Commodore's Message, 2019
Dear Fellow Members,
Welcome to the 91st season of Ida Lewis Yacht Club. As we look toward a busy season both on and off the water one of the highlights will be co-hosting the 12 Metre Worlds which are to be held in July. Truly, an event not to be missed!
A number of upgrades and improvements of club facilities took place in the off-season including replacement of a number of pilings as part of the scheduled replacement program. Some other work included repair of the drainage problems in the men’s head, replacing tile, and repainting. Additionally, our telephone and internet have been upgraded to provide more capability and band width to better serve all of us. We remain committed to our green initiatives by continuing our conservation and recycling efforts, water bottle filling stations, and supporting the growing movement toward green regatta directives.
On the staffing front, Morgan has been working hard to fill the open positions. As of this writing in April, a new chef has accepted an offer and Chase Glazzard has committed to be the new Junior Sailing Program Director. We look forward to welcoming them onboard.
As mentioned in my opening, a major event co-hosted by ILYC this summer is the 12M World Championship along with associated regattas takes place July 8 – July 13. After the January kickoff meeting I was thrilled by the number of volunteers who signed up to join the various subcommittees! A huge thank you to all the volunteers and especially to the event co chairs, Ted Winston and Jane Beezer, as well as Peter Gerard, event organizer and president of the 12M fleet for leading the effort. This marquee event will have 12 meter yachts from many countries including Finland, Norway, Denmark, Italy, and Newport. This representation will be the largest single gathering of 12 Meters in North America. Some affiliated regattas include the Newport Trophy Regatta on June 29 and 30 and the Pre Worlds Regatta on July 5-7. There will be plenty of 12M racing and watching!
Of course, we have plenty of other exciting on the water activity: the annual Ida Lewis Distance Race, the ILYC Club Championship, and the NBYA Opti Regatta. Bill O’Hanley and the busy Ida Lewis Race Committee will continue to support weekday fleet racing series for Shields, J24’s, and other select one-design and PHRF classes. Elizabeth “Beezy” Bickford will continue to lead our successful adult sailing, and Veronica Brown will continue her leadership of our important Junior program.
Mark your calendars as Fleet Captain Sheila McCurdy has organized several cruises including the Spring Rendezvous and BBQ at Third Beach on Saturday, June 22, 2019, the ever popular Mackerel Cove July 4th Raft-up and the Summer Cruise to Buzzard’s Bay and Tashmoo taking place July 28 - August 4. We will wrap up the season with the Fall Cruise to Block Island, September 20-21. Please join us!
On land, the Entertainment Committee co-chaired by Alice Sheerin and Michele Manning have been busy at work planning a number of social events beginning with Commissioning on May 5th. A bi-annual event, the Commodore’s Dinner Dance will be on August 10 and, therefore, we have decided to alternate years between the dinner dance and the Commodore’s Cocktail Party. Finally, the annual Lobster & Clam Boil will be on August 30th.
As usual, I encourage the membership to get involved in YOUR club by serving on committees, attending on and off the water events, and by simply enjoying our special spot on the rock.