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Commodore’s Blog November 2018


It is a pleasure for my last DIYC Commodore’s Blog to come at a time when excitement is growing over the possibility of Dataw Island’s purchasing the Dataw Marina. What has been an eyesore and wasteland for two years since Matthew may again become a vibrant, marina-oriented center of activity for all of Dataw to enjoy. Imagine again enjoying one of the most beautiful parts of the Island and our gateway to the Low Country paradise surrounding us.

The proposal by the DIOA Board is for a marina with improvement, landscaping and beautification of the area. The marina will be limited to what can be efficiently used and what will most likely pay its way with the least financial impact to residents. Controlling the property will mean that any future additional development or expansion will be up to property owners.

All of this is conditioned entirely on the vote of Dataw property owners to purchase the property and proceed with the DIOA Board’s recommendation for improvements. Presentations at the recent Focus Groups and Town Halls have been thorough and convincing.

It is vitally important now for those who want to see this finally happen to talk to your friends and neighbors, share your excitement and persuade any doubters.

In the past year, I have had a number of inquiries as DIYC Commodore from potential property buyers who are boat owners. They loved what they saw at Dataw, but wanted to know if there is a future here for boaters. They were looking to the DIYC for some guidance, but it has been difficult to sound positive. The next Commodore we hope will be able to tell them what a wonderful opportunity they will have to bring their boat and enjoy some of the most beautiful waters in America.

The Annual Commodore’s Ball is this weekend. As always, it is going to be a great evening of glamour, fine dining and dancing into the late hours. The marina proposal will be the top of our conversations. It is also the occasion when the new Bridge officers are elected and installed. The proposed slate is perfect for leadership in the coming year. Each of them have been deeply involved in the marina issue and ready to move ahead. The proposed slate is: Keith Aspray, Commodore; Scott Johnson, Vice Commodore; and Bryan Tuttle, Rear Commodore. I could not be happier to pass leadership to such a group. Thank you to Mary Kay Noren, Karen McCue and Kathy Tuttle for the work they have done in putting the Ball together as well as all our other successful 2018 social events.

Our DIYC activities have continued as the fall season and cooler weather arrives. Our final cruise was up the ICW to the Edisto Island Yacht Club. We docked up and enjoyed a delicious lunch at their clubhouse. (It made us think of possibilities we may have with the purchase of the Dataw Marina building.)

Roy Crocker put together another successful Dataw Cup race on October 20. With fine winds for sailing, the race was held on the Beaufort River with the support of the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. Ten boats participated. What a pleasure it will be if we can return this and our other sailing events to Dataw as in the grand past days.

Our kayakers recently boated at the Savannah River and will have another outing on November 14. This is a great one – it will be a kayak cruise from Port Royal to Beaufort, lunch at the Waterfront Park, and a bike ride down the Spanish Moss trail back to Port Royal. Nancy Schulte put together a terrific season in 2018.

Our Annual DIYC Christmas Sale is November 14 at the Community Center from 9:30 to 12:30. Chris Dedel and Beth Vance have put together even more new DIYC merchandise. The Sale is always a fun event and the perfect opportunity to stock up for Holiday gifts. Bring checks or cash.

Finally, thank you to all of our DIYC members for allowing me to serve as your Commodore in 2018. It was a pleasure to work with the wonderful people on the Board of Governors and the terrific members of DIYC!

Commodore’s Blog October 2018

It is a shock to move from the relative quiet of August and the hurricane-scare muddle of September to all the events happening now at the Dataw Island Yacht Club.

The biggest news is indeed BIG news – the chance for Dataw Island to purchase the Dataw Marina! After two years of suffering through having no marina and watching the continuing deterioration of the marina site with extremely limited operations, there is now hope. The protracted negotiations by Dataw’s leadership with the property owner has led to an acceptance of Dataw’s offer to purchase the entire property for $700,000. It is a stunning low price for the property and a compelling opportunity to begin to bring this painful episode to an end. Environmental studies have been completed with favorable results, and Dataw has 90 days to vote to affirm the purchase.

The DIYC strongly supports this purchase. If purchased, Dataw Island will decide what will be done with the property. It has been and remains our position that ultimately there must be a marina at Dataw. The DIYC will work diligently in support of the purchase and to maximize enjoyment of the marina property. There will be much more to come on this.

The Annual DIYC Commodore’s Ball is always exciting news of course. It is the most glamorous social event of the year at Dataw and a kick-off of the holiday season. The Ball will be on November 10. Gentlemen and ladies, dressed in their finest (OK, the guys will mostly be in all black) will dine on a delightful menu, hear a few remarks, welcome the new DIYC leadership, and dance the evening away to fantastic live music.

The Commodore’s Ball should never be missed by our members. This year is indeed special with the possibility to purchase the marina property before us. There will be much to talk about.

Our power cruise season is reaching its high and final point with two terrific October cruises. After the hurricane scare, boats being pulled and hatches battened down, we were free again and underway with our annual cruise to Bohicket Marina at Kiawah Island. It was a mariner’s test. Winds were up to 15 kts and the seas were choppy (would have been a perfect day for sailboats), but showers remained in the distance. Five boats and 28 members made the 32 mile cruise. All arrived and returned happily exhausted (a couple of boats made unintended diversions into the wrong creek but recovered). It was a great group and a day of DIYC camaraderie.

Next up is the cruise to visit our friends at the Edisto Island Yacht Club. We have developed a strong relationship with this sister low-country yacht club. On October 19 we will cruise there for lunch at their club and see many of our good EIYC friends again. Be sure to sign up for this one. The fall cruising weather should be at its best, and it’s an opportunity to see the low country waters as the season is changing.

Our Sailing Captain Roy Crocker has announced the Dataw Island Race and Cup. It will be on October 20 and sponsored by the DIYC and the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. The event will be sailed in the Beaufort River with cups to be awarded at the finish. This is one of the great events of the year for Dataw sailors. Pre-Matthew, the Dataw Race and Cup was raced in the Coosaw and Morgan Rivers with awards and dinner events held at Dataw. We want this race to return to us with a future operational marina at Dataw. Roy emailed a notice to all DIYC members on October 1 with the details for the event. Please be sure to see the email and participate.

Our kayaking group has continued a busy and very successful year – most of our sponsored kayaking events have been sell-outs. Recently, kayakers were given on-hand demonstrations at the Dataw pool on re-entering a kayak in the water. This is a critical skill because all active kayakers will at some point find themselves in the water and need to know how to safely re-enter their boat.

Next up for DIYC kayakers is a trip on the Savannah River on October 25. It’s a wonderful time of year to kayak, and this is a beautiful tour. There already are many signups, and it is sure to fill up quickly.

Another anticipated DIYC event is near at hand. The annual Ships Store Sale will be on November 14 at the Community Center. There will be many new DIYC embossed items this year and lots of other fun things on display at the sale. (I already have bought a couple of things out of the box as it passed by me on the way to inventory.)  Plan to stock up for the kids and grandkids and to enhance your own collection of DIYC gear.

As a final note, it is a pleasure to report that our Club is strong, the membership is growing and our finances are in great order!