Commodore’s Blog

January 8, 2018

Our Dataw watery paradise continues its winter’s slumber, with an occasional very un-Southern roar, like last week’s snow storm. This is the time that the Dataw Island Yacht Club begins its planning and preparations for the new season.

Dataw Marina

The top item, and always first in our minds, is the Dataw Marina. Unfortunately, I know of no news of significance to report. Perhaps the holidays and storm slowed activity. At the time of this writing, there has been no known execution of documents by the parties or even notice of culmination of the due diligence period. The DIYC Bridge communicated with the potential buyer, Leon Moore,again in the last couple of weeksto comment on his earlier ideas and asked to meet again. He agreed that we should meet soon. Where all this is going should become more evident in the very near future.

Membership Renewals

Our first objective this year, of course, is ensuring that all our members renew their memberships for 2018.  Renewals and new applications for membership must be received by the first week in February in order to be included in the printed DIYC Directory.  Membership applications for new and renewing members should be sent to Patty or Perry Gesell at 1722 Longfield Drive, 834-838-2995.  Forms are available from them, from our newly renovated and expanded website,, or at the Community Center.  We plan to have the DIYC Directory available by the February 23rd Final Friday event.

The Newly Renovated DIYC Website

Louise Moses has worked diligently to improve and expand our website, and it is ready. It is an excellent source of information useful to all DIYC members and to all of Dataw. The site will include up-to-date information about the DIYC, its meetings, events, concerns and other news, including the Commodore’s Blog. In addition, it provides a source for weather useful for boaters and all outdoor sports men and women. Over the next year, we hope to migrate our membership directory and boat information to the website.

Final Friday Chili Night January 26

Our 2018 DIYC Social year is underway, and the first event is the Final Friday scheduled for January 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community Center. It is a great opportunity for our members to get together during the cold months. The DIYC Bridge and their spouses will prepare and serve their personal chili recipes, and the Board members will contribute side dishes and desserts. Members are encouraged to bring a Dataw guest who may be interested in joining the DIYC or learning more about our group. Membership forms will be available, and the Ships Store will have DIYC merchandise on hand. This is always a fully attended event, and we are limited to 120 persons. Please reserve early. Tomilee Harding is overseeing the event, and reservations should be made at . Soft drinks and water will be provided, and everyone is welcome to bring whatever beverages they wish.

2018 DIYC Cruise Schedule

The DIYC 2018 Cruise Schedule is being finalized by the new Cruise Captain, Bryan Tuttle. Events will begin appearing on the DIC and DIYC calendars, as well as being listed in the 2018 DIYC Directory. Events in planning include a cruise to Cotton Island, ACE Basin, Morgan River Sandbar with Fripp and perhaps Edisto Yacht Clubs, Pritchards Island, Bohicket, Edisto Yacht Club, and likely an overnight cruise to Savannah. Fishing outings are in discussion, and we will repeat the popular Prince of Tides outing from Beaufort’s Downtown Marina.

Sailing and Kayaking

While the rest of us are trying to stay warm, Roy Crocker is managing outings for our sailors, including a PHRF Fun Race downtown on Wednesday, January 17. Nancy Schulte keeps the kayaking calendar busy including an outing on January 17 to the “enigmatic” Ebenezer Creek and on February 5 to Butch’s Landing – a “Shrimp and Salt Marsh Kayak Trip.” As for Nancy, however, she is warm as she is kayaking today in the Florida Everglades.

Wayne Vance