A Letter From Our Commodore

May 1, 2014

Dear Weekapaug Yacht Club Members,

With pleasure, I write you to announce the 2014 Weekapaug Yacht Club summer season. Our 121st year!

Mark your calendar with some of our important dates:

Saturday, June 28 Registration at WYC
Sunday, June 29 Yacht Club Chapel, Blessing of the Fleet, and Commodore’s Cookout
Monday, June 30 July Sailing Session Begins
Saturday, July 5 Nat Earle Fun Walk/Run
Tuesday, July 15 Nat Earle Opti Regatta
Saturday, July 26 July Series Awards
Tuesday, July 29 Girl Power 420 Regatta – new all girls event hosted @ WYC
Monday, July 28 August Sailing Session Begins
Saturday, August 23 August Series and Season Awards
Sunday, August 24 WYC Pack Up and Closing

Social events will include the ever popular Monday night Bingo and an occasional Big Bucks Bingo. Rear Commodore Bob Capozzi will keep the calendar of events running smoothly through out the summer. Stay tuned to email announcements, our website calendar, and the Club bulletin board for social event details.

On the sailing front, we are adding a 420 regatta with a little twist. Our Tuesday, July 29th event will be the only all girls regatta on the ECSA circuit this summer. We hope many of our own Weekapaug women sailors and non-sailors will volunteer and participate. Our goal is to attract young women sailors from around the region and to host a small, but quality regatta at our club. To our Wednesday afternoon races, we will add a new Apprentice 420 class race and continue the regular Optimist class races. For the final act of the 2014 season, we will continue the successful Classic Beetle race over Labor Day weekend. On the program front, the Opti Race Team will have a longer class day each Monday to help simulate regatta days and get in more sailing time. The curriculum committee is in the process of updating our class goals and adding this information to our website as it becomes available.

Last year Vice Commodore, Brooke Whittemore, and others hosted our successful Gilligan’s Island fundraiser. Thank you to all who attended, volunteered, and generously donated. These funds will help us to begin replacing the siding and windows of the Club and upgrade the Batterson Room into a more efficient and organized space for our staff. We will also have a new (used) committee boat in operation by June! This summer, there will be no formal fundraising event, but the ongoing needs of our club are real and your generosity is always appreciated. Please consider supporting the Campaign for WYC and the Nat Earle Fund to enhance our overall program and facility, every year and especially, this year.

It is reassuring to see familiar faces at WYC each summer. We welcome the return of Mary Raftery as club manager and Kathryn Smith as director of Little Mariners and Junior Crew camps. Our new Program Director, Ben McAndrew, is on board and ready to lead our sailors. Ben ran the Wickford Sailing Association Program last summer. He is a graduate student at the University of Rhode Island School of Education seeking a Masters in Secondary Education. We are delighted to have him join the Weekapaug Yacht Club team. He will be supported by an excellent group of returning and new instructors: Patrick Bacon-Blaber, Ally Melvin, Bennett Capozzi, Brianna Travers, Morgan Buffum, Cora Abdoo, Matt Scotti, Annie Blasberg, Lizzie Hark, and Jack Marshall.

Please visit the Club website at www.weekapaugyachtclub.com to register for our summer programs. The form is new and hopefully user friendly. We are unable to accept payments online, so please register and then mail in a paper check. Checks should be made payable to Weekapaug Yacht Club and sent to:

Weekapaug Yacht Club
P.O. Box 2361
Westerly, RI 02891.

(If you prefer a paper copy of the registration form, please call me at (401) 741-2836 or email the club at info@weekapaugyachtclub.com.)

Thank you to all those who help make this simple sailing club so special. Interested in volunteering? Donating? Or sailing? Please contact me anytime and I am sure I will be able to accommodate you! See you on Sunday, June 29 at the Blessing of the Fleet and Commodore’s Cookout.


James C. Buffum