Corsica Currents, September 2020
News for CRYC Members
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In keeping with Federal and State guidelines for COVID-19 protection all club events remain canceled.  The club grounds are open for walking; the dock and beach launching area are open for recreational boating.  Bathrooms are available.  The pavilion is open at a 20 person capacity.  Social distancing applies.



> Commodore's Corner
Mike Hollis

Summer is starting to wind down.. I’m kinda glad to see it go.  I hate the heat and I’m tired of COVID.
Sounding like a broken record – Blah blah COVID.. Be safe, be smart.
In an attempt to offer some kind of social programs this season the club will be offering MOVIE NITE beginning September 12th at approx. 7:45 pm with the rousing sea adventure Moby Dick.  Details are in the Social section below. Come out to enjoy a great film in great company… plus all the popcorn you can eat!
Unfortunately, we are canceling the fall series due to the ongoing pandemic concerns.
But Commodore -  how can you offer movie nights but not racing?  Huh?  The fact of the matter is there is little overhead associated with movie night.  One person can host and guarantee social distancing with chair placement.  We can’t do that with 3 folks crammed onto a committee boat or 2 crewmembers in a dynamic water environment much less during launch and recovery operations.  Of course none of this precludes you from simply going sailing – just stay distant on the dock.
            By the way… This is my second to last newsletter.  The board members are all preparing their turnover files in preparation for the change of watch.  I expect there will be enough board members who remain onboard to ensure continuity with no loss of headway.
            We will host the semi-annual meeting on 18 October to elect new officers and review the state of the club.  Unfortunately, it will be just that; a meeting;  no pot luck, no oyster guy.  But it is important for the continuity of the club.
Parents- as schools re-open in whatever form please don’t hesitate to use the club grounds for field trips, science class, or even phys ed now and throughout the winter.
Mike Hollis, Commodore




> Membership
Gail Owings, Vice Commodore


We currently have 81 paid members.  All cards are issued. 
The following new members have been onboarded: Welcome to-
The Buchannon Family- Stephen and Jennifer and children Julia and Bennett.  Julia sails 420’s and seeks crew opportunities.
The Benefiel Family – Christian, Elizabeth, and Oliver. 
The Pupke Family – Christopher, Andi, Kade and Dan
If you see new faces on campus please say hello.

>Buildings and Grounds
John Foster Rear Commodore

The new schoolhouse is in the final planning stages and is expected at the end of September.  We are offering schoolhouse naming rights to anyone who would like to donate $5000.00 towards the $7500.00 cost.  If anyone wants the old shed please let us know:
Dinghy Dock and Anchorage– Over the 2020-21 winter, a blue ribbon panel will be led by Joe Della Barbra to review both the anchorage layout and dinghy dock access to ensure equity to all members for both access and storage.  Recommendations regarding the anchorage layout and how to best match dinghy dock equitable access with the limited space available will be announced sometime in the spring.  If you are interested in serving on this panel please contact the board at
Pavilion Ceiling Fans and lights:  Switches for pavilion fans and lights are now located in the men’s head.   Timers have been installed.
Also please remember that the club has no trash service.  Pack it in, pack it out!

> Finance
John Friel, Treasurer

Monies on hand 1 September 2020
Operations and Maintenance: $13,850.00
100K Capital Fund:  $12,000
Major expenses during August:  insurance $5000; Electrical work $1020.

Gail Owings, Tammy Boone

As QAC schools begin online please consider using the club as an offsite learning location for either an alternate nice-day classroom or for a self-made field trip.  Note that heads and water will shutdown approx. 1 Nov however budget permitting it is the boards desire to rent a port-a-jon over the winter for member use.

> Communications

Joe Della Barba, IT & Gayle Jayne, Secretary


> Regatta / Race
Art Silcox,  John Foster

REGATTA – We had hope for the the fall series.. but alas, it too is canceled.   We intended to  include not just Comets but 420’s, Sunfish, and Lasers.  The regatta committee felt that it was in everyone’s the best interest due to the limitations of finding a single household skipper and crew; launch and recovery time/space and the difficulties related to committee boat use.  Just because the racing season has been cancelled, members can still launch their boats from the dock or beach and enjoy sailing on the River, just remember to social distance on the dock.
The Comet Class Association has canceled The 2020 North American Championship Regatta which was to be held at CRYC in early October.  It is the classes’ intent  for CRYC to host in 2021. 

> Fleet

Art Silcox, Fleet Captain

Laser-  NSTR
Comet-  Canceled -The ability to limit contact between race committee, skippers and crews and limited interest make the fall series untenable this year.
420 – We have had a surge of 420 boats and owners in the past several months.  With three 420’s on deck you may ask for a fleet designation and a separate start in future race series.
Sunfish- It has been pointed out that there are at least 5 Sunfish sailboats on campus.  If there is interest from the sunfish community we are prepared to designate you as a club fleet and include you in future race series.  If you are interested please let the board know (
Kayak – Evening Kayak Paddle 3 October 6-8 pm. 
The club fleet box containing paddles and lifejackets etc. is available for use.  Please fill out the forms located in the box and return items clean when done.  The usage data that these forms generate helps the club justify purchasing additional equipment.  Tie down boats when done.  Please note that club membership entitles you to use boats from the club fleet rack.  You are not entitled to use private boats residing on racks A and B without the owner’s permission.

Fleet sailboats are no longer available.  We have been notified by our insurance company that fleet sailboats – Optis, 420’s and Lasers may no longer be signed out for individual use by members unless accompanied by a chase boat.  This is disappointing, however we must observe this ruling in order to limit the clubs liability.  In order to mitigate this, we will offer a chase boat during club sponsored open sail events. 
Open Sailing.  We will provide interested members with an opportunity to enjoy Friday evening or weekend sailing by operating a chase boat during those times if requested.  Please email ideas and interest to Gail Owings at or
2020 Privately Owned 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  John Friel B2  Beth Pinder B3  Jessica Curry
B4  Jim Johnson B5  Adam Cohen B6  Tammy Boone
B7  Patti Oneil Karen Maize B8  Tom West  B9  Gail Owings
Wait list:  1. None

To be placed on the wait list email:


> Social
Gail Owings, Vice Commodore & Beth Pinder

CRAB FEAST- Origionally scheduled for 27 Sep is now canceled. 
MOVIE NITES – We haven’t offered much to the membership this season so we thought we would try to offer at least some type of social activity.  The board will host a bi-weekly movie night beginning Saturday Sept 12th  beginning at approximately 7:45 pm.  Fresh made hands free popcorn will be provided (bring your own bowl, chair and beverage). 
Our first film will be the 1956 classic Moby Dick starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, and Orson Wells.  Director John Houston’s version is considered to be the most authentic in terms of “whalecraft” and while fairly faithful to the Herman Melville story there are one or two liberties inserted by screenwriter Ray Bradbury of “Fahrenheit 451” fame.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy this pre-CGI rousing adventure of the sea.  Rated G.  Show time 12 September 7:45 pm
The film offering for Sept (26th) is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson.  I won’t do a summary because it’s a tale as old as time.  Rated G.   Start time approximately 7:30 pm.
In October we will turn abit darker with the 1957 film Abandon Ship.  What decisions must be made when 26 people occupy a lifeboat made for 13?  Unrated but probably not for pre-teens due to the disturbing theme.  Show time 17 October at time 7 pm.
The film series will culminate on October 24th with a bonfire and a family friendly Halloween trio of Charlie Brown’s The Great Pumpkin, Disney’s Hocus Pocus, and the MGM classic The Wizard of Oz.  Show time will be at 6:30 pm.
For all film events you will need a mask.  Bring your own chair, popcorn bowl and beverage.

Ships Store
Tammy Boone, Quartermaster

The ships store has several items available for members -  Burgees, Hats, T-shirts, Lapel pins and coming soom- Buffs and Static Cling Interior Car Decals.  Tammy is at the club on many weekends to supply your order.  Contact tammy at:
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.
  • Fleet Surgon – Individual with medical credentials (doctor, PA, nurse) to provide health service guidance to the decision making body of the club.
  • 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.  Purchase dounuts / fruit locally.
  • 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 are subject to cancellation.
6    Sep                                  Private Event  Pavilion                    Layden
7    Sep                                  Labor Day Holiday                          
12  Sep                                  Movie Nite- Moby Dick                    Commodore
14  Sep                                  Private Event Pavilion                      Luna
26  Sep                                  Movie Nite- Beauty and Beast         Commodore
27  Sep                                  Board Meeting                                 Commodore
Oct 3                                      Evening Kayak Paddle                     Kayak Flt
Oct 12                                    Columbus Day
Oct 18                        Semi-Annual Meeting/Change of Watch      Board
Oct 24                                    Family Campout / Movie /Bonfire     Social
Oct 31                                    Halloween
Nov 8                                      Closing Work Party                          Bldg & Grds

View Calendar for 2020

>Contact the CRYC Board

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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 2 excess 420 sailboats.  All are in good condition.  $350.00 ea.  No trailer.  Contact Art Silcox 571 213 9356 or  Mar 2020.

Free:  Mooring Whips: suitable for a 30 foot boat.  Contact Mike at


Hull Type:   Centerboard Dinghy
Rigging Type:   Fractional Sloop
LOA:   16.00 ft / 4.88 m
LWL:   15.00 ft / 4.57 m
Beam:   5.50 ft / 1.68 m
Draft max:   1.75 ft / 0.53 m
Draft (min):   0.50 ft / 0.15 m
Sail Area: 140.00 ft2 / 13.01 m2
Displacement:   260 lb / 118 kg
Construction:   FG
First Built:   1932
# Built:   4000
Designer:   C. Lowndes Johnson
Notes;  The design was first displayed in a 'Yachting' magazine article of 1932.
Early wood boats were built by Skaneateles Boats Inc. NY
Most recent builder: Whitecap Composites, Peabody, MA 

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