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2007 Spring Dinner

The Spring Dinner will be on Saturday, April 28 at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts.

6:00 Social Hour, Dinner served at 7:00.

Click here for details and reservation form. 

Posted on March 3rd, 2007 by Administrator in General News

New Junior Sailing Web

There is a new website for our Junior Sailing Program, filled with information including classes, registration, racing, a calendar, and more.  Check it out here


Posted on March 2nd, 2007 by Administrator in General News

Sail Magazine Features SBYC

Sail Magazine recently published an article about boats which might be used in Junior Sailing Programs, and SBYC’s Junior Sailing Program evaluated these boats!

Gretchen Curtis, one of our Junior Sailing Instuctors, wrote this article while interning as a writer for Sail Magazine.  Our kids in the 420 Racing Team and the 420 Cruising Class tested several boats delivered to SBYC in August 2006 to evaluate the boats for the article. They had a great time, and also had some opinions to express.

You can read the article here.

Good job Gretchen! 

Posted on January 1st, 2007 by Administrator in General News,Sailing Program

2006 Fall Newsletter

2006 Fall Newsletter

It’s hard to believe but the leaves are falling, Halloween is drawing near, and the club is buttoned up for winter once again. All in all it was a good year. We had a successful racing season, including hosting the Rhodes 19 National Championships, many enjoyable social events, starting with the Spring Dinner in April and continuing through the final dinner at the end of September, and we welcomed over 50 new members into the club. On the administration side, the club signed a new 10 year lease with the town with annual rent set to increase at the rate of inflation as in the prior lease. Many thanks to the Board, Ron and his staff, and the numerous volunteers who helped get things done.

Thanks also to Sailing Program Director Suzie Lintern and her almost all new staff of coaches, instructors and assistants for a safe and successful year. We expect to see Suzie return as Director next season and build on the successes of her first year.

I’m pleased to be able to report that the Capital Fund Drive that the Board of Governors initiated in August to replenish reserves and fund capital projects has gotten off to a very strong start, with donations received from over 100 individuals, and helped significantly by a very generous matching grant received from an SBYC family. Please consider a donation to the Capital Fund Drive, if you haven’t already, and help us wind up the fund drive ahead of schedule!

Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year!

Ned Jeffries, Commodore


The Spring Newsletter noted the challenges the club has faced over the last several years of declining membership, rising operating costs and growing needs for capital improvements. The July club meeting fleshed out the numbers to substantiate these trends and noted that club reserves had fallen to a critically low level, threatening our ability to operate in the first quarter of 2007.

To deal with the situation, the Board initiated a Capital Fund drive. To date we have achieved our first phase goal, and are making good progress toward our second phase goal. We are 80% of the way toward completing the overall campaign, well ahead of schedule. In addition, although operating revenue is expected to fall below budgeted amounts (probably due to a continued drop in membership), operating expenses have also fallen below budget forecasts, due to poor weather, the early departure of launch operator staff, and a number of lesser factors attributable to prudent management. As a result we will likely end the operating year with a modest surplus. All in all, the club finances are in excellent shape and improving, a situation far removed from the experiences of the last several years.

Frank Hassler

House Committee

The summer season ended with the facilities and equipment in good shape going forward thanks to the efforts of several club members, the launch operators, Ron, and the former House Committee chair, Frank Hassler. Thanks go out to the members who helped tow the floats to Granite Pier on Columbus Day, as well as haul them out a few days later.

Several capital projects were completed around the club this summer, both planned and unplanned. These included a new awning, float, shower, and launch engine. Thanks to the Harbormaster Department for donating the installation of 50-amp power service in the front of the club for transient boats, as well as the floor in the new shower.

Looking forward the Club has several short term projects that need attention. Planning has already begun for the overhaul of the engine and other necessary repairs on the Committee Boat. We hope to have this project completed by the start of the 2007 season. Other expected short term projects include another new launch engine, replacement of the small hoist, roof repairs, and two new sliding doors for the upstairs offices. We have not yet prioritized these and other projects for 2007 but will be doing so in the coming months.

Please contact me with suggestions about any House Committee projects. I hope to see you all at Work Day in May!

Story Reed

Race Committee

With our boats and the club bundled up for the winter (except those of us who are just starting the frostbiting season) it’s a good time to kick back and recall the highlights of another great sailing season at Sandy Bay:

  • Pat Stadel covered the ins and outs of Rule 18, Rounding and Passing Marks and Obstructions—otherwise known as the "buoy-room" rule on July 2nd. It was a fascinating class with extensive Q&A time that generated a lively discussion. Pat’s seminars have been an eagerly awaited, annual event at Sandy Bay for several years now. Even though she is moving to San Diego this winter, we’re hoping to lure her back next year, so watch for a date in the spring newsletter.

  • The club hosted two major regattas: the annual Ned Hay Regatta for Star boats and the Rhodes 19 Nationals. The Ned Hay has become famous on the Star circuit for the unique prizes offered (original artwork donated by local artists) as well as the great racing venue. Volunteers from all the Sandy Bay fleets did the club proud during the Rhodes 19 Nationals–competitors from as far away as India and Montana were thrilled with the hospitality, race management, and great competition at the regatta.



Rhodes 19 Nationals

Ned Hay Regatta

  • New PROs and volunteers for the Race Committee made a huge contribution to the racing season as we returned to an all-volunteer race committee. Thanks to the efforts of these volunteers we were able to make a number of long-overdue upgrades to race committee equipment.

  • Last, but not least, it was another great year of competition and camaraderie!

Jim Lidington

Social Committee

Summer of 2006 was a successful year for social dinners. I wish I could have accommodated everyone who wanted to come to the dinners, but with limited seating we had to go with first come, first serve. The Lobster/ Steak dinner was very popular again this year and the weather cooperated very nicely for us. Bob and I did our best to cook your steaks just right for you… some we got, some we missed. We won’t be opening our own restaurant anytime soon.



The most popular dinner was the end of the summer potluck. We do have some fabulous cooks in our midst. The social committee kept the cost down to just cover the dessert, set ups and table coverings. Your feedback is welcome as to whether we do another one in June of ’07.


Sunday Morning Coffee

It was wonderful to see so many new members and families at the Senior/Junior cookout. Again, the weather was good to us.

Last year, I had many positive comments regarding the Spring Dinner at the Hawthorne in Salem. I am working with my daughter to see if we can make that happen again at the end of April.

Watch your newsletter for opportunities to volunteer. Jo-Ann, Shirley and I could use some help setting up for the dinners and for a clean-up crew to help at the end of the evening.

See you at the After Pageant Social in December. Please bring some finger foods to the club before you head to the pageant. The punch will be ready…

Pam Prichard

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee has had a fun and active summer. Based on feedback from new members, they enjoyed it, too. We focused most of our collective energy on making our new members feel welcomed and to help them stay abreast of activities going on at the club. Our working list of new members consistently included those who joined this year and last year, which we affectionately referred to as the "classes of 2005 and 2006." They received very regular email updates to keep them tuned in.

We began actively meeting in February, when Ellen Lidington and Dana Jorgensson took over as co-chairs. Throughout the spring, the committee worked with Beth Leahy, former committee chair, to assist in the refining of her visual and written concept for a brand new Sandy Bay Yacht Club brochure. These handsome brochures, timeless in content and style, should serve us well for a number of years.

Other changes we introduced in the form of printed materials included a new "Quick Start" and a new format for welcome packets. The Quick Start was a folded 8-1/2 x 11 inch yellow piece of paper that provided important tidbits of information such as snack bar hours, primary contacts, key club policies on one side and on the other side a scale drawing of the club, labeled to help new members orient themselves easily to the different areas of the club. And, yes, we can make them generally available to anyone who would like one! Our welcome packets were red pocket folders that included, in addition to the new brochure and Quick Start, other helpful items like the phone directory, bylaws and club policies, Spring newsletter, sailing program brochure, plus letters from the commodore and membership committee. Our goal was to give our new members a great first impression.

New member activities included the annual Open House on Sunday, July 2nd, as well as a new activity type we called "Casual Friday." We hosted one in June and one in July. The concept is a casual reception on the porch of the club from 5:30 p.m. to about 7:00 p.m., where new members participated in a ‘meet and greet’ with Board of Governors, the Membership Committee, the Harbormasters and key staff members. These were very well attended and the second one entertained us with a spectacular, unscripted, lightning show. Our final new member event was a somewhat spontaneous BYO gathering at the club in September to kind of "officially" bid farewell to the season. Again, we were delighted with the response.

Our membership season went well. We are pleased with the response to our efforts. We expect to continue the initiatives begun this year and hope to add more things going forward. Our planning begins in the "offseason," so if you have ideas or tips, please forward them directly to Dana or Ellen, or any member of the Membership Committee. In a small club like Sandy Bay, we are all effectively on the Membership team, so remember to regularly talk up the club.

Dana C. Jorgensson
Ellen L. Lidington

SBYC Fleet Captain

With the majority of work already completed by Jim Lidington, we put the finishing touches on the new Sandy Bay Yacht Club Storm and Hurricane Policy. Luckily there was never a need to enact the policy throughout the 2006 season. I’m told we can all breathe easier because the floats are safely tucked away.

The summer social schedule was packed and a big thanks to all the fleets who contributed to the Sunday Socials. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the Labor Day Social which was sponsored by all of the racing fleets at Sandy Bay. Please feel free to email me with any suggestions you may have to improve the post race socials in coming years.

Stay warm this winter.

Jake Fiumara

Sailing Program

I wish to thank the members of the SSP advisory committee for all their help and dedication to the sailing program.

They are Ned Jeffries, Charlie Clark, Margot Hintlian, Becky Hoerner, Anne Kubik, Joanne Levin, Ron Petoff and Greg Wilkinson.

The 2006 Sailing Program went smoothly with many happy sailors and successful regattas. Suzy Lintern proved to be an outstanding Program Director. We hope Suzy will be back next season taking on more responsibilities, such as hiring, registration and updating a web site for the program which we hope to have up and running by next season. This should help with the communication between parents and the program.


41.jpg Our racing teams did well this past season with a win by Joanna Clark and Hannah Hoerner in the 420’s at the Junior Olympics held at Eastern Point. Josh Leigh and Heather LaCombe did well as did Sean Leahy and Nick Chamberlain. The opti kids did well, too.
420 Instructors and 420 Race Team at Mass Bay Regatta

Joanna and Hannah also raced on the Charles in the Sears Bemis Regatta where they finished a very respectable 5th.

The Linda Weiditz and Tim Baker Regattas held here at Sandy Bay were well attended with many of our sailors finishing well.  We hope to increase the number of regattas next year. Inter-Club racing will be on the agenda for next season. Due to wind, or lack there of, the inter-club race with Annisquam became a day of swimming at the beach.

The program offers housing to instructors for the season. This allows us to get the best instructors who bring experience from other locations to our club. Offering housing enabled us to hire our strong staff this year, which included instructors from Ohio, Florida, and Marblehead. This year Suzy had her own apartment nearby and Gretchen and Rob stayed at Patriot’s Cottage at Granite Pier.

Over all the Sailing Program is doing well and we hope that with Suzy’s return we will have an even better program next year with even more smiling faces learning to sail. Again thank you to the Committee for all their help in putting together a totally new Sailing Program and hiring a cohesive group who all got along exceedingly well and gave the children in the program people to look up to and admire.

Check out the club’s web site to see some pictures taken this past summer at the cookout on Cape Hedge Beach, a day of club sailing classes, the Weiditz regatta, the JO’s and the Labor Day fun.

Beth Leahy


I hope you all find this first Fall Online Newsletter a good season-ending wrap-up. Tell your friends to check it out or print one out for them! Also, check the website for new 2006 photos.

Story Reed

Rockport Harbor Department

The Rockport Harbor Department would like to thank SBYC for their continued effort to provide safe and exciting racing activities in Sandy Bay. As host of numerous regattas each year you organize and execute top notch events with safety as a number one priority. Keep up the good work! Thanks for your continued support and consideration to our department.

Rockport Harbormasters,

Rosemary Lesch, Scott Story, Ron Petoff and Story Reed

Posted on November 8th, 2006 by Administrator in General News

Casting Call! – ABC TV’s “Wife Swap”

ABC TV has contacted SBYC regarding their TV show "Wife Swap".

ABC Television’s hit family show, Wife Swap is looking for families who enjoy a life of leisure through sailing and spending quality family time. The premise is simple: two moms from two very different families get the opportunity to swap lives for one week. The goal of our show is for these families to both give and take away something positive by "stepping outside the box."

We are looking for two parent families with children between the ages of 5 and 18 who have outgoing personalities! All featured families receive a $20,000 honorarium as a thank you for their ten day filming commitment. We also offer a $1000 finder’s fee to anyone who refers a family that makes it on the show. If you are interested in applying, please contact SBYC’s manager, Ron Petoff, for details.

Posted on November 1st, 2006 by Administrator in General News

SBYC Capital Fund Drive

SBYC 2006/2007 Capital Fund Drive is now underway.

For more information on how to give, please see bulletin board inside the club or talk to a member of the Board of Governors or the Club Manager.

Posted on August 17th, 2006 by Administrator in General News

Second Annual Cherry Clark Regatta this Saturday

Posted on July 18th, 2006 by jim_lidington in General News,Racing

Casual Friday – July 21st

The Sandy Bay Yacht Club Membership Committee invites new members from the “Class of ‘05″ and “Class of ‘06″ to join the the Membership Committee, members of the Board of Governors and key staff for a get-together for the last “Casual Friday” of the 2006 season on the porch of the club on Friday, July 21st, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet and greet and make new friends.  We will be able to answer any questions you have about your club and the benefits of membership.  If you know of a friend who may be curious about membership at the SBYC, why not bring them along.  We’ll also have a sign-up for your participation in your very first "new member sponsorship" for the August 20th SBYC Sunday morning coffee.  For more information about our last Casual Friday of the summer, call Dana at 978-546-9750.  

Posted on July 6th, 2006 by srreed in General News

SBYC Open House

Sandy Bay Yacht Club, on historic T-Wharf in Rockport, invites the public to tour their facilities, meet key staff and SBYC members at the only Open House this summer on Sunday, July 2nd from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Join us for coffee; see the club fleets, learn about our exceptional adult and junior sailing programs, and the many social activities offered throughout the summer. Come see why the SBYC is the "best kept secret north of Boston"! Call: 978-546-9433 for more information.

Posted on June 25th, 2006 by srreed in General News

Casual Friday

The Sandy Bay Yacht Club Membership Committee invites new members from the "Class of ’05" and "Class of ’06" to join the Board of Governors for a get-together to chat with and meet key staff and some SBYC members to learn more about your club at a special event, "Casual Friday" on the porch on Friday, June 23, 2006 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Be the first group to view the new "Quick Start" made especially for you! This is also the ideal time for prospective members to come and see why our club is truly "the best kept secret North of Boston". If any member of the club has a friend who they think might like to join the SBYC for the summer, here’s the perfect opportunity to show them why they should become a part of our extended ‘family’. Can’t make this event? Not to worry – the next "Casual Friday" is July 21st, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Posted on June 18th, 2006 by srreed in General News

Work Day Postponed

Due to the projected horrendous weather forecast for this weekend, Work Day has been postponed until Saturday, May 20… hopefully it will stop raining by then!

 If you know of someone who plans to volunteer time on Work Day, please pass this information along.

Posted on May 11th, 2006 by Administrator in House Committee

SBYC “Old Timers’ Night”

First SBYC "Old Timers’ Night"

Friday, May 26th, 5:00 P.M. at the Yacht Club.

 If you were a member of the Sandy Bay Yacht Club between 1930 and 1955, come share your memories, photos & memorabilia of SBYC. Old Timers’ Night will be videotaped as a permanent addition to the history of the club.

A light dinner will be served prior to the videotaping session.

RSVP to Roger Lesch

Posted on May 7th, 2006 by srreed in General News

2006 Spring Newsletter

Greetings! As I sit down to write this letter the weather forecast for the coming weekend is calling for temperatures near 60 so spring must be just around the corner. Lingering snow patches in the shade on the north side of our house remind us, however, that winter is still with us and that we’ll have to wait just a few more weeks before the start of the SBYC season.

The Board has been hard at work this winter preparing for the upcoming season. Social Chair Pam Prichard is kicking off the social calendar with the Spring Dinner at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem on Saturday, April 8, as described in a recent mailing to the membership. From there, House Chair Frank Hassler has Work Day planned for May 13, and Race Committee Chair Jim Lidington’s racing season starts on Saturday, May 27. For the next four months the calendar is chock a block with racing and social events for all ages and interests. I hope to see you all at the club enjoying the friendly competition, camaraderie, and pleasant setting.

As has been customary in the past, a good part of the Board’s time over the winter was spent poring over the budget for the coming year, as we made every effort to keep the budget as lean as possible while still providing the services that we have in the past and setting aside funds for capital projects where we can. We believe that the resulting dues and fees that you will see in your bills in April continue to represent excellent value. However, due to negative trends in the club’s membership we were forced to increase dues and fees by a larger percentage than we would have liked. While certain expense items such as fuel, utilities, and insurance have all increased significantly, the biggest driving force behind dues and fees increases in recent years is the fact that the club’s membership is on a declining trend. The number of Senior A members peaked at 626 in 1999 but then declined to 524 last year.

While membership trends have tended to follow the economic cycle in the past, and a drop-off in membership from the levels of the late 1990s go-go years was not unexpected, the economy has long since recovered from the early 2000s economic hangover and membership should have recovered by now. However, it has not and this is a worrisome trend for the club looking into the future. The club depends on a large membership base over which to spread the significant fixed costs of maintaining a staff and running the club’s operations. Increasing membership, therefore, will be a key theme this year at the club. Dana Jorgensson and Ellen Lidington have graciously agreed to take on co-leadership of the Membership Committee, with Beth Leahy acting as Board liaison, and have already developed exciting ideas for attracting new members into the club. SBYC has always been an open and welcoming place for visitors, guests and new members — please help to continue this tradition by going out of your way to welcome new faces and offer help to those interested in getting involved at SBYC.

A second and related theme will be re-examining the dues and fees structure of the club. Past Commodore Ed Desmarais instituted a capital fee last year to raise money to fund certain identified capital projects. The Board decided this winter to extend the capital fee for a second year to fund several additional outstanding projects. However, the Board also decided, after much discussion, to undertake a comprehensive review of the entire dues and fees structure of the club. Vice Commodore Steve Fritch will be leading this effort and will be looking for your input.

We are grateful that Ron Petoff will once again be bringing his extensive skills and experience to bear on managing the club this year. One of Ron’s immediate priorities is to hire new launch operators to replace Dave O’Malley and Andrew Greely, who have moved on to new things. Thanks to Dave and Andrew for their years of cheerful and skillful service!

New Board member Story Reed has been working with Ron on the club’s website with the goal of increasing usage by members, particularly for communication purposes. We hope that Board Members, fleet captains, the Sailing Program and others will increase their use of the site’s “posting” features to get information out to the membership as a whole and to various groups within the club such as the fleets or sailing program parents and participants.

Our second new Board member, Jake Fiumara, has already hammered out a revised Hurricane/Storm Policy with the help of Jim Lidington. Boat owners should take a few minutes to review this prior to the start of the new season.

In the Development area Norma Brettell and I will be working on a combination of fundraising and long-term development initiatives that we hope will help raise money to fund specific needs in the short-term on the one hand, while also sowing the seeds for longer term fundraising on the other hand. Please feel free to contact one of us if you have ideas or suggestions in this area.

Beth Leahy and the Sailing Program Oversight Committee have been busy as they are faced with replacing several staff members in the Sailing Program, including Program Director Liz Fiumara, who resigned this winter in order to focus on her education career. Many thanks to Liz for her years of dedication to the program! Thanks also to Caitlin Delphin, Russ O’Reilly, Ashley Porter, and Madeline Rappoli, who are moving on, for all their hard work. Interviewing for a new Director and Staff members is well underway and we are optimistic that we will be able to hire a highly qualified staff. The Sailing Program took delivery of a new fleet of 420s this winter and we eagerly await the opportunity to get these rigged up and ready for the kids this June. Registration for this summer’s programs is scheduled for Sunday, April 30 from noon to 4:00 pm.

Ned Jeffries, Commodore

Finance. The club had a good 2005. However the club continues to be challenged with rising operating costs and needed capital improvements. In order to respond to these issues the board will be reviewing the dues and fee structure this spring and early summer to see if there are ways to continue to keep the dues and fees low, while meeting the needs of the club. There will be forums at the club during the summer allowing members to participate in the review process. Should you have any comments please contact me.

Stephen Fritch, Vice Commodore

Treasurer. Last year the club experienced a repeat of the year before, lower total members and increased cost for services and utilities. Last year’s budget included a capital recovery fee on Dues and Fees to replace funds expended two years ago for club improvements. Unfortunately two major issues cropped up this past year, repair of the sewer line under the club and the replacement of a float. With the added fee last year it was possible to recover, in part, the funds lost in the two years past. Our dues and fees for this year, barring unforeseen problems, will go a long way to increase funding of our reserve. John B. Harper

House Committee. Current activities: The facilities and equipment are in good shape for the coming season by virtue of the efforts of the club members and leadership over the last several years. We have compiled a list of capital projects that we hope to pursue over the next several years as funding becomes available. Again this year, budget constraints permit us to tackle only the highest priority projects.

The awning on the rear deck has had to be replaced at a cost of $2,200. We will be replacing one float at an estimated cost of $2,900 and the shower needs to be replaced and the sub-flooring repaired. We are still gathering estimates of the costs. The capital fee introduced last year should generate sufficient revenue to meet these needs. However, we will be forced to defer the planned rehabilitation of the Committee boat for another year.

In the longer term, in addition to the overhaul of the Committee boat engine ($3,000 to $5,000), we also need to consider replacement of the windows and doors that permit snow drifts inside the club, both upstairs and down from winter blizzards. It will be expensive, but the magnitude is currently unknown. Other future projects include a new furnace for the club, and refurbishment of the small hoist. If club members are inclined to make a contribution toward the purchase of these items we can accelerate our treatment of them.

Work Day. Please reserve Saturday, May 13 as the date for the Spring Work Day. We will begin at 8:30 and serve lunch to all of our volunteers. Saturday, May 20 will be the rain date, or May 21 if that doesn’t work out. The usual list of activities currently planned includes:

  • Sand and varnish rockers,
  • Painting (e.g. trim on the front of the club, the eaves under the lockers),
  • Staining shingles not treated last year,
  • Repairing club floats,
  • Minor woodworking projects,
  • Maintaining and cleaning the deck,
  • Updating plant and equipment inventory for capital budgeting process
  • Miscellaneous other start of the season activities.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions for additional House Committee projects. I look forward to seeing many of you on May 13.

Frank Hassler

Race Committee. Yes, racing season is almost here again. With Memorial Day just around the corner, it’s time to get your boat tuned up and ready for another fantastic racing season at SBYC! We’ve got a great season planned for 2006. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The Hilary Smart Regatta kicks off the season on Memorial Day Weekend. If the weather continues to be as mild as this winter has been, spring conditions should be great! Skipper’s meeting will be at noon on Saturday, May 27th.
  • Pat Stadel will be back to teach her new class on Rule 18, Rounding and Passing Marks and Obstructions—otherwise known as the “buoy-room” rule. Rule 18 is the longest (two pages in the RRS) and covers the situations that come up at the most critical part of any close race: the mark rounding. The class will be held in the club house on Sunday, July 2nd at 11:30 AM.
  • Late in May, the Annisquam Yacht Club is planning to host a US Sailing PRO course (the same course SBYC hosted last spring). Watch for an announcement in the coming weeks.
  • The second annual Cherry Clark Memorial Regatta will be held on the morning of Saturday, July 22nd. These races are run in a team racing format and if you haven’t tried it you’re missing out on a very special event!
  • Wednesday Nights will follow the same, twelve-race format as last year which was a great success. (Yes, I know—there were folks who still wanted to keep going after the series ended, but daylight is the issue. Of course, the perfect remedy for the short days of September is Sunday afternoons. Read on, racing fans…)
  • The September Series will be run on Sundays this year. In 2005, September easily provided the best sailing weather of the entire season (there was wind) so don’t put your boat away early and miss out!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to note our appreciation of Andrew Greely who performed admirably as our professional PRO the past several years. Andrew has moved on to a new career and so we all wish him well. This also means we are looking to hire a new PRO, so if you or someone you know is interested be sure to let me know. See you on the race course!

Race Schedule

Jim Lidington

Social Committee. What a great afternoon to sit and write about the social activities for the 2006 Summer Season. The blizzard is howling outside and the snow is flying, but I’m thinking summer and another full social calendar. The Hawthorne Hotel will host our Spring Dinner in April. Note the event will be held on a Saturday night this year. I am hoping the many members who “live up the line” will be able to meet the Rockporters in Salem for our spring get-together. Please remember that all new members are welcome as well.

Sunday Morning coffees have been a tradition with SBYC for many years. In talking with Betty Engel, she seems to remember the coffees as early at the mid fifties. These social times have become an integral part of the club. In the early years, coffee was served and people gathered to talk about what sailors talk about. Later, donuts began to appear, then some random baked goods. In recent years, the table has been full of a variety of home baked and store bought goodies, and occasionally a home cooked breakfast.

Many volunteers are needed to make these coffees successful. The various fleets of the club have done a wonderful job providing us with an abundance of food. If you are a member who is not affiliated with a fleet and would like to help provide some goodies for one of the coffees during the season, please feel free to sign up on the “Coffee Sheet” at the club. It only takes 4-5 people to bake or shop. Our membership has an easy-to-please-palate!

Mark your calendars with the social events. In order to provide enough food, an accurate number count of people is necessary a couple of days prior to the event. Please watch the social bulletin board at the club for the details and the deadlines of the various dinners. SBYC has entered the technical era, so if you are not a member of a racing fleet, but would like to receive email reminders of social events, please indicate on your membership form or, better yet, send me an email ( and I’ll add your name to my list.

And speaking of food, the SBYC Cookbook is nearing completion. It has been suggested that we incorporate the talents of our artistic club members and include sketches or drawings to fit in corners or as borders on the recipe pages. Your talents can help make our cookbook a true work of art.

If you would like to submit a small black and white sketch to be included along with the recipes, mail them to me by May 1st. I am certainly looking forward to a great season.

Social Calendar

Pam Prichard

Membership Committee. The Membership Committee plans a robust spring and summer member-recruiting season. New members keep our sailing exciting, foster new friendships, and are essential to the future of the club. Recruiting new members and maintaining existing members will be one of the critical activities for the upcoming year. Look for promotional materials and several events that will invite and encourage prospective members to join us. Your help is essential!

The Membership Committee this year is co-chaired by Ellen Lidington and Dana Jorgensson. Beth Leahy will be the Board’s liaison. We are implementing many new ideas to increase membership this season. Three Friday early evening open houses have been planned as well as the always popular Sunday morning coffees. A tri-fold brochure is in the works which will be available at the Harbor Department’s offices on T-wharf, at the club and at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. Also, take a look at all the Chamber web sites devoted to Cape Ann, type in sailing and up comes Sandy Bay Yacht Club. This is due to Dana’s hard work. All new members this year will be assigned a "buddy" to show them around and answer questions. With everyone’s continued hard work, many new members will be welcomed into Sandy Bay Yacht Club for 2006.

Beth Leahy

SBYC Fleet Captain. With considerable input from Race Committee Chairman Jim Lidington, we have finished a new Hurricane and Storm Policy for the Yacht Club. This new policy is aimed at preserving club property during a storm while ensuring safety and timely evacuation of necessary property at the Yacht Club.

This policy is viewable at and in print form at the Yacht Club. Knowing that space is always tight for dry sailing at the Yacht Club I urge all fleets needing dock space to contact me with their requests. If necessary the lottery will be held in May.

Jake Fiumara

Junior Yacht Club. This year’s Junior Commodore Heather LaCombe and Vice Commodore Hannah Hoerner are planning an exciting and very activity-filled summer. Junior members should watch for posters announcing various events this year. In addition to hosting the Linda Wieditz Memorial Regatta again this summer, the Junior YC will be busy attending the Mass Bay USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival which is going to be held at the Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester, and Marblehead Race Week in July. The annual cookouts on Cape Hedge Beach during the first and second sailing sessions as well as other activities should be anticipated by all. We hope that last year’s excellent turnout will be surpassed in 2006.

Beth Leahy

Sailing Program. The role of the SSP Oversight Committee is to work alongside the Sailing Director to establish goals and objectives for the sailing program. The committee is proud to have among its members Becky Hoerner, Anne Kubik, Charlie Clark, Ned Jeffries and Greg Wilkinson. This year the committee is hard at work finding sailing instructors, coaches and a new program director, as Liz Fiumara resigned her position at the end of February. Liz did an excellent job and we thank her for all the new sailors she has brought to Sandy Bay. We were saddened by Liz Fiumara’s choice not to return, but have high hopes for finding an excellent person to fill Liz’s position. We are now in the hiring process and look forward to a new and innovative program for the upcoming season with an energized and professional team of instructors. Race team communication is also a priority. Becky Hoerner has offered to be the head parent for the 420 race team, but we still need another parent to take on the Opti race team in helping to organize other parents for regattas. If this position interests anyone, please contact me or anyone on the SSP Committee. We hope to have the Opti and 420 teams at more regattas in 2006. We are looking forward to an exciting and fun-filled summer ahead!

Beth Leahy

Website. I am excited to be taking on this newly created Board of Governors task to oversee and identify ways to make the club’s website even more beneficial and informative to our membership. Through Ron’s expertise, the website is already utilized on a day-to-day basis by club members and the general public. The Webcam and Weather Center both draw many hits from all over.

The Board and Ron have been brainstorming throughout the winter for ways to further utilize the website to convey more current news and information about the club. You will notice some changes have already been made to the website since last summer. These recent changes include Weather Alerts and the updated Policy Book (including SBYC Hurricane/Storm Policy).

New and enhanced features coming for this season include more frequent news postings from Board members and Fleet Captains, a separate Sailing Program News section, the spring newsletter online, possible mid-season and year-end online newsletters and any club status information related to the new Hurricane/Storm Policy.

In case you haven’t been to the website yet, check it out at: If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

Story Reed


Rockport Harbor Department. The Rockport Harbor Department wants to continue our seasonable reminder to get your boats and moorings ready for the 2006 boating season. Check all your boat’s safety gear and work on your mooring before the boat goes in the water. A regulation white and blue mooring buoy is mandatory and must be marked with the length of the boat and boat owner’s name.

Hurricane/storm Preparedness: Make plans prior to the season to have the capability to take your boat out of the water (at short notice) if a storm or hurricane is predicted. Early preparation can save you and your boat problems when an actual event occurs. SBYC fleet captains should make plans with their fleet members to activate early boat removal.

This season the Rockport Harbor Department along with the Harbor Advisory Committee has instituted an annual fee ($10) to remain on the Mooring Waiting List. Those on the Mooring List will receive a notice of this fee in the near future.

Contact the Rockport Harbormasters at our T-Wharf Office (office hours Thursday nights 7-8:30 pm) or call 978-546-9589 email

Have a safe and active boating season.

Rosemary Lesch, Scott Story, Ron Petoff and Story Reed

Posted on March 13th, 2006 by Administrator in General News

US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Course

A US Sailing Level One Instructor Course will be held at Sandy Bay Yacht Club from June 13-16.

This course trains potential Junior Sailing Instructors in the methods and techniques of teaching sailing to kids in our Junior Sailing Program. The curriculum is devised and approved by US Sailing.

For more information about this program, see the US Sailing page here.

Posted on March 1st, 2006 by Administrator in Sailing Program

Updated SBYC Hurricane/Storm Policy

SBYC Hurricane/Storm Policy

This Hurricane/Storm policy defines an approach to monitoring tropical cyclones and major storms, the communication of risk to club members, and preparation of the club to withstand the severe weather associated with tropical cyclones. The policy defines responsibilities for boat-owning club members, fleet captains, and club staff.  The purpose of the policy is to promote safety and property protection in the following order of priority: first, to protect club property; second, to govern availability to club members of club resources for use protecting club members’ property.  THIS POLICY SERVES AS NOTICE TO ALL BOAT-OWNING CLUB MEMBERS OF SPECIFIC DESIGNATED TIMES WHEN CLUB RESOURCES WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS SO THAT THOSE CLUB RESOURCES MAY BE USED EXCLUSIVELY TO PROTECT CLUB PROPERTY. Further, this policy provides no guarantee regarding safety or property protection at any time.


The National Hurricane Center defines the hurricane season in the Atlantic basin as lasting from June 1st through November 30th. This means that, with the exception of Memorial Day weekend, the entire SBYC sailing season occurs within hurricane season. It seems prudent to clarify and formalize the club hurricane/storm policy using tools and guidelines that have been created by the National Hurricane Center and the Coast Guard for emergency planning.

Tropical Cyclone – A storm originating over tropical or subtropical waters that gains and maintains its strength from the energy in warm ocean water.

Tropical Depression – A tropical cyclone with winds of 38 mph (33 kts) or less.

Tropical Storm – A tropical cyclone with winds of 39 mph (34 kts) to 73 mph (63 kts). Note that the tropical storm actually covers the gale force through storm force winds described in the familiar Beaufort Scale. The NWS only uses the term “tropical storm” to describe conditions associated with a tropical cyclone. In the absence of a tropical cyclone, “gale” or “storm” would be used to describe conditions instead.

Hurricane – A tropical cyclone with winds of 74 mph (65 kts) or greater. There are five categories of hurricane strength, but for the purpose of this policy there is no need to distinguish among the hurricane categories.

Storm Committee – Comprised of the Commodore, Race Committee Chairman, House Committee Chairman and Fleet Captain with the purpose of instituting the Hurricane/Storm Policy.

Tropical Cyclone Watches and Warnings

Tropical Storm Watch – Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally in the next 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Warning – Tropical storm conditions are expected within the watch area in the next 24 hours.

Hurricane Watch – Hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, generally in the next 36 hours.

Hurricane Warning – Hurricane conditions are expected within the watch area in the next 24 hours.

SBYC Readiness Conditions

Club Closed – Standard condition outside of hurricane and SBYC seasons, October 19th through May 24th.

Club Lockdown Condition – Temporary condition prior to, during and after a hurricane or storm when the club is closed to prepare for, or repair the club.

All Clear – Standard in-season condition, from the Sunday prior to Memorial Day through Columbus Day.  Club is open and no storms are threatening.

Preparation – Elevated strike probability for Cape Ann issued by NHC. Club preparations begin, members alerted, boat evacuation plans reviewed by fleet captains.

Danger – Tropical Storm Warning issued by NHC. Boat evacuation plans executed, club preparations completed.

Boat-Owning Member Responsibilities

Club Lockdown Condition – None

All Clear Condition – At the  start of the season, read and agree to abide by SBYC Hurricane Policy. Submit boat evacuation plan to their fleet captain, alert fleet captain if they will be away for five days or more.

Preparation Condition – Contact their fleet captain, confirm plans for their boat to be evacuated immediately if a Danger Condition is declared.

Danger Condition – Execute their boat evacuation plan within 24 hours.  Boat owners will expeditiously remove their boats from moorings and away from the Yacht Club and T-Wharf.  When this condition is in effect, boat owners and crew will perform no maintenance (e.g., power washing the bottom) when removing boats.

Fleet Captains’ Responsibilities

Club Lockdown Condition – None

All Clear Condition – At the start of the season, read and agree to abide by SBYC Hurricane Policy. Receive boat evacuation plans from fleet members, update fleet member contact information, create an evacuation plan for their own boat, ensure contingency plans are in place for fleet members who are away from the area for five days or more.

Preparation Condition – Contact fleet members to confirm plans for their boat to be evacuated immediately if a Danger Condition is declared. Alert Club Fleet Captain if any fleet member cannot be reached.

Danger Condition – Execute their boat evacuation plan within 24 hours. Help arrange for assistance to fleet members who need help executing their plans.

Staff Responsibilities

Club Lockdown Condition – Update readiness condition on club website home page.

All Clear Condition – Update readiness condition on club website home page. Monitor NHC reports of tropical cyclones formation and Strike Probability maps. If the map shows an elevated strike probability for Cape Ann, Club Manager declares a Preparation Condition.

Preparation Condition – Club Manager begins preparations to protect club property that have minimal impact on normal operations, alerts volunteers. Sailing Program Director alerts students and makes arrangements for evacuation of sailing program dinghies. If a tropical storm warning is issued by the NHC, Club Manager declares a Danger Condition.

Danger Condition – Club Manager contacts volunteers, evacuates club boats, and completes club preparations. Sailing Program Director oversees evacuation of sailing program dinghies. When the storm passes, the Club Manager performs a walkthrough of the club premises with House Committee Chairman, Race Committee Chairman, and the Club Fleet Captain to inspect premises, declare Club Lockdown Condition, and schedule All Clear declaration.

Private Boats on the Dock

During a Danger Condition, the dock is reserved for the protection of club property only. Therefore, no racing boats or winter storage boats are allowed on the dock when a Danger Condition is in effect.  Drysailing fleet captains are responsible for removing absentee fleet member’s boats from the dock. Any racing or winter storage boats left on the dock when a Danger Condition is in effect will be ineligible for dock space until after the next racing or storage season.  From this day forward, only current winter storage boats which are on cradles will be exempt from this policy.  Any new winter storage boats, and current winter storage boats on trailers will have to be evacuated during a Danger Condition. 

Execution of Policy

The five readiness conditions will be instituted by the Storm Committee.  The panel will use information gathered from the National Weather Service to determine which readiness condition to enact during storms.

Once a Danger Condition has been instituted by the panel, club members will have 24 hours to evacuate their boats via the Sandy Bay Yacht Club.  After 24 hours has passed the club will be in Locked Down condition for final preparations to club property only.  Any time during these final 24 hours the club may be locked down due to unsafe conditions by the Storm Committee.

We strongly recommend removing property during the Preparation Condition to ensure the safety of your belongings.

This Hurricane/Storm policy is a part of the club’s Policy Book, which can be found here.

Posted on February 27th, 2006 by Administrator in General News,House Committee

Web Weather Alerts

Some of you may have noticed a new feature on the Club’s home page… Weather Alerts.

Whenever there is a weather watch or warning issued by the National Weather Service, a  weather alert will pop up on the home page, with a link to the details. Some of the conditions that will trigger the weather alert are: tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, tropical storms, flash floods, coastal flooding, blizzards, heavy snow, snow squalls, winter storms, freezing rain, ice storms, high winds, hail, dense fog, and other severe weather conditions.

Along the same lines, there is also a weather alert for marine conditions based upon the coastal marine forecast. These alerts are: Hurricane Warning or Watch, Tropical Storm Warning or Watch, Storm Warning, Gale Warning, and Small Craft Advisory.

If there are no watches or warnings issued by the NWS, then the weather alerts on the home page will simply disappear.

This is a great new feature which you can add to your arensal of resources for weather awareness and safety.

Posted on February 25th, 2006 by Administrator in General News

Wind Freshens for the George Warren Smith Race

The wind finally filled in with a strong southwesterly this past Sunday to propel the Bullseye fleet through the 2005 George Warren Smith Race.  The Bullseyes enjoyed the breeze they missed much of this light-air summer! Here are the top finishers (and check out the performance by a visiting skipper from the cruising class):



  1st place: Connie Lavigne
  2nd place: John Paradis
  3rd place:  Norma Brettell

Posted on September 13th, 2005 by jim_lidington in General News,Racing

Flying Scots Sweep Kam Kammerer and Gusto Cup Races

It was a great weekend for the Flying Scots! Both of the annual Rhodes 19 vs. Flying Scot challenge races were won by Flying Scot sailors, avenging a sweep by the Rhodes 19s last year. On Saturday, Skip Montello was first out  to the favored right side of the course, and in a light and dying breeze never looked back on his way to winning this year’s Kam Kammerer Race. On Sunday, in more blustery conditions, Ned Jeffries did a similar thing, only faster,  to win the Gusto Cup. The lone bright spot for the Rhodes fleet was winning the fleet prize for the Gusto Cup Race, an innovation conceived and introduced this year by the Flying Scot Fleet. Here are the top finishers for both races:



Rhodes 19s and Flying Scots
  1st place: Skip Montello
  2nd place: Ned Jeffries
  3rd place: Kevin Lane



Flying Scots and Rhodes 19s
  1st  place: Ned Jeffries
  2nd place: Kirk Williamson
  3rd place: Scott Hale

Fleet Prize winner: Rhodes 19s 

Posted on September 13th, 2005 by jim_lidington in General News,Racing

Beautiful Labor Day Weekend Brings More Light Air

Labor Day weekend 2005 brought beautiful, clear weather but allowed only two days of sailing due to light winds. The comfortable weather provided a great backdrop for all the traditional festivities and on the two sailing days the competition was intense with both the Labor Day Series prizes and the season trophies on the line.  Here are the top boats for the Labor Day Series:


  1st place: Connie  Lavigne
  2nd place: Laura Hallowell
  3rd place: Dan Karr

Rhodes 19s
  1st place: Scott Hale
  2nd place: Jim Lidington
  3rd place: Kevin Lane

Flying Scots
  1st place: Skip Montello
  2nd place: Ned Jeffries
  3rd place: Art Bookstein

  1st place: Jake Fiumara
  2nd place: Ed Desmarais
  3rd place: Bruce Engel



Posted on September 10th, 2005 by jim_lidington in General News,Racing

Katrina is a No-Show at Sandy Bay

The remnants of Katrina skirted to the North and West of Cape Ann for the final Wednesday of the Midweek Series, so a few hearty Rhodes 19 sailors showed up to race. Conditions were puffy, but the water was quite flat since the wind wasn’t strong or steady enough to create any wave action.

Here are the top finishers:


Rhodes 19s
  1st place: Kevin Lane
  2nd place: Scott Hale
  3rd place: Jim Lidington

Posted on September 2nd, 2005 by jim_lidington in General News,Racing

Light Air Returns to Wednesday Night

For the second Wednesday in a row, light air prevailed out on the race course. Unlike earlier in the season, when all the air for the week seemed to collect and blow itself out on Wednesday night, light and variable winds provided strategic and boat speed challenges for all the racers. 

Back at the club, Ben grilled up some post-race steaks and the usual, festive air prevailed!

Here are the top finishers:


  1st place: Connie Lavigne
  2nd place: Walter Luikey
  3rd place: Dan Karr

Rhodes 19s
  1st place: Jim Lidington
  2nd place: Kevin Lane
  3rd place: Scott Hale

Posted on August 29th, 2005 by jim_lidington in General News

Third Weekend a Charm

The third weekend of August brought with it enough wind for two full days of racing. Here are the top finishers:


  1st place: Walter Luikey
  2nd place: Laura Dickey
  3rd place: Laura Hollowell

Flying Scots
  1st place: Skip Montello
  2nd place: Art Bookstein
  3rd place: Ned Jeffries

Stars (race #1)
  1st place: Jake Fiumara
  2nd place: Ed Desmarais
  3rd place: Ted Engel

Stars (race #2)
  1st place: Jake Fiumara
  2nd place: Ed Desmarais
  3rd place: Ted Engel


  1st place: Walter Luikey
  2nd place: Connie Lavigne
  3rd place: Laura Hollowell

Flying Scots
  1st place: Ned Jeffries
  2nd place: Skip Montello
  3rd place: Tom Hoerner

Rhodes 19s (race #1)
  1st place: Kirk Williamson
  2nd place: Kevin Lane
  3rd place: Scott Hale

Rhodes 19s (race #2)
  1st place: Kevin Lane
  2nd place: Kirk Williamson
  3rd place: Jim Lidington

Posted on August 29th, 2005 by jim_lidington in General News,Racing

Weekend Glass is Half Full

The light weekend wind pattern continued this past weekend, forcing abondonment of all Sunday races, but Saturday saw competitive racing in the Bullseye and Flying Scot fleets.

The Stars were out hosting the Ned Hay Regatta and many Rhodes were on the road at the East Coast Championships in Hingham, so the Bullseyes and the Flying Scots kept the club racing fires going.

Here are the top finishers for the weekend:


Flying Scots
 1st Place: Ned Jeffries
 2nd Place: Skip Montello
 3rd Place: Ken Wright

 1st Place: Walter Luikey
 2nd Place: Connie Lavigne
 3rd Place: Jean Childs

Posted on August 18th, 2005 by jim_lidington in General News

The Wind Returns!

After a 30 minute postponement on Saturday the wind finally returned for the remainder of the weekend, breaking a string of windless race days. Special congratulations to Jerry Lavigne for a milestone finish on Sunday!


 1st Place: Walter Luikey
 2nd Place: Connie Lavigne
 3rd Place: John Preston

Flying Scots
 1st Place: Ned Jeffries
 2nd Place: Skip Montello
 3rd Place: Ken Wright


 1st Place: Laura Hallowell
 2nd Place: Jerry Lavigne
 3rd Place: Connie Lavigne

Flying Scots
 1st Place: Ned Jeffries
 2nd Place: Art Bookstein
 3rd Place: Skip Montello

Rhodes 19s
Race #1
 1st Place: Kevin Lane
 2nd Place: Kirk Williamson
 3rd Place: Scott Hale
Race #2
 1st Place: Kevin Lane
 2nd Place: Charlie Clark
 3rd Place: Jim Lidington

Posted on August 9th, 2005 by jim_lidington in General News,Racing

Tim Baker Memorial Regatta

timbaker.jpg   Tim Baker Memorial Regatta, August 4, 2005.  The best of the best sailors from the neighboring North Shore yacht clubs joined together to race in the Tim Baker Memorial Regatta. The conditions were not ideal, but the sailors did an incredible job staying calm and focussed on their sailing. For the past two years the Tim Baker was won by Annisquam sailors. This year our very own Joanna Clark/Hannah Hoerner team took home first place. Saling a very impressive 1, 1, 3 regatta the SBYC girls sailed phenomenally! Great job everyone! 


See here for results and photos 

Posted on August 8th, 2005 by efiumara in Racing,Sailing Program