December 8, 2017
As the new Commodore with a newly enhanced DIYC webpage, I want to author an occasional “Commodore’s Blog” which will pass on information about DIYC and its current issues. It will be informal, and I hope to get one out after each DIYC Board meeting. This is my first.
The Commodore’s Ball in November marked the transition to the new Commodore and Board. That in itself feels momentous, and then comes the recognition that there is so much to do to get the Club’s coming year underway. It is going to be exciting, certainly for me, and I hope for everyone.
The 2018 DIYC Board of Governors had its first meeting on Tuesday, December 5. The issue on everyone’s mind of course is the potential for a new marina. The DIYC Bridge met with the interested purchaser, Leon Moore, at his request last week.(It is important to note that the DIYC is not a party to the negotiations currently underway among Dataw, Creekstone and Mr. Moore.)Moore’s attitude at the meeting was very positive – the fact of his asking for the meeting is itself a positive sign. The discussion strongly suggested that he anticipates an ongoing relationship with the DIYC if the purchase goes through. It was a pleasure to talk with a potential owner and operator who clearly knows a great deal about marinas and running them.
The DIYC will start the year in good financial condition. Our bank account is healthy, and we just had a very successful Ship Store Christmas sale.
Yacht Club of America
The Board approved re-joining the Yacht Club of America. This will give our members reciprocal privileges at yacht clubs around the country. Our members who travel to places that have clubs, whether by boat, car or other means, should take advantage of this. A visit to a local yacht club provides an enjoyable diversion. If you go, let us know how it went!
The Final Fridays and the upcoming 2018 social events were discussed, and Tomilee and Mary Kay are quickly laying plans. (And, yes, Jimmy Fitz is available for the Pig Pickin’ in May!)
Our membership renewal applications are going out this week. In January, the DIYC will start its membership drive and look for opportunities to reach out to all of Dataw.
The new 2018 DIYC Directory should be available to members by the end of February. All members who have renewed or joined by February 15, 2018 will appear in the Directory.
Roy Crocker is continuing our sailing program with support from the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. The next race is scheduled for Thursday December 12.
The DIYC will focus in 2018 on actively supporting our growing population of kayakers. We will sponsor kayaking outings, and Nancy Schulte has half a dozen or so lined up and on our calendar. DIYC members will have ten days to reserve spots on the outings before they are opened up to all of Dataw.
In addition, the Board discussed the issue of pricing for the new Kayak launch and storage facility on Jenkins Creek. We are fully supportive of Nancy Schulte’s position that the price should not be so great as to discourage its use or so small as to encourage boaters to leave unused kayaks at the facility. A fee in the range of $50 seems appropriate.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and, especially, safe travels for the holidays!