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October 2021



October 22 — Regatta Committee Awards Night


November 26 — Parade of Lights




Greetings Fellow Yacht Club Members,

I am honored to once again serve as your Commodore. I promise to do my best for you and our Club during my final year. 

Please welcome your new Board of Directors listed below and approved by NYC Membership.  Four Members-at-Large were also elected at the October General Membership Meeting.


Commodore:  Elizabeth Green

Vice Commodore:  Robert Antignano

Rear Commodore:  Michael O’Reilly

Secretary:  Edith Morin

Treasurer:  Christopher Long

Committee Chairs

Regatta:  F.J. Ritt

Finance:  Steve Dolan

House:  Peter Jencks

Membership:  Jeff Blais

Float and Dock:  Steve Damas

Communications:  Mark Marosits

Entertainment:  Linda Lupo, Yvonne Ferreira, Lisa Gladding (Chair TBD)

Juniors: Michael Barsczc

Offshore:  Roy Guay

Frostbite:  Bea Grimmitt

Young Adult:  Laura Dargan

Members at Large

Roger Hemond

Tom Robinson

Ed Lupo

Dennis Ferreira

Thank you all for the great turn out at the General Membership Meeting.  We had well over a quorum. I would also like to thank our dedicated staff for a great season.  Please know that your hard work is appreciated by all! Have a great October and a Happy Halloween!

Betsy Green


Newport Yacht Club




The Newport Yacht Club is the first yacht club in Rhode Island to earn Clean Marina certification. Other 2021 recipients are the Watch Hill Boat Yard and Safe Harbor Wickford Cove. The certification recognizes the recipients’ participation in environmental education and implementation of specific policies and practices regarding protection of coastal waters.   To earn certification, all must take many pro-active measures and be successfully evaluated by the Coastal Resources Management Council.    The Club achieved 100% compliance with certification criteria.       

Our Club takes great pride in this award and the remarkable efforts of our staff who made it possible. It is an important part of our shared stewardship of Newport’s treasured waterfront. 

The voluntary Clean Marina Program is an effort of CRMC, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), industry representatives, the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and Rhode Island Sea Grant. 



Band rocks at the recent Dance Party!

Thank you for supporting the Entertainment Committee events and raffle baskets! Please look for our announcements on the NYC website, and in the Burgee and e-news blasts from the office. Don’t be left out!! Something is planned every month ‘til June so far, most with music, so be on the lookout for details and sign up on the NYC website, as some events are limited in numbers. Also, check Club bulletin boards!!

Event Calendar as of October 15, 2021

December 4, 2021:    Adult Christmas Buffet with music.

TBD January 2022:    Small Plate Night or Chili Cook-off. COMPETITORS WANTED, contact entertainment@newportyachtclub.org

February 27, 2022:  Mardi Gras Sunday with music, jambalaya, hurricane drinks and costumes too!

March 12, 2022: St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef, of course!

April 17, 2022: Easter Brunch.

June 4, 2022: Opening Day.

Thank you from the Entertainment Committee.



The work on the sprinkler system is being readied. The engineers have all the information from the Club and the city and are moving forward with system design. Parking lot repairs are being made, especially to the west wall. We hope to have completion soon. Last but not least, the cannon is being repaired so we should have a proper salute for sunset Colors next summer!


The House Committee


Mitchell Columbus Regatta was held 9-10 October.  19 boats registered but 11 hardy boats started for Block Island in North-East to East direction winds.  Waterline length played a big part.  Started downwind then reaching into Block Island New Harbor.  Fast ride.  The boats finished around 3 hours finishing in a narrow range 12:13 pm to 12:45 pm.  Monday’s predictions were all over the place but everyone decided to head back on Sunday.  Some left in the morning and others waited till after the Bloody Mary contest, Hors d’oeuvers  contest and awards moved up to noon.  Only 3 submittals for the Bloody Mary contest however there were loads of people at the Hors d’oeuvres contest.  Those left went back after the awards.  Floating Point was the last boat to leave (as usual) at 2 pm and took 4.5 hours to get back arriving in the dark!  Winds were out of the East 20-25 knots but a tough sea state. Cliff Payne remained on Block Island (his son Sands broke his leg in June and was on crutches while we were there) and doesn’t look any older.

Roy Guay Chair, Offshore Committee


The summer slip assignment meeting will be held on December 14th at 7 PM this year.

In anticipation of that, we look at how many slips are expected to be available.  At this point in time, we are aware of only one slip that will be assignable.  Though that can change, it is unlikely that we will have enough available slips to exhaust the present wait list.

Because of this, we will not be opening the request list to be added to the wait list this November.  The list that was created last November can still be used, if need be, but we would like to add anyone with a date of membership prior to 2008 that would like to be added to the slip, that being the earliest membership date on the present list.

We will see you on December 14th.

Steve Damas Chair, Float and Dock