October 2014 Essex Yacht Club 13 Novelty Lane Essex, Connecticut - Fax - [email protected] www.essexyc.com UPCOMING EVENTS October Willets Memorial Race EYC/Tri-Club Saturday, October 4 Fall Frosbite Begins Sunday, October 5 Ladies Night Thursday, October 9 6:00pm Cocktails & Dinner Sunset Seafood Fest Friday, October 17 5:30pm Hallowine Tasting Party Friday, October 31 6:00pm Commodore’s Ball November 8 Men’s Night November 20 THROUGH THE SPYGLASS From the Commodore This is my third to last article for our world class newsletter. Or to put it another way, my twenty second article of twenty four…but who’s counting? After 22 articles I feel like Elizabeth Taylor’s 8th husband on their wedding night. “I know what to do but I am not sure how to keep it interesting for you”. So… this month I thought I would try something different and share some random thoughts about “goings on” at the club. One guess as to the lead topic. Of course, it’s about “Sailing” at EYC. I have a reputation to Commodore Frank Flores, Jr. uphold, you know? This past month the regatta committee organized the Loubenvar/Thundermug race weekend. They used the pursuit race format for Saturday’s race. Boats start in succession with the slowest boats starting first so that in theory everyone will finish at the same time. The Loubenvar race was one of the quickest and one of the most memorable that I can remember. Winds were 15-18 knots with a favorable current. Checkmate was sailed by four of our women sailors. They were the second to last to start, eventually pulled ahead, and were first around the last turning mark. Notice I said second to last to start as the last boat to start was Blue Steel, a 32 foot trimaran. The ladies sailed to within a half mile of the finish moving 9 knots over ground. Not enough. The trimaran sailed past them doing 18 knots. It was thrilling to watch the big black sail grow closer and closer and then finally overtake us. Next year, I propose they start two hours after everyone else instead of an hour and a half. Next year, I encourage you to participate; it is one of our best race events of the season. While we are on the subject of racing, frost bite racing starts this week. Contact the Regatta Committee if you would like to participate as there may still be time to sign up for an Ideal 18. Our Club was founded in May of 1933 as a direct result of the initial frostbite regatta held on the Essex waterfront in March of 1933. After 80 plus years, frostbite racing continues to thrive here, and I know our founders would be thrilled. I encourage you to participate and discover one of the most enduring and fun aspects of membership. I must be having some success at Keeping Sailing Relevant at EYC. Sweet Freedom has informed me they have drunk the Kool-Aid and put a sail on their 35 foot power boat. That’s not quite what I meant guys. I was thrilled to have two proposed junior members at our most recent meet and greet. These young people know boats and are good sailors. Another proposed junior member is in the process and I am happy to report that this year we will have brought in more junior members in one year than I can ever remember. Young members are great for the Club in so many ways. They provide energy and enthusiasm. They can also be a resource to help crew locally and Sweet Freedom Through the Spyglass continued on page 2 COMMITTEE NEWS Through the Spyglass continued Dining Room Hours Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Wednesday Pub Night 5:00–9:00 pm Friday Night Dining 5:00–9:00 pm Saturday Pizza Plus & More 5:00–9:00 pm Slider Sunday 4:00–7:00 pm offshore. Financially, it is easy to do and is a painless path to full membership. Junior membership begins the process of binding young yachtsmen and women to our Club and our community. I believe this will help solidify our Club’s continued existence for years to come. The Entertainment Committee, working hand in hand with Chef Michael and our Club Manager Bob are planning the fall social calendar of our Club. Opportunities to swap sea stories and discuss the past years adventures will abound. I eagerly await the Seafood Feast and the costumed Wine Tasting in October. Please join us for great food, libations, and loads of fun. Lastly, I share a quick story before I close. On a recent launch ride, I met a visiting yachts woman who overflowed with enthusiasm about her stay at EYC. It seems she has cruised the world over and has found nothing that is better than what we provide. If you think she spoke of our great food or great staff you would be wrong. Instead think, “Head”. Seems the heads in the launch building are world class. The size, design, color scheme and décor are apparently the best. “I have never visited a yacht club with such wonderful and comfortable bathrooms. It’s a pleasure to use them”. So I guess it’s now official. EYC does everything well, and I mean everything! MEMBERSHIP NEWS Members Return I am so happy to announce that Jay and Joni Lyn Malcynsky were just reinstated to EYC at the last Board of Governors Meeting. Joni helped decorate EYC for Christmas last year and did a superb job. Please welcome them back. As an FYI, EYC Membership is approaching our maximum membership. We do have several prospective members in the process of becoming members. This does not mean to stop proposing new members as there is always a drop in membership at the beginning of the year. So “keep on keeping on”, as they said in the 60’s. Also, Jr. class, Jr. Corinthian class and Sr. Corinthian members are not included in our Regular Resident Membership so you can bring in as many members in these classes as you wish. It is a healthy sign in any club to have young members, as well as our experienced members (notice, I did not say old). HOUSE COMMITTEE REPORT Reciprocity: We continue to expand our list of reciprocal clubs. If you know of clubs that would be interested in sharing reciprocity with us within the US and even in Europe, please let us know. Hans Ullstein has created an introductory letter that describes our club and the village of Essex that he will mail to the suggested new clubs. On Going Projects: Lawn: In the last newsletter we talked about developing a plan to grow a healthier, greener lawn. We are in the process of exploring outside lawn services and will make a decision on a plan that we can move forward with House Committee continued on page 3 2 COMMITTEE NEWS House continued In Memoriam Mr. Lee A. Duran passed away last month. The Essex Yacht Club Board of Governors extends our deepest sympathy and support to his wife, Judith, and their family. to take advantage of fall being the optimum time to start establishing a healthier, greener lawn. Security: Two new cameras have been added to the network that covers the harbor area and one additional camera will be added to cover the side facing the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club. The entrance columns and signage that clearly define our property will soon be in place and will hopefully keep out trespassers. Seasons: Some of the most beautiful days on the river are here and as the leaves begin to change color Chef Michael has already begun to develop new fall menus. With a busy season of parties coming up please contact Club Manager Bob Forbes with any special requests. Comments/ Questions/Suggestions: It may be hard to believe but I’m still in the discovery stage of this new position. The only way we can affect change is by your constructive input. Suggestions may be emailed or placed in my club mailbox. ENTERTAINMENT HAPPENINGS Fall Fun Ladies, please sign up for Ladies night to be held on Thursday, October 9th. See attached flyer and menu. This is a wonderful opportunity to eat, drink and catch up with the wonderful women of EYC. Back by popular demand is the Sunset Seafood Fest! This year our evening of fruits de mer will be on Friday, October 17th at 5:30pm. See enclosed flyer for details and please sign up early! On October 31st EYC will celebrate Halloween in style with a HalloWine tasting party! Start planning your costumes now! See attached flyer for details. The Commodores Ball this year will be held on November 8, 2014. This will be a wonderful evening with music by Freeplay. NOTE: Reservations for this event will be limited to 130, in order to accommodate efficient service for dinner. Also, each member will be limited to one guest only. Men’s night is scheduled for Thursday, November 20th. More details to follow. CRUISE INFORMATION Cruise Recap The annual Hamburg Cove raft up Sunday September 14, completes the 2015 cruise season with a splendid day at the cove and super hors d’oeuvres by members. We have had a great year highlighted by good weather, interesting ports of call, wonderful dinners, and fellowship of people who enjoy the boating experience. Sometimes it is easy to forget the really good times we had on the cruise. Take a look at the cruise pictures on the Club web site. We averaged 20 boats and 50 members attending the cruises with a good mix of Cruise continued on page 4 3 COMMITTEE NEWS Cruise continued power and sail. We are pleased with the number of new members and first time cruisers that participated. A cruise down memory lane includes the Memorial Day cruise to Coecles Harbor, Taylor Island and Shelter Island Yacht Club; Summer Cruise to Stonington, Narragansett Bay-Dutch Harbor, Wickford YC, Bristol, and Block Island; and labor Day cruise to Stonington YC and Mystic Seaport. Special thanks goes to our hard working Cruise committee that made sure all the logistics for the various events came together to make our cruises successful. Now, as we have a cruise year ending, we begin planning for the new 2015 cruise year. It is necessary to book events in the fall to reserve events at select Ports. Many Clubs close for the winter so the Committee is busy booking events now for 2015. Next month, the committee will publish a full Cruise calendar so you can make plans. REGATTA EVENTS As our summer season comes to an end we are now enjoying some wonderful fall sailing on the River and in the Sound. Ideal 18 Sailing Our summer Ideal 18 season concluded with our Championship Series sailed over four weeks in August and September. With a few exceptions, winds were on the light side but the currents were strong making it a very challenging series. Getting a good start in clear air, playing the wind shifts, avoiding the strongest adverse currents and tight mark roundings were essential elements of a winning strategy. Our Non-Spinnaker series had six crews competing over four weeks while our Spinnaker series had four crews also competing in all four weeks. Our Ladies series was sailed on one evening in September. Essex YC Ideal Summer Championship Results Spinnaker Racing Place Skipper Crew 1 Peter Harding Rick Weiner 2 Renny Schoonmaker David Dorrance 3 Frank Flores Sue Wyeth 4 Pierre Boulanger Kate Lee Essex YC Ideal Summer Championship Results Non-Spinnaker Racing Place Skipper Crew 1 Peter Harding Rick Weiner 2 Dick Buel Janice Atkeson 3 Pierre Boulanger Kate Lee 4 David Dorrance Sarah Lively 5 Renny Schoonmaker Cliff Myers 6 Jack Stillwagon Ned Baker Regatta continued on page 5 4 OTHER NEWS COMMITTEE NEWS Regatta continued Essex YC Ideal Summer Championship Results Ladies Racing Place Skipper Crew 1 Deb Pearl Val Shickel 2 Charlotte Posey Sue Wyeth 3 Kate Lee Margaret Morris While the summer is over our Ideal 18 sailors still have much to look forward to! On Saturday Sept 27 we will be team racing against Pettipaug Yacht Club and on October 4 there will be an Ideal 18 class in our annual Thomas S. Willets Memorial Race. Frostbiting begins on Sunday October 5 with a nine-week fall season. Our Ideal 18s are available for charter to Club members who wish to compete in some of the best sailing of the year. Don’t let the frostbite name put you off – the River is still warm so it’s a different experience from the true frostbiting that starts in March when the River ice melts after the winter freeze-up! Cruiser Racing Our annual Loubenvar – Thundermug weekend on September 13 and 14 provided some great racing for our cruising boat sailors. The Loubenvar Race on Saturday was a pursuit race in which the racers started at different times based on their handicap ratings – the slowest boat first and the fastest boat last. If each boat sailed exactly to her rating then every boat would cross the finish line at exactly the same time. Of course that never happens but it makes the results obvious – first over the line wins! The excitement builds as the faster boats that started later try to catch up with and pass the early starters so it becomes a real race to the finish. With a southeasterly breeze the first leg was a beat for most racers as the incoming tide made it hard to fetch the mark without tacking but once around it was reaching legs to the finish. On Saturday evening the racers and a number of supporters enjoyed free cocktails and a wonderful buffet prepared by Chef Michael and the staff in the clubhouse at Pilots Point Marina. A little rain failed to dampen any spirits and a great evening was had by all who attended. The Thundermug Race on Sunday had another devious twist – a harbor start. All the racers had to be at anchor with sails furled before the committee boat decided where to set the starting line! Once the starting gun sounded the crews bounded on deck to hoist the anchor and raise the sails and then had to cross the starting line before heading for the first mark. The front that brought the rain the previous evening also shifted the wind to the northwest so our racers enjoyed a fast reach home to the finish off the Saybrook breakwater in plenty of time for the Hamburg Cove Raftup later that afternoon. The weekend results were: Regatta continued on page 6 5 COMMITTEE NEWS Regatta continued Loubenvar – Thundermug Weekend Results Loubenvar Trophy Place Boat Owner 1 Blue Steel Randel & Molly Osborne 2 Checkmate Frank & Marianne Flores 3 Banshee Bill & Lynn Herlihy 4 Starbound George & Dianne Sexton 5 Voyager Jack & Melinda Kingsbury 6 Renaissance Pierre Boulanger & Jean Luberg Thundermug Trophy Place Boat Owner 1 Blue Steel Randel & Molly Osborne 2 Checkmate Frank & Marianne Flores 3 Banshee Bill & Lynn Herlihy Our cruiser racers have proven their skills on the Sound and will end their season with three chances to prove their skills in the confined spaces of the Connecticut River in the Tri-Club series. The Tri-Club Trophy is awarded to the boat with the best combined score in a three-race series held in October: the Essex YC’s Willets Memorial Trophy on October 4, the Essex Corinthian YC’s Clark Memorial Trophy held on October 11 and the Pettipaug YC’s Birch Memorial Trophy held on October 18. All the races are sailed in Essex Harbor between Calves Island and Brockway Island so the crews get plenty of tacking practice as they seek to stay in or out of the strongest currents up and down the River. EYC Ideal Ladies News Ladies Sailing had a wonderful summer! Great weather, great turnout and that terrific win against SHYC! And it’s not over yet. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, depending on turnout, Back- to -School sailing will be open for anyone, not just Moms with kids in school, for a casual hour or so of sailing with mentors, then if desired, lunch following. You can be a beginner, someone with a little bit of experience, or someone who just wants to relax on our beautiful CT River. We’ll be starting at 10:30 or 11 a.m. depending on participants’ preferences. There will be a signup sheet at the Club, or email/call Marily MacKinnon at 860-391-2255 to let us know your interest. The weather is beautiful, let’s enjoy it! We’d also like to ask for suggestions about next year’s programs. For example: would there be interest in starting the Beginner class earlier in the day, say at 2; then running the Intermediate class at the 5 o’clock slot? Ladies Sailing is for all women sailors or any who want to become proficient in sailing the Ideal 18’s. It’s your program, so let us know what you’d like to see. 6 COMMITTEE NEWS COMMUNICATIONS Send us your articles! It is worth mentioning that the EYC presence in the southern climes is well noted. This year’s Annual Ladies Day Regatta held in Marco Island was won by Nicoletta Amendola sailing “Moby Nick”. She sailed a perfect race. We not only beat the fleet of 14 boats but were first to finish - out sailing a Swan 53, the expected winner! Winner gets a keeper plaque and gets the winning trophy until next year’s race. What is interesting to note is this trophy had been won over the past 12 years by two different lady skippers. Along came this CT group in a CT boat with an all CT crew; our youngest son and grandson and changed the pattern. It really was a surprise to the traditionalists. We knew we could win! (Proudly) submitted by John Amendola Webmaster Jeff Lovelace reports that use of our website grew steadily through the summer months. In July, over 1,500 unique visitors (read: individual email addresses) viewed our various pages over 16,000 times. Pages visited most frequently were the Rum Challenge, Facilities, Mooring/Slip Rental, Reciprocity and Regatta pages. This is a true testament to Jeff’s hard work at updating and maintaining the overall site, keeping it current and easy to navigate. Work continues to add useful features for the benefit of our members and reciprocal visitors. As reported in the August Spyglass, we have researched options for developing an EYC App for smartphones and tablets, but concluded that the initial development and maintenance cost is prohibitive for the time being. As an interim step, attached to this Spyglass is a one-page step-by-step instruction for creating a shortcut to our website for your iPhone or Android smartphone. Although this shortcut will require that you increase the size of each page with your fingers, at least you can quickly get at the website. Here again, we have Jeff to thank for this frugal and creative solution. Many have enjoyed viewing Skylar Senning’s video of Checkmate’s Thrash to the Onion Patch (aka 2014 Newport Bermuda Race) through our web site and want more video action! If you have Go Pro or other video clips of your racing, cruising, party, or other adventures and are willing to share, please bring a memory stick with your video to EYC and leave it in Pat Herman’s capable hands in the front office. She’ll make sure that Jeff gets it and your video will be posted on our web site. Finally, given today’s tendency toward digital everything, the Communications Committee and Board of Governors have noted a need for more structured archiving to compliment the work of Club Historians Rick Harrison and George Graf. While we are receiving and posting 100s of pictures from various events, there is no process by which a select sampling of such materials are archived and stored for future reference and story-telling. If you have any interest in helping to define archival protocols and/or to administer/manage an archival database, please let us know via email to [email protected] . . your thoughts and interest will be welcomed and appreciated. Our 100th is not too far away ... we’ll need material for a celebratory publication! As always, please reach out to advise if we can enhance what/how EYC communicates by sending suggestions to [email protected] Best wishes for a safe autumn! CONTRIBUTORS Spyglass ....................Frank Flores Board .......................Alyson Danyliw Membership .............Lynn Herlihy Entertainment ..........Linda Douglas Regatta .....................Peter Harding Cruise ......................Dick Mather House ......................Jack Kingsbury Communications......Thomas Klin Ladies Sailing........Marily MacKinnon Deadline for each issue is the Tuesday after the monthly board meeting. Newsletter items may be emailed to Janeen Carabetta at [email protected] or delivered to EYC. 7 Ladies Night October 9 6 PM Cocktails and dinner $28 Essex Yacht Club | 13 Novelty Lane | Essex, CT 06426 | 860-767-8121 | essexyc.com October 9th 2014 Triple Cream St. Andre Brie Sugar seared grapes with spiced walnuts and pistachios, whole grain crostini Grilled Shrimp Skewers with lemon and rosemary Pico di Gallo, avocado and goats’ cheese tartlets Dinner service Baby spinach salad with warmed bacon vinaigrette Cranberry and cornbread stuffed statler chicken breast, butternut and maple puree Dessert Pumpkin ricotta cheesecake, Oreo cookie crust and vanilla cream $28.00 pp ++ Sunset Seafood Feast October 17th $35 per person raw bar available for an additional fee 5:30 PM Essex Yacht Club | 13 Novelty Lane | Essex, CT 06426 | 860-767-8121 | essexyc.com Hallowine Tasting Party October 31 6 PM $40 Per person Costumes optional but encouraged Essex Yacht Club | 13 Novelty Lane | Essex, CT 06426 | 860-767-8121 | essexyc.com How to Create a Shortcut to EYC Website on Your Mobile Device. Now you can take EYC wherever you go. For iPhone or iPad. 1) Open up safari browser on your home screen and go to www.essexyc.com and login to go to the member homepage. 2) Once you are on the member homepage, tap on the Share/Action icon (It’s a box with an arrow exiting.) at the bottom of the iPhone screen. Its left side of in top margin on iPad screen. 3) On the menu that opens, select the “Add to Home Screen” option. 4) You can change the name to “EYC” for iPhone or “Essex Yacht Club” if you like. 5) Press “Add” and your EYC site will be added to your home screen. 6) Return iPhone/iPad to the home screen and you’ll see an EYC miniature screenshot amongst your app shortcuts. Click it and it will take you to EYC member homepage skipping the login page. If you “sign out,” you will have to log in. 7) If you want to delete the EYC icon/screenshot, or change its heading, you can simply touch and hold the icon/screenshot and press the little “x” button next to the bookmark, much like you’d delete any normal iOS app. Now you have an easy way to add shortcuts to your home screen for quick access to any of your favorite sites. To best view the EYC site, hold your iPhone or iPad in a horizontal position. For an Android Device, try the following: Go to www.essexyc.com in browser and login. Add it to the bookmarks (Menu – Add bookmark – Done) Open Bookmark Manager (Menu – Bookmarks) Long press the site that needs to be added to the home screen. From the pop-up menu, select Add shortcut to Home Return to home screen and tap EYC shortcut to launch our site. Remember: If you sign out, you will have to log in. The shortcut will take you to the site. Webmaster’s note: While these instructions should work for most mobile devices, they may not work for all platforms. You may have to google bookmarking instructions for your specific device.
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