Commodore's Welcome, 2019
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!
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!