November 2014 RHYC News

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Now Hear This!

 Commodore's Corner


How come things smell so much better this time of year?  It floods one’s memory with all the joys of the past and the up and coming seasonal holidays. 
During the spring and summer things smell pretty good too, but that’s a different memory.  When I undo the winter cover on my old wooden Chris Craft the smell reminds me of great summers spent on the Jersey shore; my summer memories are very different than those of the fall, however.
The aromas of fall and early winter are full of warm reminders and recollections of family and friends.  Some of my fondest recollections are of my kids all excited, wide eyed with anticipation, memories of those little faces make me smile, they’re now grown up and on their own.  What could be better than the smell of a pumpkin pie baking in the oven, turkey roasting and a roaring fire? 
I’ll share this with you, this time of year also makes me remember how “warm” my childhood home was. Relatives coming to the door all wrapped in coats, cousins laughing, aunts helping in the kitchen and beginning to discuss their Christmas plans, uncles settling in to watch the football game with us “men”.  There were those high school years when I played football, everyone came to the big game, win or loose it was a great day!  I also remember those years when my duty to Uncle Sam made the smell of home a beautiful yet far away dream.
Those are a couple of the things that make Thanksgiving special to me.  It is my favorite holiday, no pretense, no pressure, just enjoying the warmth of home and those you are with and love.  We should all cherish those memories.
Dawn and I will be doing Thanksgiving at the home of our Niece in northern New Jersey, this year; it will be very pleasant.  My sister and her husband (who by the way is great ballast in a sailboat), all our now adult kids and their significant others plus every year some folks, we did not know about, all show up.  All that come are welcome to share the meal and the day, that’s the way it’s always been with our family!
I trust your holidays will be peaceful, non-stressful (who really cares if the turkey is over cooked, anyway?) and enjoyable.  I hope that you share them with the folks you want to be with and build some smelly memories for the young folks in your life! That way when they grow up or cannot be home, they can have that warm recollection as well. I believe, forming memories is a big part of the giving season, too.
I will close by saying Dawn and I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, hold those that are far away close to your heart, give a little to those less fortunate, you’ll feel better for it and don’t take life so seriously. 
I’ll see you at the club. 

Lee Urbani

2014 Club Race Wrap-up 

Our Labor Day weekend club race had four participants, two Lasers, a Sunfish, and a Bigfish.  The last race of the season was not sailed due to a lack of wind.
To wrap up the season, of the eight scheduled club races five were sailed and scored, with the remaining three cancelled due to weather, i.e. either a lack of, or too much wind.
Of the races sailed and scored, we had participation of 6 Windmills, 1 Flying Scot, 2 Lasers, 2 Sunfish, a Big Fish and a C240.  In races sailed, not scored (due to wind) there were 3 Windmills, a Laser Radial, a Laser, and an Opti, for a total of 16 overall participants.
Club racing is low key, informal, and a great way to learn how to make your boat go faster, or to just gain experience.  We sail short courses, and competitors are always happy to give advice (but only if asked).
This season has been my fourth as club race chair, and it is time to step down.  I am truly grateful for the assistance of those who have served as PROs of the individual races this year, Scott Ross, Joe Manley, Dyer Harris, John Danneberger, Scott Ranney, and Sandy Sponar, with their support crew.  Without the support of our volunteer support these races would not be possible.
I’m looking forward to next season.
Thank you.

Lansing Williams, Club Race Chair

Regatta Committee 2014 Season Report 

The question is raised often about what the regatta program is, how much it costs the club and if there are any benefits to the club. There are many benefits. The main benefit is a continuation of the original spirit of the club by providing a venue for on the water competition for people that enjoy these activities. These competitors are willing to pay entry fees for participating and these fees cover our cost as well as generating a small profit. Participation by our guests, the competitors, also generates increased revenue for the club food and bar operations.

The season is now over and was very successful. The following is a recap of what we provided for boaters this year and how the club benefited from the events.
(The food & bar numbers reflect the total income on the days of regattas). 

This program was all possible because of the work provided by many club volunteers to whom a hearty thank you is extended.

The success of the Food & Bar component was greatly helped by the work of the Social Committee to whom thanks is also extended, because the competitors greatly enjoyed these social events. This committee’s work broke down the traditional barrier that events on regatta dates were only for competitors and that club members should not attend. The Summer Solstice, the Luau and the Halloween Party being the main examples.

The Club sailing program that parallels these events as an informal activity for members is reported separately.

Joe Skinner
CCWBRA held its 4th Annual Oktoberfest Regatta at RHYC on Saturday, October 25.

Haven Yacht Club Holds Annual Fall Dinner at RHYC for Third Year

On Saturday, October 18th, The Haven Yacht Club held its Annual Fall Dinner at the Rock Hall Yacht Club for 75 people.  This is the third year Haven Yacht Club has held the event at RHYC.  It seems that each is better than the last!

The weather was perfect for sitting outside and enjoying the peaceful Langford Bay and beautiful grounds.  Big Curtis and his oyster shucking skills helped our group consume two bushels of delicious oysters. Mike G and his crew, Sarah, Joy, Steve, Tammy and Jackie, did a phenomenal job of keeping up with drink orders and serving a sit down dinner to this large group. There was a round of applause at the end of the evening for their fine job.

From all the compliments about the evening, I know THYC will be back next year.

The Haven Yacht Club had a great crowd of 75 people for their Annual Fall Dinner

Shucker extraordinaire, Curtis, with THYC Vice Commodore, Hal Gilham

THYC members enjoying friendship and the loveliness of our Club

Beth Dunn,  Secretary of THYC
Solid Turnout for Bonfire Night at RHYC
A little rain and mud didn't stop members from coming out to enjoy hamburgers, pulled pork and hot dogs at the clubhouse followed by S'MORES down by the beach.
Halloween Party a Hit!

Another very successful party at our Club on Saturday, October 25. With 65 members and guests from the Cocktail Class Regatta attending, a fabulous spooky evening was enjoyed by all!
Fantastic creepy hors d’oeuvres and dinner prepared by our Manger Mike, Sarah and Joy.
Click Here to See More Photos of This and Other RHYC Events
RHYC to Share in Rebirth of History
The Rock Hall Town Museum committee has found two antique sailboats that were originally built in Rock Hall and raced at the RHYC.  This 16-foot One Design boat is called a “Cricket Class." Cat rigged with a Marconi sail plan, the vessel has a deck with a cockpit and runs a centerboard.
The Museum is interested in taking these craft on to restore them, with a long term goal of having the two boats race each other in exhibition.
To accomplish this goal we need to create a restoration committee willing to work and learn small boat restoration. The Museum staff will help out and offer guidance and the committee will have the full support of the RHYC as well.
It would be pretty nice to share this restoration project with the town of Rock Hall and build on our YC’s tradition.
If you wish to work on this project please contact Lee Urbani.   

Oyster Night - Saturday, November 1

Commodore's Dinner - Saturday, November 22

Annual Stockholder's Meeting - Sunday, November 23

Holiday Cocktail Party - Saturday, December 13 at 6 pm

Last Club Night before Christmas - Friday, December 19 at 6 pm

Still Time to Donate to The RHYC Sailing School
The RHYC Sailing School is a 501c3 educational public charity. Boat and related equipment donations help us to provide sailing scholarships for children and offset costs of new equipment and repairs.  We provide a donation receipt.  Contact or call 410-775-TACK.
RHYC Sweatshirts
The new RHYC sweatshirts are still available for order. Sample sweatshirts in sizes Small to Extra Large are available for trying on. Cost of this sweatshirt is $25 for sizes S to XL and $30 for sizes 2XL and 3XL paid at time of order. Now that the weather is getting cooler, what a great way to stay warm.
Just a reminder to also check out our 2014 merchandise that is on sale. Some great bargains. 
Please remember that RHYC merchandise makes great gifts.
Attention Shareholders

The Annual Stockholder's Meeting will be on Sunday, November 23.

Noon - The Club will open and light refreshments and soft drinks will be available.

1 pm - Determination and establishment that a quorum is present. All proxies must be registered by this time.

2 pm -  Call to Order.

If you are a RHYC stockholder, please attend this annual meeting. Watch your mail for details of the day.
The Club has a new off-shore blind and an additional on-shore blind. Both are available to Club members for use during this year’s hunting seasons.

If you wish to reserve a date, Bill Bernhard will be keeping a calendar for the Club. For reservations, required qualifications, instruction or any other questions contact Bill Bernhard at

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