Commodore's Message

Commodore's Message, 2016

Dear Fellow Members,

I am honored to serve as Commodore of ILYC for our Club’s 88th season, and on behalf of the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs, I welcome you to the 2016 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. With that goal in mind, the Board has focused on the careful consideration and implementation of needed improvements and additions to the Club’s on-the-water and shore side offerings, while being mindful of our traditions and culture.

Ida Lewis is indeed a very special place that can be enjoyed on many different levels. Whether your passion is sailing or motoring, cruising, racing, kayaking, or paddle boarding; if you are a junior sailor or beginning adult sailor, an Olympic aspirant, middle aged racer, or race management volunteer, there are activities and a strong, warm sense of community for you at our Club. There is truly something for everyone, and I encourage you to get involved and follow your passion.

The Ida Lewis Race Committee team will continue to support the weekly Fleet racing series for Shield’s, J24’s, M 32’s and Beetle Cats. A welcome addition this year will be a fleet of Thistles joining our summer Aloha racing series. The Club will host the Ida Lewis Distance Race, the 12 Meter North Americans, and serve as the event venue for the Shellback Regatta. Shellback dinghies are small wooden boats typically hand built by their owner/racers and will be kept at Ida for the enjoyment of our wooden boat enthusiasts.

For the cruisers, a full cruise itinerary is planned, comprised of weekend cruises to Wickford Yacht Club, Bristol Yacht Club (for 4 th of July fireworks and parade), and the week long Club Cruise traveling this year to a number of select anchorages in Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound.

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. The increased number of wonderful volunteer instructors has added greatly to the program and has boosted participants’ confidence and enjoyment.

The winter social “TGIF” theme will continue into Spring with TGIF socials continuing down at the Club on May 13 th and 27 th . Summer plans include Saturday night theme dinner menus, a “Clam Bake on the Rock”, a “Drinks, Dessert and Dancing” evening, and a lunch with Blue Garden tour.

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