Corsica Currents, March 2020
News for CRYC Members
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> Commodore's Corner
Mike Hollis


We will be hosting a mid-winter brunch at Doc’s on Sat 14 March from 1000 to 1200.  Please come out and visit with your fellow members.  Cost will be $17.50 tax and tip inclusive.  RSVP to by 10 March.

Opening day work party is right around the corner on Saturday 4 April at 0900.  I hope to see as many of you as can make it.  The club will provide a simple lunch of burgers and dogs.  For new members lunch at Noon will be followed with a orientation to the club and facilities.  Old hands are welcome too, especially if you need a refresher on such things as hoist usage or closing procedures. 

Finally, if you have not paid your 2020 dues – please do so.
Mike Hollis, Commodore


> Membership
Gail Owings, Vice Commodore


We currently have 104 members. Dues notices for 2020 were sent in mid-January via postcard to all members, payment is due by March 1, 2020.  Payment should be via check to the CRYC, PO Box 24, Centerville, MD 21617.  Online payments via the club wevsite will now have a flat service charge of $10. 
2020 membership cards will be issued prior to 1 April along with necessary lock combinations. 
Board members have already or will be reaching out to each of you via phone during January / February to confirm / update your member data.  Please provide accurate data and constructive thoughts.

>Buildings and Grounds
John Foster Rear Commodore


The new schoolhouse is in the final planning stages and will hopefully be delivered by June. Permits are in the process of approval.  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.
March has arrived like a lion – a windy lion.  This is the month when boats and especially tarps sometimes get damaged by high winds.  Please make it a point to visit the campus to check your lines. 

Spring rains will 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 have a kayak rack.
Current monies on hand 1 March 2020 is $11,200.00 and a capital fund with an additional $10,000.00 in long term CD’s.

Gail Owings, Tammy Boone

We are meeting with the YMCA this month to discuss the 2020 sailing school season; look for more details in future Corsica Currents.

> Communications

Joe Della Barba, IT & Gayle Jayne, Secretary

We 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

A one day race committee clinic will be held on 18 April at Northeast Yacht Club in Northeast, MD.  The Club will pay the fee for additional members interested in attending any one of these events and subsequently serving on the race committee.  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

SUMMER EVENING RACE SERIES --We are considering hosting a summer evening series and are currently soliciting feedback from members regarding the best evening and how long the series should run.  Right now the proposal is Friday evening mid-June every other week until mid-August.  Also under consideration are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.  Please provide your level of interest and other thoughts to Art Silcox

> Social
Gail Owings, Vice Commodore & Beth Pinder


We will be hosting a mid-winter brunch at Doc’s on Sat 14 March beginning at 10am.  It is a great opportunity to reconnect with other members and exchange thoughts with leadership.  We will have a station set up to display some club bling, validate your membership information and even pay your dues.  Cost will be $17.50 which includes tax and tip.   Please RSVP NLT 10 March to Gail Owings at

Ships Store
Tammy Boone, Quartermaster

We have recently completed our annual inventory and will be restocking with burgees, hats, shirts and lapel pins.  Wares will be displayed during club events including the Mid-Winter Brunch and Commissioning Day on 3 May.
  • 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 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

14 March

1 April

4 April

25 April

3 May                               

Breakfast at Doc’s 1000

Gate and Head combinations change

Opening work Party 0900 / Member Orientation 1200

Comet Series Week 1

Commissioning Day / Semi-annual Meeting / Covered dish
View Calendar for 2020

>Contact the CRYC Board

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To contact Commodore Mike Hollis, send email to

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>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
Hull Type:   Centerboard Dinghy
Rigging Type:   Fractional Sloop
LOA:   13.78 ft / 4.20 m
LWL:   13.17 ft / 4.01 m
Beam:   5.42 ft / 1.65 m
Draft max:   3.17 ft / 0.97 m
Draft (min):   0.50 ft / 0.15 m
Sail Area: 140.00 ft2 / 13.01 m2
Displacement:   220 lb / 100 kg
Construction:   FG
First Built:   1959
# Built:   56000
Designer:   Christian Maury

The International 420 was designed by Christian Maury. The class developed rapidly in France, being adopted nationally as a youth trainer for the larger Olympic class International 470. By the late 1960s the class was adopted by a few UK university sailing clubs for training and team racing.  The 420 was designed specifically to be easier to handle than its larger higher-performance cousin, the 470.
The class adopted a policy of "prudent evolution" so as to allow development without making existing dinghies obsolete. The hull's seaworthiness and stability at speed proved to be better than most of its contemporaries, and this together with its modest sail area make it fun to sail in heavy weather and thus an excellent youth trainer, qualities that led to its adoption for that role by the Royal Yachting Association in the mid-1970s.
With its trapeze and spinnaker it provides the capability for advanced sailing techniques for international standard sailors, while still remaining affordable and accessible to beginners. The International 420 maintains a large multinational class association. The combination of effective class management, the boat's inherent sailing qualities, and prudent evolution have contributed to the class's continuing success.
Club 420
The Club 420 is a derivative of the 420 and is not recognized by World Sailing or the International 420 Class Association. Designed by Vanguard boats in the 1970s, it has a heavier hull, reinforced for durability in institutional sailing, and a stiff, untapered mast. The boat is much more simple to sail, yet lacks the performance of the original dinghy due to its extra weight. The Club 420 is used extensively on the youth race circuit in the US, with over 5,000 boats in North America, but is not sailed in most other countries. It cannot be used at I420 class events.
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