Commodore’s Blog – December 2019

Let me start my first posting by thanking you all for your support and trust being elected as your Commodore for 2020.

photo by Bill Riski

The recent conclusion of our 2019 Commodore’s Ball, kicks off our 2020 calendar. The Commodores Ball, once again stood out as one of the preeminent formal events on the island. Starting with outstanding decor and decorations organized by Martha Keet and Commadorable, Cheryl with their team of decorating experts; the great slide show assembled by Keith Aspray and Louise Moses with many entertaining and informative slides of our Past, Present and Future ; to the packed dance floor, well past Dataw midnight; it was a great time for all. For those of you who missed it or want to revisit the fun, check out all the great pictures, by Bill Riski, on the DIYC website where you can also see the Past, Present and Future slide show.

The new bridge is in place and ready to serve – Bryan Tuttle as Vice Commodore and Dan Duncan as Rear Commodore. The new Board is also in place with many returning members from last year. The Board has already starting planning our 2020 year. We say goodbye to Karen McCue and thank her for all her efforts as Social Co-Chair over the last couple of years. I also want to thank Keith Aspray for all his work in 2019. His tireless efforts in supporting the Marina vote followed by extensive efforts to expand the DIYC’s role in the Marina redevelopment were critical for the future of our club. We thank him for all those efforts while still excelling at all the “normal” Commodore duties.

We kicked off our first event for the new Board with Luminary Night. What a great showing by the DIYC. Cindy Dunnenberger led a team of creative persons decorating the Ms. Christi as well as luminaries all around the pier and deck areas. Also thanks to a number of our boaters who decorated their boats and had them at the new dock. A great visual of the things to come at the marina. If you missed this great event, you must check out the pictures on the DIYC website.

The DIYC highlight of 2019 was the acquisition of the Marina by DIOA. We now own our marina! Our dry stack boaters now have a reliable home for their boats, and while the challenges have been large, we will have our wet slip boats back at our Marina very soon!! The number of our DIYC members that have recently purchased or are considering purchase of a boat has been very refreshing. We look forward to the continued expansion of our DIYC fleet.

Our fishing fleet returned in 2019 with four fishing outings that were hugely successful. One trip brought in around 80 fish. We look to expand our fishing group in 2020 and we may need to consider a new DIYC event, the DIYC Fish Fry, after these fishing trips!

Looking ahead I envision that the DIYC Board will be focused on:

• Continuing the expansion of our marina with the return of our wet slip boats, the return of sailboat racing on the Morgan River, and the continued expansion of our DIYC fleet.
• Continuing our inclusion of non-boat owning members in various club activities, be they on water or on land;
• Continue the growth in our kayak program, with new partnerships and trips with our neighboring communities.
• Continue the growth of our fishing fleet and expand our fishing opportunities.

The DIYC has seen tremendous growth in new members over the last couple of years. We look forward to continuing the growth of our membership with all the great things happening at the Marina, our cruises, our fishing activities, our kayaking trips and our renowned social events. Renewal letters have been delivered. We look forward to seeing you back. If you did not get a renewal letter, please let me know.

Have a great holiday season, and you will be hearing back from me at the beginning of the New Year.

Scott Johnson
Dataw Island Yacht Club

Commodore’s Blog – November 2019

DIYC Retrospective

While searching for historic photos and records recently, I was given a document and photos by John Ballantyne, the 2001 DIYC Commodore, which provided background on how the DIYC supported a sailor in the “Around Alone” (sail around the world solo) race in 1998-1999.
John wrote “….The first picture shows Robin Davie and me on his “Around the World Alone” sailboat which he named “South Carolina”. Quite a story there. Dataw Island Yacht Club was one of his official sponsors. He sailed down to Dataw, City of Beaufort and a few other ports of call, prior to the race, on a fund raising tour. He and a helper were our guests overnight and Robin made a presentation to Dataw residents. He was preparing for his second around the world race. A month or so later at the official start of the race, we had a Dataw Yacht Club overnight cruise to Charleston and we all got up early and cruised out Charleston Harbor to watch Robin and all the other contenders head out to sea. A navy destroyer was on hand to fire the opening shot. The story of the race is a real adventure. Despite extreme difficulties, Robin successfully completed the race and beat several of the other contenders. The other photo is a head-on shot picture of the “South Carolina” cruising into Dataw, taken on the Coosaw River, when Fred Zinser (1999 DIYC Commodore; Always Remembered) and I cruised out to officially welcome Robin and guide the South Carolina into our marina.”

Thank you John. Great to see that the DIYC sponsored a competitor in such an event. It turns out Robin Davie is still sailing today. He has completed 3 solo sailing trips around the world. A quick google reveals these stories about Robin and his sailing vessel(s).

Around Alone Robin Davie

Golden Globe Race

Changing gears, at my last DIYC Board of Governors meeting as your Commodore, we voted to approve the renewal of our Yachting Club of America membership ($500/year). This membership provides our members access to other member yacht clubs. As of Oct. 31, 2019 we had $14,331.64 on deposit in the bank pending the YCA membership, Commodore’s Ball and Luminary Night expenses.

The DIYC will be participating in Luminary Night on Dec. 9th. Cindy Dunnenberger is leading this effort.

The last cruise of the year, to Edisto Island Yacht Club, was a success. We were joined there by the Fripp Island Yacht Club. EIYC has a very nice club house on the water. They are my role model.

We have already begun planning for the 2020 kayak trips and Roy Crocker is anxious to get the sailing races underway once the marina dock is open. See the website for more information on his plans.

Thank you to all my fellow board members for their dedication and contributions, and to the membership for supporting our marina!!! It is nice leaving the post knowing the club will be in good hands with Scott Johnson, his bridge and Board of Governors.

Keith Aspray
Nov. 2019