Corsica Currents, June 2019
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>Commodore's Corner
Mike Hollis

Summertime fun.  With those words we are about to embark on the most dangerous time of year - water, sun, heat, alcohol, speed, new adventures – all of these can kill or maim.

The 101 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are when most accidents happen. But…there is no such thing as an accident!  

The chain of events leading to an “Accident” are built link by link until eventually a catastrophe occurs. To avoid an injury or death it only takes one person to “break” the chain. A physical intervention isn’t necessary, a word, a warning - “You should:  put on sunblock, drink some water, wear a life jacket, use two hands, look behind you, hold on, slow down, ask somebody with experience, don’t walk there, read the instructions.”

As I push towards 60, one of the reasons I am still alive with all my fingers, toes, sight and hearing is everything I do is preceded with the question: What could go wrong, how likely is it to go wrong and what can I do to mitigate that risk?  Importantly, I also ask who around me can make the situation better or worse. Most often this “risk analysis” is simply a split second semi-conscious thought just prior to doing something. A moment's reflection can save a life. 

If you see something unsafe – break the chain.  Be Hercules!

I have attached excerpts from the Summer Safety Brief that is provided by the Marine Corps Safety Office.  Entitled “101 Days of Summer” it brings forth seasonally relevant information and is worth perusing and having a dinner table discussion with the family.  I hold family safety briefs every season; both Missy and the kids can recite them back to me by now.  But that tells me they listened at least once. Read the Summer Safety Brief...

Think things through, be safe.  Survive the next 101 days.  Have a nice summer.

Thanks to all for your continued support.

Mike Hollis
Commodore, CRYC

>Building and Grounds Committee
John Foster and Steve Geiser

Repairs to docks and the ramp to the floating dock are in the works. Completion is expected prior to the Summer Camp start on June 17.  A preliminary design drawing for a new shed to replace the school storage shed has been drafted. Approval is needed from Planning and Zoning and Parks and Recreation before we proceed with the project.

>Membership Committee
John Friel and Gayle Jayne

We now have 88 members.  Thank you!

Several membership renewals have been received recently, but all the cards have not yet been sent.  If you haven't received your 2019 membership card by June 15, please contact us at

If you have moved in the last year or two, or changed email addresses, please contact us so we can update our records.

2019 Paid Members have the new codes to the gate and restrooms.

Welcome new members Steven and Samantha Mergardt, Doug Stubee, and Karen Glass!

>Treasurer/Finance Committee
John Friel

Current club funds are $19,853 cash balance plus two CD's at $5,000 each.

Dues may either be paid on the CRYC website or via postal mail:

P.O. Box 24
Centreville, Maryland 21617

>Schools Committee
John Friel and Tammy Boone

We have the honor of having Woody Granger returning as head instructor for the YMCA program this summer.  Woody, a CRYC member, former teacher at The Gunston School and current grad student will ensure that junior sailor educational needs are met in a safe, caring environment.  Welcome back Woody.

Registration for YMCA Camp Monoponson is now open.
Volunteers are needed for an open house with the YMCA on June 23, 2019, please email if you are interested in helping.

>Communications Committee

Joe Della Barba & Gayle Jayne

The VHF radio in the equipment rack has been connected to power and an antenna. A range check on channel 16 at 25 watts was successful to the USCG. We won't routinely be calling them, but it is nice to know we can reach them in an emergency.

The rack has been rearranged so the weather station equipment is higher up with the PA and VHF lower down.

The PA system is now set up to play audio/music from any source with a headphone jack as well as make use of the microphone.

The defibrillator battery will be replaced or an entire replacement unit will be purchased.

Please send photos or articles of interest to Gayle Jayne for inclusion in Corsica Currents. (

>Regatta/Race Committee
Art Silcox, Gail Owings, and John Foster

Please contact Art Silcox or Gail Owings if you have interest in Race Committee involvement for the coming season.

CBYRA Junior Regatta is scheduled for June 25th and 26th and we need volunteers to help with registration and race committee (no experience necessary). Come out and spend a day on the river watching up and coming junior sailors race. Please call Art Silcox 571-213-9536 for information as to how you can make this a successful event for CRYC.

Log canoes are coming to Corsica in July!

Over the July 13/14 weekend, CRYC will be partnering with Chester River Yacht and Country Club to host the Chester River Log Canoe Series. Races will be in the Chester River off the mouth of the Corsica River.  There will be 2 races Saturday and one Sunday. 

Saturday, after racing, there will be a social event at the Corsica River Yacht Club pavilion. The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday afternoon at the pavilion.  All are invited to come down and watch mast raising and rigging, a daily chore on a log canoe. 
Additionally, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's bugeye Edna Lockwood is expected to be docked at our pier and be open for tours after her recent rebuild. She is the only log constructed bugeye still in existence.
Read more about the restoration of the Edna E. Lockwood at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

>Around the Fleets

Art Silcox

Calling all adults who would like to learn to sail or improve their skills!  Emily Turner has offered to give some sailing classes this summer.  Please let us know if you are interested by emailing  A few adults have indicated interest; please let us know if you'd like to join us!


COMET FLEET - Art Silcox

Comet Spring Series 3 had four boats in spirited races with places being shifted in each race. Tom Price was the eventual winner.  

LASER FLEET - Nicholas Place (



Read about the evening kayak paddle trip and campfire below.

>Social Committee
Gail Owings, Tammy Boone

The evening kayak paddle conducted on June 1 was a success with 4 paddlers attending.

John Harper, Mark Eney, Mike and Missy Hollis ventured up Emory Creek to the headwaters. We were lulled into a sense of bliss by the awk awk of the rare pink heron, the screech of the bald eagle and startled by a 12 foot big green dinosaur who turned out to be an inflatable raft. Finding no fountain of youth or streets paved with gold we returned to the club to be welcomed by fire tender William Hollis who had built a nice fire for roasting marshmallows.

We were joined around dark by Temple Worth, her daughter, Cordelia, and friends Lela and Gabby. A light breeze kept the bugs at bay. Sated by beer and marshmallows the group talked amicably until 10pm. A good time was had by all. Another trip is slated for the fall when the leaves will be in their colorful splendor.
The next two events where we can really use some help are:
  • 23 June - CRYC/YMCA Open House
  • 25/26 June - Junior Regatta
If you’re unsure of what you can do, remember - we will never set you up to fail!  Gail Owings can provide additional details. Send an email to to volunteer.

We are working on plans for the Annual Regatta this summer.

>Ships Storekeeper
Tammy Boone and Gail Owings

We planned to sell CRYC T-shirts and caps and other items at the cancelled semi-annual meeting. Those items will be available for sale at other upcoming events throughout the season.

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 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

Email for info on these oopportunities:
  • Seeking a larger sail / power-boater to coordinate the July 4th picnic and possibly shepherd other boaters to Lawyers Cove to view the Rock Hall fireworks.  
  • The Club will be seeking general support for both the Log Canoe races and the Annual Regatta.  If you’ve been around awhile you know what to expect.  If you haven’t served yet, it’s a great way to give back.
  • The CRYC board is seeking to fill a vacancy on the board for a member-at–large, duties as assigned.  A good way to wet your feet and influence your club. POC:

>Schedule of Upcoming Events

Printer friendly format of the Complete Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 1
Saturday, June 2
Saturday, June 2
Sunday, June 16
Monday, June 17
Sunday, June 23
Tuesday, June 25
Wednesday, June 26
Thursday, July 4
Sat/Sun July 13-14
Fri/Sat/Sun, July 26-28

Evening Kayak Paddle
School Opening Work Party
Board Meeting
Father's Day
YMCA Summer Camps begin (thru Aug. 15)
CRYC / YMCA Open House 3 - 6 pm
Junior Practice Day
Junior Regatta
CRYC Picnic / Fireworks viewing
Log Canoe Races
Annual Regatta

>How to Contact the CRYC Board

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

To contact Commodore Mike Hollis, send email to

View Phone Directory for BOD Members

>CRYC History

Thanks to CRYC member Katherine Schinasi, daughter of Jeanne Valliant, we have newspaper clippings from the late 1930's and 1940's to share. Races on the Corsica River were reported in the local paper.  This is the third clipping reproduced in the Corsica Currents.

Corsica Yacht Club Holds Last Race Sat.

John Valliant Wins Seamanship Prize At Final Meeting

    Jeanne Valliant won the Class A race for the third successive week in her boat, Nookie, with Peter Dunk as crew. Second place went to Ah-Peg, skippered by Peggy Austin and crewed by Pat Mickle; third, Nomad, Dicky Ashley at the helm and Jacky Ashley crewing; fourth, Pooka, Timmy Blackwood, skipper and Millicent Taylor, crew; fifth, Moth 245, Henry Wilson and Bo Furst and sixth, Little Jag, with Peard, skipper. Didi Too with skipper Morris Pascall, was disqualified for fouling a bouy.
    The final races of the season for the Corsica River Yacht Club were held last Saturday, August 21.  A good breeze was over the water and prevailed during every race. Sixteen sailboats participated in the last contests.
Snippy and Popeye Win
          In Class B race, the Snippy with Austin Taliaferre, skipper and Dick Lott crew, came in first followed by the Frolic, with Nancy Fox skipper, and Mr. Fox crew.  Third place went to Tiny Tim, Sidney Ashley, skipper and Janet Gadd crew; fourth, Nip, Smith skipper; fifth, Dolan skipper.
     The Popeye with Bennett skipper, placed first in Class C. race with second place taken by Moth 45, Murphy skipper. Third, Moth 52, Schulz skipper. The Kitty, sailed by Way did not finish.

Treasure Hunt Held
     The treasure hunt, after two postponements due to calm weather, was held Sunday. The treasure was found by Betty Fox in the Frolic. After the hunt, the final meeting of the club was held at the home of Mrs. Temple Blackwood.
     Prizes awarded for the season's races were awarded to the winners. In Class A, Jeanne Valliant won first prize with Dicky Ashley second. Class B prize was won by Peard with Sidney Ashley second. In Class C there was a tie between Schultz and Murphy, which was later sailed off and Schulz won first place.
     The prize for the beginner who has made the most progress in sailing for the year was awarded to John Valliant. It was the Seamanship Prize. First prize for the regular camp races held each Wednesday was won by Way with Krastell second.

>Classified Ads

Wanted Comet Crew – The comet fleet seeks individuals who would like to be introduced to small boat racing / comets.  Attend one race or the whole season.  No experience needed.

Wanted to rent: Out of town member seeks good waterfront 3 bedroom house (with dock) available for rent for the month of September in the vicinity of Chestertown / Centerville. Contact CRYC member Bob Levy - Email:; Mobile: 281-468-6745; Home: 713-664-4151

Part time Sailing Coach Position - The Gunston School is seeking a qualified Associate Sailing Coach for the 2019-2020 sailing season. Gunston supports a fleet of 12 FJ’s for interscholastic racing within the MDISA and MASSA organizations. Fall sailing practice begins on August 21 and will end the last week of October while spring sailing begins mid-March and concludes mid-May. Sailing practices are after school from 2:20-4:15pm with occasional regatta responsibilities on the weekend.

This is a part-time, stipended position that will report to the Waterfront Director and Director of Athletics. Interested candidates should have extensive sailing experience, competitive coaching experience preferred. Please contact Jon Mellinger, Director of Athletics at Gunston, at with your resume or for more detailed information surrounding this position.

Would you like to advertise here?  Got something to sell?  Are you a skipper seeking a crew or crew seeking a boat?  Contact Gayle Jayne at
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