Commodore's Message

Commodore's Message, 2018           

Dear Fellow Members,

Ida Lewis Yacht Club has a 90-year history and heritage rich with yachting traditions as well as a wonderful group of active members.   These are the things that make our club so special.  It is an honor to serve you as your 32nd commodore at Ida Lewis Yacht Club.   

We have a number of significant improvements to the club for the 2018 season including the long awaited deck extension on the east side of the club which will provide more space to our members and expand our ability to host larger regattas.  Additionally, we are replacing the roof over the outside porch, adding a new portable bar, and with our green initiative, we are increasing our commitment to conservation with new trash receptacles to encourage recycling and composting, and new water bottle filling stations.  

Our wonderful staff is led by Club Manager, Morgan Tysor, in his second year as General Manager and his 16th season at the club.  We have added some new faces - Events Manager Nancy Coviello will have responsibility for food and beverage and special events.  Our new chef, John Difreno, joining us from another private club, will be managing the galley. Other key staff returning this year include Waterfront Manager Julia Pai, Bookkeeper Bronwin Gallahue, and Head of Maintenance Dave Symington.   There will be other new staff this year in various positions and I encourage you to get to know them!  

I am thrilled to announce a number of new and exciting events this year that are focused on broadening our competitive sailing programs at both the junior and adult levels, and to provide more access to competitive sailing for our club and our members.   First, the Ida Lewis Club Championship Regatta is our very own club championship.  It will start simply as a one-day fleet racing event and will hopefully grow into a multi-day, multi-class event in the future.  This is intended to be an annual regatta for ILYC members with a perpetual trophy.  Secondly, Ida Lewis is organizing a team for the 2018 NYYC Resolute Club, a Corinthian keelboat championship amongst preeminent yacht clubs in the United States.  The NYYC Resolute Cup is the lone guaranteed pathway for a US yacht club to earn an invitation to the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.   

Our long standing on the water activities will continue with our marquee events such as the Ida Lewis Distance Race and the 12 Meter North Americans.  The Ida Lewis Race Committee, led by Bill O’Hanley, will continue to support the weekday fleet racing series for Shields, J24’s, and other select one design and PHRF classes. Of course, we will be continuing our successful Adult Sailing on Monday evenings led by Elizabeth “Beezy” Bickford.  Our important Junior Program will be led by Veronica Brown and we expect all of the staff and coaches to return again this year.      

Our new Cruising Fleet Captain, Sheila McCurdy, has organized a variety of cruises including the summer cruise to Stonington, Mystic Seaport, Deering Harbor, Orient Y.C. and Fishers Island Y.C. from July 29 to August 5.  

On land, the Entertainment Committee co-chaired by Nancy Cardoza and Michele Manning have a number of social events planned starting with Commissioning on Saturday, May 5th at 1700 hours. Another event still in the planning stages is to take place after the Volvo In Port race on May 19th. Other popular returning events include the Commodores Cocktail Party on July 19th and the end of season Clam Boil in August.   

Volunteerism is the core of what makes our club so special - active members who participate on and off the water. Whether you are a long-standing member or a new member, I strongly encourage you to get involved.  I cannot stress enough the importance of volunteerism at your club.  A huge thank you to those that have served and are currently serving.  I can assure you that by getting more involved, you will reap the benefits of camaraderie and friendship with your fellow members.   

I look forward to seeing you on the water and at our club throughout this season.             

Dan Faria