Commodore’s Blog – November 2020

Outgoing Commodore Scott Johnson and New Commodore Bryan Tuttle

I wanted to take this opportunity to underscore your many notes of congratulations and well wishes to Scott Johnson as he officially became our most recent Past Commodore at our annual meeting last Wednesday evening. Kathy and I also want to thank Scott and Cheryl for an amazing year of steady leadership in the face of unprecedented adversity, and for your great service to our Club. You have truly set the bar very high , and you have placed some very deep footprints in the sands of our Club’s historical record , and ones that will surely be long lasting and hard to fill. I choose not to try ; but instead , to follow your example and steady course, to help us be all that we can be in this coming year. Thanks again to you both….

Now to the entire DIYC Membership :

New Bridge with outgoing Commodore Scott Johnson

Even though your Board had to join the ranks of having to again adjust to the tides of change and accommodation under these crazy Covid- 19 times by postponing our annual Commodores Ball and Annual Meeting ; we were able to maintain a semblance of our DIYC protocol by having a much smaller Annual Business Meeting of your Board of Directors , and move forward with the election of your new 2021 Flag Officers , and announcements for the new Committee Heads. Your great response to our call to action by providing your voting proxy to support the election process was most appreciated .

We all regret that we were not allowed to bring our whole DIYC membership together and have our traditional Commodores Ball ; but , we will continue to monitor our options and opportunities going forward as we continue to evolve , come through , and hopefully out of this pandemic season.

That said ; we still have a near record membership going into 2021 , and we have already begun the planning to set the stage for a full year of new and expanded Power and Sail cruises , Social activities, Kayak and Fishing excursions , Educational programs and our Board’s commitment to help promote getting more of our members involved in the Club , and out on the water.

We will be updating you more as your new Board meets in the coming weeks to begin charting our course for the coming year. I have attached a list of your DIYC Board of Officers and Committee Heads for you information.

In the interim , Your Board extends our best of wishes to each of you and your families to ; Be Well , Love , Hug again , and Prosper coming into this Thanksgiving and Holliday season ; and for all the year to come.

Best Regards ,

Bryan Tuttle

DIYC Commodore

Commodore’s Blog – Mid Summer 2020

As we move into the middle of the summer months, activities with the Dataw Island Yacht Club are far below what we had planned and expected. The continuing persistence of Covid 19 has resulted in the cancellation of many of our events. However, as certain restrictions have eased, both statewide and here on Dataw Island, the DIYC has commenced with some activities where we could.

Some boat cruises have commenced and will continue where possible. We had a great full day cruise to Cotton Island on the opposite side of Beaufort with 17 boats. One of the largest cruises in recent memory. We even got to play in the pluff mud! We also completed a great cruise to Daufuskie Island with 8 boats. Many brought picnic lunches and rented golf carts to land cruise the island. Regrettably, we had to cancel our Charleston cruise due to all the issues affecting Charleston at that time. We are looking forward to continuing with cruises where we can, with one of my favorites, the Capers Island trip coming up the end of July, followed by a Morgan River Sandbar trip in mid-August.

Sailboats are once again racing in the Morgan River after a long hiatus. We have had three races already with as many as six boats racing. The races start and finish off the marina dock so it is a great time to see all the activity right here on our Morgan River. Races will continue throughout the summer, look out for the notices. Also, we are working on the return of our premier race, the Dataw Cup to occur later this fall.

Kayakers going around Dataw Island, photo credit John Myers July 2020

Kayak trips are also back in action where possible. The Fripp Inlet Sandbar trip had a great turn out in mid June. It was also the first kayak trip utilizing online registration. The next trip is Dolphin Sighting at Russ Point Landing on August 5th. Take this opportunity to experience our wonderful water ways by kayak and maybe see some dolphins.

The ship’s store is full speed ahead with our online store.  Check out the DIYC website for all the great stuff. You can look great, to all your friends six feet away, in your DIYC gear.

Our social events and fishing trips are still on hold.  However, we are hopeful of getting some sort of social event, perhaps at the pool, sometime early fall. We also are looking at options for the Commodores Ball if issues still remain in the late fall

It appears many social events will be impacted for some time. Let’s do what we can, where we can while maintaining good practices and common sense.   Anyone not comfortable or considered a higher risk should not feel pressured and should maintain their vigilance.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all out on the water.

Scott Johnson