DOCKLINES JULY 2013
FROM THE COMMODORE – chris cornelissen
Ahoy! As I sit at my computer writing this article for Docklines, it is difficult to believe that it is already August 1. Where has this summer (let alone 2013) gone? We always look forward to the start of a new sailing season and it is half-over already! Throw in the seemingly constant rain this summer, and it is disappointing to say the least.
As I look back at the events that have occurred this year, I am pleased with the planning and hard work that your SHYC officers have completed. Pete has continued his hard work with memberships and increasing the roll of our club. This has been augmented by the tremendous work that Lisa has done as the business manager for the marina. SHYC appreciates the work and efforts of both Pete and Lisa in keeping the ranks of the SHYC full.
Nikki has been keeping a firm hand on the tiller of the finances of SHYC. Pat has continued to update our website, collect photographs (hers and others) of the recent events to be included in Docklines and on our bulletin board in the main Bath House.
Eric has been hard at work (behind the scenes) regarding the upcoming Shrimp and Crab Feast and the Commodore’s Cup gala. Please be sure that you fill out the registration forms and return them with the appropriate monies for these events. The deadlines are in place so that we can be sure we have the right amount of seafood for everyone in attendance.
I did not mention a particular individual, our Rear Commodore – Pete Moxon, who was our Fleet Captain for our Memorial Day Anchor Out. The feedback received for this event was great as a fun time was had by all. Kudos to Pete for filling in for another position on the board.
Cindi and I had the opportunity to join in with the other members of SHYC who stepped up to give of themselves during the Leukemia Cup Regatta in July. What a great cause and a fun night. I would like to thank each and every one of the members of SHYC who helped out with ID checks, bartending, table set-up and break down as well as other tasks that needed to be done during this event. A special thanks to our former Commodore, Chip Powell, who continues to take the time necessary to make this event enjoyable and successful. WOW!
Please remember that the Shrimp and Crab Feast is scheduled for August 17. The Commodore’s Cup is scheduled for September 21. (I would love to see as many sailboats as possible on the water for the Cup.) I hope to see each of you at these events making new friendships and renewing old friendships.
Stop by and poke your head in when Cindi and I are in our slip (D-42) I’d be glad to hear from each of you any comments or suggestions you have for SHYC—or just to swap sailing tales. Either way, I am here with a hand on the helm of your SHYC. I look forward to seeing everyone at our 2013 events that are planned for you.
Fair Winds and Sunny Skies! Chris
FROM THE VICE COMMODORE – eric sund
The flyer for the Shrimp and Crab Feast has gone out. Information on the Commodore’s Cup Race will follow soon. Look forward to seeing you at these events.
FROM THE REAR COMMODORE – pete moxon
Our Memorial Day Anchor Out – can you say “windy”? Our planned departure on Saturday was postponed due to a forecast of 20-25 kts and NOAA turned out to be accurate for a change. All was not lost as the crews of Adagio (Warren & Carol Stringer), Escape (Eric Sund, Holle Cuje, & Jen Larus), Free Bird (Rick & Gail Thompson), Auspicious Too (Matt & Debbie Ales and her sister, Sherry), and MicMac (Pete & Mary Ann Moxon) had a great night out. Heading to Mathews, we had a great dinner at Sandpiper Reef restaurant, followed by a show at Donks Theater aka Virginia’s Lil Ole Opry. You’ve gotta go at least once to experience this local country music venue. Really an experience!
Sunday morning brought NW winds of 10-15 kts, which made for some great sailing up the Rappahannock. The fleet tacked back and forth heading for the East Branch of the Corrotoman rafting-up just past Bells Creek. This was a new experience for some of our cruisers and it was accomplished smoothly and safely. I was surprised that several boats had never been up here as it’s one of our favorite rivers. The Western Branch has an interesting cable ferry operating across the river holding just four cars. After happy hour with shared appetizers on MicMac, each boat anchored on their own for the night. Memorial Day dawned as calm as Saturday was windy and the fleet motor sailed back to Stingray at their leisure.
I understand that many members have never anchored out overnight? Yikes, that’s half the fun of sailing. We were all there once and anchor outs are a great way to start cruising. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org should you want to learn more about anchoring out and great anchorages within a short day’s sail from Stingray. Hope to see you on the Labor Day Anchor Out?!
FROM THE TREASURER – nikki morris
Greetings All! Glad to report we’ve received additional burgees for new members. Your Board will be planning the remainder of this year’s events with
the checkbook balance in the black.
Wish you safe boating, fair winds and following seas…..Nikki
FROM THE SECRETARY – pat devine
The Stingray Harbour Yacht Club bulletin board in the main bath house has been replaced thanks to Jim Rogers a co-owner of Stingray Point Marina. Multiple storms this year had blown off photos and decorations from the bulletin board creating a no win situation. It is now an enclosed unit, which I’m sure will last many years—though the photos will change each year. Thanks, Lisa for ordering and Lou for the installation.
Photos of events from this year have been posted with room left to add the remaining event photos. For those of you who attended Opening, hopefully the photos with rekindle the fun you had. Two Summer Cruise photos (thanks to Barbara Vassar) are included in the newsletter. Anchor Out photos thanks to Pete are on the bulletin board. If you have stories or photos from trips that you would like to share with members, please contact me by email at email@example.com.
We have two additional articles: Chip Powell’s on the Leukemia Cup Regatta and Pat Anderson’s light-hearted highlights from the Summer Cruise headed by Chris Cornelissen.
Wishing you wind in your sails! Pat
Leukemia Cup Regatta 2013
Chip Powell, SHYC Past Commodore
If you were able to make it to the Friday night reception, you were witness to the words of one of our fellow sailors and patient honoree, Rob Whittet, a member from our partners in the event, FBYC. He is a survivor and has been sailing in the regatta for years. All participants and volunteers from Stingray Harbour Yacht Club should have felt immediate gratification for their support and fundraising efforts for the event.
This year’s Southern Chesapeake Series Leukemia Cup Regatta cleared about $100,000.00 at this point, but money is still coming in! That is a terrific amount in this tough economic environment an represents funding for a lot of research and patient support.
On behalf of the LCR committee, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of Stingray Harbour Yacht Club involved in the set up and bar tending that helped make the weekend a success. AND, whoever was in charge of the cooler weather, Thanks!
Congratulations to everyone on a great event. Our club’s quality volunteers make the quality of this event possible.
SUMMER CRUISE – 2013
Pat Anderson, SHYC Past Secretary
“Who needs a Fleet Captain when such adventure lies within us?” So said the 5 sailing vessels that grew to 7 and their crews on the 2013 SHYC Summer Cruise. Thanks to Commodore, Chris Cornelissen’s leadership, the fleet headed north on June 14. Reedville, Solomons, St Michael’s, Herrington Harbor South and St Mary’s were delightful ports of call. New members Denise and Leo Moore lost their new status quickly as introductions and connections were made. They were awarded Most Patriotic Boat as nightly a spotlighted Old Glory flew high above Mr Wizard thanks to Leo’s engineering prowess. Ryan Wall, aboard the Cornelissen’s Endeavour, had to win a prize for Best Boyfriend Ever. Pat and Roland were the Easiest Stowaways to Live With as guests of Barbara and Warren Vassar on Aspire. The Vassars were awarded Best Game Hosts for challenging the fleet to solve their basket of mind teasers. Joining the fleet for the last 2 nights, the Newest Boat Owners award went to Rick and Gail Thompson aboard for just the third time Free Bird. Frank and Mary Wilkerson aboard Neon Moon won the Best Happy Hour award for fabulous appetizers. Ask Mary for her guacamole recipe. Joe and Cathy Davenport and Bailey aboard Journey were awarded the Cutest Dog Crew member bone. And for traveling the farthest from Lynchburg to join the fleet for the last part of the trip, Matt and Debbie Ales with Rocky aboard Auspicious Too were awarded the Long Distance prize. The Most Musical Stop award went to St Mary’s River Concert Series under the Summer solstice full moon. The fleet thanked Chris and Cyndi Cornelissen at dinner in Solomons for their hard work in making the trip a success. The Happy Birthday award was given to Cindy to enhance the celebration.