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July 2019

DATES TO REMEMBER

JULY

7, 14, 21, 28 – Brunch

9, 16, 23, 30 – Tuesday Grill Night  note: No Tuesday Grill night on July 2, 2019

19 – Friday Grill Night 

22 – Jr. Activities Meeting

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Wednesday Grill Night

25 – NE Solo/Twin Registration

26 – NE Solo/Twin Meeting

27 – NE Solo/Twin Awards

COMMODORE’S CORNER

On Friday, 12 July, the Newport Yacht Club Board of Directors hosted dignitaries from Newport’s Sister City Shimoda, Japan and the new Newport City Council.  In attendance were the mayors of both Newport, Jamie Bova and Shimoda, Yusuke Fukui. This afforded the NYC with the opportunity to showcase our Club and what we do for the sport of sailing and the City of Newport.  The Council provided flags which were displayed on the deck and also flown from the yardarm on the Club’s mast. As is custom, Mayor Fukui and the Newport Yacht Club exchanged gifts.

The Flag presented, on behalf of NYC, a copy of our 125th Anniversary book, a burgee, and Club pin.  Each of the visiting dignitaries from Shimoda received a Club burgee and pin presented by a member of the Board of Directors.  Mayor Fukui presented us with a crystal paperweight depicting an etching of a sailing ship, commemorative pins for our Board of Directors, and samples of Saki from Japan.  This was an amazing evening where new friendships were made and important relationships with the City Council established. I could not be prouder of this Club and its board for the hospitality and friendliness shown to our visiting guests.  

We have now opened ticket sales for the 125th Anniversary Gala to allow all members to purchase additional tickets if desired.  As a reminder, this event will be held at Ochre Court on 17 August and will be a night to remember.  Please see the web site for additional details and to purchase tickets.

I can report that our Club is financially strong and is working towards the goal I set last October to establish 6 months of expenses as cash reserves.  This will permit us to be flexible in the event of unforeseen emergencies or major future capital improvements. I encourage you to review the Board of Directors minutes published in the Members section of the web site so you may get a feeling for the types of issues addressed on a regular basis.

Lastly, it is with regret that I must write about this:  several instances of inappropriate behavior and language have been reported making for uncomfortable situations with both members and staff.  Please be advised that Club leadership takes these types of infractions seriously and will continue to be vigilant in applying corrective action.  Let’s not let a few bad actors impact the enjoyment of the Club by members or guests. If you see or hear inappropriate comments/actions, say something…either to a member-at-large, the appropriate committee chair, or any of the Flag officers.  I want everyone to be able to take pleasure in their time at the Club without having to be subjected to demeaning comments or actions.

Please continue to enjoy the Club and consider coming to one of our grill nights which is a great way to meet new members and avoid cooking dinner!  I hope you are having a great summer.

Wishing you fair winds and following seas,

Tom Rowe, Commodore


VICE COMMODORE’S CORNER

A good time was had by all who celebrated Independence Day on the Main Pier July 4th.  Thank you to all of the attendees for your great appetizer, beverage and music contributions.  Happy summer!

Bristol Painting

HOUSE COMMITTEE

On Friday, July 19th the House Committee will introduce Friday Night Grill Night.  We are offering the same menu as on Tuesday and Wednesday evening.  A wine and beer bar will set up in the Main Lounge.  This will be a cash-only bar seeing that we do not have a spare POD machine for member charges.  This is being offered on a  trial basis.


JUNIOR ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE

Every Wednesday In July Free Grill Night For Young adults and a guest !!!!

Jonathan Bixby, Chair
Kate Wilson
Mike B Barszcz



ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE

The next event on the summer schedule is the 125th Anniversary Gala on August 17 at Ochre Court.  Tickets can be purchased on our website.  Mark your calendars for the Texas BBQ on August 31st.  Tickets will be available soon on the website.  

Respectfully submitted,
Pam Akgun, Entertainment Chair



FLOAT & DOCK COMMITTEE

A local man who lost his boat has an unused slip available at a steep discount.

Perhaps you know someone looking for a slip?
Coddington Wharf. Up to 37 feet. $3,500. For the season.
No liveaboards. Must have liability insurance to $300k.

Contact: Daniel Sweeney@401-207-7059
waterman1900@aol.com

Steve Damas, Chair
Bob Morin
Roger Hemond 
Frank Pearson III 
David Stewart


Jasper & Bailey Sailmakers

REGATTA COMMITTEE

Our racing season is half over already over!! Second Series Racing begins on July 23rd so if you are interested, there is still time to register!!
We are also looking to find a club member who might be interested in helping out with the scoring of our Tuesday /Wednesday night racing. Scoring is done through an online program and then must be uploaded to the club’s webpage.

There is a small time commitment but it can all be done at home or remotely from wherever you may be. Our current scorer has been performing this function for years now and is looking to potentially retire. Tom has done a great job over those many years and is looking to help in other ways. So if you might be interested – please reach out to Nancy Parrillo at regatta@newportyachtclub.org.

Regards -Nancy Parrillo, Chair Regatta Committee
Alan Renfrew
Al McCoy
Tom Pederson
Lee Parks


OFFSHORE COMMITTEE

The Bermuda One-Two was held in June. 28 boats started for Bermuda on Saturday 8 June. 8 boats dropped out and returned home. One of the 8 broke its rudder and had to use it’s emergency rudder to get home. 20 boats finished. Veteran Michael Hennessey on Dragon, a Class 40, was the 1st boat to finish. About 50 people participated in the Awards in Bermuda on Tuesday 18 June.

After about a week stay in Bermuda for most skippers, 19 boats started for Newport on Thursday 20 June. Of the 20 boats that finished, one went home to Annapolis, MD and one took off for the Azores. In Bermuda, we picked up a new boat for the return trip only (thus 19 boats started). 4 boats dropped out on the way the Newport and 15 finished. Veteran Jonathan Green on Privateer, a Class 40, outpaced the fleet and led the whole way finishing first in Newport. Two people broke ribs on this leg! A great turnout of about 60 people participated in the Awards in Newport.

I would like to thank the following people for supporting the race:

  • Race Committee in Newport: Eric Langley, Ted & Cathy Singsen, Caryn Cummings, Roger & Jane Fontaine, Roy Guay.
  • Duty Desk in Newport: Betsy McClintock, Pat Clayton, Ted Singsen, Roy Guay and Kristine Johnson.
  • Ted Singsen for meeting many of the boats in Bermuda at the Custom’s dock and riding the boats to the Dinghy Club to help them dock; also for meeting some of the boats in Newport.
  • And thanks to Betsy McClintock for all the wonderful trophies we gave out both in Bermuda and in Newport.
  • Last but not least for the food at Awards in Newport: Caryn Cummings and crew; Cathy Singsen, Bill and Alyce Croasdale, Donna Bouressa, Father Tom O’Neil

Dates of Interest:

  • New England Solo/Twin July 26/27
  • Mitchell Columbus Regatta October 12-14
  • Skippers’ Shore Party November 2

Roy Guay, Chair
Kristen Wenzel
Ted Singsen
Betsy McClintock
Pat Clayton
George Crocker
Brian Clayton
Caryn Cummings
Tristan Mouligne


COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

We have a new addition to the Newport Yacht Club family (and communications committee). Please join us in welcoming Jack Pearson Schmigle born on July 6th.

Robin and Eric are doing well and I’m sure we will see them around the club soon.

Congratulations!!


FINANCE COMMITTEE

The Dashboard ….. The dashboard continues to work well as a management tool for the committee chairs. The dashboard format is modified as needed based on input from the chairs. This is all about continuous improvement. 

As we head into our busy season the club’s net income for the first five months of the year (January thru May) is 6% ahead of budget, which is most encouraging. Hats off to all chairs for their committee management.

Larry Girouard, Chair


If you have something you’d like to share with the Club membership in the Burgee, please send your submission to: communications@newportyachtclub.org for review and consideration.   


Crystal Spring
Bristol Painting
Gustave White Realty
Jasper & Bailey Sailmakers

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