Commodore’s Blog October 2018

It is a shock to move from the relative quiet of August and the hurricane-scare muddle of September to all the events happening now at the Dataw Island Yacht Club.

The biggest news is indeed BIG news – the chance for Dataw Island to purchase the Dataw Marina! After two years of suffering through having no marina and watching the continuing deterioration of the marina site with extremely limited operations, there is now hope. The protracted negotiations by Dataw’s leadership with the property owner has led to an acceptance of Dataw’s offer to purchase the entire property for $700,000. It is a stunning low price for the property and a compelling opportunity to begin to bring this painful episode to an end. Environmental studies have been completed with favorable results, and Dataw has 90 days to vote to affirm the purchase.

The DIYC strongly supports this purchase. If purchased, Dataw Island will decide what will be done with the property. It has been and remains our position that ultimately there must be a marina at Dataw. The DIYC will work diligently in support of the purchase and to maximize enjoyment of the marina property. There will be much more to come on this.

The Annual DIYC Commodore’s Ball is always exciting news of course. It is the most glamorous social event of the year at Dataw and a kick-off of the holiday season. The Ball will be on November 10. Gentlemen and ladies, dressed in their finest (OK, the guys will mostly be in all black) will dine on a delightful menu, hear a few remarks, welcome the new DIYC leadership, and dance the evening away to fantastic live music.

The Commodore’s Ball should never be missed by our members. This year is indeed special with the possibility to purchase the marina property before us. There will be much to talk about.

Our power cruise season is reaching its high and final point with two terrific October cruises. After the hurricane scare, boats being pulled and hatches battened down, we were free again and underway with our annual cruise to Bohicket Marina at Kiawah Island. It was a mariner’s test. Winds were up to 15 kts and the seas were choppy (would have been a perfect day for sailboats), but showers remained in the distance. Five boats and 28 members made the 32 mile cruise. All arrived and returned happily exhausted (a couple of boats made unintended diversions into the wrong creek but recovered). It was a great group and a day of DIYC camaraderie.

Next up is the cruise to visit our friends at the Edisto Island Yacht Club. We have developed a strong relationship with this sister low-country yacht club. On October 19 we will cruise there for lunch at their club and see many of our good EIYC friends again. Be sure to sign up for this one. The fall cruising weather should be at its best, and it’s an opportunity to see the low country waters as the season is changing.

Our Sailing Captain Roy Crocker has announced the Dataw Island Race and Cup. It will be on October 20 and sponsored by the DIYC and the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. The event will be sailed in the Beaufort River with cups to be awarded at the finish. This is one of the great events of the year for Dataw sailors. Pre-Matthew, the Dataw Race and Cup was raced in the Coosaw and Morgan Rivers with awards and dinner events held at Dataw. We want this race to return to us with a future operational marina at Dataw. Roy emailed a notice to all DIYC members on October 1 with the details for the event. Please be sure to see the email and participate.

Our kayaking group has continued a busy and very successful year – most of our sponsored kayaking events have been sell-outs. Recently, kayakers were given on-hand demonstrations at the Dataw pool on re-entering a kayak in the water. This is a critical skill because all active kayakers will at some point find themselves in the water and need to know how to safely re-enter their boat.

Next up for DIYC kayakers is a trip on the Savannah River on October 25. It’s a wonderful time of year to kayak, and this is a beautiful tour. There already are many signups, and it is sure to fill up quickly.

Another anticipated DIYC event is near at hand. The annual Ships Store Sale will be on November 14 at the Community Center. There will be many new DIYC embossed items this year and lots of other fun things on display at the sale. (I already have bought a couple of things out of the box as it passed by me on the way to inventory.)  Plan to stock up for the kids and grandkids and to enhance your own collection of DIYC gear.

As a final note, it is a pleasure to report that our Club is strong, the membership is growing and our finances are in great order!

Commodore’s Blog

The DIYC Board met February 6th and everyone’s enthusiasm was evident as we planned for the season ahead.

While there has been progress on the marina, and the news continues to be hopeful, we remain in a holding pattern until the buyer, Moorage Associates, completes due diligence and the transfer of the marina to a new owner is finalized. When that happens, we should see early progress in clean-up of debris and removal of two sunken boats in the marina. There should be renovation and updated operations in dry stack area. Construction of wet slips will be a longer term issue and will be in the Redevelopment Plan presented by Moorage Associates. It is anticipated that the plan will propose the sale of dockominium wet slips.  Faster, please!

The sunken sailboat in the Morgan is a separate matter, and we are studying that and the experience at Hilton Head with removing such wrecks.

DIYC remains in very good financial condition. Our membership renewals continue to grow, and if the marina finally is renovated, it should provide a boost in membership.  Our Ships Store has been having a good year with popular new DIYC items. If something isn’t in stock, it can be special ordered and delivered.

Plans are being completed for the Final Friday on February 23. Shrimp Gumbo will be served by the Bridge and sides provided by our Board. The social events will continue with the return of the popular whole pig barbeque at the Pig Pickin’ in May.

By Final Friday, we should see the first whispers of warmer weather and boats in the water. Then our season will really begin. Bryan Tuttle, our Cruise Captain, has toiled at one of the hardest jobs on DIYC. The result is a busy 2018 set of very inviting cruises, including an overnight trip to Savannah and the Savannah Yacht Club, Cotton Island, a trip up the Combahee and ACE Basin, a party on the Morgan Island Sandbar with Fripp and Edisto Yacht Clubs, Pritchard’s Island, a cruise up the Ashepoopast Bennett’s Point, to Kiawah at Bohicket Marina, a repeat of the popular afternoon and evening cruises on the Prince of Tides, and our annual visit to the Edisto Island Yacht Club. A couple of fishing outings also are being planned.

Roy Crocker continues planning sailing events with Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club even as he vacations in St. Barts. The next THURSDAY PHRF FUN RACE is scheduled for February 15.

Nancy Schulte and Herb Stackhouse add one kayak cruise after another. A trip is planned for March 15 on the New River near Bluffton. In April, we will see the opening of the new kayak drop-off, storage and launching facility on Dataw Drive. Driving by there, we can see progress already.

The 2018 DIYC Membership Directory soon will be ready for press. We expect to begin delivery in the first week of March. The membership cards for the Yacht Club of America have arrived and will be included in the Directories. Remember that our membership in YCA provides reciprocal privileges at yacht clubs across America. If you visit, let us know where and something about your experience there.