The DIYC Board meeting was brief this past week. The boating and social plans for the year are underway, the treasury is good, memberships are keeping pace and growing, and Ships Store has been very successful. The year is well on its course.
As with each recent meeting, there was a short discussion about the status of the marina and our frustrations. After the potential purchaser of the marina dropped out (he seemed so almost there), the issue is again filled with unknowns. Rumors have begun building on the Island. At our meeting, we expressed the DIYC leadership’s position that we support any effort by Dataw or by a third-party purchaser that will renovate and operate our marina.
A few days before our Board Meeting, Dataw’s Marina Advisory Group met, including Ron Jacobs, our new DIOA President. There was support for taking a more aggressive approach with our current owner, Creekstone, driving the issue finally to a conclusion that would allow parties to proceed to a future marina operation, whatever form that may be.
On Friday, the DIOA Board of Directors announced specific marching orders to press Creekstone to transfer the marina to Dataw, to revise the Island’s relevant Covenants, and potentially to pursue litigation against Creekstone to enforce Dataw’s lien against them for the long-standing failure to conform to the covenants regarding the damaged marina field.
The DIYC will stand behind Dataw’s leadership, give our support, remain engaged and be helpful in any way that we can to bring a marina back to Dataw. The DIYC membership and activities have thrived, remarkably, in this post-Matthew period. The boaters on Dataw are reaching a breaking point, however, with more and more boaters leaving the half-operational remnants of the marina, selling boats, or, in the case of new residents, not buying the boats that they would have. Boats remaining in the dry stack are understandably enticed by the new Butler Dry Stack in Port Royal despite its distance from home. Once gone, these boaters are unlikely to return for a year. The very nature of Dataw depends greatly on the attraction of a vibrant boating operation bringing activity and maritime involvement to the north end of the island. The issue must be resolved.
Having said all of that, it is exciting to report that our DIYC cruising activities are fully underway. Bryan Tuttle has produced a compelling schedule for this summer. You can find it on the DIYC website calendar, the Dataw Club calendar, and the 2018 DIYC Directory just released. We will begin with a lunch cruise to downtown Beaufort on March 24. An exciting event that we are looking forward to is the overnight cruise to the Savannah Yacht Club in June. The SYC will provide a light repast on the dock with an open bar, and cruisers will go downtown for the evening to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn on Bay Street.
The Kayak season never relents, and is moving into a higher gear with the coming of spring. On March 18 there is a kayak outing on the New River in Georgia. This is going to be a particularly fun outing. It sold out quickly and the great majority going are DIYC kayakers. Beth and I will be there in a tandem (we’ll see how that goes). It’s a great way to boat into a new season.
Roy Crocker has our Dataw sailors participating in the Saint Elena Regatta March 17-18. It encompasses the Ribault and the Menendez Cup competitions and related social events at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. If there are sailors that would like to join a crew for this event, contact Roy as soon as possible.
The DIYC participated in the Dataw Club of Clubs event in the Carolina Room on February 27. It was an enjoyable opportunity to talk about what the DIYC offers and reach out to new members. We found ten new members on the day of the event with a few more trickling in later. Even in trying marina-times it’s easy to sell such a great organization with so much to offer.
Finally, the DIYC again made a financial contribution to the Fripp Island Sea Rescue and the Beaufort Water Search & Rescue. They have a related Saint Patrick’s Day Golf Tournament on March 17. I have never needed the rescue services, although once I felt close when coming through the breakers in front of Fripp. Nonetheless, all of us Dataw boaters are glad they are there, and the groups certainly deserve our support.