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.
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
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 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.
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 (email@example.com) if you have any suggestions for a 3 day (or more!) 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