RIYC June 2019 Newsletter

Commodore’s Message – Gary Annino

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Denise and Rodney

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

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

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

The program starts Monday, June 24!

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

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

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

Lets have a great summer!
Ann and Rob

Thursday Nights –  T. McLoughlin

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

Celebrate Artist Y E Soderberg  at Mystic Museum of Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cruise News – Stan White

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

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

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


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

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


No listing this month