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Commodore’s Blog – November 2019

DIYC Retrospective

While searching for historic photos and records recently, I was given a document and photos by John Ballantyne, the 2001 DIYC Commodore, which provided background on how the DIYC supported a sailor in the “Around Alone” (sail around the world solo) race in 1998-1999.
John wrote “….The first picture shows Robin Davie and me on his “Around the World Alone” sailboat which he named “South Carolina”. Quite a story there. Dataw Island Yacht Club was one of his official sponsors. He sailed down to Dataw, City of Beaufort and a few other ports of call, prior to the race, on a fund raising tour. He and a helper were our guests overnight and Robin made a presentation to Dataw residents. He was preparing for his second around the world race. A month or so later at the official start of the race, we had a Dataw Yacht Club overnight cruise to Charleston and we all got up early and cruised out Charleston Harbor to watch Robin and all the other contenders head out to sea. A navy destroyer was on hand to fire the opening shot. The story of the race is a real adventure. Despite extreme difficulties, Robin successfully completed the race and beat several of the other contenders. The other photo is a head-on shot picture of the “South Carolina” cruising into Dataw, taken on the Coosaw River, when Fred Zinser (1999 DIYC Commodore; Always Remembered) and I cruised out to officially welcome Robin and guide the South Carolina into our marina.”

Thank you John. Great to see that the DIYC sponsored a competitor in such an event. It turns out Robin Davie is still sailing today. He has completed 3 solo sailing trips around the world. A quick google reveals these stories about Robin and his sailing vessel(s).

Around Alone Robin Davie

Golden Globe Race

Changing gears, at my last DIYC Board of Governors meeting as your Commodore, we voted to approve the renewal of our Yachting Club of America membership ($500/year). This membership provides our members access to other member yacht clubs. As of Oct. 31, 2019 we had $14,331.64 on deposit in the bank pending the YCA membership, Commodore’s Ball and Luminary Night expenses.

The DIYC will be participating in Luminary Night on Dec. 9th. Cindy Dunnenberger is leading this effort.

The last cruise of the year, to Edisto Island Yacht Club, was a success. We were joined there by the Fripp Island Yacht Club. EIYC has a very nice club house on the water. They are my role model.

We have already begun planning for the 2020 kayak trips and Roy Crocker is anxious to get the sailing races underway once the marina dock is open. See the website for more information on his plans.

Thank you to all my fellow board members for their dedication and contributions, and to the membership for supporting our marina!!! It is nice leaving the post knowing the club will be in good hands with Scott Johnson, his bridge and Board of Governors.

Keith Aspray
Commodore
Nov. 2019

Commodore’s Pledge the Pink Blog October 27, 2019

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Photos by Martha Moulton, thank you.

On Sat. Oct. 26th about 1500 off-island participants came to Dataw Island for day 2 of the Pledge the Pink event. The Pledge is an event organized annually to support the fight against breast cancer. Those participants also walked Hunting and Fripp Islands on days 1 and 3. One goal of the event was for participants to walk, and in a few cases run, 10 miles each day. The yellow school buses started rolling on the island about 8 AM.

What an amazing day as volunteers from Dataw Island came out to cheer the participants, provide moral support, organize “pit stop” and provide the participants with snacks and refreshing beverages.

A group of DIYC volunteers organized a pit stop on the cotton Dike golf course at hole 13, under the big live oak tree. We were at mile 4 of the Dataw walk. Our beach stop was decorated with flying jellyfish, a flying pink pig, signal flags, the DIYC burgee, a beach scene with chairs in one of the bunkers, cornhole and of course pink flamingos were everywhere. Many of the volunteers were dressed in theme appropriate wear.

We served bananas, orange slices, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, health bar bites, water, and Gatorade. Sandy’s Surfboard Bar was open serving pineapple/mango punch, which we soon ran out of. People were at the serving tables 30 deep at times. The mass of walkers coming down the Cotton Dike 13 cart path was a sight to see. They stretched from tee box to the live oak tree.

The participants were ALL very enthusiastic and cheerful, Including some from outside the US. Many were organized into small groups with custom personalized shirts and dress – tutus, dyed hair, etc. You name it, they were wearing it. Lots of creativity with some even carrying their own walking music. One man was dressed in full fire fighting gear. I asked him how he was doing in the humidity and heat. His reply was “it was nothing compared to what those fighting breast cancer are going through”. Some walked for their mothers and others were walking to support to their spouse. Everyone had a story of sacrifice and struggle. One lady commented to her friends out loud that “this is southern hospitality”. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I am a damn yankee, but I am learning.

Word of our pit stop was spread to those lagging behind by text message. Many came up to our greeters and asked if this was the stop with the punch.

Many noted how beautiful the island was and how grateful they were for our island’s support and hospitality.

When it was all done, we were all exhausted after about an hour and half of nonstop serving. And then there was cleanup starting around 11 AM.

Thank you to all those residents who came out across the island to support the Pledge, mix punch, hang jellyfish, prepare our beach scene, retrieve a drone, and inflate and tie down our props. Kudos to Cheryl Johnson for organizing our pitstop

Your commodore

Keith Aspray