December 2015 RHYC News

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 Commodore's Corner


It is hard to believe that another year is coming to an end. Where does the time go? Thankfully for the RHYC, a lot of our members have spent a good deal of it enjoying all that our Club has to offer to them and their families, and that is a good thing.

The Commodores’ Dinner was a great success and many special and deserving members and young sailors were honored by Commodore Lee Urbani and RHYCSS. The Stockholders’ Meeting the following day went smoothly, although I was a nervous wreck when Lee handed me the gavel!

I am looking forward to 2016 and want to thank those Board Members who have volunteered to continue to serve, and to welcome those Members who are joining the Board for the first time. Also to all of our members who have agreed to be part of our many hard working committees. I am especially grateful to our outgoing Commodore Lee Urbani for all the time and effort he has given to the Club and his knowledge that he has shared with me. Special thanks also to Ed Mercer & Jan Ross, who have left the Board this year, for all the time they have given.

We have had a number of tremendous committees this past year but I owe a great deal of special thanks to the outstanding hardworking ladies of the Social Committee. Sarah Gifford, Julie Reeve, Diane Atlas, Dawn Di Vito and Marcia Deiss have spent so many hours planning and decorating for all of the social events. Thank you for putting up with my anal personality and sharing a lot of fun (and not so fun) times with me. The Social Committee is an integral part of the Club’s success and we can look forward to enjoying some new events in the coming year.

It is not an easy task to manage a small Club such as ours. We serve a varied group of people, sailors, power boaters, social members, both young and young at heart.

We have a number of challenges ahead of us in 2016 to maintain and improve the infrastructure of the club house, pool and grounds. A number of fabulous members are already hard at work. We are always in need of new ideas and volunteers to carry them out. Without our wonderful volunteers we would not be able to achieve so much. So if you are making New Year’s resolutions for 2016, one of them could be to volunteer at the Club on one particular project or on a committee. All and any number of hours will be welcomed.

Patrick & I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Healthy & Happy New Year. 

Heather Byrne
Commodores' Dinner
It was a full house on Saturday, November 21 as 80 members and guests gathered to enjoy an evening of dining, appreciation and fun at this traditional annual event.
RHYC Sailing School Awards
The RHYCSS presents 3 awards annually to exceptional sailors in the junior sailing program. This year the following young sailors were recognized at the Commodores' Dinner.

The James S. Troutman Award 2015 was presented to Martin LeJeune (skipper) and Wade Anthony (crew) for their outstanding competitive sailing in a C420 this summer. The Troutman award is a perpetual junior sailing award given at the RHYC Commodores’ Dinner. It is presented annually by the RHYCSS to the high point junior sailor(s) in CBYRA (Chesapeake Bay Area) regattas.   
Connie Ranney, Volunteer Director of the RHYCSS, presents The James S. Troutman Award 2015 to Wade Anthony, missing from picture is Martin LeJeune.
The Charles Parry (aka Mr Chuck) “Pull the tiller to you!” Award 2015 was presented to Lucien Stonley Pelsinski. It is awarded annually by RHYCSS to the RHYC Sailing School Junior Sailor who shows the greatest potential or improvement in sailing for the summer.
Connie Ranney, Volunteer Director of the RHYCSS, presents The Mr. Chuck "Pull the tiller to you!" Award 2015 to Lucien Stonley Pelsinski.
The T. Allan Stradley Award – Achievement in Junior Sailing 2015 – was awarded to Stephen Cropper. It is presented annually by RHYCSS to the junior advanced sailor that exhibits the most spirit and love of sailing. The Stradley is given to the sailor without winning 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their class, but who will be encouraged to continue sailing.
Connie Ranney, Volunteer Director of the RHYCSS, presents The Stradley Award – Achievement in Junior Sailing 2015 – to Stephen Cropper.
Presentation of the feather by Wade Anthony and Ben Anthony to Commodore Urbani. The feather is given annually from the Sailing School to the RHYC as a symbolic token of appreciation for the RHYC's continuing support of the RHYC Sailing School.
Club Sailing Awards
Windmill Club Race Season

John Danneberger 1st
Ralph Sponar 2nd
Allen Chauvenet 3rd
Jon Penders 4th
Lancing Williams 5th tie
Dyer Harris 5th tie
Open Class Club Race Season

David Manley 1st
Joe Manley 2nd
John Macielag 3rd
Noah Macielag 4th
Dyer Harris kicked off the Club Sailing Awards by reminding all of us that this is the best place to sail on the Chesapeake Bay.
Connie and Scott Ranney were recognized for their ongoing commitment to and support of Club Racing.
Dyer Harris and Joe Manley.
Dyer Harris and David Manley.
Dyer Harris, Steven Bilinski, Ralph Sponar and Lansing Williams.
Dyer Harris, Ralph Sponar and Allen Chauvenet.
Ralph and Sandy Sponar - making Windmill sailing and club racing happen at RHYC and beyond.
Perfect Attendance Award
The Perfect Attendance Award was given to Jack and Marcia Deiss.
Sportsmanship Awards
The following members received the Sportsmanship Award:

Sandy Sponar – Work on Regattas
Tom Tontarski – Regatta Participation
John Carey – Supplying and Driving the R/C Boat
Dyer Harris and Ralph Sponar – Club Sailing Boosters
Dyer Harris, Commodore Lee Urbani and Ralph Sponar.
Commodore Lee Urbani and Tom Tontarski.
Commodore Lee Urbani and John Carey.
Commodore Lee Urbani and Sandy Sponar.
Commodores Appreciation Awards
The following members received the Commodores Appreciation Award:

Gary Cohen – Insurance
Heather Ransom and Elaine Maugham – House and Grounds
Liz Lerner – Newsletter Editor and Publisher
Commodore Lee Urbani and Gary Cohen.
Commodore Lee Urbani and Heather Ransom.
Commodores Cup Awards
The Commodores Cup Award – Serving, With Distinction, for a Full Board Term – was presented to the following members:
Jan Ross
Ed Mercer
Commodore Lee Urbani and Jan Ross.
Commodore Lee Urbani and Ed Mercer.
RHYC Appreciation Awards
The following members received the RHYC Appreciation Award:
Buck Young
Doug Heisler
Fred Kaiser
Commodore Lee Urbani, Fred Kaiser and Doug Heisler.            
Thank you Commodore Lee
Commodore Lee Urbani displays the Club's thank you gift as the awards presentations conclude and the party goes on.
Rock Hall Food Pantry
There is Still Time to Donate
The donation box to receive nonperishable items for the Rock Hall Food Pantry will remain in the Club foyer until Friday, December 18. All nonperishable items, including pet food, will be welcome.
We normally just collect these donations on one evening but thought this would give more members an opportunity to donate to those in need. 
Upcoming Events
New Winter Hours

Beginning January 2, 2016

For the Winter, the Club will be open on Friday evenings from 4 until ?  and Sundays from 2 until 5. 

There are some members interested in having dinner at the Club on Sunday evenings starting at 5.  Mike will serve dinner as long as he has ten reservations made by 4 on Saturday.  This is a nice way to support the Club and have a friendly, laid back evening during the Winter doldrums.
 The Social Committee will also be planning events during the Winter.
Oyster Night

Saturday, January 2

 5:00pm – Cocktails & Raw Bar

6:00pm - Dinner

Oyster Buffet will Include:


Rock Hall Fried

Ham & Cheese
and Oyster Casserole

$30.00 PP + Tax & Gratuity

Additional Entrees

Prime Rib, Potato & Vegetable
$26.00 PP + Tax & Gratuity

 Lasagna, Salad & Garlic Bread
 $16.95 + Tax & Gratuity

 (No Log Canoe Menu )

 Reservations are Required by Noon on December 31

Please email with reservations and note entree selection. 

Last Night Party - Friday, December 18

Club Reopens with Oyster Night - Saturday, January 2

DISCOUNTED Dues may be paid for 2016 now by check or credit card.  DISCOUNTED General membership is $775 and DISCOUNTED Individual membership is $475. While you have until December 31st to pay to obtain the discount, your Club can use some help at this time of year.  Anyone who is willing to pay now will save $75 and greatly help the Club pay its end of year bills.

General membership rises to $850 and Individual membership rises to $550 after December 31, 2015.

The Rock Hall Yacht Club offers moorings, slips, boat storage, rack storage, and trailer storage for member's vessels. The fees are the same as they were in 2013! It's a great place (almost leaf-free!) to store your boat.
$165   Boat on trailer ≤ 22' 
$250   Boat on trailer  22' < 34'
$285   Boat on trailer ≥ 34'                                         
$85     Trailer (boat on mooring)                                 
$500   Mooring*                                                 

$500   Slip

$80     Rack storage (kayak, canoe, or dinghy)
$80     One-person sailboat on dolly** 
*  - A paid mooring fee includes a dinghy slot
** - Beach launch-able single-handed sailboat with no motor, e.g. Laser, Sunfish
A completed, signed contract and fees are due annually for all boats on the RHYC grounds.
Invoices are going out in the next two weeks for boat storage. There are a few boats on the grounds that we need to identify. If you do not receive an invoice and your boat is on the RHYC property, please contact us. Complete your 2016 Contract & submit payment by January 31, 2016. Additional storage / moorings / slips / racks are available, please contact us. There is a diagram available in the clubhouse showing open storage for 2016.
See Manager Mike G. or Connie R. for details.
Questions? email
RHYC Fleece Vests and Jackets FOR SALE!

The Club will be selling Men's and Ladies’ Fleece Vests and Jackets with the Club Logo on them. These items will only be available by SPECIAL ORDER!

Men’s and Ladies’ Jackets

(Med-XL) $38.00
(2XL) $39.50
(3XL) $41.00

Men’s and Ladies’ Vests         

(Med-XL) $34.00
(2XL) $35.50
(3XL) $37.00

All items will have MD 6% tax added to purchases

COLORS: Navy, Red, Black, Winter White

Order forms are at the Bar. All orders take 2 weeks from time of order placement.

The Club's sweatshirts are still available for special orders too.

The Club has a goose blind available to Club members for use during this year’s goose hunting season.

If you wish to reserve a date, Bill Bernhard and Mike Babowicz will be keeping a calendar for the Club. For reservations, required qualifications, instruction or any other questions contact Bill Bernhard at
Donate your yacht, boat or boating equipment to our RHYC Sailing Shcool! RHYCSS will take good quality boats and boating equipment donations. We can provide a tax-deductible donation receipt. It's free, we do the work!


The RHYC Sailing School is a 501(c)3 educational public charity. Boat and related equipment donations help us to provide scholarships for sailing lessons for children.
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