Corsica Currents, May 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 30 June.



> Commodore's Corner

Mike Hollis

All scheduled events through 30 June remain canceled.  We will of course notify you if the club should reopen sooner.  The Board of Directors has been teleconferencing regularily and “wargaming” what a reopen club will look like, how will a food event be run, and where can we save money.  Our first event will hopefully be the Log Canoe Regatta on 11/12 July.   YMCA camps are doubtful for June and tentative for July and August.  Of course, all this is dependant on the state, county and club meeting incremental levels of re-opening critera which are under development as of this writing.  I currently have concerns:
  1. Whether we are setting ourselves up for a 2nd wave of COVID should things re-open prematurely.
  2. Even if we have the lead time to prepare and host sailing events will people attend?  Additionally, food events present a whole different category of issues.
On a related note; Our membership renewal numbers are significantly down (almost 40%) this year.  While the club can meet its non-discretionary bills we do not have much wiggle room.  If you haven’t paid your 2020 dues please do so.  For those of you who have paid your dues -  thank you – You’re not getting a lot of return on your dues this year but you will help us meet our obligations so we can exist next year. 
I look forward to the reopening of the state, county and yacht club in the near future so that we might all enjoy the camradere and fellowship associated with CRYC.  Thanks for your patience and understanding.
            As always and now more than ever – be safe, be clean, be home.
Mike Hollis, Commodore



> Membership
Gail Owings, Vice Commodore


We currently have 63 members.  All renewal cards have been sent out and include the new gate combination. 

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.  As a reminder dues are $250 and an additional $25 for kayak rack renewal.
Late fees for dues are waived thru 31 May.

>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

Current monies on hand 1 May 2020 is $22,072.00 and a capital fund with an additional $10,000.00 in long term CD’s.
We received an additional 4k from the YMCA as club rental for 2019 an another 1K from the sale of a launch engine.

Gail Owings, Tammy Boone

Pending State and Local guidelines regarding COVID-19, the YMCA 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. 
CRYC NOTE:  Due to our contract relationship with the YMCA we are unable to offer CRYC members discounts.
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: YMCA 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: YMCA 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

We are reviewing options for the establishment of a security monitor system (s) in the gate, pavilion, and dock area.  If anyone is a security expert and wants to provide expertise please contact Joe Della Barbra.

> Regatta / Race
Art Silcox,  John Foster


> Fleet

Art Silcox, Fleet Captain

Laser- NSTR
Comet- NSTR

Kayak – – The CRYC kayak fleet has acquired an Ocean Kayak brand two person Sit-on-top boat.  Currently resting in the pavilion it will be move to the Fleet Rack as soon as it is accessed in the inventory and appropriately stenciled with CRYC identifying marks.

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

3 May                                  
9 May                                  
16 May                                
31 May                                
6 June                                 
7 June                                 
13 June                              
15 June                              
24 June                              
27/28 June                         
11/12 July

Commissioning Day / Semi-annual Meeting 
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
Log Canoe Races

View Calendar for 2020

>Contact the CRYC Board

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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

1979 fiberglass Comet, Hull #XGM040781279.  Double bottom. It’s in great shape with 1 set of crisp sails. Roadworthy, unregistered trailer.  Asking $1500 OBO.
Contact Mark or Patti Eney: 773-351-2403.

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