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.