Bermuda Escapade

escapade Larry and Diana Caillouet have been invited to race in this year’s Newport to Bermuda Race in their 1996 Oyster 55, Escapade. The race leaves Newport, Rhode Island on June 17. Depending on wind and sea conditions and skills of navigation and sailing, most of the fleet will cover the 635 miles to Bermuda in about 5 days. The biggest wild card in the race is crossing the Gulf Stream, which can significantly affect the weather and make this a race to be won or lost by the navigator. Finding the best way to minimize the northward flow of the stream and capitalize on its southward eddies is often the secret to finishing well. This year’s race has 200 monohulls ranging from some 36-38 footers to the 100-foot speed demon Comanche which holds the monohull speed record of sailing 618 miles in a single 24-hour period.

 escape2Escapade will race with a crew of six men including Richard Collins and Larry from Bowling Green, one from Indiana, one from California, and two from Connecticut. Diana will not be onboard for the race but will meet the crew in Bermuda and cruise back to Annapolis from there.

Larry and Diana are using this race to prepare the boat and themselves for long distance cruising after the race. The Newport Bermuda Race has very strict and specific safety requirements for equipment and crew training. Larry says “Money spent on safety is wasted–until you need it” so he and Diana are hoping that it will all be wasted.

Escapade will be racing in the Cruiser Division which is for cruising boats with amateur helmsmen.

The 2016 Huddleston Cup Regatta

huddlestonCome one, come all to our first race of the season! The Huddleston Cup will be held on Saturday May 28th and Sunday May 29th. Please contact Gary Reimer Racing Chair if you want to serve on the Committee boat. Saturday night we will have a Smoked Pork meal for $10. Racing will be $25/boat includes both days. Join us for our First Regatta for the season.

May Club Meeting! and CRAB BOIL!!!

CrossingtheLineJoin us on Friday May 13th – Our Monthly Club Meeting at the Lake 6-8 pm.

This month our own Keith Simpson will be fixing a CRAB BOIL! We need you to RSVP by say Friday May 6th, so Keith has time to catch the Crabs and get them ready.

Please respond via a comment on here or on our Facebook page which will have this made as an event.

Come on down and see if we made it to summer pool yet! Check out the new motor on the Committee boat!. See the fabulous General Lee lawn tractor! Talk sailing with your fellow members… No need to dress up, just come as you Arrrrr..

The Blessing of the Fleet & Opening the Season

Commodore Hatcher welcomed all present and saluted the past commodores as is our tradition.

The Blessing of the Fleet

The Blessing of the Fleet

We started with the hoisting of the colors by Rob Wyatt and Bill Miller.

Hoisting the colors

Hoisting the colors

Rob Wyatt gave a nice explanation of the history behind the flag etiquette we use at the yardarm. Next was the Pledge of Allegiance led by Gary Reimer.

We then moved on to a recitation and performance of a sea chantey by Lee Huddleston

and an excellent homily on sailing by Deborah Champion.


Deborah Champion’s Homily on Sailing and Life

Reverend Judith Foster Reese then blessed all the boats in the yard and all present.IMG_20160430_122205310

We concluded with the ringing of 8 bells at our Plank park for our fallen members by Commodore Rob Hatcher.

Carol and Frank Kersting provided an excellent repast of heavy hors d’oeuvres and copious amounts of beer and wine.



As has been related elsewhere we then proceeded to a renaming ceremony for Gary Reimer’s boat which was well and truly renamed Firefly.

A good time was had by all and onward to a great 2016 season.


Spring Sermon

As it is Spring again, it’s time to refresh ourselves on our smooth docking rules, these are from Vice Commodore Miller from back in 2010, but still apply today.

Greetings and salutations to the mates of the POYC. Spring sailing has arrived and it is once again time for the yearly reminders as to what makes the club run smoothly. I first received this list during the reign of the venerable, and now Emeritus, Commodore Bill Hatter; and have since added a few more. Remember – your momma doesn’t live here so…

  1. If you mess it up – clean it up.
  2. If you use it up – replace it. You will be reimbursed.
  3. All members with boats in the yard are expected to mow the areas around their boats and keep them ship shape.
  4. NEVER block another mates boat trailer!
  5. If you appear to be the last one on the property please be sure to lock the heads and shed as well as turn off any lights. ( and Now Lock the Gate Please)
  6. NEVER leave your boat unattended on the inside of the first dock. This side is for launching/retrieval only.
  7. When leaving your boat on the dock ALWAYS springline your boat; please do not broadside.
  8. ALWAYS place an adequate fender on the dock at the bow of your boat. We have just retired the debt on the dock and want them to last as long as possible. Boats abrading the plastic are a serious issue where the docks are concerned. It is the responsibility of the captain to check on his/her boat frequently to insure proper dockage.
  9. POYC Regattas require room on the dock. If you are not racing PLEASE remove your boat from the dock prior to the race.

I would also like to mention, please say hello to your fellow members if you meet them at the club and also to our students if you encounter them. It means a lot to new members and students to feel welcome and helps them want to be a part of our club. We all started out not knowing the ropes and now we call them lines instead.

Thanks and see you on the water..

The Scribe