It’s the top of the summer, top of the heat, and many of you are escaping it. The Dataw Island Yacht Club Board of Governors and Bridge held its July meeting on the 12th and will not meet again until September. Our club will move into the fall in fine shape financially; membership is strong; growth continues; and the Ships Store has been a remarkable success this year with many new items and strong sales.
June and July have been busy with well attended, sold out events. The Downtown Beaufort cruises were filled and thoroughly enjoyed. Our Morgan River Sandbar event was the very best ever. We were joined as usual by Fripp Island Yacht Club, and after our two clubs had arrived at the sandbar, the convoy from Edisto Island Yacht Club appeared from Parrots Creek and beached up with us. All the boats lined up on the beach and the many partiers were a grand sight. From all the enthusiastic responses, we know that we must do this annually. In addition, kayaking has remained strong with events quickly filling. Also “filling” is the new kayak storage area on Dataw Drive – earlier than anyone predicted.
Each year, the DIYC provides a session of activities for the Dataw Island Campers. The Camp is a completely filled Island event each year, and DIYC is proud to do its part for the kids. It will be hard to top this year’s program. Beth Vance organized a full schedule that included live creatures from Hunting Island brought by a SC DNR representative for a watch, learn, touch and hold presentation. Blue crabs were caught by Jean Dietz who gave a presentation on the critters, including feedings in the aquarium. There also was a sand-art station and coloring books – neither of which could be fully used because there was just too much fun going on. Perhaps the most obvious fun was the rowdy chase and water soaking of Pirate Partners Bryan and Kathy Tuttle in the Miss Christi playground.
This week Bryan, our Cruise Captain, has organized a new event – an opportunity for those DIYC members without boats and perhaps seldom on the water to go for an evening cruise around Dataw Island. The invitations from Bryan, Keith Aspray, and Scott Johnson were well received and the slots filled quickly.
The next cruise event is a trip planned to Capers Island on July 16. This is a cruise that we have not taken in several years. We will cruise out the Morgan, under Harbor Island Bridge, along the back of Fripp Island, through Story River into Trenchards Inlet and to the back side of Capers Island.
A cruise up the Ashepoo River in the ACE Basin follows in August as well as a sunset cruise in Lucy Creek.
Remember that September brings the DIYC Pot Luck event on the 17th. It will again be at Dataw poolside and feature heavy appetizers provided by our members.
And finally, of course, the marina. The matter remains in limbo awaiting results from a thorough environmental testing. Negotiations continue.
There is some good news at the marina, however. Additional docks were put in at the drystack pen, allowing more comfortable launchings, arrivals, and departures. (The docks were in place just in time to facilitate the FIYC “Fripper” pontoon boat for the Morgan Island Sandbar event.)
Also, it appears that there will be a new owner of Sweetgrass restaurant. The rumor I hear is that it will be the operator of the Boundary Street Café in Beaufort. If you have been there you know that it has a novel and inviting menu and enjoyable atmosphere. This should cause significant activity at the marina area and hopefully create an impetus to marina development. Gotta happen.
Have a great summer. See y’all in September or, even better, on the water.