Dear WYC Members and Friends,
It may seem like a long time has passed since we closed the club last August. For most of you, the warm summer breezes on Quonnie pond are just a faint memory. But here we are again at the onset of a great summer filled with all the promise of spending long days on our beautiful pond! I can assure you that the WYC Board of Directors has been busy all winter long so that the club can operate smoothly and safely as you have come to expect.
There are a few exciting changes at the club for the upcoming season. We purchased several new boats to add to our fleet. We ordered 2 new RS Quests, similar to the boats that we tested last summer and purchased a gently used Hobie Cat. Thanks to a generous donation of a member, we also purchased two brand new Club 420’s for our race team.
We have added a few new classes to our offerings. Our Beetle class for young sailors who are just learning will be re-launched as Beginner Sailing, a class that will utilize the Beetles, the RS Quests and the Hobie Cat. We will also commission a recreational sailing class called Sailing Adventures which will serve older sailors who have decided that their love of sailing lends itself more towards exploring the pond in different boats, rather than competing in Opti’s or 420’s. The new equipment will be used for the Adventures class and we will be spending time on Sunfish, SUP’s and windsurfers, as well. Proper sailing techniques will be emphasized, but so will the fun and joy of recreational sailing!
Registration for summer classes is now open. In response to your comments, we have updated the website (www.weekapaug yacht club.com). Just follow the Registration tab and click on the new enrollment button to create a profile. This is where you can now enroll in classes, pay dues, class fees, mooring fees, and other charges directly online with credit card or by check! This system will also help us to collect your waivers and medical forms, contact information and keep track of your sailor’s progress in learning to sail at WYC. We are still improving the new site, so if you have any difficulty signing up, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All communication from WYC will now come via the website to those who join the club.
The House Committee has also been busy replacing windows, siding and the boardwalks around the club. We should have some new decks and railings installed by club opening. Less noticeable, but still important will be our new plumbing that is being repaired to replace the copper that was stolen from beneath the club over the winter. We will be having a work weekend on May 28th and 29th to continue the repair work at the club, so please come by and help if you can spare some time. Check in with Ted Sherman or Charlie Anthony for more details.
The staff is excited to get everything shined and polished for your arrival. Merrick and Eliza Smith will be returning to manage the club. Morgan Buffum will be our head instructor and will be joined by our able instructors who are excited to share with you all that they have learned in their off-pond sailing experiences over the last 10 months. Regrettably, Mary Raftery and Kathryn Smith will not be returning to Weekapaug this summer in their former capacity. Fortunately, Kathryn’s niece, Kate Scott has agreed to take her place on the staff to assist Eliza with Little Mariners. Both Mary and Kathryn have promised to visit us often!
We are holding an Open House on July 2nd from 9-3. Please stop by to say hello and to try out some of our new boats. Encourage your friends to consider enrolling in one of our new classes! Adults are welcome, too! We are staffing the club on Saturdays when all of our members will be encouraged to try some of our new boats. Please take a look at the calendar on our website to learn about the activities planned to make the yacht club a great place to hang out and have fun. All members are invited to the annual Blessing of the Fleet followed by the Commodore’s BBQ on July 3rd.
On behalf of myself, Vice Commodore Heather Cady, Rear Commodore John Kelly and all the members of the Board, welcome back to Weekapaug Yacht Club. We look forward to seeing you again soon!