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Commodore’s Blog – January 2021

Greetings from your Dataw Island Yacht Club!! Happy New Year and thank you for joining us in the DIYC.

As we begin 2021 with all the experiences and perspectives that 2020 had to offer, the DIYC is hopeful that we can put adversity in our wake and move forward to enjoy this New Year with enthusiasm and fresh new beginnings.

Your DIYC Board has worked hard over the last 2 months to develop a “float plan”. The activities planned underscore the importance of taking advantage of our unique access to extraordinary local waters, rivers, sounds and coastal destinations. We are very excited to share our 2021 Social, Cruise, Sail and Kayak Calendar. Guided Fishing dates will be added as we come closer to the spring and summer fishing season. The calendar is packed with many new, innovative trips and events. It is designed with a goal to involve and provide opportunities to all of our members. We hope you will enjoy and actively participate in the activities of our Club, while remaining safe and responsible to local, regional and national COVID protocols.

We have also complemented our “on water” activities with a fun and varied social agenda to safely gather and enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship of our 250 plus members. Log on to the DIYC website ( to keep up with the DIYC activities, view the calendar of events, Commodore’s blogs, event picture galleries, the Ship’s store and merchandise and our newly installed marina pier head “ Up to the minute Weather Station” plus find DIYC forms.

Weather Station

The Marina and its new management continue to support and serve our growing boating and sailing community, which we fully expect to continue to grow throughout 2021. Many new and returning Members have purchased power or sail boats and with the many new kayakers, will collectively add to the excitement and buzz at our Dataw Marina.

Your DIYC Board has worked hard to set the course for a great 2021 DIYC year, but we simply cannot accomplish all of our activities and event agendas without your support as volunteers. We will be coming back to you by email next month with a list of Club Calendar activities that will need volunteers. Please review the calendar and respond indicating your areas of interest and willingness to volunteer. We will compile this list and reach out to you as we approach events for your help.

We look forward to some new and exciting times ahead and to seeing you at future events!!

Good Cruising, Sailing, Kayaking and Fishing!!

Bryan Tuttle, Commodore

Commodore’s Blog – December 2020


Just wanted to share with you some of the contributions and hard work that many of our volunteer members and Committee chairs have done recently to represent our DIYC across the Island.

We spoke last month about the great job and big success that our Club brought to the Marina Open House event ; and most recently, last evening at Dataw’s annual Luminary night.

Clearly this event was also a great success that involved many other Clubs and individual contributions ; but WOW , the DIYC came through again in a big way!

From the lighting up of the Ms. Christi , to the welcoming luminaries from the entry to Marina drive all the way to the end of the main Pier Head , to the beauty of having over 20 of our Sail and power boats decked out with an amazing light show and season’s decorations ; we should all be proud that the DIYC and the marina property remain at the very heart of our Dataw DNA .

Well done, to all the Boaters , Social Committee chairs [ Martha Moulton , Sandy Morrow and Cheryl Johnson ] and their volunteers who together came together and ADDED THEIR TIME , TALENTS , AND RESOURCES to make this year’s Luminary night such a huge and memorable success. Be sure to reach out and say thanks to those that you see who worked so hard to make this event so memorable. Also , Be sure and go on line to the DIYC website [ ] and view some of the pictures that speak so clearly to the beauty and success of this special night ; and if you have some of your own please pass them along to me or Louise Moses [ our DIYC Web Master ] for inclusion into our pictorial achieves.

Next up ; the Social Committee and the Board are working on ideas for how we can look towards our kick off our 2021 year with possible Covid 19 compliant Hybrids of our traditional Final Friday events and gatherings in January and February. These Covid protocols are especially difficult to accommodate based upon our customary turn outs of 100 + members and trying to do this in the winter months if we were to look towards “ outside” options. More on this later as we work further on this planning.

Do however be on standby for the release of the 2021 DIYC Cruise , Sail , Kayak , Fishing and Social calendar coming out soon…. We all think that this will be the most inclusive , adventurous , fun and aggressive Calendars we have had in many years. Stay tuned!…….

Bryan Tuttle