From our Commodore

Dear WYC Members,

With over three feet of snow on the ground in much of New England, it’s a little hard to imagine that summer will ever come! In the blink of an eye, though, I know we will be back on Quonochontaug Pond racing Opti’s, 420’s and Beetles and generally having fun on the water! I can’t wait.

The Weekapaug Yacht Club Board has been working hard, alongside numerous committees, planning for a great season of socializing, sailing, racing and frolicking on and near the water. My thanks go to all who have given their time for the benefit of our club this autumn and winter.

Included among some new staff members who will join us for the summer of 2015 are Merrick Smith and his wife, Eliza Hannon Smith. Merrick will manage our sailing programs and youth classes. Eliza, who returns to Weekapaug having spent many summers working as a counselor in the Kiddie Camp, will work with Kathryn Smith running the Jr. Crew program and helping Mary Raftery in the office. Many of our instructors from last summer will return, joined by some new, enthusiastic talent.

We are adding some new sailing classes this summer, including a recreational Sunfish class for youth and adults. Windsurfing classes will meet twice/week, up from once/week last summer and our youth race teams (both Opti and 420) will sail five days/week with extended class times. Our “fleet” of boats and accessories (including paddles for SUP boards and kayaks) continues to grow. I hope you will come down and give them a try! July session classes begin Monday, June 29.

Our social calendar will be jam-packed this summer beginning with the Blessing of the Fleet and Commodore’s BBQ on Sunday, June 28. Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 11 when WYC will host a fundraiser. Geri Abdoo is chairing this event, which is sure to be a fun night of food, drinks and music! If you would like to help with this event, please let me or Geri know.

The complete summer calendar will be up on the website soon. I look forward to seeing you when the breezes are warm and the sun is shining. It will surely be a wonderful summer in Weekapaug!

Until then, I wish you smooth skiing, snowshoeing and sledding (or sailing if you have the good fortune to be near a non-frozen body of water)!

Brooke Whittemore



February 10, 2015