A letter from our commodore:
April 15, 2013
Dear Weekapaug Yacht Club Members,
Quonnie pond has a very long history of magical experiences, tears, fears and monumental moments. With summer around the corner I would like to welcome you the 2013 season at the Weekapaug Yacht Club and wish you many great experiences and memories.
Over the winter, Vice Commodore Jim Buffum, Rear Commodore Brooke Whittemore, the WYC Board and I have worked hard planning the 2013 season. The season begins on Sunday, June 30th with the Weekapaug Chapel service, the parade to the club, the Blessing of the Fleet and finally the Commodore’s Barbeque.Please join us for many of the events happening this summer.
- Saturday June 29th: WYC opens for class registration
- Sunday June 30th: 11 am Blessing of the Fleet, 12pm Commodore’s BBQ, 12 – 4pm WYC Class Registration
- July session goes from Monday July 1st to Friday July 26th
- Friday July 5th: @6:30pm Commodore’s Reception
- Saturday July 6th: The Nat Earle Walk/Run
- Saturday July 6th: Beetle, 420 and Opti 4th of July races
- Wednesday July 10th: @ 12 noon we will host a BBQ & Community Open House
- Saturday July 13th: The WYC’s fundraising event with a “Gillian’s Island” theme – we promise it will be a blast!
- Tuesday July 16th: the WYC will host the Nat Earle Regatta.
- Sunday July 21st: WYC Speaker series presents Dean Brenner Talk: “Psychology of Sailing”
- Saturday July 27th: July Awards and pot luck dinner
- August session goes from Monday July 29th to Friday August 24th
- Sunday August 11th: WYC Speaker series presents Clark Murphy Talk: “Bareboating”
- Sunday, September 1st: New this year Labor Day races for the Beetle fleet
A summer social events calendar for juniors will include weekly Monday night bingo, “Big Bucks” bingo every other Wednesday evening starting July 10th. We are also introducing Ping Pong Round Robin tournaments scheduled for every other Thursday starting July 18th, so get your game on! One or two sailing instructors will run these activities and events, but we encourage all parents to join the fun and require children under 12 to be supervised by an adult or caretaker. Of course if you would like to volunteer it would be very much appreciated.
Please consider contributing to the Nat Earle Fund as you register for the 2013 season to help support the junior sailing program. Members generous support in years past has help the yearly sailing program needs of the WYC. We greatly appreciate your immediate support!
Our fundraising needs remain real. The “Raise The Roof” fundraiser of 2 years ago was so successful that the Board has approved a 2013 fundraising event. The theme for the 2013 fundraiser and silent auction is “Gillian’s Island”. The fundraising committee is seeking donations for the silent auction; please contact Brooke Whittemore if you can donate an item or service (firstname.lastname@example.org). A big “Thank you” to the Weekapaug Foundation for Conservation who graciously made available July 13th, 2013 date.
This season, we continue to be blessed to have Mary Raftery returning to manage the club. We have made some exciting changes to our Kiddie Camp program for this summer. The 4 and 5 year old program, now called “Little Mariners”, will teach children about pond creatures, sailboats and motor boats, and fun ocean lore all through fun filled crafts and activities with these themes. The 6 and 7 year old program, called “Junior Crew” will also do these crafts and activities but will teach our future sailors about wind, tide, and basic parts of a Beetle and Opti. Junior Sailing instructors will be a dedicated part of both of these younger programs and will teach rowing and paddling, introduce beetle sailing, and begin working on early concepts related to Opti sailing. The hope is to start our younger children on a track towards sailing a little earlier but also incorporate some fun coastal science curriculum so children begin to appreciate what a special place our pond is.
The search for a new lead instructor was challenging and yet an enjoyable process, Ivor McNamara from Dublin, Ireland will take the Lead this season, Ivor will be graduating with a degree in Architecture from the University for the Creative Arts in Kent, England in the spring. His sailing resume reads like a professional sailors’! He will bring much appreciated talent to the WYC’s sailing program. A big “Thank You” to the Whittemore family, who will generously provide housing for our new Lead Instructor. We welcome back our returning senior instructors Chris Dwyer, Charlie Fayal, Jemma O’Donnell, Veronica Ingham, Patrick Bacon Blaber, Jack Ingham & Allison Melvin. Rounding out the staff will be an energetic group of new junior instructors.
The junior sailing program schedule will the same as last year, we anticipate no major changes. Please see the attached schedule. Adult classes will continue to be on Wednesday and Fridays.
Young sailors who want to improve their sailing skills will have a grand opportunity to do so in the 420 clinic being offer at the WYC by Ted Sherman. The 420 camp schedule can be downloaded here: WYC 420 Camp. Contact Ted at email@example.com for further information. The last day to register for this clinic is Saturday, June 1st…don’t delay!
Richard Sherman & Charlie Anthony, continue to attend the Harbor Ordinance meetings and keep us up to date on the progress.
The Weekapaug Yacht Club website, continues to be a valuable membership resource. John & Susan Kelly are in the final stages of finishing the “new” Weekapaug Yacht Club web site. The membership registration will open as soon as the website is ready, our goal is the beginning of next week April 22nd. When the new website is finished you will have an option to print out the registration form after you’ve completed inputting this year’s selections;
- Option #1 Fill out the registration data on the site, download a PDF file with the filled out data, mail it in with a check.
- Option #2 Fill out the form on the site and use PayPal to pay.
- Patrons will get an email confirmation of what they selected and what they paid.
Please know that if you pay by Paypal there will be a service fee. Contact John if you have any questions or special photos or information to add to the web site – John Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer a paper copy of the registration form, please email email@example.com. Also, if you’d like a copy of the Mooring Information document authored by Charlie Anthony, please contact the club.
Karen Scotti has been working hard planning and ordering new items for the Boatique and continuing to keep our membership well dressed. Once again we will e-mail the membership soon with an option to pre-order. If you have a question please e-mail Karen @ firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward another great summer of sailing, socializing and building long lasting friendships. Thank you all who continue to make the Weekapaug Yacht Club a very special place. I can be reached through email at email@example.com if you have any questions.