Commodore’s Blog May 2018

The DIYC Board met last week and reviewed upcoming events. The annual Jimmy Fitts Pig Pickin’ was almost upon us at that time and was held at the Gazebo on May 7. Again this year, it was a terrific sold-out event. The weather was perfect, the food excellent, friends plentiful, and the DIYC Ships Store had a bountiful supply of new merchandise. Thanks especially to Mary Kay Noren and Karen McCue for heading up and managing this year’s Pig Pickin’.

Our Kayak group has just led a kayaking outing to the ACE Basin. It is a wonderful time of year to be there and see the natural beauty, including the very seasonal Spider Lilies. The Cotton Island kayak cruise is coming up.

Speaking of the ACE Basin, our power boat cruise will be heading there very soon. (The planned trip for Cotton Island last month had to be cancelled because of terrifically bad weather, but this favorite cruise will make up for it.) We will leave on the morning of May 21, cruise across the Coosaw, pass through the Bull River and Williman Creek, finally passing into the upper
Combahee River and anchoring for lunch at the Tea House Landing of Cherokee Plantation. This is always a wonderful outing into the upper fresh waters of the Basin.

Cruising events continue heating up, and June is a big month. The first cruise will be an overnighter on June 8 to the Savannah Yacht Club. On June 18 we again have chartered the Prince of Tides for a fabulous tour of the Beaufort River, ICW and local waters south of town.

Even more for June – planning has begun for the June 23 Morgan Island Sandbar party and picnic outing. This always has been a fun get together with our friends from the Fripp Island Yacht Club, and this year the group is expanded to include Edisto Island Yacht Club. Don’t miss it!

It is a treat to host the Dataw Island kids to a DIYC event for Camp Dataw. Planning has begun by Beth Vance and Betty Huntley for a day’s activities centered on the waters, fish and wildlife of our paradise, supported by input from the SC DNR and Hunting Island Nature Center.

Finally, of course, a note on the continuing Dataw Marina saga. The negotiations with Creekstone continue, but there is no immediate news. There are suggestions from Creekstone of interests from other buyers, but nothing to report there either.

Because I was out of town, I missed the recent Town Hall meeting that addressed the status of the Marina property issues, but I watched the video of the session. I want to complement especially all of the DIYC members who participated and provided positive and meaningful comments. I hope that we can see movement in the near future.

Speaking of marinas and docks, you should take a look at the new day dock at the Beaufort Waterfront Park. It is an example of a simple, sturdy efficient dock with ample tie-ups that took only weeks to put in place.

Happy boating, cruising, kayaking fishing, exploring and roaming – see you on the water!