at various clubs
    • Clubs also get feedback from the quests as to their experience which can be helpful to further improve services/facilities
    • Docking fees are paid immediately upon booking through dockwa so collection issues are virtually eliminated
    • Visitation in and out of season is welcome at all open participating clubs through reciprocity
  • Communications
    • Essex & RIYC publishes monthly newsletter throughout the year
    • SHYC publishes quarterly newsletter/hard copy distribution
    • Eblasts, Facebook, Instagram used by clubs to a varying degree
      • Coordinated variously by staff, members and outside vendors

We have committed to meet quarterly, but more important is that we all have direct contact with each other to facilitate sharing of learnings as well as enabling sharing as we all seem to be wrestling with similar issues.

Gary

Dues notices were sent to all households on February 1 via email (and mailed to those without email).  A $50 late fee is assessed as of April 1, and unpaid memberships are terminated May 1.  Email the Secretary at RIYCsec@gmail.com if you need additional information.

Reach out to Stan White (swhite151@gmail.com) by April 15th if you need a new Club Badge.

Report from the Entertainment Committee – Rodney Denman and Denise Kennedy

Everything is going smoothly.  The Frugal was attended by 120 people.

March 8th Frugal

Report from the Junior Program

Junior Sailing – Ann Bergendahl and Rob Warn

  • We are still looking for 3 more instructors for the 2019 season, so if you know of anyone let us know.
  • The class schedules will be coming out soon and Jr. Sailing will send out an email to past families and membership alerting everyone when sign-ups can start through our website.  Remember one does not need to be a child or grandchild of a member to participate!
  • The Town of Groton will not be having a sailing program this year and we may have additional participants. J. Watson made a motion and K. Parker seconded to allow A. Bergendahl to share Jr. Sailing program information below.   All approved.

 

Introduction to Junior Sailing

Ram Island Yacht Club in Noank is opening a limited number of spaces

For age 6-16 residents of the Town of Groton in its

Introductory Junior Sailing instruction program this summer.

Club membership is not required.

Visit https://ramislandyachtclub.org/junior-sailing/ for details.

Report from the Race Committee

Race Ashore – Tina McLoughlin and Race Afloat – Moise Solomon

The ECSA calendar has been updated to reflect our Saturday date.  Race Ashore will be holding a kick-off meeting.

Thursday Nights –  Plans are underway and the popular food trucks will be returning!

Report from the House Committee – Matt Lettrich and Fred Haberlandt

  • The doors leading to the back deck are slated to arrive this weekend and will be installed.
  • The carpet cleaning is scheduled for the week of April 8; the following Saturday, April 13, there will be a Field Day with Volunteers for additional organizing and sorting.  J. Sienkewicz will lead the kitchen effort.  Please let House Committee chairs (F. Bohlen, F. Haberlandt or M. Lettrich) know if you can help.
  • K. Parker & M. Lettrich will post Flag Duty on the House Committee coverage page, and K. Parker will distribute the list to Trustees.  Trustees will be asked to review the instructions and highlight any questions.  The Flags will be stored in the closet, and there will be a special location for Flags to dry.
  • The House Committee and Dock Master will work to clarify the Steward’s responsibilities and will convene a meeting once a Steward is hired to confirm and clarify.
  • The Commodore will communicate with the Beautification Committee and instruct them to take the lead in coordinating activities with House.
  • It is not known yet if Jr. Sailing will need the apartment for instructors; the apartment will be held pending final hiring.
  • The placard for the wall mural in the club was moved to the railing where it is more visible.  In advance of establishing better coat storage, members are requested to ensure that coats placed on chairs in front of the mural do not touch or rub the mural accelerating ware or causing damage.

Bylaws Subcommittee – Amy Leger

A. Leger distributed updated Bylaws to the Trustees for review.  She identified several areas of confusion and will make updates based on discussion during the March Trustees’ meeting.  Trustees have been tasked to read the final copy so that it can be sent to Members.  Trustees will be available to address questions when finalized.  The goal of the review has been to “clean up” the existing Bylaws rather than to make substantive changes.  A membership vote on the updates will be scheduled once the updates are finalized and sufficient time has been allowed for circulation.

Strategic / Long Range Planning – Blake Powell, Fred Haberlandt and John Watson

Membership, Activities & Facilities committees will be convening in the next month.

Report from the Waterfront Committee – Sandy Turner and Matt Champney

The floating dock replacement/repair program is well underway. The float launching has been set for April 20th – plan to be at the Club around 8:00.

We have completed our pile inspection program and the Committee will be reviewing the results over the next several weeks.

Interclub Boating

Commodore Annino presented a follow-up presentation on the inter-club racing study. The presentation included follow-up costs and funding methodologies.   J. Watson made a motion to appropriate $6000 per year for 3 years ($18K total) to lease 2 Ideal 18’s (with trailers) for general member use subject to a management plan and the balance made up through angel donors and other sources.  The conservative estimated cost is approximately $36K total; the optimistic cost is $24,000 in total.  D. Spear has agreed to manage the program.  R. Denman seconded the motion.   The motion passed unanimously.  Commodore Annino will be circulating a note to request donations from “Angel Investors”.

Resignations 

  • Len & Ibby Sawyer
  • Vanessa Allison Reed

Last Voyage

 

New Members

Cruise News – Stan White

Spring/Summer: July 12 – 14

Fall: September 8 – 10

More information to follow next month.

 

FOR SALE

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

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RIYC February 2019 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Gary Annino

Spring is coming (I hope soon…)

February meeting was longer than normal and very productive with focus discussions in response to several subcommittees feedback including:

  • Periodic Bylaw Review
  • Club Grounds Improvements
  • Small Boat Keel/One Design opportunities

Many thanks to Bylaw Review Team of Amy Leger, Tom Bishop & Mike McBee for the great work done to date.  The discussion with the Trustees involving potential bylaw revisions was a key element of this month’s meeting and was a very engaging exchange of thoughts.  We look forward to the incorporation of the Trustees’ input as applicable.

The Trustees then reviewed the Club Grounds Improvement feedback.  This was also very engaging with the Trustees ultimately voting to approve aspects of the recommendations that fit well with the developing RIYC strategic plan.

Last, the trustees had a healthy exchange about the idea of RIYC leasing two Ideal 18’s in direct response to the feedback provided by the membership survey.  This feedback highlighted desires to provide boats for the membership to use:

  • Adult “learn to sail”
  • Represent RIYC at “Ideal Women” & other gender-specific events
  • Jr Sailing/Racing
  • Adult racing
  • Inter-yacht club one design racing

The topic of “which one-design should we join…” is a truly challenging discussion and the sub-team recommended Ideals due to an established and growing existing fleet within Fisher’s Island and Long Island Sounds.

Putting the class of boat aside, the Team is now working on developing a detailed operating model for the Trustees to act upon or reject.  This operating model will detail year over year costs, a usage management tool (sign up calendar?), and a fleet operations model (perhaps re-establishing the RIYC small boat committee?).  If anyone would like to assist in developing this program, we welcome the assistance and please contact me via email or call me at 860-535-2354.

Annual Dues bills have been mailed to all Memberships and are due March 1.  A $50 late fee is applied as of April 1, and memberships are terminated if not paid by May 1.  Please indicate if you want a hardcopy Calendar Directory and include the $5 cost with your dues by March 1.  Hardcopy Calendars will only be available for those who pre-order.  Send in those checks!

Report from the Entertainment Committee – Rodney Denman and Denise Kennedy

Rodney Denman and Denise Kennedy provided the Entertainment report:

  • January Frugal extremely well attended
  • Planned a February 22nd Frugal with Bill Loweth’s input‎ that was not on the planned calendar
  • 2019’s calendar and sign-up Genie were published featuring a combination of traditional events, 2 new Frugals, and 2 new events
  • Co-chairs exploring ideas that could make some events less reliant upon finding hosts
  • Co-chairs still‎ in process of shaping committee to expand capabilities for idea-generation and volunteer recruiting
  • Midwinter brunch was well-organized and well-run as always‎, attendance a little more than half of the prior year which might have been impacted by the evite being issued a week+ behind schedule
  • Co-chairs extremely grateful for the hosts and event committees that run and support our events…and to our members for supporting the fun by joining in.

Report from the Junior Program

Junior Sailing – Ann Bergendahl and Rob Warn

  • A Jr. Sailing Head Instructor was hired last month.  Her name is Annie Longo and she grew up sailing at Mason’s Island.  She has several years of coaching and instructor experience.  She has worked at the WAD and most recently at GLPYC, in a management position.  She was part of the MUTRATZ offshore crew to compete in the Bermuda race on Dreamcatcher last year.  She is a student at UCONN.  We are so excited to have her!
  • We have three more sailing instructor positions to fill by June, so spread the word!
  • Sign-ups will begin next month for the summer program.  Any child between the age of 7 and 16 can spend the summer learning about having fun on the sea.  One does not need to be a member.  A non-member just needs a member to sponsor them.  The program will run from June 24th through August 16th with boat check day on June 22nd at 8:00 am – 10:00 am.

Report from the Race Committee

Race Ashore – Tina McLoughlin and Race Afloat – Moise Solomon

Several members who have helped with Race Ashore in the past are not able to participate this year.  Tina McLoughlin would greatly appreciate any additional volunteers!

Report from the House Committee – Matt Lettrich and Fred Haberlandt

  • House will be following up regarding Trash Collection as Noank has recently changed to the large robotic pickup bins. We will be requesting several additional bins and advise them that this is a seasonal need.
  • House will be checking on a warming tray burner on the stove.
New Signage by Danny Spear

Bylaws Subcommittee – Amy Leger

Trustees discussed the recommendations of the Bylaws Committee (Amy Leger, Chair; Tom Bishop, Mike McBee).  The goal has been to “clean up” the existing Bylaws, to clarify points of confusion, and to organize “like” items which are now addressed in disparate sections.  Trustees commended the Committee which will now consider the comments and make final edits that will be considered at a later date by the full Membership.

Strategic / Long Range Planning – Blake Powell and Fred Haberlandt

John Watson provides the following update:

  • Work on the key themes from last year’s survey and focus groups continues
  • Carol Connor, Rose DuFour, and Tamara McKenna compiled a set of actionable near-term recommendations to make the exterior of the club more welcoming and usable
  • The Trustees and the Strategic Planning team are reviewing the recommendations and integrating them into current and projected modifications that will enhance the resilience of the club to high winds and rising water
  • Similarly, we previously postponed repaving the parking lot until we better understand the causes, risks, and options to mitigate ongoing sinkhole/erosion problems

These considerations, along with other facilities, membership and program proposals, will be integrated into a more comprehensive strategic plan and set of actions for membership review in May

Report from the Waterfront Committee – Sandy Turner and Matt Champney

Matt reached out to the piling surveyor and their quote was acceptable for the Trustees to give Matt and Sandy the go-ahead for another inspection.  At this point, we have tentative dates for the beginning of March for the inspection to happen.  This will be a major step in which piles need to be replaced in accordance with our long term maintenance plan.  The last inspection was done three years ago where four piles were replaced.

On a second note: we need to watch our good weather days late Winter to early Spring to work on the floats and dock.

A BIG thank you goes out to Danny Spear and John Lathrop for re-building the RYIC dinghy. It looks brand new!

Recommendations for Club Exterior – Carol Connor

Trustees considered the recommendations from the Beautification Committee.   The Board approved a motion to approve the “green light” items as budgeted (prorated where fewer are being purchased than recommended as with picnic tables).

Green Light:

  • Reestablish garden front entrance garden
  • Repair / redo information boxes / bulletin boards
  • Replace / refurbish locker doors and consider lighting and other south side improvements
  • Procure 2 new picnic tables as samples
  • Procure 4 Adirondack Chairs

Deferred:

  • Upgrade Grill: the discussion centered around the installation of propane burners
  • Increase use of front entrance
  • Stamped concrete under the picnic tables

Addressed Elsewhere:

  • Enclosure for Trash Cans – House will address
  • Create another subcommittee to address the condition of the south side of the club including:
    • Lighting for evening/after dark access
    • Locker Doors
    • Cement block foundation
    • etc

Resignations 

  • Linda Petrie
  • Jim & Nancy Giblin
  • Holly & Jeff Bresnahan

Last Voyage

Phyllis Littlefield

New Members

Cruise News – Stan White

No dates selected yet!

Did You Know ….

Ram Island Yacht Club as an emergency Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) in the Club House. Everyone should know where it is located (see photos below). It can be quite intimidating to think about using it. BUT the equipment will verbally walk you through the emergency. So, don’t be afraid to save a life!

Here is a video on a similar system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-Eb1f5mf6c

 

FOR SALE

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

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RIYC January 2019 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Gary Annino

Happy New Year!

These are exciting times at RIYC.

At our January Board meeting we reviewed several topics that are in response to the clubs feedback:
• Potential external improvements to the clubs grounds
• The periodic review and potential revision of the Clubs By-laws
• Creating opportunities for increased sailing (Adult, Junior and Inter-Yacht Club)

These items and others are being used to feed the Strategic/Long-Range Planning Committees efforts. In support of this, we have decided to further delay the paving of the parking lot until we fully understand the long-term plan to address our rising waters. We are looking to focus our capital expenditures that move in that strategic direction. We will continue to address the parking lot repairs on a case by case effort as they arise – or perhaps more appropriately, sink.

We’ve also established contact with several of the other clubs around Fishers Island Sound. We are establishing a periodic inter-club meeting at a regular cadence for all the Clubs to meet to discuss their challenges and goals such including (but not limited to):
• Attraction and retention of new members at this dynamic time
• Rising ocean waters & what the clubs are doing to protect their facilities
• Establishing formal club reciprocation policies
• Investigating the ability to share assets across clubs to improve club offerings
• Re-establishing more inter-club/one design racing

We look forward to sharing more as this important effort matures.

Notices have been sent BY EMAIL to all memberships regarding updating contact information for the Directory (those without email have received the request via snail mail). Members are asked to respond by January 28th. If you haven’t seen the request, please check your spam, then ask your spouse – it may have gone to them. If no one in your household has seen the request, please contact Kathy Parker at riycsec@gmail.com.

Report from the Entertainment Committee – Rodney Denman and Denise Kennedy

R. Denman and D. Kennedy have gathered committee members and are planning for the upcoming season.

Report from the Junior Program

Junior Sailing – Ann Bergendahl and Rob Warn

We had another wonderful Children’s Christmas party this season (in conjunction with the Mudheads). More pictures can be found on our website.

Santa Arrives!!!

The Junior Sailing and Activities chairs are busy interviewing instructors and putting together a committee to help run the program this year. If you are interested in helping in any capacity: day to day, regattas, Thursday nights, training, etc. please let one of us know soon. You don’t have to have a child presently in the program, as Carol Connor, Val Fast, Gil Millsom and Chuck Chorlton can attest! Thanks to all of your help (and many others too).

The program will run from June 24th to August 16th this year.

R. Warn reported that Jr. Sailing had purchased a used 420 with dolly and trailer. They have already started talking to potential instructors, including a potential head instructor. Two subcommittees are being formed: one to work on the normal logistics of regattas; the second to explore options for ensuring the long-term viability and attractiveness of the program.

Report from the Race Committee

Race Ashore – Tina McLoughlin and Race Afloat – Moise Solomon

M. Solomon and T. McLoughlin met January 7th with committee members and plans are proceeding well. The race will be on Saturday, August 24. Bob LaFrance will be the ECSA representative. The committee plans to raise registration fees by $5 to cover costs as there was a deficit last year. In addition, a decision has been made to waive the Mudratz registration fee. The Mudratz will still need to purchase party tickets. The committee will also determine the appropriate charge for party tickets. The Skippers meeting and cookout will take place on Friday, August 23rd.

Report from the House Committee – Matt Lettrich and Fred Haberlandt

M. Lettrich had requested input on the club chairs. Matt reported that of the responses, nobody liked yellow, and people liked names. Matt will follow up with blue canvas and white lettering. The House Committee is still recruiting committee members and will eventually implement a coverage calendar so that members know who to call if there are any issues.

Bylaws Subcommittee – Amy Leger

A. Leger shared a draft of proposed Bylaw changes with the Board. She asked that Trustees provide comments by February 1st. Commodore Annino indicated that he will call a Special Meeting for the membership to ultimately approve any updates.

Strategic / Long Range Planning – Blake Powell and Fred Haberlandt

What do you want Ram Island Yacht Club (RIYC) to be and to look like in its centennial year, 2041? The RIYC Strategic Plan will help us define that vision and provide an executable path to achieve it.

Last year, members provided hundreds of recommendations to improve the club. Leveraging that effort, the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) has grouped the recommendations into three strategic focus areas: Facilities, Membership, and Programs. The table below provides a proposed structure for the effort to develop the strategic plan, including the identification of ad hoc subcommittees that will be charged with developing the plan in their respective areas.

Broad participation by club members is encouraged and should enhance the quality of the finished plan. If you are available and would like to contribute your time and expertise to one of the subcommittees, please call or e-mail John Watson, Fred Haberlandt, or Blake Powell not later than Thursday, Jan 31st. The intention is for subcommittees to begin their effort in February and to deliver a completed strategic plan in May.

Report from the Waterfront Committee – Sandy Turner and Matt Champney

The Waterfront Chairs would like to Thank Dan Spear for overhauling the club dinghy this Winter.  It is much appreciated!

This Spring we will be having the Piles surveyed.  This is part of the process of pile replacement on the main pier and Lawton Dock – doing a few at a time spacing out the effort every 3 to 5 years.

Float crew – once the weather breaks we have the two rebuilds – plus decking.  Again your work and dedication to this yearly ritual does not go unnoticed and we thank you or your hard work.

Recommendations for Club Exterior – Carol Connor

Carol Connor led a subcommittee, along with Rose Powell & Tamara McKenna, to identify Club Beautification ideas.

Outdoors:

• Grill & Firepit – We have gas outside that can be hooked up for both the grill and a firepit. The firepit would be in the corner of the stone wall along with eight Adirondack chairs from LL Bean (guaranteed for 20 years).
• Landscaping – The team met with DJ Noyes, a landscape designer who had a lot of ideas. He can be hired to do a site plan.
• Grass – Our “lawn” has deteriorated and is difficult to maintain. In the summer, tables must be moved for mowing; sinkholes are forming. Carol received an estimate from a contractor for stamped concrete. He provided an estimate for the grass area, and also for a pathway from the parking lot and a walkway that would join up with the door. It was noted that you have to seal the concrete periodically.
• Information Boxes – The boxes need some improvement. We thought someone from the club might make them more attractive and useable.
• Garbage Cans – The garbage cans are situated outside. The suggestion is to upgrade the fence and move the cans inside.
• Front Entry Way – The area in the front needs some additional plants that are more appropriate for the site.
• Locker Doors – We have many lockers and they are not attractive. We could get some additional trim and wainscoting to make them more attractive.
• Picnic Tables – There are some nice white tables available from Wayfair.
• Garden – The garden is quite large and is difficult to maintain. It can be cut in half. DJ Noyes suggested a fence between the parking lot and the downsized garden.

Indoors:

• Inside Entrance – We have a beautiful entrance, but no one uses it. We can redo the front by getting rid of the back staircase and make a proper coatroom.

Trustees had a lot of enthusiasm for making the improvements and will be reviewing the ideas and prioritizing. There will be consideration as to what we can do ourselves versus what we need to pay others to do.

Resignations 

Last Voyage

Phyllis Littlefield

New Members

Youtt Family

Cruise News – Stan White

The Club will run two cruises next year – June and September. Please send your ideas of places to go to Stan White (swhite151@gmail.com).

FOR SALE

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

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RIYC December 2018 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Gary Annino

  • Greetings:
  • December is a quiet month for the Board of Trustees and we are all very thankful for that. The December Meeting of the Board of Trustees was short and to the point which allowed us to quickly adjourn and have a small holiday gathering for the Trustees and spouses. Last – The RIYC Board of Trustees would like to wish every member a happy and healthy holiday season as well as a prosperous 2019!Respectfully,Gary

Report from the Entertainment Committee – Rodney Denman and Denise Kennedy

The Children’s Holiday Party on December 1st and Club Holiday Party on December 8th were both well attended.  If you have photos of any of our events, please forward them to Stan White for inclusion in the Newsletter and on the Website!

Hosts are needed for 2019 party schedule.  Please contact Denise Kennedy or Rodney Denman.

Picnics are being planned for June 13 – September 12th.

Report from the Junior Program

Junior Sailing – Ann Bergendahl and Rob Warn

The Junior program is thinking about Santa and the great sailing related gifts under the tree! Nothing else to report.

Report from the Race Committee

Race Ashore – Tina McLoughlin and Race Afloat – Moise Solomon

The RIYC Regatta is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 24.  Saturday is a change from the usual Sunday date and will be further discussed with the Trustees and with the Membership before any final decision is made.

Report from the House Committee – Matt Lettrich and Fred Haberlandt

Other than routine housekeeping, there were no repairs required or improvements made, in the month of November. More volunteers are required for the committee!  Please contact Fred Haberlandt, Matt Lettrich or Frank Bohlen if you can help!

RIYC is in need of replacement covers (seat & back) for our wood framed “directors” chairs.  Please email your opinions to CHAIRS@LETTRICH.NET as to what the new chair covers should look like.
Some considerations are:
1.  Continue with the tradition of soliciting members to contribute to get their boat’s name on the canvas. This would, of course, increase the individual cost and triple the paperwork, but it’s my first choice.  This also does not eliminate the following considerations.
2. Minimize cost, do away with boat names, and simply:
  • Put “RIYC” on every chair, or
  • Put the RIYC burgee on every chair, or
  • Leave blank and preserve the natural beauty of the cotton canvas.
3. A color scheme will need to be decided upon:
  • Continue using white text on the blue background and accept that there will be “new” blue chairs and “faded” blue chairs side by side, or
  • Change the text color to yellow and continue with blue background material. This would intentionally contrast old from new, or
  • Change the color scheme to blue text on a golden yellow background thereby not attempting to match blue backgrounds, or
  • Other ideas?
4.    Combinations of 1 & 3 or 2 & 3.  Combinations of 1 & 2 still require a choice in 3.  Starting to sound complicated?  Talk to 3 people and you’ll understand…
The more opinions I get, the more I can share the blame, so please send yours to CHAIRS@LETTRICH.NET before the end of January.

Bylaws Subcommittee – Amy Leger

The Bylaws Subcommittee, led by Rear Commodore Amy Leger, has been working diligently over the last few weeks and expects to have a draft to review with Flag Officers shortly.  If all are in agreement, the updates will be presented to the Trustees for review at the January meeting, followed by a special meeting for full membership approval.

The subcommittee will have a red-lined version and clean version along with a letter/report that will go through each section to outline the changes and whether they are substantive or just cleaning up the language.

Strategic / Long Range Planning – Blake Powell

Key area leads are being contacted.  The plan is to have the first meetings in January and some groundwork will be done before then.   More information will be available for the January meeting.

Report from the Waterfront Committee – Sandy Turner and Matt Champney

The float launch date is tentatively scheduled for 4/13/19  (Easter is late this year); float haul is tentatively set for 10/19/19 (the weekend after Columbus Day).

Those members looking for dinghy dock space for next year should contact John McCrea.

Resignations 

Last Voyage

New Members

Cruise News – Stan White

The Club will run two cruises next year – June and September. Please send your ideas of places to go to Stan White (swhite151@gmail.com).

FOR SALE

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

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RIYC November 2018 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Gary Annino

  • Greetings:
  • First – Let’s talk about the social events – The Holiday season is upon us and the Entertainment Committee is planning accordingly.  Of special note the following events are scheduled:
    • RIYC/Mudheads Children’s Christmas Party – December 1 from 1-3 pm at RIYC
    • RIYC Holiday party is scheduled for December 8 from 6-8 pm at RIYC

    As Commodore, I’m hoping to see everyone at the Dec. 8 Holiday Party.  It will be a special event with great food and an award presentation. The Trustees will hold their final 2018 meeting on Dec. 11.

    At the November Board of Trustees meeting, there was an exciting update from the Long-Range Planning committee (Blake Powell, John Watson, and Fred Haberlandt).  They presented a well-thought-out approach to creating a common vision and a plan to align our resources and actions as we develop future membership, programs, and facilities.  The plan will include short and long-range facility requirements identified by the Club committee chairs, the feedback all of you provided in the membership survey and an eye toward refreshing the Club’s mission and a supporting vision statement. Please pay close attention for upcoming communications from this team.  It’s a large undertaking but very important for the Club’s existence now and in the future.

    Last but not least some exciting feedback about our young sailors who represent us outside of Fisher’s Island Sound. Two 2018 Ames fund recipients recently posted significant results:

    • Tyler Bergendahl competed at the Bermuda Optimist Nationals and finished with an impressive 33 out of more than sixty boats hailing from four countries. These are impressive results at an international event with BIG breeze and tough
    • Chris Annino and Tyler Bergendal also competed at the Halloween at Sail Newport on October 28th in different classes. Chris placed first the c420 fleet, and Tyler placed 4th in red fleet/6th overall in the Optimist class.

    It’s great to see “RIYC” high on the regatta results board from our Ames 2018 Fund recipients!

    Happy Holidays

Report from the Entertainment Committee – Rodney Denman and Denise Kennedy

Rodney Denman reported that there have been 2 events since the last meeting. Decommissioning was attended by about 60 members, and the first Frugal of the season was attended by about 70 members.

The Committee needs the membership to step up and host or help with the many events. Contact Rodney or Denise. Get involved!

Report from the Junior Program

Junior Sailing – Ann Bergendahl and Rob Warn

All of the boats have been put to bed for the season. The Junior program is working with Cindy Nickerson to explore collaborations with NESS and other yacht clubs.  The kids’ Christmas party will be from 1-3pm on December 1. The Mudheads are invited as well and will split the cost.  Moise Solomon suggested inviting other yacht clubs as well.  Any additional attendees can be easily absorbed as it is an inexpensive party to organize.

Report from the Race Committee

Race Ashore – Tina McLoughlin and Race Afloat – Moise Solomon

The committees will meet in before the end of the year to debrief the last race and make recommendations for the coming year.

Report from the House Committee – Matt Lettrich and Fred Haberlandt

The House Committee is finalizing plans for this winter and spring in conjunction with the Long Range Planning/Facilities Improvement Committee.

Long Range Planning/Facilities Improvement Committee – Blake Powell, John Watson, and Fred Haberlandt

Blake Powell summarized for the Board the earlier Strategic Planning Exercises, which highlighted seven areas of focus coming out of the exercise. At this point, we are focusing on continuing to work with the membership to further define the next steps.

The LRP subcommittee chose 2041 as the focal point for a shared Mission and Vision – this will be the 100th birthday of the club.  At this time, the club’s Mission is not well known and will be revisited by the Committee and the Board.  The Board will focus on refining the Mission and will share and gain consensus across the broader Membership.

The proposed plan is to establish three subcommittees that will group the seven areas of focus (as well as some additional subcommittees that have already kicked off) from the original exercise.  These three subcommittees will work in January and February to build strategic plans for their respective areas and align them with the overall vision.  The plans will incorporate previous input from membership and should include existing near-term initiatives, such as maintenance and improvements.  In March and April, the subcommittees will then build a strategic plan, integrating across of the subcommittee areas, to define a single set of actionable and fundable requirements for the near term (2020), mid-term (2025), and long-term (2041).

The final plan will establish a shared vision and will need to accommodate changes as the Club moves forward.   Various scenarios will be explored including what the Club might propose at varying levels of funding.

The goal will be to rely on internal and external experts to gain an understanding of the broader environment.  For instance, Moise Solomon mentioned a coastal study that Groton completed; that type of material would be helpful for “resilience to weather events”.

John Watson will be contacting identified individuals to serve on the subcommittees.

Report from the Waterfront Committee – Sandy Turner and Matt Champney

The freshwater system on the docks has been drained for the winter.

The Waterfront Committee is looking for volunteers to help with float repair and construction this winter. If you are interested in being part of the construction crew on-call list, send your name to Sandy Turner (hturner1970@hotmail.com) and Matt Champney (mattchampney@gmail.com)

Those members looking for dinghy dock space for next year should contact John McCrea.

Resignations 

None

Last Voyage

Steve Allen – November 20, 2018 https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theday/obituary.aspx?n=stephen-j-allen&pid=190857370&fhid=6910

New Members

None

Cruise News – Stan White

The Club will run two cruises next year – June and September. Please send your ideas of places to go to Stan White (swhite151@gmail.com).

FOR SALE

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

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One Fun Thing (?)

Climate change is here!

2018-10-27 Nor’easter

RIYC October 2018 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Gary Annino

Greetings:

At the time of this writing, the official RIYC boating season is over and the Club has been decommissioned.

  • First, I’d like to note that in accordance with the bylaws the Club’s finances had been audited prior to the annual meeting.  The audit committee identified no findings or concerns but has made three recommendations on how the Club’s finances are administered.  The Board of Trustees are currently considering how to best implement the recommendations and we will follow up on these at future Board meetings. We are actively planning for next summer’s boating season and a few planned improvements to the Club’s facilities including paving of the Club parking lot.  If someone has the time and is willing to supervise the paving, please contact me directly.  It would be good to have a point person identified and included in the bidding and award of this effort.

The New Board of Trustees and Committees

Gary Annino Commodore
Blake Powell Vice Commodore
Amy Leger Rear Commodore
Kathy Parker Secretary
Mary Giblin Treasurer
John Watson LRP/ Facilities Improvement
Tina McLoughlin Race Ashore
Fred Haberlandt House
Matt Champney Dock
Moise Solomon Race Afloat
Sandy Turner Dock
Frank Bohlen House
Ann Bergandahl Jr Sailing
Rodney Denman Entertainment
Tina McLoughlin Thursday Nights
Denise Kennedy Entertainment
Rob Warn Jr sailing activities
Matt Lettrich House
John McCrea Dockmaster
Frank Conahan Yardmaster
Fred Haberlandt Housemaster
Frank Bohlen Housemaster
Chuck Chorlton Rental Coordinator
Valerie Grimm Merchandise

Report from the Entertainment Committee – Sandy Turner and Rodney Denman

Sixty-eight members attended the Annual Meeting. Everyone loved the food and good cheer.

Report from the Junior Program

Junior Sailing – Ann Bergendahl and Rob Warn

Junior Sailing is looking to purchase another used 420 and to retire one of the two 420’s that the club has owned for 12 years. The Trustees revisited the rationale for the club owning these boats.  The club boats are rented to junior sailors for use in the program and the rentals often go to kids whose are parents are not sailors.  Having boats available is a good way to “keep” them in the program and kids who remain generally end up purchasing their own.

Ann Bergendahl also noted that the landscape of sailing in the area is changing.  Mudratz and NESS both offer programs for more advanced sailors, however Jr. Sailing is committed to offering some options for learning double-handed sailing at RIYC.

The Trustee approved the purchase of the 420.

Report from the Race Committee

Race Ashore – Matt Curtiss and Race Afloat – Moise Solomon

The committees will meet in before the end of the year to debrief the last race and make recommendations for the coming year.

Report from the House Committee – Matt Lettrich

M. Lettrich, F. Haberlandt, and F. Bohlen will all be on House Committee this year, reflecting a large amount of anticipated work. Immediate plans include contacting a plumber to work on the outside heads as well as the upstairs shower, fixing the three downstairs doors, and addressing the flooring in the bar area. The code will be reset for the door after Decommissioning and members needing access should contact a Trustee for the new code.

Moise Solomon looked into saving money on our phone service during the winter months. As a result, he proposed the following:

  • Switching to a lower bandwidth in the winter; saving us approximately $40 per month
  • Purchasing a modem for the internet for approximately $60 instead of renting one for $9 per month
  • Transitioning to a VOIP system that includes 911, allows us to keep our phone number, and saves us $200 / year. It was noted that if there is no power the phone will not work.

The Trustees approved the action item proposed by Moise as a good way to save some operating costs and improve overall telephone service at the Club.

Report from the Waterfront Committee – Sandy Turner and Matt Champney

Float hauling was successfully completed. The floats were inspected and stored so repairs can be made and new floats built this winter. Thank you goes out to all the work party members.

The Waterfront Committee is looking for volunteers to help with float repair and construction this winter. If you are interested in being part of the construction crew on-call list, send your name to Sandy Turner (hturner1970@hotmail.com) and Matt Champney (mattchampney@gmail.com)

Resignations 

Last Voyage

New Members

Cruise News – Stan White

The Club will run two cruises next year – June and September. Please send your ideas of places to go to Stan White (swhite151@gmail.com).

FOR SALE

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

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One Fun Thing

Ram Island YC is just not for sailing – we have some great fishermen!

200 plus pound Thresher shark caught by Scott Loweth, Eric Farnsworth, Bill Strickland, and Ryan Cutler

RIYC September 2018 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Gary Annino

Greetings:

The summer seems to be winding down quickly but I’m pleased to report the water is still warm and the boat traffic is dropping precipitously!  I believe that this is the best time of year to enjoy the water.

Below are a few highlights from the past month and a couple of items to put on the calendar:

  • Our Line of Credit (LOC) has been established – Many thanks to Mary Giblin for her great work!
    • The established rate is Prime plus 0.5%
    • Chelsea Groton waived its fee for this effort.
  • Jr Sailing graduation is complete and the program has moved into 2019 pre-planning
  • The Labor Day Picnic had a great turnout with approximately 110 people in attendance.
  • Please mark your calendars:
    • The RIYC annual meeting is scheduled for 9/29/18
    • The floating docks are scheduled to be hauled on 10/13/18

Of special note – I’d like to thank the Race Ashore and Race Afloat teams for hosting yet another great Ram Island Regatta.  It was very well received by the entrants and included an impressive enrollment (60 Boats) at a time when the attendance at several regattas has dropped off significantly.  The Board of Trustees believes a key component of the health of the sport of sailing is the involvement of youth and as such we wholeheartedly supported the decision to waive the enrollment fee of the Mudratz sailing Team (two boats).  This seemingly minor act provided the experience of competitive sailing to approximately a dozen young sailors from our community.  It is also a proactive response to the feedback from the membership that RIYC increases its philanthropic activities.  Well done by the Race Committee Chairs, The Flag Officers the entire Board of Trustees for their forward thinking and action.

Report from the Entertainment Committee – Sandy Turner and Rodney Denman

The Labor Day Picnic was a Success! The time change to 4-6pm has proven to be positive with attendance. The evite showed 140 yes. The Trustee’s worked well with setup, grilling and cleanup. The members that came to the event brought a variety of side dishes and desserts that complimented the theme. Our club has a lot of creative foodies. The weather was great for the event.

Next, The Clam Bar Party! A complete success! There were 86 in attendance plus crew. We to recognize The Hosts: Jane and Danny Spear and their Committee: Ed and Ellen Dieckerhoff, Fred and Stella Haberlandt, Kevin and Carol Fiftal (and Kevin’s Sous Chefs), Tom Morgan and April, Mary Giblin, and Janice Scott. The food was Amazing! The hors d’oeuvres were very creative and fit with the party theme. THE SHUCKERS: Danny Spear, Ed Dieckerhoff, Ed O’Donnell, Roger Sherman, Dana Avery, Mac Turner, Sandy Turner, Stan White. Job Well Done!

Entertainment would like to remind members of the next event – The Annual Meeting. September 29, 2018.

There is a sign-up board for future parties at the club. Also, a clip board on bar for signing up. Please contact Sandy Turner or Rodney Denman if you can work the Annual Meeting and future parties.

Report from the Junior Program

Junior Sailing – Ann Bergendahl and Rob Warn

The kids vacuumed and cleaned the upstairs and did a great job! Jr. Sailing broke-even this year, even with the added expense of the prop guards. Ann Bergendahl debriefed the sailors and instructors who generated many great ideas for how to make the club more attractive for junior sailors.

Junior Activities / Thursday Nights – Tina McLoughlin

Everything went very smoothly this summer. The food trucks were very popular this summer and we will try to have more next summer.

Report from the Race Committee

Race Ashore – Matt Curtiss

The party was very successful. Sailors really like the RIYC party – the deviled eggs and meatballs are a perennial favorite. A goal is to get more people involved so there can be more “shifts”. Many people end up working all day.

Race Afloat – Moise Solomon

The weather was perfect and the Race Committee did a great job getting everyone off. Sixty boats participated, the same as last year. There were several one-design classes. The Race Afloat Committee waived the fee for two Mudratz boats, gave out trophies to a class with only 2 entrants, and gave awards to several individuals who had worked on the race committee boat. The Trustees noted that these decisions were within the Committee’s authority and the Race Afloat Committee confirmed the club’s desire to encourage youth to sail and to recognize the hard work and long hours of those on the race committee boat.

Report from the House Committee – Matt Lettrich

Several issues were identified with some toilets and the toilets have been “patched”. This winter plumbing work will be scheduled to deal with the more serious issues. The doors to the club will be replaced over the next several months and a new router to replace a failed router will also be installed upstairs.

Report from the Waterfront Committee – Stan White

The floats are scheduled to be hauled on October 13th, starting at 08:00. Inspections of the floats will be made as they are hauled. Sandy Turner will be making a list of which floats need to be replaced or repaired.

The main pier had several broken boards that were replaced – thank you goes out to Danny Spear and his work crew.

Resignations 

Last Voyage

  • Hildegerd Lee, an honorary member

New Members

Todd and Joette Saniff – proposed by Gary Annino and second by Allen Kruger. Todd is active in the US Navy and they have two children. He will retire next year after 30 years as a Navy Seal. He has sailed with his brother Dana Saniff and Dave Nickerson for years. He and his son have been fishing with the Annino’s. They now reside in Guildford and are very excited to join the club and become active members.

Sam Oat-Judge – proposed by Cindy Nickerson and second by OJ O’Connell. Sam is active in the US Navy. His family has been involved with the family Don and Joan Oat; Pat Leuthner and Patricia Oat. Sailed growing up on Optis and 420’s and was also a Junior Instructor. He has been active in various sailing teams around the world.

Lea and Clint Kennedy – proposed by Tina McLoughlin and second by Matt Curtis. They have three children that have been active in junior sailing. They are interested to help out with Entertainment. Clint also would assist with website management.

 

 

 

Michael and Maura Niles – proposed by Caitlin Miner and second by Ann Bergendahl. They have four children and all love the water. Primarily power boaters; they live local and love the club and the area.

Cruise News – Stan White

The Fall 2018 cruise was short on boats but long in fun. The Kings, Connors and Whites made the trip to Block Island on September 14 and had Happy Hour on LARK. The Kings and Whites then traveled to Cuttyhunk where a solid walk ashore to the top of Cuttyhunk was made by both crews. Oysters and clams were enjoyed with Dark ‘n Stormies and wine later in the day.

Block Island 09/14/18
Block Island 09/14/18
Cuttyhunk 09/15/18

FOR SALE

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

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No listing this month.

RIYC August 2018 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Gary Annino

Greetings:

I’d like to start this month’s note with a few highlights and “thank you” shout-outs:

  • Dan Spear, Mark Entwistle, Mac Turner & others for the restoration of the porch columns
  • The Dress Ship Party Team – despite the weather chasing the dressed ships away, a great event and a good time had by all
  • The Boatwright Cup RIYC Team – By invitation only and we are now required to return to defend our success!  More importantly, a potential catalyst to return inter-club one design racing to Fisher’s Island Sound
  • Jr Sailing & supporting members– two successful regattas & the programs have been completed with lots of great feedback & smiling kids
  • The Quad Party Team – hugely successful under adverse weather conditions
  • The Clubs unanimous decision to obtain a letter of credit as bridge funding for disaster recovery efforts

Next, I’d like to add a sensitive safety message.

Personally, I am a dog/pet person. Stephanie and I have a menagerie of pets that give us great joy. However, like everything in the world, my perspective is one of many. That being said, I encourage all members to review the house rules section of the bylaws that pertain to pets at the club.  Further – I’d like to emphasize that any issue resulting from an interaction with your pet is your responsibility. Similar to bringing a guest to the facility, consider your pet as your guest. If you find a members guest (or pet) displaying inappropriate behavior, it’s your responsibility to address the behavior with the guest’s host rather than to the Board of Trustees or Flag Officers.

Last, at the time of this writing, two of the club’s neighboring properties have changed, or are in the process of changing ownership.  As such, the Trustees have formed a subcommittee with the goal of being better poised to act if a property becomes available for purchase. Such an acquisition, if endorsed by the membership, could address much of the feedback received by the club the Strategic Planning process.  It’s the goal of this subcommittee to create a pro-forma business case that can be quickly updated and voted upon by the membership thus allowing us to keep pace with the local real estate market. The last two properties came on and off the market in less than 30 days and we feel it is the Board’s fiduciary responsibility to bring these opportunities to the membership.

Report from the Strategic Planning Committee – Blake Powell

The Strategic Planning Committee presented a summary report to the Trustees which identifies the highest priority strategic initiatives identified by the Membership during the survey and workshops. The Committee and Trustees are already developing priorities and an implementation plan to address each of the initiatives. The seven main strategic initiatives identified by members are:

  • Member recruitment and outreach

According to our recent member survey, the ability to attract new members is a serious concern.  This is consistent with challenges facing yacht clubs throughout the country. RIYC is more fortunate than many clubs who have experienced a decline in membership, but our aging membership and waning list of applicants portends future challenges and financial difficulties for the club.  A more proactive approach to attract new members who will be active participants in the Club is needed to ensure the long-term future of the club remains vibrant.

  • Programs and activities to enhance member engagement and sense of community

Ensuring that all members (new, long-time, young, boater and non-boaters) are active, committed, and engaged will enhance the overall sense of community and vibrancy of the Club. Some creative ideas are needed to facilitate social interaction by offering programs and activities that appeal to a wider group of members and naturally draw people together around common interests. The setting for social engagement can be formally organized activities (i.e. Club sponsored parties), impromptu activities (i.e. using message boards or social media to let people know what’s going on for the day) or sweat equity activities. A well-defined mission statement would also enhance the sense of community and common purpose.

  • Boating and on-water activities

The current membership demographics and the activities organized by the club indicate that the on-water activities (both organized and informal) are not as much of a priority as they traditionally have been. The demands on families’ time and the cost of boat ownership were noted to be contributing factors. There is a desire by members to increase the organized on-water boating activities, make the club more attractive to potential members who desire such activities and increase the sense of community revolving around racing, cruising and boating in general.

  • Facility improvements to encourage the casual and informal use of the club

There is a desire to make the club a more comfortable, inviting place and thereby increase utilization by encouraging more casual/informal usage. This will also increase member interaction and sense of community. There is also a desire to make the club more user-friendly for families with young children.  These facility enhancements should make the club more attractive to potential members.

  • Resiliency to weather events

Members recognize the value of the clubhouse and facilities, both in terms of monetary value but also their importance to the culture of Club. The increased frequency of severe weather and high-water events creates the need to identify the risk and be more proactive to protect the facilities. By understanding the problem, the Club can become more resilient and plan to adapt by either defending against stormwater or accommodating routine flooding. There is also a concern that the Club’s finances may be insufficient to recover rapidly from a weather event without a significant assessment on the membership which could have an impact on many members’ ability and desire to remain members, thus jeopardizing the future of the club.

  • Financial stability

It is felt that dues are affordable and represent an outstanding value but may not allow for capital improvements of any significance without assessment. Members want to ensure that the Club is adequately funded, particularly in the event of an emergency. Defining and maintaining the appropriate balance should be a high priority. There is a need to establish goals for account levels for both operating funds and capital improvements/repairs.

  • Programs and activities to enhance Junior Sailing

Members, with and without children, place a high value on the Junior Sailing program. However, the role of Junior Sailing is evolving, not just for our Club for clubs throughout the area and country. Defining the optimal balance between learn-to-sail and competitive racing has always been a challenge but this results in an undefined mission of the Junior Sailing program (and to some degree the mission of the Club). The response to the Club’s demographic survey shows there are only three children currently in the club under six years of age compared to 14 in 2009, 19 in 2005, and 11 in 1999.  The Junior Sailing program and the family memberships it attracts is an important recruitment tool and contributes to the Club’s ability to stay ahead of a declining membership curve. We need to consider how the Junior Sailing program can adapt to the demands on families’ time and best serve the junior sailing goals of our families and their children.

Report from the Entertainment Committee – Sandy Turner and Rodney Denman

The Traditional RIYC Dress Ship Party on Saturday, July 21, 2018, had a good attendance of 66 members plus work crew.  We had boats at the dock in the afternoon, but the weather forced them back to moorings.  We had the house dressed for the party which helped with the theme.  Entertainment would like to thank Ann and Sully Ahamed, Terri and Bryan Burdick, Tom Knight, Jennifer and Jim O’Donnell, Janice Scott and Sandy Turner for working the party.  The team worked well and the food went out smoothly.  A special thanks to Ann and Sully for bringing a tasty chicken dish and to Janice for bringing an unbelievable dessert.

  

Besides the Club Race day, future events to watch out for are the Labor Day Picnic, the Clam Bar Party, and the Annual Meeting.

Entertainment is looking for hosts for the Annual Meeting and Fall parties.  There is a party sign-up clipboard on the bar that we are encouraging members to review and sign.  Remember, these parties can only happen with club members’ support.  It’s a team effort.

The Quad Party was great and was attended by 141 people.  We had more people in attendance from other clubs than from our own club.  The final financials are in process but it looks like we may be slightly out of pocket.  The band, Cabin Fever, is interested in playing for us again at a Thursday Night picnic.  They will be approached for playing in September.

The Labor Day Picnic will be 4-6pm and will run in the same way as Memorial Day – the Trustees will provide burgers, dogs, condiments, and beer.  Entertainment will send out an Evite so that we can better estimate numbers.

Report from the Junior Program

Junior Sailing – Ann Bergendahl and Rob Warn

We have completed the 2018 Jr. Sailing program at RIYC and we are very happy with how things turned out.  We had a great group of little sailors and instructors! Looking forward to breaking it all down in the coming weeks to evaluate what we can do to improve next year while keeping the momentum going.

The program is “morphing” a little to provide a strong basis for the kids in Optis, and then send them off to NESS or MudRatz for higher level racing in 420’s and beyond.

Junior Activities / Thursday Nights – Tina McLoughlin

Thursday Night Picnics continue! So bring the family and have a great time. The last Thursday Night Picnic is September 13th.

Ames Fund Request 

The Trustees approved a $1,500 grant for Tyler Bergendahl towards his sailing activities.  He is already flying a RIYC burgee, and the Trustees will ask him to provide a picture for the website from one of his many regattas.  We wish him well!

Report from the Race Committee

Race Ashore – Matt Curtiss

Race day planning is well in hand with coordination with the steward, Tiana. The food is all ordered. The Committee is still looking for junior runners as well as volunteers for parking and cleanup.

Race Afloat – Moise Solomon

The sign-up system is working well and the Committee encourages all to get out onto the race course.

Any members not using their mooring on August 25, 26 and willing to allow transient racers to use, please contact Moise, moise.solomon@gmail.com.

Report from the House Committee – Matt Lettrich

There have been issues with windows being left open and water coming in.  In addition, it seems as some of the club chairs may have had salt water dripped on them from swimmers.  A. Bergendahl indicated that the sailing instructors had a lightened load and the Junior Sailing Program finishes and they will wash the chairs.  The Trustees will check on the prior contacts for the club chairs and explore ordering new ones because some are broken and some are just tired. There will be an opportunity for members to sponsor a chair with their boat name in the future.

Report from the Waterfront Committee – Stan White

In order to address an accident on the floating docks last month where a member’s foot slipped between the dock units, Waterfront has started installing the boards between the floating docks to ensure safety.

The Dock and Harbor Rules call for using a sticker to identify those members who have paid the appropriate mooring and dinghy fees.  This procedure will be re-activated for 2019 and will include paddleboards and kayaks.

The RIYC Dock and Harbor Rules have been updated by the Board and should be reviewed by all members. Of special significance is the requirement to remove boats from the pier and floating docks if there is a storm predicted.

Website – Lorna Conahan

We will be transitioning to GoDaddy as our domain registrar.  The Team met on 8/20 to review how to make updates.  The Team will also respond to a request to more clearly identify responsibility for posting and communicating various items.

Membership Application Procedures – Amy Leger

As Trustees we are often asked, what is the process to bring a new member into the club?

Membership is by invitation from the Board of Trustees which considers prospective members who are proposed by the Membership Committee.

Following the steps below will help make the process run smoothly!

  1. If you have a friend or family member that has expressed interest in our club, the first step is to bring them to our events. This could include the Thursday Night Picnics as well as our many Entertainment Committee events.
  2. Once they have attended a few events and have met other members, download the application from the Member Section of the website or ask the Secretary to email it to you (riycsec@gmail.com).
  3. Ask the Prospective Member to complete the Application and to write a biography explaining why they are interested in joining our club. Have them return the Application and Biography to you.
  4. Explain to them that it is not unusual for the entire process to take up to two years so that they are not expecting an immediate invitation.
  5. Sign and date the Application and identify another member (not a spouse) who is also well-acquainted with the applicant to “Second” the Application by signing and dating as well.
  6. Submit the signed Application and Biography to the Secretary; both Sponsors are required to send supporting letters.
  7. The Secretary requests that forms and letters be submitted by email as well as other documents such as support letters, if possible.
  8. After application submission, continue to bring the Prospective Members to events; remember we are a working club! You should also ask other members who are acquainted with the prospective member to write support letters.  The more letters, the better!
  9. Please note that individual letters that demonstrate a relationship to and knowledge of the applicant are weighted more heavily than form letters signed by multiple members.

Membership is capped by the RIYC Bylaws, and new members are selected by the Membership Committee as space becomes available.  The Bylaws state, “All proceedings of the Membership Committee and the Trustees upon any proposal for membership and all communications received by them in relation thereto shall be regarded as confidential and shall not be disclosed except to state their final action thereon.”

It is difficult for the Membership Committee to propose members if they have not met them.  Since the committee itself is not identified to the Membership per the Bylaws, it is therefore helpful for sponsors to ensure that prospective members have been introduced to as many Trustees as possible.

Additionally, we would like to inform the membership that we are at an all-time low number of complete membership proposals which we can act on and remain in compliance with the bylaws.

If you have previously proposed a member, you are encouraged to email the Secretary to find out if the application packet is complete and if supporting letters have been received.

For all others – if you know of a good prospect for membership, please consider nominating them via the process described.

Documents are available on the Member Only section of the Ram Island Yacht Club website   https://ramislandyachtclub.org/

Resignations 

Last Voyage

  • Brian Thorp, husband of Joan Thorp
  • Sidney Petrie, husband of Linda and father of Brian

New Members

Cruise News – Stan White

Send an email to Stan White if you plan to attend the planned cruise.

The Fall Cruise will be held September 14th – 17th with the intended destination of Block Island, Cuttyhunk and Third Beach. We might need four or five nights!

Safety for Cruising Couples (Including “Suddenly Alone”) a Cruising Club of America (CCA) one-day training had to be postponed until September 9th. Contact Stan White if you are interested.

FOR SALE

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

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Classic 9’ Dyer Dhow for sale. Includes oarlocks, oars, bowline, floorboards (needs painting). The boat is solid but could use some buffing up. The boat does not have a sailing rig. $450. Laurelbutler697@gmail.com