Corsica Currents, April 2020
News for CRYC Members
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In keeping with Federal and State guidelines for COVID-19 protection the Corsica River Yacht Club is closed until further notice.  All club events are cancelled through 31 May.



> Commodore's Corner

Mike Hollis


COVID-19 Edition:  COVID-19 has disrupted our lives and routines.  It’s a new day and we will adapt.  With a conscience effort we will all come through this stronger and better than when it began.  When will this end: 15 April? 1 Jun? Sept?  2022?  We don’t know.  When we are told.  Health and safety is everybody’s concern and we go forward with that in mind.  You’ve already heard the standard admonishments– wash your hands, practice social distancing, if you’re sick- stay home, blah, blah, blah…… All of those same guidelines apply to you with regards to the yacht club.  Nuf said.  If you must visit the club grounds (i.e. to check on a boat) please provide your own wipes and hand sanitizer gel.  If you see another member be socially distant (10 ft).
All scheduled events through 31 May are now canceled.  The board conducted a “soft” opening this year.  Water is now turned on, hoses laid out, and most importantly, the new gate combination is now in effect.  Heads will remain closed.
The worst-case scenario we can currently envision is that we will be compelled to cancel the 2020 season altogether, but our intention is to avert that unpleasant prospect if at all possible. 
The board will, in consultation with state and local authorities, reassess actions that we might take in May in anticipation of a 1 June opening… but no promises.
            As always and now more than ever – be safe.
Mike Hollis, Commodore



> Membership
Gail Owings, Vice Commodore


We currently have 53 paid members.  Outstanding dues payment should be via check to the CRYC, PO Box 24, Centerville, MD 21617.  While still available on the club website, online payments will now have a flat service charge of $10.  Due to COVID-19 we are waiving any late fees thru 31 May.  Understanding that COVID-19 has hit the economy hard, please contact any board member so we can discuss an alternate payment schedule if necessary.  Note that at a minimum, kayak rack renewal ($25) must be paid for by 31 May in order to avoid removal and reissuing to a member on the wait list.

>Buildings and Grounds
John Foster Rear Commodore


Kayak rack renewals ($25) must be paid for by 31 May in order to avoid removal and reissuing to a member on the wait list.
Planning is complete on the new schoolhouse however we are delaying our order until we review current club income.  We are still planning for a summer arrival (date TBD).  This asset will greatly increase capabilities for both the schoolhouse and race management.  The cost is in the $7,000 range and we are currently seeking donations, large or small, to help defray the club expenditure
Spring rains continue to create boggy conditions in the lower elevations.  Please do not drive past an imaginary line running from the pavilion to the school shed because it is boggy this time of year.  Members will be held responsible for repairing any damage to the grounds. 

> Finance
John Friel, Treasurer

Note that there is now a $10.00 service fee to pay your dues online.  If you prefer to pay your dues by mail; the address is:  Corsica River Yacht Club PO box 24, Centreville, Maryland 21617. 
As a reminder dues are $250 and an additional $25 if you already have a kayak rack.
Current monies on hand 1 April 2020 is $18,200.00 and a capital fund with an additional $10,000.00 in long term CD’s.

Gail Owings, Tammy Boone

Several members of the board (Gail Owings, John Foster, Gayle Jayne and John Friel) met with the YMCA Program Director, Victoria Venton to address the YMCA Summer schedule and course offerings.
Note that COVID-19 will likely impact YMCA programs and class enrollment.
 The “Y” will be offering 2 types of courses this season at Corsica River Sailing Centre this summer; a sailing program for ages 8-12 to learn and develop sailing skills and a River Camp during the last 2 weeks in August for ages 5-15 to explore the diversity of life on the Corsica River.  Of note: there will be no Pee Wee sailing courses this summer.  More information is provided below.
Six Sessions: 29 Jun – 3 July; 13-17 July; 20-24 July; 27 -31 July; 3 – 7 Aug; 10-14 Aug
Description: The YMCA of the Chesapeake is excited to partner with the Corsica River Yacht Club and The Gunston School to deliver a variety of quality water sports camps; the boat ride from Gunston is less than 5 minutes to Corsica River. Drop-off and pick-up is at the Gunston School, then campers are transported by boat to the Corsica River Yacht Club for sailing. Campers must always bring a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, lunch, refillable water bottle, and 2 snacks daily (we are outside most of the day)! Does your camper love the water? This all-day camp is held at the Corsica River Yacht Club, with pick up and drop off being held at The Gunston School. Sailing professionals who are certified by USA Sailing will teach essentials of sailing with a focus on fun and adventure. Campers will need to be dropped off by 8:30 am and can be picked up starting at 4:30 pm. We will sail from 9 am - 4 pm. Before and After-Care is provided at the Gunston School at no additional cost.
Open to everyone
Cost: Members: $220.00 / Non-Members: $255.00 /Registration Fee: $25.00
Contact: Victoria Velton;; 443-262-9994
Corsica River Camp
2 sessions: 17-21 Aug and 24-28 August
Description: YMCA Camp offers a variety of specialized camps and age appropriate curriculum for your camper to choose from on a weekly basis. Every camp counselor brings experience and passion to their chosen camp. Campers will spend half the day in specialized instruction and the other half of the day in traditional YMCA camp activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, games and songs. Your camper will enjoy the best of both worlds. The YMCA believes in providing a wide variety of opportunities for learning new skills, making friends, having fun, and building self-esteem and character. New this year, we will offer Corsica River Camp for the last two weeks of camp for ages 5-15. Campers will be divided into appropriate age groups and will experience what the Corsica River has to offer.
Open to everyone
Cost: Members: $180.00 / Non-Members: $215.00 / Registration Fee: $25.00
Contact: Victoria Velton’, 443-262-9994

> Communications

Joe Della Barba, IT & Gayle Jayne, Secretary

Joe Della Barbra will be relocating our repeater antenna off the pavilion to a stand-alone pole – If you have a 12-20 foot pole laying around unused or (better) a tabernacled pole to ease antenna maintenance please contact Joe Della Barbra at

> Regatta / Race
Art Silcox,  John Foster

The Comet / Laser Spring Series cancelled.
The one day race committee clinic on 18 April at Northeast Yacht Club in Northeast, MD is canceled.  Contact Art Silcox for more info.

> Fleet

Art Silcox, Fleet Captain

Laser-  Spring series begins Saturday 25 April - 1st gun at 1300
Comet- Spring series begins Saturday 25 April- 1st gun at 1300
Kayak – Note that a kayak rack renewal ($25) must be paid for by 31 May in order to avoid removal and reissuing to a member on the wait list.
The kayak racks are currently full although there may be adjustments off the wait list after reviewing member renewals.  The board is considering an additional rack for 2021.  If you currently have a rack that is not in use please offer it back to the board so that we may reallocate it to someone on the wait list.  NO SUBLEASING.
2020 Rack Assignments
A1  Mike Hollis A2  Mike Whitehill A3  Peter Jayne
A4  Bob Gerber A5  Sandy Downes A6  Peter Jayne
A7  Jessica Curry A8   John Harper A9  Julie Kille
B1  Woody Granger B2  Beth Pinder B3  Jessica Curry
B4  Jim Johnson B5  Adam Cohen B6  Tammy Boone
B7  Jim Johnson B8  Tom West  B9  Pam Dinkle
Wait list-  1.Tim Eubanks; 2. John Friel; 3. Gail Owens; 4. Karen Maize/Patti ONeil


> Social
Gail Owings, Vice Commodore & Beth Pinder


All social events are currently on hold.

Ships Store
Tammy Boone, Quartermaster

  • You may purchase items from Land’s End - CRYC logo items may be purchased through Lands' End.  You will need to create your own account and create a library of logos that you can use.  Although there are a few steps involved, it is worth the time setting it all up. When you order an item, you can preview it and adjust the placement of the logo on the garment.
  •   Here's how to get set up: 1.Log in or create an account with Lands' End Business (This is separate from regular Lands' End.)
2.Once you have created an account and/or signed in, use the drop down menu under your name in the upper right corner to click on "Logos".
3.Click on "Associate a Logo to my Account"
4.Use Logo #'s: 1150832 and/or 1150825 and Customer #: 7179521
That's all there is to it!  You are ready to order. 


>More Opportunities to Serve

  • If you have ideas and suggestions to share please feel free to email or call.  If you would like to assist with a committee, event or project, trust me, we have a job for you.
  • Club photographer - Volunteer needed to photo document club events.  Wide range of access granted.
  • Coffee / Donut Person – Seeking individual(s) to setup breakfast at four events over the year.  65 cup coffeemaker provided.
  • Public relations / Recruiting  – Seeking individuals to represent the club at various community events to provide information about the club and recruit new members. 
  • Public relations / Media – Seeking individuals to provide updates to local and regional media with the goal of increasing awareness of the club and its activities.
  • Contact: for info on the above positions

>Upcoming Events

All events through 31 May 

4 April
25 April
3 May
9 May
16 May
31 May
6 June
7 June 
13 June  
15 June   
24 June   
27/28 June

are cancelled.  All others are tentative

Opening work Party 0900 / New Member Orientation
 Comet Series wk 1
Commissioning / Semi-annual Meeting / Covered dish
Spring Series 2
Spring series 3
Pavillion Private Event
Evening Kayak Paddle
School Opening Work Party
CRYC Open House
YMCA Camp Begins
CBYRA Jr Regatta
Penguin National Regatta
View Calendar for 2020

>Contact the CRYC Board

Send email to  Your email will be received by each Board member.

To contact Commodore Mike Hollis, send email to

View Phone Directory for BOD Members

>Classified Ads

Would you like to advertise here?  Got something to sell?  Are you a skipper seeking a crew or crew seeking a boat?  Contact or
FOR SALE: 420 Sailboats.  The Club is selling 4 excess 420 sailboats.  All are in good condition.  $350.00 ea.  No trailer.  Contact Art Silcox 571 213 9356 or
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