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.



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.


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


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.


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


  • 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