RIYC October 2019 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Blake Powell

Fall has arrived and it’s time to break out the heavy foul weather gear. I want to thank Past Commodore Gary for all of his time and effort the past few years which have left the Club in a great position and made for a smooth transition. The new Trustees are all in place and off to a running start. Committee assignments are posted on the web site https://ramislandyachtclub.org/about/ if you have questions about who to contact for anything.

There are a few points from the committee reports that are worth highlighting. The floats are scheduled to be hauled on October 19th. Please remove any boats and personal gear before then and come down to help. If you’ve never participated before you’ll be amazed at the well choreographed scene. Also, we’re replacing the worn, faded and broken deck chairs. See’s Matt’s note about how to order a new one with your boat name.

I’d like to give a shout-out to some RIYC sailors participating in regional events recently. RIYC was well represented at the Mystic Seaport 70th Annual Dyer Dhow Derby on October 5th with several members sailing. Congratulations to Charlie and Woody Bergandahl who took home first place. I hear Ann is already planning next year’s party. Also congratulations to Mo’ Grins who won the Lake Champlain Viper Open . For those who aren’t done sailing for the season, Stonington Harbor Yacht Club invites RIYC members to join them for their Fall (and later, Spring) Frostbiting Series in Ideal 18s. Members are welcome to use one of their Stonington-based boats. If you’re interested, contact Wayne Buchannan 860-434-1560.

Charlie and Woody

Please remember to send any and all Club related photographs to the newsletter editor, Stan White, along with a caption.

Report from the Entertainment Committee – Rodney Denman, Denise Kennedy and Jane Spear

September concluded with our Annual Meeting and Party attended by 121 patrons who seemed to enjoy the cuisine by McQuades in addition to the nice weather‎ at sunset. Thank you to our Club’s Leadership for their devotion, direction and hard work; and thank you to all the volunteer efforts (seen and unseen) by our Membership…that’s what RIYC is about! In particular, thank you to the committee that set up and hosted the Annual Meeting and Party: Robin Leeds, Nip Tanner, Mary Fiorelli, Dennis Doherty, Joanna Miller de Zwart and Rose Powell who jumped in on the spot.
October started off with a Category F4 (First Fall Friday Frugal) that swept 89 patrons into party fashion. Appreciation goes to hosts and committee for getting the Frugal season off to a great start: Tom and Kathy Manning, ‎Bill and Adrianne Loweth, Jim and Carolyn Rymash, Larry and Jeri Comstock (hope no one was left out)…and extending best wishes and prayers to Art Miller who continues on the mend.
Our next Frugal isn’t far away (Nov. 1st!) and PLEASE NOTE that it is not the 8th as the calendar shows. Before that, however, coming to a Club near you on Saturday, October 19th is our Decommissioning Party, hosted by Pat and Mack Turner and a faithful crew. Then looking ahead to November we will have our inaugural Chili-n-Chowder Cook-off Party on Saturday the 16th, and we’re looking for members to sign up to each bring a crockpot of their own award-winning, family-secret recipe. Watch for a separate Sign-Up Genius invite for that!
Once again, a big thank you to all our volunteers and we look forward to raising a glass together at our next gathering!

Junior Sailing – Rob Warn and Rush Hambleton

First and foremost we need to thank Ann Berghendal for the tremendous amount of time and effort that she put into the program for the last few years she was on the board. This program does not just happen on its own and the amount of ‘unseen’ work that has to transpire is not trivial.  Thanks Ann!!

That being said, the program is still in good hands as we welcome Rush Hambleton to the board and the junior sailing program.  We are currently working with Ann for a smooth turnover as well as a look back at a successful summer to build on the successes and identify any areas for improvement.  As always we welcome any feedback from the membership.

Report from the Race Committee

Race Ashore – Rodney Denman

Rodney reported that he will be meeting with the volunteers that ran the party for the past 2 years. He will connect with Moise Solomon to prepare for the 75th anniversary. He will be setting up the first committee meeting in January/February. Contact Rodney if you would like to help out.

Race Afloat – Moise Solomon and John Watson

Moise reported that activity for the Race Afloat in in the fall doldrums.  Matt Curtiss has volunteered to get his PRO certification.  We need more volunteers to help with the race or sailing programs in general. Please contact Moise if you’re interested. Moise also stated that he would like to strive toward a clean regatta certification.  This would have implications for the party.  This coming year will be our 75th year for the regatta.

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

The locker door replacement project should finish within the next few weeks (only five doors remain) and improvement in the appearance of the south face of the club is remarkable.  With the exception of help ripping some stock to size, all door fabrication and painting has been done by Dan Spear in his home shop.  Likewise, the installation has been performed by the team of John Lathrop, Ed Dieckerhoff and Jim Rymash.  The sweat equity supplied by these gentlemen is substantial … and in keeping with the longstanding culture of our club.  Please extend them your most sincere thanks.
Fall morning at RIYC
There have been a few instances in which the club has been found with doors and windows open and with no one present.  With the approach of winter, please continue to enjoy the facilities but ensure that when leaving you check that all doors and windows are firmly closed and locked/latched.  If others are still present, please make sure someone acknowledges that they will be responsible for properly securing the club.

The House Committee needs new/additional/continuing volunteers.  Over the past year, we have established a work list that committee members have been pursuing and the plan is to meet and update the list with new projects for the coming year.  The work list also incorporates projects from the Beautification Committee.  Additionally, there is a House Committee watch-bill to ensure that, especially during the winter months, someone is responsible for routinely inspecting the building and grounds to promptly identify and correct problems before they can cause damage.  The person with the watch also ensures that trash and recycling is curbed for scheduled pickup … missing a scheduled pickup has proven to be a real problem.  If you would like to help out at the club for the next year, please email Fred Haberlandt.  If you are already on the list, please re-submit your name so we know you are still interested and able.

For $20, you can embroider a director’s chair with a boat name of your choice.  The name you submit will be in tight white stitching on a royal blue canvas chair back.  North Star Designs of Stonington will match the new font to the old, but after about 17 characters & spaces, a smaller font size may be needed.  In the interest of full disclosure, there will be no back side removable cover on this flight, so the name in reverse will be visible from behind. Contact Matt Lettrich (matt@lettrich.net) with order details, your contact info., and payment to RIYC before the end of the year. Orders will be processed in the order they are received. The intention is to replace all of the club’s existing director’s chair canvas before next season.  

Reminder: We’re fortunate to have some wonderful artwork at the Club including the Lars Thorsen murals downstairs. The railing in front of the mural is to protect it from chairs bumping into it and causing damage. The railing isn’t to hang coats which could scratch or cause damage to the mural. Please use the coat racks near the front entrance. Thanks!

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

The Committee is continuing the fine effort that was started several years ago. In the coming months recommendations will be presented to help insure that our facilities are well maintained for future generations.

Report from the Waterfront Committee – Matt Champney and Matt Lettrich

The waterfront committee thanks Jim McGuire, Danny Spear, Chuck Chorlton and Jim Rymash for help in inspecting the floats and main pier.  It was decided that three floats will have to be completely rebuilt this year. Several other floats need new planking and a few have excessive wear in the connecting hardware.

The main pier needs about 24 new planks and a couple new water hose valves.

We also wanted to thank Andy Giblin for volunteering to remove the teak benches on the main pier and Jr sailing dock and reinstall them next year. These benches were a great addition to the waterfront and enjoyed by many members.

We are planning to start the float and dock work shortly after hauling the floats.

The next big event for waterfront is hauling the floats on October 19.  We have confirmed the date with Ron Helbig and his crew.  We will be asking for all hands on deck from the membership.

Cruise News – Stan White

Planning for the 2020 cruises are underway! Set aside some time on the water for the second half of June and the first half of September.

Reach out to Stan White (swhite151@gmail.com) if you have any suggestions for a 3 day (or more!) cruise.

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 September 2019 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Gary Annino

Welcome to my last RIYC newsletter submission as Commodore

Oddly, this is that most difficult submission I’ve written.  It’s harder for me to move on than anticipated and I found myself reflecting on things left undone and things that may have done differently.

Nonetheless, the club has seen a fair amount of change in the last few years.  I like to believe that the changes were thoughtful and progressive, but I know the world has many perspectives. To address those perspectives, I offer the following to ponder: change is constant.  Nothing ever remains the same, but we can choose to proactively make changes (where appropriate) and use them to chart the club’s future.  This is where you come in….

We, the club leadership, need to hear your thoughts and ideas. If you have a thought, idea, or concern please raise it directly to a Trustee/Flag Officer.  If you are thinking or feeling it, odds you are not alone.  However, when you provide feedback please remember that being a Flag Officer or Trustee is not an easy job and we do the best we can.  Assume good intent in the Board’s decisions and deliver your feedback in a way that you would like to receive feedback.

To the members of the 2018-2019 Board, especially those whose term is complete, I’d like to thank each of you for your tireless service.  It was a pleasure to serve with each of you.

To the entire membership, I want to assure you that the club is in great hands with the oncoming Board and Leadership.

Respectfully,

Gary

Report from the Entertainment Committee – Rodney Denman and Denise Kennedy

RIYC welcomed the end-of-summer party gathering with 107 patrons at our Annual Clam Bar Party…always a favorite. Sincere thanks to Kevin and Carol Fiftal, Carol Oviatt, Bob Osieski, Denise Kennedy,‎ MaryLou Svencer, Ann Ahamed, Amy Leger and all the expert shuckers…Danny, Mack, Dana, Roger, Stan, Sandy…and apologies for anyone I may have overlooked! It was, as always, great to gather our membership together for a party that was fortunately complemented by good weather.
Our Annual Meeting is fast approaching and there are two important notes: 3-5 volunteers are still needed for set up and clean up and putting food out, and the second note is that the evening’s menu is being catered so that volunteers do not need to prep or cook food but simply to set up, support and clean up–a slight change to more easily facilitate the post-meeting reception. So please let Rodney and Denise know if you will help for the Annual Meeting, or log in to the Sign-Up Genie in the next few days.

And before you know it we’ll have our first Friday Frugal in early October so stay tuned!  Thank you to everyone and see you at the Meeting.

Tuesday Night Dinner on September 10th

Report from the Race Committee

Race Ashore – Tina McLoughlin

Logistically the event went very well. Based on feedback before and during the party it was determined that there is an opportunity to improve change management, communication and setting of expectations for next year.

Race Afloat – Moise Solomon

Moise summarized lessons-learned to the Board obtained through written and verbal comments from some members and participants.  Overall the race went very well with a few logistical hiccups that the capable race committee handled seamlessly.  The race was run around the island in a clockwise direction to make best use of available wind and current.  Sufficient wind was present for a great race, which was lucky given the extensive and persistent light breezes we have had this summer.  The attendance was down a few boats, and speculation is that was due to the light air with most Melges and Vipers not participating.  It is recommended that additional club members obtain training to be a principal race officer, and broaden participation from additional club members next year to help deepen the experience pool.  

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

The south-side locker door project has resumed.  Occupants of lockers to be worked will be informed and requested to secure the contents for the approximately two days that replacement requires.  The Committee will be developing a work list for winter projects.

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

The committee will assemble a recommendation for parking lot paving and other related work; the goal is to submit the recommendation to the Board in October.  Initiatives being considered include:

  • Contouring and paving; retaining the drainage swale through the center of the lot (street to ramp) while raising the level to reduce routine, and storm flooding.
  • Inclusion of permeable paving (e.g., filled X-block) at the seaward side of the lot (replacing grass) and possibly creating a similar street-side border. The intent is to retain the existing boat storage and rigging area.
  • Raising the seawall approximately 12 inches south of the main dock to mitigate wave damage from storm events.
  • Extending the submerged end of the launch ramp to accommodate larger boats/trailers at low tide.

Note – This is a dynamic process.  If you have thoughts or concerns, please contact one of the committee representatives with your input.

Report from the Waterfront Committee – Sandy Turner and Matt Champney

The Waterfront committee will be doing their annual inspection of the floats and main pier at the end of this month.   The plan is to identify any areas that need to be replaced or repaired and generate a work list for the off season.  If a member notices an area of concern please report it to Matt (mattchampney@gmail.com) or Sandy (hturner1970@hotmail.com).  It was determined that Junior sailing will take in the storage cylinders off the racks and Waterfront Committee will take off the racks during float hauling.  Note was made that some faucets on the dock leak and there is a broken faucet handle by lower dinghy dock.

Hauling of the floats will occur on October 19th so mark your calendars!

Cruise News – Stan White

The Fall Cruise was a GREAT success (seven boats)! We had 20 people at a dinner ashore on Sunday night and then packed 16 people into the cockpit of LARK for a fun happy hour(s) on Monday night. Monday was spent island walking, bike riding and drinking Mudslides at the Oar.

We had perfect weather and sailing winds for three days. Hope to see even more boats on the 2020 cruises!

The Kings and Whites are trying to organize a French Canal Barge charter (4 or 6 people per boat) for September 2021. PLENTY of time to plan! If you want to be kept informed about the trip and, hopefully, join us, send an email to Peter (pking18781@gmail.com) and Stan (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 August 2019 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Gary Annino

Summer is winding down and the days are getting shorter.

This is a busy month at RIYC:

Junior Sailing graduation occurred last Thursday and it was great to see the young new sailors walk up to proudly receive their awards.

The last Tuesday night dinner was attended by 54 people!  The food and service has been excellent.  I believe we will have two more this year so if you’ve never been (as I hadn’t before this year) it’s a fun evening.

RIYC just returned from defending the Boatwright Cup title against WAD and SHYC.  Representing RIYC was Carl Fast, Dave Youtts, and Sarah Youtts in lasers.  Wes Maxwell, OJ O’Connell, Zack Champney, Jemma O’Donnell sailed the Ideal 18s.  It’s nice to see inter club one design racing in the sound.

Last, and very important – The Ram Island Race is SATURDAY, August 24th & the party starts at five

Enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts.

Gary

PS – Please note that we will be pulling the Ideal 18s on September 14th.  For anyone willing to help, please contact me.

Report from the Entertainment Committee – Rodney Denman and Denise Kennedy

While August was host to great boating weather and more quiet on the event-front, September promises to add events back into that (hopeful) continuation of good weather. Preparations are well underway for the Clam Bar Party on the 7th and our Annual Meeting on the 28th. Fall Off Soundings will take place on the 13th and 14th to keep folks entertained as well, even though Entertainment won’t have a hand in Off Soundings, of course. Cheers to continued enjoyable boating and water activity and we’ll see you at our next party!
Tuesday Night Dinner 2019-08-13

Report from the Junior Program

Junior Sailing – Ann Bergendahl and Rob Warn

Jr. Sailing came to a nice close last week. Two new things… Laser clinics on Monday nights and the Adventure Class seem to be a hit.  Jr. Sailing will pass information on to next to chairs.

Report from the Race Committee

Race Ashore – Tina McLoughlin

Planning is well underway. Several logistics items:

  • The ice is being delivered on Friday; it should be dropped by noon on the north side of the building where the trash cans are
  • Giblin will provide checks for payment
  • Ann and John Budding are setting up the tent as they always do; either on Friday evening or first thing Saturday morning
  • The dumpster (6-yards with lid) was delivered on Friday and placed in front of the bike rack; street side of the playground
  • We are confirmed to have a steward working at the Club
  • Jr. Sailing and the stewards will help remove boats from the end of the parking lot prior to Saturday
  • The outer room upstairs will be used for Race Ashore storage; the Instructor’s bedroom and bathroom will be off limits
  • Noank Package Store will supply the bar
  • Trustees agreed it was a good idea to hire some of our junior sailors to assist with certain activities such as dish washing and parking assistance

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

The south-side locker door project will continue shortly. The Committee will be developing a work list for winter projects.

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

Keith Neilson of Docko has inspected the parking lot and has provided a written report to the LRP subcommittee with repaving recommendations taking into account drainage and stability. These recommendations are being evaluated. Other initiatives related to the docks and house structure are being discussed. No decisions have been made.

Report from the Waterfront Committee – Sandy Turner and Matt Champney

John McCrea finished installing float spacers to minimize the gap between floats. Please contact Sandy Turner, Matt Champney or John McCrea if you see anything wrong (i.e. a cracked/split deck plank) with the docks.

New Members

Ben and Cristina Connell live in Noank (Tryon Ave.) and have two children Estelle (Stella) 13 and David 7. Ben is interested in getting involved with the house operations and Cristina is interested in the Junior Sailing Program.

WELCOME ABOARD!

Cruise News – Stan White

The fall cruise is set for September 8th (Sunday) – September 10th to Block Island. Dinner ashore Sunday night and BYOB cocktails on LARK Monday evening. Monday will be a day of hiking, biking or just reading a book. Send an email to Stan White (swhite151@gmail.com) if you are thinking about making the voyage!

The Kings and Whites are trying to organize a French Canal Barge charter (4 or 6 people per boat) for September 2021. PLENTY of time to plan! If you want to be kept informed about the trip and, hopefully, join us, send an email to Peter (pking18781@gmail.com) and Stan (swhite151@gmail.com).

Of Special Interest

Mike McBee is seeking used Opti/Laser equipment for a youth sailing program in Bequia. See the flier BYS-Equipment-Donation

Block Island YC Around the Island Pursuit Race Saturday, September 1st. See the flier 2019-Around-the-Island-Pursuit-Race

Mason’s Island Paddle Board Race August 24th. See the flier MIYC Paddle Event August 2019

B.I.G. Jack 9th Annual Block Island Guyol SHYC Regatta September 7th. See flier BIG Jack BI

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 July 2019 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Gary Annino

Summer is in full swing and the Club has been very busy!

I have a few highlights:

Tuesday Night Dinners at the club are in full swing with a new caterer.  There is a minimum number of people that need to attend lock in each event so make your plans early by contacting Linda Rambo.

The club has assets that the membership can use at their convenience

  • The Swimming area – at the end of the Opti Rack
  • Paddle Boards – on the Opti rack
  • Two Ideal 18s – Contact Val Fast for details 

Note – We are planning to add an Ideal 18 start to the Ram Island Race (inside/short course).  If you are interested in representing Ram at this event – please reserve a boat soon as we only have two.  The WAD club and SHYC are planning to support this fleet also.

Last – The Ram Island Race is SATURDAY, August 24th.

Enjoy this beautiful weather.

Gary

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Jack and Jack FieldThe club IDEAL 18s are in the water & ready for use.  We thought it appropriate to place some structure around the use of the Boats.  Associated with this communication is the liability waiver, the boat checklist, and the qualifications checklist.  These documents may be revised periodically & updated on the website & in the IDEAL 18 logbook. Below are the highlights of the program:

  • Users must be qualified/signed-off by the Fleet Captain (Val Fast) or delegate.
  • A completed qualification & liability waiver (both signed) must be on file with the Fleet Captain
  • PFD’s, provided by the users, must be worn while operating the vessels.
  • Additional details are highlighted in the associated documents

On the first floor or RIYC along the windows is the Ideal 18 equipment:

  • Sails (if not on the boat
  • A Safety gear duffle bag
  • A VHF radio set to channel 09
  • The ideal 18 log book 

To use an IDEAL, once qualified sign up in the logbook for one of the three four hour slots (0800-1200; 1200-1600; 1600-2000).  Upon your arrival for use, log the boat out & take a VHF & safety bag and proceed to the boat. Follow the checklist for use of the boats.

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2019 Eighteenth Annual Red Lobdell Memorial Regatta
Stonington Harbor Yacht Club
Stonington, CT, USA
Saturday, July 27, 2019

https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=9519

Report from the Entertainment Committee – Rodney Denman and Denise Kennedy

July delivered nice weather and roughly 90 party patrons for our first Docktails party‎! Many thanks to party co-host Denise for lots of coordination, to Dennis and Mary for single-handedly managing the kitchen, Rick at the bar and the Loweths delivering on the palm tree and behind the scenes support. Thanks also to members who docked and joined in to set the scene for Docktails–and the vessels who served up signature cocktails (especially Talisman’s Blue Sea Special…sorry I don’t remember the name but wow was it good). We sincerely hope everyone enjoyed the event and we look forward to having that again next year.
Originally we were scheduled to have the Traditional Dress Ship Summer Cocktail Party on July 27 but with competing interests and the Quad party the following weekend, we are canceling the Dress Ship event this year but taking an opportunity to add a new event in August,‎ so stay tuned for details!
With the summer in full swing, it means a great deal to us when members volunteer their time to help with parties, and we continue to work towards crafting events that generate strong participation but are a little easier to host and manage. Your ideas (and time) are greatly valued…and thank you to all members for supporting the Club and its events by coming to enjoy the festivities!

Thursday Nights – Tina McLoughlin

Thursday Nights are well underway! We had a great turnout on June 24th with the Rolling Tomato Pizza food truck. Our next food truck is scheduled for 7/18. We sent an email blast to all members and Jr Sailing Families with a list of upcoming food trucks.

Report from the Junior Program

Junior Sailing – Ann Bergendahl and Rob Warn

Junior Sailing is underway! We have a good group of instructors and JI’s this year.

Report from the Race Committee

Race Ashore – Tina McLoughlin

We have been actively communicating the race date (SATURDAY!!) and party time (5PM!). Signs are posted on the bulletin boards, the website has been updated and an email blast was sent to members.

Race Afloat – Moise Solomon

  • All planning for race afloat is on track.
  • Of general interest to racers and non-racers alike, the documentary movie “The Maiden” is playing at Mystic Luxury Cinemas starting July 12th.  This is the true story of Tracy Edwards skippering the first all-female crew to sail around the world (in the ’89-’90 Whitbread around the world race.). Some of us may remember what a big deal this was in the sailing community at the time.

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

  • The south-side locker door project will continue shortly.
  • The stewards have a work list of House projects for accomplishment, as time permits, around waterfront responsibilities.
  • We have been loaned an extra recycling bin (picked up every other week) to help meet Club needs. As a reminder, the blue bins are for recyclables and green bins are for trash.  Please segregate your refuse into the appropriate bins.
  • A new Steward is being hired to replace Ben who resigned due to sports commitments.
  • The broken glass in the cypher locked, riverside door has been replaced.

Bylaws Subcommittee – Amy Leger

The updated version of the Bylaws that was approved at the Special Meeting on June 27 has been posted on the website.

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

  • The Facilities Subcommittee last met on Monday, 7/15.
  • On 7/11, members of the Facilities Subcommittee met with Keith Neilson (Docko, Inc.) to inspect the parking lot. The intent is to develop a plan for repaving that takes into consideration for potentially raising the level while maintaining adequate drainage.  Neilson will provide a letter report with options and an estimate for developing a biddable specification, adequate oversight of execution, and for obtaining necessary permits based on the option chosen.
  • Other initiatives related to the docks and house structure are being discussed.

Report from the Waterfront Committee – Sandy Turner and Matt Champney

  • In the beginning of July the Waterfront Chairs walked the main pier, Lawton Dock and all of the floats.  Planks were replaced on floats and on the main pier a few deck planks were reset to make them more secure.
  • The committee chairs are continuing to monitor the docks and floats.
  • If a club member has a concern with the piers or floats please contact Sandy Turner or Matt Champney.
  • Resignations 

Last Voyage

Carolyn Crowley
1932 – June 1 2019
Member since 1964
Francis “Sam” Crowley
1930 – July 2 2019
Member since 1964, Past Commodore

New Members

Cruise News – Stan White

The July Cruise was perfect – great winds, sunny days, and great company. The fleet met at Shelter Island Yacht Club on Friday Night (07/12) for good cheer on LARK. Saturday was a sail around Shelter Island (and dodging a lot of BIG power boats going too fast!) and spending the night at Coecles Harbor with warm water (80 degrees!) for swimming and another gathering on LARK.

The Fall Cruise will be 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 the cruise.

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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  • Puffin Dingy with trailer and oars – 8’6”, 80 lbs., beam 49”            $900.00
  • 18” Grumman aluminum canoe, $300.00
  • 3 paddles Aviron Cleme’nt, Canada (64,65,67) $100 each
  • 2 Danforth anchors – 1-8lb.,  1-12lb.
  • 2 boat hooks, telescoping
  • miscellaneous hardware (thimbles, pulley and more)

Barbara and Ed Eckelmeyer
860 460- 4244
860 536-8366
beckelmeyer@hotmail.com

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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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