Commodore's Message

Commodore's Message, 2017

Dear Fellow Members,

Welcome to our Club’s 89th season. We are a Club comprised of active members that embodies our mission to foster excellence in yachting and yacht racing, with an emphasis on traditions, sportsmanship, education and camaraderie.

This winter we celebrated the 175th anniversary of our Club's namesake and American heroine Ms. Idawalley Lewis. Once acclaimed as the "Bravest Woman in America", she achieved national fame not as much for her role as keeper of Lime Rock Lighthouse, but for her expert boat handling and rescue skills.

Remaining true to Ms. Ida's legacy and our Club's racing origins, opportunities for our members to participate in racing events and our long tradition of hosting quality, competitive events remains a top priority at our Club. The Ida Lewis Race Committee team will continue to support the weekday Fleet racing series for Shield’s, J24’s, and M 32’s. A change this year will be our summer Aloha racing series which will be held on Saturday afternoons instead of Friday's. In addition to the customary Shields Fleet, we will also be welcoming back the Thistles Fleet and we will be inviting the J24 and Ensign Fleets to join the Aloha series as well, creating a new weekend event for the local one design racing community. The Club will host the Ida Lewis Distance Race, the 12 Meter North Americans, the 12 Meter "Newport Cup", and we will provide a circle at the J Fest Regatta, the Sail Newport Regatta, and the 2.4 Meter circle for the Meter Fest Regatta hosted by NYYC.

For the cruisers, come join the Ida Lewis Cruising Group this year on one or all of our exciting cruises. Our Fleet Captain has chosen some great destinations including Nantucket, Block Island, and Prudence Island. All are welcome; power and sailboats alike. Come get to know your fellow members over a cocktail while relaxing after a day's passage.

The very popular adult sailing program is primarily a social, “get out on the water” program accommodating all levels of sailing ability with the goal of making participants comfortable as boat handlers. This year the program will add additional time set aside for instruction and experiences on larger keelboats.

The winter social “TGIF” theme events have been well received and popular, and our Entertainment Committee has planned a number of new social offerings including a special Dinner and Dancing event. I encourage you to log on to the member side of our website calendar and monitor your email frequently for upcoming events; it is the best way to remain engaged in what is happening down at your Club.

The Club is a busy place, and the season goes by fast, so be sure to make time to enjoy your Club this year.

Happy and safe boating!

Rob Connerney
Commodore