Dataw Island Yacht Club
In our June issue, I wrote about the cancelations and postponement of many of the Dataw Island Yacht Club events. Regrettably, the rules, regulations and guidelines have not changed much in the last few months, so some additional events and activities have been canceled or postponed. The good news is that “yacht club” by definition, involves activities on the water and those activities are well suited to distancing recommendations and regulations. While I can’t say we have been busy, we have been active!
Our marina has been busy. The in-water slips are effectively full, our dry stack has added a number of new boats, additional repairs and improvements have been completed, our new maintenance organization is setting up shop and a new kayak launch has been installed. A special thanks to all our DIYC boaters, who through their fees, are supporting the vast majority of our marina revenue to meet the budget expectations. The DIYC is looking forward to support the next phase of our marina growth with the increased demand we are experiencing.
In looking at our DIYC activities, Roy Croker, our Sailing Captain, has continued our monthly sailboat races here on the Morgan River. While Roy is out of state, thanks to Jack Shaughnessy for carrying the flag. We continue to have monthly races starting and finishing right here at our marina with 4- 6 boats generally participating. Final planning is underway for the long awaited return of the Dataw Cup race October 17. This is our premier sailboat race where we are expecting 15 – 20 boats to participate with the finish line right here at our marina. Come check it out.
Our cruises have continued with some exceptions. We did have to cancel our signature overnight cruise to Charleston as well as a cruise to Edisto Yacht Club. However, John Keet, our Cruise Captain has worked extensively in planning safe cruises to various locations in our unique and special local waterways. This included one of my favorites, the Capers Island cruise, an uninhabited island at the entrance to Port Royal Sound. We had nine boats travel, with many spending the afternoon walking, shelling and swimming on the miles of beach. We were the only people there for most of the day. We also completed a lovely lunch cruise to the Morgan River Sandbar, with nine boats followed by some oysters on the half shell at Morgan River Grill on the return. Our trips will continue with the Ace Basin Cruise in Sept. A great trip to experience the beauty of the Ace Basin, followed by a lunch trip to Bohicket Marina in Oct, conditions permitting.
Our Kayak Captain, Nancy Schulte has also worked tirelessly to pull off some kayak trips. This included a great trip to the Fripp Inlet Sandbar in June, followed by a Dolphin Sighting trip to Russ Point Landing in August. A great way to get some exercise, see up close the beauty of our waterways, while having plenty of social distance. Nancy is looking at some new options for the rest of year and with the new addition of the kayak launch at the marina, planning has started to run some group trips out of Dataw, so stay tuned.
Ships Store, with Cindy D. and Sandy Z. and Kathy T. is still in business and has a great inventory. Check out the custom products on our online store at www.datawyachtclub.com. Christmas is coming!!
Our fishing trips turned into an empty catch for 2020. While our individual fishermen have had good success, our group trips were not an option. Fishing Co- Captains, Rich Dutcher and Steve Z are already planning for a better 2021.
Our social events have also been washed out for 2020. It looks like even the premier formal event on Dataw, the Commodores Ball will be postponed until early 2021. A very difficult decision, but appropriate. We will have to make up for the delay by really letting loose when it happens. Social Co-Chairs Cheryl Johnson and Martha Keet had it too easy this year. They may have to come back for another year!! The DIYC annual meeting to elect next year’s Bridge will still need to occur, so look out for emails related to that in the coming weeks. We certainly wish next year’s Bridge success in getting back to “normal” with all our activities; from visiting with other yacht clubs, fishing and yes even a social gathering or two!!! Mariners have thousands of years of traditions related to socializing and adult beverages. It is very painful to break all these traditions for a year. Let us all do whatever we can to make sure in 2021 we get back on course!
Smooth sailing, safe boating and great kayaking all!!!