Commodore’s Letter to the Membership – August 2020

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HYC Pattio 2020

Leigh ChapmanFellow Members,
I had hoped that by this early August timeframe, I’d be writing about our grand reopening, or perhaps our rescheduled Flag Raising . Unfortunately, as we all now know, those events are but a far-off dream in light of the grim statistics regarding COVID in Hampton Roads. Alas, I’m determined to keep this missive upbeat and positive. I’m going to take a page from Actor John Krasinski’s book and provide you with Some Great News about what’s going on at HYC:

Some Great News Topic #1: Our sailing programs are on fire! We have more junior sailors going through our doors (masked, mind you) than we have in years. The kids are the stars of the show; their grins and shear joy at seeing friends, getting exercise, and being on/near/in the water is absolutely contagious. If you’re feeling grim and need a smile, go have lunch on the patio one weekday and listen in on their delightful conversations. Better yet, ask them about their morning sailing excursions. I guarantee you’ll walk away giggling! Powerboat Cruising, Women’s Sailing, Team Racing, Wednesday Night Sailing… lots of members are enjoying the escape that boating provides.

Some Great News Topic #2: Our outdoor dining patio on the bricks has had a refreshing facelift! Becky Plarr and Dorothy Hess (mother and grandmother to our Sailing Director Max Plarr) generously donated the beautiful potted plants at the perimeter, Manager Rich Ash ordered several new umbrellas, and Don Gregory installed some new stanchions to hold Emory Morgan’s stash of braided rope.
The effect is dramatic. Come check it out – they did it for you after all! Thank you, everyone.

Some Great News Topic #3: Your enthusiastic support of the club since March has kept us in surprisingly good shape, financially. We are seeing lots of folks “going big” and enjoying our fine dining options in the Commodore’s Dining Room, and our takeout/curbside to go business remains robust. My husband and I find ourselves enjoying takeout down on our boat quite often. Chef has done a great job of keeping the menu fresh and adding back in local seafood and dinner options that I bet you’ll enjoy. Our staff are working hard to stay current on masking, disinfecting and distancing requirements in hopes that our members will feel as comfortable as possible dining with us.

Some Great News Topic #4: Our Junior Regatta held July 11-12 was mind-blowing. There. Were. So. Many. Boats!! We had well over 100 junior participants, and almost 20 adult participants. There was great breeze on Saturday, and everyone associated with the event walked away wondering how our volunteers were able to launch 100+ junior boats in a half hour! The logistics, the racing, the new friendships made, the old friendships rekindled – I had a blast and I think our racers, parents and volunteers did, too! I cannot tell you how many HYC members, junior sailors, junior parents, guests, and neighbors remarked on the activity at the club that weekend and how well everything ran. It was a delightful sight to see and it reminded me of HYC Annual regattas of my youth. I got a kick out of how many of the visiting yacht club parents were fellow junior sailors when I was an HYC Junior Sailor. Many great memories were made to keep our hearts warm until we can do it again next year!
Leigh Chapman Commodore

HYC Pattio 2020