May 2014 RHYC News

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Now Hear This!
Hunting For Eggs

Twins Daniel and David Ross found eggs at their very first Easter Egg Hunt at the annual Easter Brunch at RHYC. The twins are  are the grandchildren of members Charlie and Marylyn Ross and Linda Parry.

 Commodore's Corner

"Spring has sprung, the grass has riz,
I wonders where the flowers is!"

I remember my Mom saying that silly kid poem in early spring.  Well, it's mid-spring and some flowers are "riz" and some aren't.  What is also "riz" is your yacht club; it is hopping with activity!  If you're not here, you're missing out!

What are you missing? Ask yourself what you like to do this time of year. Planting? Weeding? Fertilizing? Sowing? (Too early for reaping.) Get out and do it! I Iike to wax, wash, load the goodies and stock the boat. Notice I said , "I like to..."  Dawn likes to go boating, but does not favor the spring get-ready work part. Can't blame her. I don't like the yard work: it's the family balance of power.

In any event, my point is get out and get the rust off your joints from this long past (I hope) winter, and do something now that the weather is nice.


Once you have done something for yourself to placate the outdoor seasonal gods, think about a visit to your YC - if only for a couple of hours of whatever you want to do there. We’re ready and raring to go! Clearly at least, the staff is ready to serve your needs, if only for a short beer or a sandwich. Speaking of a sandwich, if you have been reading the newsletters you know the Food Committee has brought in a new menu, which can be seen on our website. It features locally-grown or harvested crab, beef and produce. Come in and try it out. What do you have to lose? 


We have had a whole bunch of new members join RHYC this past winter, many more than I can remember in a long time. When you stop by, shake their hand and welcome them “on board”.  One of the things I like to do with new members is to listen to what they see at the YC, what interests them and what caused them to join. One of my oldest and dearest friends, who just recently joined, said, “'Cause you twisted my arm!” but that doesn’t count. Even he and his wife have said they feel it’s a great group of folks and they enjoy the laughter and great dinner conversation. (Those witty conversations must have been after I left the table.) Anyway, there are many reasons to join, re-up your membership, or re-join, probably as many reasons as there are members, I would think.


Re-new yourself and your interest in RHYC! If you need inspiration walk the yard, stand on the beach or dock, wax a boat, buy a new member a beer, and ask them what they see or how they feel about your club.  It is the small things that work for my brain, (don’t say it, OK?) Small things might help give you a lift or a renewed purpose should you need one, too. 


See you at the club!

Lee Urbani

The next great social event at RHYC is ....
Keels & Wheels
& Kentucky Derby
May 3 & 4
Power Boat Tune-up
& Time Trials! 
Hydroplane and Jersey Skiffs
American Power Boat Association
Coordinated by Kent Narrows Racing Association

8 - 5:00 Saturday & Sunday

Muscle Car & Hot Rod Show!
Coordinated by
Rock Hall Cruise Club

10 - 3:00 Saturday Only
Food & Beverage Available 
both days 
in Pavilion
Running of the Kentucky Derby!
  Saturday Evening, May 3rd

Watch the race & enjoy a Mint Julep....  
Your Horse for a bet in one of 3 Pools!!!

$14.95 Dinner Specials:
Oven BBQ Chicken, Green Beans
Au Gratin Potatoes & Salad


Fish & Chips (Fries), Peas or Salad
RSVP for Dinner by Thursday, May 1st ~

And, of course, there's a Hat Contest!



The Rock Hall Yacht Club
is pleased to announce the all-new 
"Log Canoe Grill Menu"


We hope you'll love the new local-flavor features:
  • Mikey G's famous slow roasted Prime Rib
  • Chester River Crabcake, homemade right down in Piney Neck at Chester River Seafood
  • Crow Farm Burger from locally raised grass fed beef
  • Expanded Kid's Menu, with all the favorites

If you haven't been to the club lately, or even if you have, come on out and try our new menu, enjoy our gorgeous view with a drink on the deck, talk to your friends about boating, meet some new friends, and have a good time.
The club and menu hours are:
Friday        5 - 9 pm
Saturday    4 - 9 pm
Sunday     12 - 5 pm
Expanded hours and daily galley specials will be available as the season progresses.  The menu may not be available during special events such as brunches and regatta dinners, stay tuned to your email for details. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!
The spring session of yoga at Rock Hall Yacht Club is taking place on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 10:15 on the following dates:
May 3rd
May 10th
May 17
Our teacher this time is Cynthia Foster, who taught at the Haven Yacht Club last year.  She describes her style as Hatha Yoga, with lots of breathing, flow, and relaxation.  This will be an all-levels class, open to everyone.  The cost of the course is $12 per session.  So roll up your mat and come join us!
The program will be extended through monthly SUP Yoga classes taught by veteran teacher, Julie Phillips-Taylor.  Working with the sailing school, her classes will be offered on Saturdays from 9 to 11 on the following dates:
June 14
July 12
August 2
September 27
October 4
To sign up for these classes, please go to and scroll down to the article "SUP and Yoga workshops at RHYC."  The cost of these two-hour sessions is $30 per class.  As Julie says, "It's easier than you think," so come join us!
Any questions, you can email Dawn Urbani at
May 10th - Opening Day Ceremony & Birthday Night 
Opening Day Ceremony - 5 pm., Strawberries & Champagne, flag raising, pledge, and wreath-laying.

If you are a "May baby," please come to the club for your complimentary "May Birthday" drink & we'll help you celebrate!
May 17th - Wine Tasting
Help us select a premium line wine for the club to offer!

 Taste and cast your ballot!
4-6 pm ~ $25 per person
Bread, cracker, cheese and chocolate palate cleansers
RSVP by Monday, May 12th

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Spring Clean-Up Days !!
Saturday, May 17,  8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please come and help spruce up the club for the season, even if only for an hour or two. Every little bit helps.
Sign up with Mike at
or 410-639-2182

Club Racing To Begin

Club sailing is a fun way to pick up tips for making your boat go faster, and is not the cut-throat adventure one finds in the regular CBYRA regattas.  The sailors on the water are willing to offer suggestions, when asked, and understand that not all have the same degree of skill.  We want to help you learn, and again, have fun. Then after the race, enjoyable chats around the pool with a beverage and snack from the bar.

There are eight club races scheduled for 2014.  
The dates are:

May 25, Memorial Day weekend
June 8
June 15
July 6 - July 4 weekend
July 13 - Chuck Parry Memorial
August 10
August 31 - Labor Day weekend - RC taken
September 28 - RC taken

All races start at noon, and we are usually off the water before 3.

We need Race Committee for six of the club races.  The Sponars have spoken for August 31, and my crew and I for September 28.

In addition to the eight club races, the RHYC will be assisting with the annual Down River Race on June 20 and will host the Annual One Design Regatta on June 21 and 22.  (Comet Nationals and Windmill district championship). I will not be able to sail on Sunday, as my niece is getting married that day, and I think I should go to the wedding!


After four years as club race chair, I would like to step down after this year.

We need folks to volunteer to run the club races.  Last year, Sue and I were RC for three of the nine scheduled races as no one volunteered, and I didn't want to cancel the event.  That will not happen this year.

If there is no volunteer by noon of the Thursday prior to the club race day, I will cancel the race for Lack of Interest.  I hope that does not happen.

Working the committee boat can be fun.  Well, sailing is better. But, it is easy, and experience is not necessary.  The sailors on the water will be happy to advise, if asked.

So, If you you would like to pick a date to float on the water, be lazy, and take a few sail numbers, reserve your date early!

Email me today with your preference!

See you on the water!
Lansing Williams, Club Race Chairperson


Sign up now for summer sailing!

RHYC Sailing School class enrollments are rolling in!  We've got great, certified instructors at RHYCSS and we want to teach you, your kids, and your grandkids how to sail or how to improve those sailing skills.  For the kids we offer Pee-Wee (ages 5-7), Beginning (ages 7-18), Intermediate (ages 9-18), Advanced (ages 10-18), and a Racing Team (ages 10-18).  We also offer private and group lessons for all ages of kids and adults.

See our website for more information on the right class for you, email or call Denise or Connie at 410-775-TACK.


Club Racing begins May 25 - tune your rig now!

See the RHYC website for all the dates for club racing this summer.

If you need a boat, a crew, or even a skipper, contact Lance Williams!


New in 2014 - SUNFISH and SUP on Sundays!

Every Sunday, starting on June 1, from 1 pm - 5pm, come over to the RHYC beach and enjoy an afternoon on the water (weather permitting!).  Then meet on the deck for a refreshing drink and dinner to end your weekend right!
RHYCSS is sponsoring this program, see the website for more information.  Sign up now!

Club Hours
 Fridays 5 pm - 9 pm
 Saturdays 4 pm - 9 pm
 Sundays 12 noon - 5 
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June 7th - Lobster Feast at 6pm

June 21st -  Summer Solstice Celebration 6pm

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Phone:  410-639-2182

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