Commodore’s Blog June 2019

First Sunset on the Deck event June 17th.

The June cruise to Daufuskie Island was a great success. The cruise to an island not many of us go to, combined with smooth water, sightings of sea turtles and dolphins, was enjoyed by all that went. Thanks to Capt. Dan Duncan for leading this outing which included lunch at the Daufuskie Marina and golf cart tours for those that wanted to do that. The Charleston cruise is next on tap.

We had to cancel a couple of kayak trips, but Nancy kept at it and our members were finally able to make the journey out to the sandbar off of Hunting and Fripp Islands. The kayak loaner list is on-line now, so if you would like to borrow a kayak, check out the website for more information. (found in the Members Sign On section)

The first inshore fishing trip was held with great participation. Nice work by Rich and Steve.

An outline of the sailing program is on the website also. Roy put this program together before he departed for the summer. It provides an overview of the plans for sailing races out of Dataw Island’s Marina once the shore dock is in place and sailboats are back at the marina. (Look under Events on the website)

The website contains a lot of information now. Board meeting minutes, loaner list, bylaws and more importantly, a complete schedule of all DIYC events planned for the year.

We held our first informal happy hour on the deck of Dataw Marina this past Monday evening. It was a byob and byof event and out of the approx. 65 attendees, no one, I believe, went home hungry. There was lots of sharing of food. Signal flags adorned the halyards on the flag pole. We had charts and old DIYC yearbooks going back to 1997. Ted Bartlett, GM of the DIOA updated the crowd on marina activities. 2 outside firms are interested in Sweetgrass and the DIC is looking at an operation there as well to support the DIOA. Ted introduced Whitney, the new admin/associate who was recently hired into the marina staff. Curtis, our harbormaster, was present as well. The evening ended with a beautiful sunset!!!

Check your e-mails for information and timing on our next happy hour at the marina.

From a DIYC Board perspective, planning for our participation in Camp Dataw in July, Pledge the Pink in October and Luminary Night in December continues. There will be volunteers needed for each event, so please stay tuned.

If you have pictures of a DIYC event, particularly the first Happy Hour at the Marina, please send them to Louise Moses (lpmoses@yahoo.com). Louise will get them posted to our website for all to enjoy.

Smooth sailing and safe boating and kayaking to all.
Keith Aspray
Commodore

Commodore’s Blog May 2019

Spring is here and almost gone. Boating season is in full swing.

Progress on the marina continues. While I am sure we would like faster, arranging contractors has been a challenge. The harbor master and marina committee are actively engaged. Ted Bartlett, GM DIOA, and Curtis McDaniel both addressed our pig picking gathering in person. They thanked us for our support as well as laying out plans for future marina activities.

Roy Crocker, Sailing Captain, has outlined a sailing program we want to activate once we have the marina back (think a shore line dock for sailboats). This program can be found on our website by CLICKING HERE.

The kayak program continues in full swing. The spider lily kayak trip was canceled 5 min before launch due to weather. At least we did get to see a spider lily at the launch site. The next kayak trip to the “edge of the world” (think offshore Fripp and Hunting Islands) is coming up in June.

The Prince of Tides cruise was another success. We had 2 full boats again this year. Capt. Lawrence treated us well. The next boaters’ cruise is coming up to Daufuskie Island in June.

For the list of all cruise and trips, please visit our website and review the calendar. All the upcoming trip flyers can be found there.

We continue to work on the DIYC’s participation in Pledge the Pink project this coming October. The board agreed to budget $500 at this point and then look at further funding needs once we have a finalized cost estimate. The DIYC will again be supporting Camp Dataw, featuring, for the 2nd year, Ranger Megan from Hunting Island State Park and her loveable snakes and alligator.

Membership numbers are back up to pre-Hurricane Matthew levels – 230+. Thank you to all members.

Safe boating, sailing and kayaking

Keith Aspray
Commodore