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Last updated: Saturday, December 2, 2017 8:19 AM

WBYC Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of WBYC Board meetings will be posted under the Club News tab as soon as available. It is hoped that by making this information available on a timely basis club members will be better informed about decisions and considerations being looked at by the board and allow for discussion with board members if there is an issue. Past minutes starting with the August 14, 2013 Annual Meeting are posted below and access to them requires a password which you should have received by e-mail. If you have not received it, drop me a note at golphinut@gmail.com.

Click on the links below for minutes from the respective board meetings:

2017:    
11-14-2017 Minutes and Financials 10-17-2017 Minutes and Financials 9-19-2017 Minutes and Financials
8-26-2017 ANNUAL Meeting Minutes 8-26-2017 Minutes and Financials 7-13-2017 Minutes and Financials
6-22-2017 Minutes 6-12-2017 Minutes and Financials 5-15-2017 Minutes and Financials
4-10-2017 Minutes and Financials 3-20-17 Minutes and Financials 2-13-17 Minutes and Financials
1-16-17 Minutes and Financials  
     
2016:    
12-13-16 Minutes & Financials 11-14-2016 Minutes and P&L 10-17-2016 Minutes and Financials
08-27-2016 Annual Meeting with Annual Financials) 08-27-2016 Minutes - Before Annual Meeting 07-13-2016 Minutes & Financials
06-10-2016 Minutes & Financials 05-14-2016 Minutes & Financials 04-12-2016 Minutes and Financials
02-25-2016 Minutes & Financials 02-04-2016 Minutes & Financials  
     
2015:    
12-08-2015 Minutes and Financials 11-10-2015 Minutes 09-23-2015 Minutes
2015 Annual Meeting 08-04-2015 Minutes 07-08-2015 Minutes
06-02-2015 Minutes and Financials 05-07-2015 Minutes 04-8-2015 with Fin Stmts
03-17-2015 with P&L 01-14-2015 Minutes  
     
2014:    
11-05-2014 with P&L 10-14-2014 2014 Annual Meeting
07-28-2014 07-14-2014 06-02-2014
05-19-2014 04-01-2014 03-03-2014
01-14-2014    
     
2013:    
12-03-2013 10-26-2013 09-23-2013
2013 Annual Meeting    

October 6, 2017

John C. (Chuck) Harrington

Chuck and Deb Harrington

Chuck Harrington, a longtime Waquoit resident, died October 2 after a battle with cancer. He was 53. He was the husband of Deborah J. Harrington of Waquoit, whom he married in 1993. He was the son of John and Patricia Harrington.

Known as Chuck, he was born in Lowell. He grew up in Pelham, New Hampshire, and graduated from Pelham High School in 1982. In 1998, he and his wife moved their family to Waquoit. Mr. Harrington was a self-employed carpenter. Fishing and music were two of his passions. He played the drums.

Mr. Harrington attended the Waquoit Congregational Church.

In addition to his wife, he leaves their sons, John C. Harrington and Seth Harrington, both of Waquoit; and his brothers, Scott Harrington of Pelham, New Hampshire, Douglas Harrington of Los Altos Hills, California, and Kevin Harrington of Marlborough. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, October 14, at 11 AM at Waquoit Congregational Church in East Falmouth, with a reception to follow at the parish hall.

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August 4, 2017

Bait Freezer

A bait freezer was delivered today. It is next to the ice freezer in the garage at the club. It is available immediately for use by all members. Please label your bait with your name. This freezer is for bait only. Keep it clean. 

Tight lines
Peter Giacomozzi
pcgiacomozzi@hotmail.com

 

August 2, 2017

NOTICE TO THE MEMBERSHIP

 

In accordance with the By-laws, the 2017 nominating committee

Proposes the following Officers and Trustees for 2017-2018

 

Nason Swain                Commodore

Peter Giacomozzi         Vice Commodore

Kristina Woods             Rear Commodore

Tom Campbell              Treasurer

Stacy Cooper                Secretary

Tom Bushy                   Trustee-Term Expires 2018

Brian Sawyer                Trustee-Term Expires 2018

Steven Ballo                 Trustee-Term Expires 2019

J. R. Mell                      Trustee-Term Expires 2019

 

ARTICLE XV-Section 4

 

“There shall be no other nomination of Officers and Trustees except as follows:

By notice signed by at least seven (7) Senior Members in good standing, another ticket of eligible nominees maybe designated, provided the notice has been delivered to the Secretary of the nominating group on the bulletin board at the Clubhouse at least ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting.

 

Whenever there is more than one duly nominated ticket, the vote at the Annual Meeting shall be taken on tickets, and not on an individual member or officer; that is, each ticket must be voted as a group. A person maybe a nominee on more than on ticket.”

 

The election of Officers and Trustees will take place at the annual meeting Saturday, August 26, 2017.

 

2017 Nominating Committee: John Walden (Chairperson)

Bruce Fleischmann

Don Karl

Steven Ballo

 

 

June 30, 2017

Town of Falmouth Pump-out Service 2017

 1) Get and fill out two waver forms from the “Members” in- box on the south side of the desk, or at the link on the web site at the “News” link; sign them and put them in the Steward’s drawer by the desk.  The Treasurer and I (having been a Pump Out Operator, myself) feel that a twenty-dollar tip for the season would be appropriate.

2) At this time, I feel that the safest method to account for this tip would be to deliver the tip of your choice to me in person and I will record your contribution and give you a receipt.

3) I have met with the Pump Out Operator and he feels that Thursdays would be a good day for him to come our way; that way your vessel would be empty for your weekend trip. I will accompany him, when possible.

Necessary information for the Pump Out Operator’s logbook:

  • Vessel’s name and length and tank capacity (an estimate is sufficient)
  • Mooring buoy number and approximate location (e.g.,“Northwest corner of the Bay near the Yacht Club”)
  • Any distinguishing features of the vessel to help the Operator to locate the vessel.

Please write this information on the back of one of the waiver copies.

Fair winds,
Pup Gould, WBYC Steward

steward@waquoitbayyachtclub.com

For the Falmouth Pump-Out Waiver form, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE to print the above instructions.

 

May 7, 2017

Thanks to all who came out for Docks-In day, 2017! See pictures taken of the day, courtesy of Bill Cook.

 

 

 

 

October 26, 2016

It's that time of year, folks!  The WBYC is getting ready to decommission for the season.  We are looking for all hands-on deck (and dock) on Saturday, October 29.  The docks will be coming out starting at 7:30 am.  We need people with waders on, people with tools, extension ladders (2) for the sign, ladders and hammers for deck joist hangers, and brawn for moving docks, pipes, benches, and picnic tables.

It is also our last chance to clean out the kitchen, bathrooms, and office along with basement and anything else that comes up.

Please join us next Saturday morning - and bring a friend!  Refreshments will be provided!

Feel free to wear a costume!

-Kristina Woods, WBYC, Rear Commodore

 

August 3, 2016

August 3, 2106 NOTICE TO THE MEMBERSHIP
In accordance with the By-laws, the 2016 nominating committee proposes the following Officers and Trustees for 2016-2017

Nason Swain                                  Commodore
Peter Giacomozzi                           Vice Commodore
Kristina Woods                              Rear Commodore
Tom Campbell                               Treasurer

Stacy Cooper                                 Secretary

Chris Dunn                                     Trustee -Term Expires 2017

John Eldert                                    Trustee -Term Expires 2017

Tom Bushy                                     Trustee - Term Expires 2018

Brian Sawyer                                 Trustee -Term Expires 2018

ARTICLE XV - Section 4
"There shall be no other nomination of Officers and Trustees except as follows:
By notice signed by at least seven (7) Senior Members in good standing, another ticket of eligible nominees may be designated, provided the notice has been delivered to the Secretary, and posted by the Secretary of the nominating group on the bulletin board at the Clubhouse at least ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting.

Whenever there is more than one duly nominated ticket, the vote at the Annual Meeting shall be taken on tickets, and not on an individual member or officer; that is, each ticked must be voted as a group. A person may be a nominee on more than one ticket."
The election of Officers and Trustees will take place at the annual meeting Saturday, August 27, 2016.

2016 Nominating Committee: John Walden (Chairperson), Bruce Fleischmann, John Palmieri

July 16, 2016

We are currently looking for a long term volunteer to take over handling the clothing merchandise for the club.  Carol Lipka has managed this task for several years and is ready to hand it over.  Anyone interested should contact Carol ( jocar27@aol.com) or Nason ( nhswain@aol.com) for further information. 

Buckets have been purchased for dinghies.  Members are asked to place a bucket over their props so not to damage another dinghy.  Buckets can be obtained from the Steward.  Also, members are asked not to drag dinghies up and over other boats and lines to empty water onto the dock.  Please use a hand bailer.  Thank you. 

WBYC Board

July 5, 2016

Town of Falmouth Pump-out Service 2016

 1) Get and fill out two waver forms from the “Members” in- box on the south side of the desk, or at the link on the web site at the “News” link; sign them and put them in the Steward’s drawer by the desk.  The Treasurer and I (having been a Pump Out Operator, myself) feel that a twenty-dollar tip for the season would be appropriate.

2) At this time, I feel that the safest method to account for this tip would be to deliver the tip of your choice to me in person and I will record your contribution and give you a receipt.

3) I have met with the Pump Out Operator and he feels that Thursdays would be a good day for him to come our way; that way your vessel would be empty for your weekend trip. I will accompany him, when possible.

Necessary information for the Pump Out Operator’s logbook:

  • Vessel’s name and length and tank capacity (an estimate is sufficient)
  • Mooring buoy number and approximate location (e.g.,“Northwest corner of the Bay near the Yacht Club”)
  • Any distinguishing features of the vessel to help the Operator to locate the vessel.

Please write this information on the back of one of the waiver copies.

Fair winds,
Pup Gould, WBYC Steward

steward@waquoitbayyachtclub.com

For the Falmouth Pump-Out Waiver form, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE to print the above instructions.

 

June 26, 2016

WBYC Wifi status:

A new amp and antenna was installed to extend the wifi into the bay.
    ssid: wbyc-on-bay
    password: wbycseapit

For unknown reasons, it isn't working very far.  There is lots of signal strength, but multiple people report "incorrect password" when they try to authenticate with wbyc-on-bay.  Yet, it works fine on the dock or in the parking lot.  Once I have a debugging platform in place, i.e. my boat in the water, I'll try to debug it.

Tom Campbell
treasurer@waquoitbayyachtclub.com

 

June 4, 2016

John Cannon was a long time member of WBYC, resigning for health reasons a couple of years ago.  He died last Saturday May 28 at home in Waquoit in hospice care.  He was 92 years old.

I thought some of our members would like to know.
Funeral will be in Simsbury Connecticut as will the death notice.  

Betsy Young

CLICK HERE for his obituary and arrangement information

 

CLICK HERE for Club Waterfront Rules and Regulations

May 29, 2016 - WBYC Jim Downhill Memorial Flag Pole

Formal dedication will be held on July 4th

Striking the colors on May 28, 2016, 8:11 PM

   
  CLICK HERE for video of folding the colors  
Chris Dunn and Joan Downhill Duke Ellis, Quartermaster

 

May 15, 2016

Docks-In Day success! Thanks to all the members who pitched in!

Ken Shepherd, WBYC Commodore

Panoramic shot courtesy of Stephen Rejto - Click on photo to enlarge

WBYC – Limited Storage for kayaks, canoes, SUPs

Space in the basement of the club will be freed up after the sailboats are moved out for the season and this space can be used for kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards on a first come, first served basis, one slot per member.

You may sign up for one of these 10 individual slots with the steward at the club any time after June 20th. The storage will be available only from June 26th until August 18th.

May 14, 2016

All employees of the WBYC must complete the following forms and return them to the treasurer, Tom Campbell at treasurer@waquoitbayyachtclub.com.

IRS W-4

Employee Information

 

May 6, 2016

The club has a new fully automatic talking defibrillator.  It is in a lime green plastic case labelled AED on the shelf by the stewards desk.  Underneath it is a one page operating guide that is mostly pictures.  I would suggest you take 2 minutes to review how it works.  Please put the operating guide back.

Whether you pre-read the instructions or not, you should use the defibrillator if someone goes down.  It is pretty full proof and it will talk you through every step.

May we never have to use it.

Tom Campbell, treasurer

 

November 23, 2015

Mary "Brownie" Ostrom
November 23, 1918 - October 5, 2015

Mary Brownie Ostrom, in her 97th year, left this world on Monday,
October 5, 2015 at Hospice Atlanta. She was the 6th of 7 children born
November 23, 1918 the year of the pandemic flu in Plainfield, N.J. to
Anthony and Edith Bressan.

In 1987 her beloved husband Robert M. Ostrom of 48 years, died.
Brownie is survived by three daughters, Sara O. King of Atlanta, Kim O.
Irwin of Oregon, and Linda O. Salter of Alpharetta. She also leaves 7
adoring grandchildren and 13 loving great grandchildren.

A woman of great faith Mrs. Ostrom was a tireless volunteer at her church
in Atlanta, Peachtree Road Methodist since 1948 and Waquoit
Congregational Church on Cape Cod since 1940.

She spent every summer at the family home on Cape Cod where she had
her beloved vegetable and flower garden. Aunt Brownie had a real zest for
life; she loved to dance, write, read, garden, cook, and pray just to name a
few.

She was the active source of energy at every family get together wearing
her signature rainbow long false eyelashes. She was a person of faith,
family and fun in that order. She also remained a genuine positive person
to her last smile.

Brownie was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother,
great-grandmother, substitute mom, and friend to everyone she met. She
will be missed for her famous hugs, prayers and steadfast support.
Truly the Matriarch has left the building.

As in the Ostrom tradition of how to say I Love You, Good Night and
God Bless you Mom, 1,2,3.

We will celebrate her life at each family get together as she wished and a
small memorial service will be held on Cape Cod on May 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Waquoit Bay Congregational Church, Waquoit Route 28. In lieu of
flowers we ask that if you would like to make a donation in Mary
Brownie Ostroms name to Hospice Atlanta Center.

Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society 678-735-5500.
Born: November 23, 1918
Death: October 5, 2015

 

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October 7, 2015

 

Docks Out day will be on Saturday, October 24, 2015, starting at 7:30 AM.

All "hands" are welcome!

Ken Shepherd, Commodore

 

August 4, 2015
NOTICE TO THE MEMBERSHIP
In accordance with the Bylaws, the 2015 nominating committee proposes the following slate of Officers and Trustees for 2015 - 2016:

Ken Shepherd

Commodore

Nason Swain

Vice Commodore

Laurie Flanagan

Rear Commodore

Tom Campbell

Treasurer

Stacey Cooper

Secretary

Chris Dunn

Trustee - Term expires 2017

Kristina Woods

Trustee - Term expires 2017

John Eldert

Trustee – Term expires 2016

John Fraser

Trustee – Term expires 2016

ARTICLE XV – Section 4
“There shall be no other nomination of Officers and Trustees except as follows:
  By notice signed by at least seven (7) Senior Members in good standing, another ticket of eligible nominees may be designated, provided the notice has been delivered to the Secretary, and posted by the Secretary of the nominating group on the bulletin board at the Clubhouse at least ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. 

Whenever there is more than one duly nominated ticket, the vote at the Annual Meeting shall be taken on tickets, and not on an individual member or officer; that is, each ticket must be voted as a group.  A person may be a nominee on more than one ticket.”

The election of Officers and Trustees will take place at the annual meeting on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

2015 Nominating Committee – Bruce Fleishmann, Chairperson
                                               Joe Lipka - Peter Giacomozzi

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All members MUST have the parking placard visible in the front windshield.  If they are parking long term they should have a note in their window with their name and potential date of return. 

 

Cars should be parked as close as possible to one another. 

Member guests can obtain a parking pass from the attendant. 

 

WBYC Board

officers@waquoitbayyachtclub.com

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Holding Tank Pump-out service and new hi-tech communications

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There is a new high tech communication technique:
    There are 4 labeled in baskets in the club bookshelf.
        To Steward:        Nikolas Crispin (our steward checks this)
        To Members:      Envelopes with your name on it for keys, stickers, etc
        To Sailing Program:  Carol S and Karen M check this.
        To Treasurer:      Receipts for bills to pay, etc

A new free unattended holding tank pump out service by the Town of Falmouth is available.  The Town will pump your boat on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.  (We are pushing for Friday).

To use the service: 

  • 1.   Notify the Steward by:
  • ·  email to steward@WaquoitBayYachtClub.com -or-
  • ·  tell him -or-
  • ·  put your boat name on the white board in the club
  • 2.   Hang a provided "Pump Me Please" sign on your rail over the pump out point.

When your boat is pumped, the sign will be taken off and placed in your cockpit.

To Sign up for this service:

  • 1.   email Nikolas Crispin (steward@WaquoitBayYachtClub.com) immediately so he knows how many signs to make.  Tell him (a) your boat name and (b) mooring number
  • 2.   See the steward and (a) sign a liability waiver and (b) give him $20.  We will hold on to the $20 for a week or two.  If the Town pump out driver does his job, the entire $20 will be given to him/her as a tip for the season.  If not, it will be refunded to you.

Any questions, e-mail Tom Campbell, treasurer@waquoitbayyachtclub.com

CLICK HERE to print the Pump Out Waiver

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Meet our Steward for 2015

Nicholas will be working with us around the Club this summer. Stop by and introduce yourselves to him when you are there. He's there to help.

(Click on picture to enlarge)

Nicholas Crispin

 

Opti Sails

There are four (4) Opti sails in the basement of the WBYC and no one has claimed them.  They will be claimed by the sailing program if they are not spoken for by July 1, 2015. 

This request was sent out last Fall but no one responded and none of the sails were claimed/removed.  

The sail numbers are: 15244, 6380,180 and one without a number that is fairly new.

Thank you for your help!

Carol Skogstrom, Director, WBYC Jr. Sailing Program
gwskog@yahoo.com
508-477-2367

 

Two Apps all WBYC Cruisers should consider:

MarineTraffic ($3.99 from Apple)

It shows a chart on your smart phone or tablet or web browser with the real time location of all the "big traffic", e.g. ferries, fishing boats, i.e. any boat with an AIS transmitter.  It works as long as you are in cell phone range or on the internet.  It shows name, size, and destination of all the vessels.
mAIS

When you turn this app on, it causes YOUR boat to show up by name on MarineTraffic.  So on a cruise, we can all see each other's location.
Both are available for iPhone, android, or usable through a web browser. 

To use:

Install MarineTraffic: 
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/p/mobile

Install mAIS:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.marinetraffic.iais


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mais-marinetraffic-ship-position/id606860310?mt=8

Try MarineTraffic to see big vessels.

Start mAIS and create a free account at MarineTraffic.com

Enter a few of your boat details.  The only puzzling one might be the MMSI number.  This should be the number you got from the FCC and have programmed into your radio.  If you haven't done that, you can get one from MarineTraffic in the setup.

Start mAIS and your boat should show up in a few minutes on MarineTraffic.  Don't forget to stop the app when you get off your boat.

Someone on land (like a spouse one left behind) can monitor your progress via www.MarineTraffic.com on a web browser or the marinetraffic app.

Tom Campbell, CIO WBYC
treasurer@waquoitbayyachtclub.com

CLICK HERE to print the above

 

August 1, 2014
NOTICE TO THE MEMBERSHIP
In accordance with the Bylaws, the 2014 nominating committee proposes the following slate of Officers and Trustees for 2014 - 2015:

Ken Shepherd

Commodore

Nason Swain

Vice Commodore

Laurie Flanagan

Rear Commodore

Tom Campbell

Treasurer

Stacey Cooper

Secretary

Carole Lipka

Trustee - Term expires 2015

Carol Skogstrom

Trustee - Term expires 2015

John Eldert

Trustee – Term expires 2016

John Fraser

Trustee – Term expires 2016

          
ARTICLE XV – Section 4
“There shall be no other nomination of Officers and Trustees except as follows:
  By notice signed by at least seven (7) Senior Members in good standing, another ticket of eligible nominees may be designated, provided the notice has been delivered to the Secretary, and posted by the Secretary of the nominating group on the bulletin board at the Clubhouse at least ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. 

Whenever there is more than one duly nominated ticket, the vote at the Annual Meeting shall be taken on tickets, and not on an individual member or officer; that is, each ticket must be voted as a group.  A person may be a nominee on more than one ticket.”

The election of Officers and Trustees will take place at the annual meeting on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

2014 Nominating Committee – Chris Dunn, Chairperson
                                                   John Palmieri

 

 

Downhill Memorial Flag Pole

A small group of members are raising money to purchase a new flag pole and dedicate it to our past commodore Jim Downhill.

One of Jim’s goals was to promote and increase cruising participation at the club.

In researching this yacht club tradition, I have learned that the purpose of a yacht club flag pole is to designate the yacht clubs location, welcome yachtsmen to the club and provide weather information such as wind direction and velocity.   Therefore, the flag pole must be in a location that is visible from the harbor.  The flag pole configuration for a yacht club according to Chapman should represent the mast head of a sailing vessel and the peak of the gaff is the place from which to fly the U.S. ensign.  For example:

The addition of a new flag pole on the water front side of the club would help to make the club more recognizable to mariners entering the anchorage.  This flag pole will be incorporated into the currently planned deck renovations and replace the existing flag pole attached to the deck.  Jim’s widow Joan has already donated money to this cause in his honor.   The group believes that a correctly sized and configured flag pole on the bay side of the club would be a great addition that club members could take great pride in every time they enter the anchorage.

During the summer of 2014 there will be opportunities for the members who are interested in making donations to do so. 

Donations made out to the Waquoit Bay Yacht Club can be sent to WBYC, c/o Tom Campbell, treasurer, PO Box 3434, Waquoit, MA 02536.   Please indicate flag pole donation on your check.

Any questions speak to David Hubbs, 603-437-4934, (dwhubbs@comcast.net) or Chris Dunn, 508-457-1044, (cvrdunn@yahoo.com).

David Hubbs

 

WI-FI at the Club

High Speed Internet (50m down, 10m up) and Wi-Fi is available at the club.  I'm not sure how far it currently extends into the bay.

There are plans over the next few weeks to attempt to light up the entire mooring field. 
There are two networks (SSIDs) available, one at 2.4G and another at 5G.  The passwords are the same: 
          SSID for 2.4G:  wbyc
          SSID for 5G:    wbyc-5
Password for both:  wbycseapit (all small letters) 

              
This note will be also be posted on the club bulletin board.
Enjoy,
Tom Campbell
treasurer@waquoitbayyachtclub.com

Meet the WBYC Stewards for 2014

This year the club will have two Stewards helping out and keeping the club house and grounds ship-shape. They are Dan Martin and Connor McLeod. Click Here to see their pictures and bios. Also, our three sailing instructors with pictures and bios are posted at the Junior Sailing link (Click Here). If you are around the club and see the stewards or the sailing instructors, please take the time to meet them and make them feel welcome at the club.

June 24, 2014

Carleton H. Collins 

Carleton H. Collins, 90, who leaves family in Mashpee, died at the JML Care Center in Falmouth on June 15. Mr. Collins, known as Buzz,was born in Waquoit to Seth and Marion Collins. 

He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1941 and later joined the US Navy. He was injured in a midair collision while training as a fighter pilot inFlorida in December 1944. After recovering from his injuries, he joined his family’s cranberry business. 

While in Florida, he met Mary Kay Evans. They married in 1953 and moved back to Waquoit. Mr. Collins was an excellent sailor and a member of the Waquoit Bay Yacht Club, where he served as commodore. He was also a member of the Marine Lodge, the Falmouth Rod and Gun Club, the Falmouth Planning Board, the Falmouth Finance Committee, and the Massachusetts Cranberry Growers Association, as well as an avid skier and golfer. 

Upon retirement, Mr. Collins and his wife for several years traveled in an Airstream to locations both in the United States and Mexico. They spent their winters in Winter Haven, Florida, where they enjoyed watching Red Sox spring training. 

In addition to his wife he leaves two nephews, Stephen Henriksen of Falmouth and Paul Henriksen of Mashpee; and a niece, Joanne Shea of Amherst. He was predeceased by his sister, Erdine Swain. A private graveside service took place on Thursday.  

There will be a celebration of Mr. Collins’s life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Waquoit Congregational Church, 15 Parsons Lane, East Falmouth, MA 02536.

 

Click Here to sign the guest book

 

 

April 8, 2014

 

Docks In day will be on Saturday, May 10, 2014, starting at 7:30 AM. On Saturday, April 26th there will be a Dock Build

Day and all hands are welcome to get the docks in shape for the season..

 

All "hands" are welcome for both days!

Ken Shepherd, Vice Commodore

 

 

March 21, 2014

Dear WBYC Members,
A few items of note for the upcoming season:

  •  A new front door lock and kitchen lock will be installed this Spring.  They will be keyless entry locks which you will be given a 4-number code for.  For security purposes please keep the code to yourself, the code will change yearly. 
  • Members are reminded to commute with guests.  If your guest is to meet you at the Club, please have them park behind you as parking is very limited.  No one should be blocked in.  For long term parking please leave your name and number on the dash in the event your car needs to be moved. 
  • Please review the Waterfront Rules, on the WBYC website.
  • Are you Social and like to have a good time?  WBYC is currently looking for a Social Chairperson to lead the charge for the upcoming season.   Please contact Emir Smaykiewicz at emir916@yahoo.com or Stacy Cooper at stacycooper17@comcast.net  if you are interested.  Thank you!
  • The Youth Sailing Program has purchased a Club Opti for the upcoming season.  If you know someone interested in sailing, but may not have a boat, please contact Carol Skogstrom at gwskog@yahoo.com  for further information.
  • Also, as a reminder, please ensure when you are using the kitchen this season to clean up after yourself.  Dishes, glasses,  utensils should not be in left in the sink, counters and stove must be wiped down after use, the fridge must be kept clean and void of outdated items  and the floor should be swept after kitchen use.  Please remember to keep it clean for all to use.   Thank you!

Sincerely,
WBYC Board Members

 

 

September 29, 2013

 

Docks Out day will be on Saturday, October 26, 2013, starting at 7:30 AM.

All "hands" are welcome!

Emir Smaykiewicz, Commodore

 

August 1, 2013

 

NOTICE TO THE MEMBERSHIP

In accordance with the Bylaws, the 2013 nominating committee proposes the following slate of Officers and Trustees for 2013 - 2014:

 

Emir Smaykiewicz

Commodore

Ken Shepherd

Vice Commodore

Nason Swain

Rear Commodore

Tom Campbell

Treasurer

Stacey Cooper

Secretary

Laurie Flanagan

Trustee - Term expires 2014

Steve Leaf

Trustee - Term expires 2014

Carole Lipka

Trustee – Term expires 2015

Carol Skogstrom

Trustee – Term expires 2015

          
ARTICLE XV – Section 4

 

“There shall be no other nomination of Officers and Trustees except as follows:
  By notice signed by at least seven (7) Senior Members in good standing, another ticket of eligible nominees may be designated, provided the notice has been delivered to the Secretary, and posted by the Secretary of the nominating group on the bulletin board at the Clubhouse at least ten (10) days before the Annual meeting.

 

Whenever there is more than one duly nominated ticket, the vote at the Annual Meeting shall be taken on tickets, and not on an individual member or officer; that is, each ticket must be voted as a group.  A person may be a nominee on more than one ticket.”

 

The election of Officers and Trustees will take place at the annual meeting on Saturday, August 24, 2012.

 

2013 Nominating Committee – Chris Dunn, Chairperson

                                                   John Palmieri

                                                   John Eldert 

 

July 25, 2013

The nominating committee for this year will be Chris Dunn (Chair), John Palmeiri, and John Eldert.

July 2, 2013

 Dear Member,

The board has been investigating ways to standardize the current outhaul system on the south side of the docks for the skiff spaces.  After discussion with Will Ostrom and consulting guidelines from the town harbormaster, the board has come up with a required plan.

The minimum specification for Falmouth is a 150 pound anchor weight for 13’ to 19’ boats (mushroom, dormor, or screw, though mushroom is preferred in this case).   Therefore, the plan calls for each anchor to have a 3/8” chain to the top of a 12” ball.  You will attach your gear to the top of the ball, through a shackle and then a pulley (to minimize chafing of line).  The bow and the stern of the boat will be attached with a 22’ length of 3/8” continuous Dacron line.  The goal is for the outhaul to work like a clothesline so the boat owner can adjust boat in to the dock and out, and more importantly, to minimize the damage to the dock and neighboring boats.

This plan is available to be implemented as soon as possible, but anchors and moorings must be in place before dock-out day at the end of the 2013 season, as Will needs the docks to be in place to set the locations for the anchors. Please contact Will Ostrom (see attached) to set up arrangements at your earliest convenience or to ask further questions. The individual skiff space owner will own the tackle and may sell it to the next owner of the space if you decide to give up the space.  

Below is a breakdown of the cost of the materials and Will’s labor. To print this letter and the information below, CLICK HERE (pdf format).

Thank you,

WBYC Board of Directors and Trustees

 

Cape Cod Anchorage

cost

unit

 P.O. Box 3429

$34.44

6

1/2" chain

 Waquoit, Ma.  02536

$0.00

5/8" chain

 Will Ostrom

$0.00

3/4" chain

 508-548-8285

$0.00

 1" screw pin shackle

$0.00

3/4" screw pin shackle

 date

6/2/13

$10.00

2

1/2"screw pin shackle

$0.00

1 1/4" screw pin shackle

 client

Emir Smaykiewicz

$0.00

CHI-67607 5/8" swivel 

 address

955 Sandwich Rd.

$0.00

3/4" swivel

E. Falmouth.Ma. 02536

$70.80

1

Tay 12" mooring ball

$0.00

Tay 18" mooring ball

$0.00

Tay. 18"  with line tray

508-726-1188 W

$0.00

Taylor 30 mooring ball

 phone

508-564-6415 H

$0.00

Gilman can buoy

emir916@yahoo.com

$0.00

Cal- June 24"

 mooring # 

out haul

$0.00

CHI 5/8" gal thimbles

 harbor

$0.00

5/8" pear ring

 M.H.W  

$0.00

3/4" pear ring

 Task:

$0.00

700  DorMor

$0.00

 500  DorMor

 deploy out haul mooring

$0.00

400 DorMor

 jet anchor into seabed with 6"  stem exposure

$0.00

300  DorMor

 anchor placement  20 ft. off WBYC dock

$0.00

 200  DorMor

$160.00

1

150 lb. mushroom

$0.00

300 mushroom - foreign

$0.00

 400 mushroom - foreign

$0.00

500 mushroom - foreign

$0.00

250 mushroom

$0.00

200 mushroom - Seaboard

$0.00

300 mushroom - Seaboard

$0.00

400 mushroom - Seaboard

$0.00

500 mushroom - Seaboard

$0.00

1/1/4"steamer chain

$20.00

1

fair lead block

$0.00

sub surface float

$16.47

45

3/8" nylon line ft.

$0.00

15 ft.  two and one  3/4" mooring pennant

$0.00

12 ft.  two and one  5/8" mooring pennant

$0.00

15 ft.  two and one  5/8" mooring pennant

$311.71

total materials

$19.48

Ma. tax

$331.19

total materials

$100.00

labor

$431.19

total material and labor

 

July 1, 2013

As we enter the busy season at the club, the board would like to remind all members to be courteous when using the docks and the ramp/driveway. 

 

Please remember, the end dock is to be used for loading and unloading, while the side docks may be used for washing down and short tie-ups.  

 

Additionally, the ramp/driveway is only for live parking in order to load or unload the car.  No cars should not be left there unattended. 

 

WBYC Board

 

 

June 11, 2013

 

 

We just learned from Susan Sullivan, that her husband John passed away in January. Since John was the boater, she will not be renewing their membership. 

John and Susan were members since 2000, moored a Grady-White in the bay. If you know anyone in the club that knew them, please pass this along.

The obituary and guest book are HERE.

If you'd like Susan's mailing address, send me a note at golphinut@gmail.com

 

April 16, 2013

 

This coming Saturday, April 20, we will need a lot of help around the club getting ready for the coming season. The primary tasks are focused around getting the docks ready, and include rebuilding docks, bottom painting the docks, staining the decks, and general club clean up.

Work starts at 8:00 am and all labor available, skilled or otherwise, is very welcome. If you need more information contact Nason Swain (nhswain@aol.com) 508-776-8830.

 

January 9, 2013

Five Year Capital Improvement Plan

The board is seeking input from the membership regarding items to include in the the five year capital improvement plan. In the past, this has included things such as the seawall repair and dock building and replacement. Are there jobs that you would like to see the club (membership) take on? If so, please provide us with your input as we put together a plan for the next five years.

Please submit your responses by January 26, 2013.

Thank You,

Kristina Woods







If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dGpwLW9vUE40S3Fpd2JSaHgzQ0FjRHc6MQ

 

October 8, 2012

Members,

Docks out day will be Saturday, October, 27, 2012, starting at 8:00 am. All "hands" are welcome!

Emir Smaykiewicz, Commodore

August 18, 2012

The WBYC Annual meeting will be held on Saturday, August 25th, at 5:00 PM, followed by a Pot Luck Dinner. CLICK HERE for details.

WBYC ANNUAL MEETING – August 25, 2012

Agenda:

Secretary’s report – Kristina Woods
Treasurer’s report – Peter Giacomozzi
Commodore’s report – Barbara Lunn
Vice Commodore’s report – Emir Smaykiewicz
Rear Commodore’s report – Ken Shepherd
Steward’s report – Tom Podielsky
Audit committee report – Bill Robinson
Youth committee report – Karen McLeod
Membership committee report – Bert McConnell
Race committee report – Cindy Limberakis
Cruise committee report – Don Karl
Ruth Lawrence Award – Barbara Lunn
Nominating committee report – Chris Dunn
Other business
Adjourn

 

July 26,2012

NOTICE TO THE MEMBERSHIP

In accordance with the Bylaws, the 20l2 nominating committee
proposes the following slate of Officers and Trustees for 20I2 - 2013:

Emir Smaykiewicz - Commodore
Ken Shepherd - Vice Commodore
Nason Swain - Rear Commodore
Peter Giacomozzi - Treasurer
Kristina Woods - Secretary
Bruce Fleischmann Trustee - Term expires 2013
George Lawrence Trustee - Term expires 2013
Laurie Flanagan Trustee - Term expires 2014
Steve Leaf Trustee - Term expires 2014

ARTICLE XV - Section 4

"There shall be no other nomination of Officers and Trustees except
as follows:

By notice signed by at least seven (7) Senior Members in good
standing, another ticket of eligible nominees may be designated, provided the notice has been delivered to the Secretary, and posted by the Secretary of the nominating group on the bulletin board at the Clubhouse at least ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting.

Whenever there is more than one duly nominated ticket, the vote at the Annual Meeting shall be taken on tickets, and not on an individual member or officer; that is, each ticket must be voted as a group. A person may be a nominee on more than one ticket."

The election of Officers and Trustees will take place at the annual
meeting on Saturday, August 25, 2012.

20l2 Nominating Committee - ChrisDunn, Chairperson
                                          Joe Lipka
                                          John Palmieri

CLICK HERE to print the above

 

July 2, 2012

"When at the beach, watch out for..."

CLICK HERE for an article from the Enterprise that covers a small stinging jellyfish that was found in a pond near South Beach. According to the article, the jellyfish are likely to be present in other, similar parts of the Waquoit Bay system, like the upper reaches of Hamblin and Jehu ponds and Tim’s Pond on Washburn Island, according to a prior interview with a field worker for the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.

June 29, 2012

Dear WBYC Members,

The Board of Directors sent out a message last week asking for trailers in the parking lot to be removed. Unfortunately, if they are still there on Monday, July 2nd we will have to have them towed. Parking is very tight and we have a busy week coming up. Please make sure your parking sticker is displayed on your windshield. If possible, please use one car per family and double space for long term parking in the front of the lot by the street. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara Lunn, Commodore

508-367-5202

Barbara.Lunn@raveis.com

 

May 22, 2012

The Ice Machine is now available at the WBYC garage under the club house. Price is $3 per

10 lb block and $2 per 5 lb cubes. Honor system, exact amount in the slot.

 

May 15, 2012

Dock-In Day was held on May 12, 2012. Thanks to Lawrence Gray who provided the pictures at the link below:

CLICK HERE to see pictures of Dock-In Day. Then click on Slideshow for best viewing.

 

April 4, 2012

Greetings Members!

I have been asked to organize opening night festivities by the Social Committee. We will have a Sandwich & Salad Buffet as in the past and I am looking for volunteers.

If you have wanted to volunteer this is a good function to get your feet wet. I will need 4 people to set up; 6 for food prep and 6 for clean up. I would love to have your response by April 30th. I plan to have a meeting the first week in May to review/finalize menu choices and set up a schedule.

Also, does anyone have charts of the Waquoit Bay and surrounding areas (Vineyard Sound, Nantucket Sound) that they no longer use. They do not have to be current. I will be cutting them up for a project.

You may respond to both requests knitter51@comcast.net

Thank You,
Lee Crocker

April 4, 2012

Hi WBYC Members,

I hope you all enjoyed this mild winter. I think we’re all ready to get into summer mode. It’s time to get the club ready.  Ken Shepherd and crew have been hard at work remodeling the kitchen over the winter. It’s looking fantastic!

After the damage from Tropical Storm Irene last summer, the docks are in need of substantial repair. We will be having a dock repair party on Saturday, April 7th starting at 8:30. We will also work on the kitchen cabinets that day. We will need a lot of help. If you can swing a hammer or have a strong back, your help would be appreciated. Dock-in Day will be Saturday, May 12th.

The social calendar will be up on the website soon.

Think summer,
Barbara Lunn, Commodore

 

January 10, 2012

Dear Members,

Our neighbor, WBNNER, is on the Conservation Commission agenda for tomorrow night, Wednesday, Jan. 11th. They apologize for not sending out a notice earlier. They did not understand they were responsible to do so.

Their plan is to make the salt marsh between us more accessible for their education programs. This would involve making a trail with erosion control down the side of the bluff, a viewing platform at the bottom, a boardwalk along the marsh to the beach, then a mini-version of the work they are doing at South Cape Beach. Having a display here is easier for them rather than transporting people to South Cape Beach.

For anyone wishing to attend, the meeting is open to the public. It will be held in the Selectman's Meeting Room at the Falmouth Town Hall at 7pm.

Sincerely,
Barbara Lunn, Commodore

REQUEST FOR HEARINGS UNDER AN ABBREVIATED NOTICE OF INTENT

Waquoit By National Estuarine Research Reserve (c/o Alison Lechen), 149 Waquoit Highway, Waquoit, MA - For permission to extend the boathouse deck 64 sq ft, upgrade the existing trail to meet ADA handicap standards using stone dust and constructing 175-ft of elevated boardwalk, to improve erosion issues on the existing salt marsh trail by installing cribbing and water control devices, by providing viewing platforms along with a boardwalk over the salt marsh for educational purposes and the associated clearing, excavating, grading and landscaping.

http://www.falmouthmass.us/agenda.php?depkey=ConCom&number=4356

 

 

December 12, 2011

Season’s Greetings from the Reserve Manager 

All of us at the Reserve hope you are enjoying the holiday season.  I’d like to take this opportunity to fill everyone in on some exciting developments here at the Reserve.  Join us Monday, December 12th at 7:00PM at the Reserve’s Visitor Center to hear about what’s going on, catch up with friends and learn how you can get involved as we move into the New Year.  Refreshments and good cheer provided!  

Some of the highlights include:  

Campus Upgrades: The Reserve was awarded just over $1 million from NOAA and MA DCR to construct a new green maintenance building; providing much needed space to maintain our equipment all year-round. Also included is a solar array on the roof which will provide electricity for most of the campus needs.  

The benefits to moving the maintenance operations gives us the opportunity to increase laboratory and classroom space and improve the aesthetic of our campus Our hope is this project will have a positive impact on our ability to serve our various communities – researchers, teachers, students, and the public.  

We also have some money slated to spruce up our Visitor Center exhibits.  Our goal is to maintain the historic character we all appreciate as well as enhance our ability to serve the community.  We hope it will increase the enjoyment of our old friends, and also help us attract new friends to learn about what we are doing here at the Reserve.  Plan drawings will be available at the open house for viewing.  

Salt marshes and climate change: We have two exciting research projects getting under way this fall. Biomonitoring is a new NERR System-wide initiative that will examine the effect of sea level rise on salt marsh vegetation over time. We are setting up equipment in the salt marsh at South Cape Beach to very exactly measure whether sediment is being deposited fast enough to keep up with sea level rise, how the vegetation is changing as a result, and what the long-term implications are for coastal ecosystems in the face of climate change. 

The Reserve was also awarded a $1.3 million grant from the NOAA NERRS Science Collaborative at UNH to examine the role that salt marshes play in greenhouse gas exchange.  We know that forests sequester a lot of carbon, but there is new interest in coastal ecosystems, such as salt marshes, sea grasses, and mangroves, because they actually sequester even more carbon than forests. We will be working with a number of partners to make sure that the cutting-edge science being carried out here at the Reserve will be used by coastal managers and decision-makers. 

Transition: You may have already heard the buzz around the bay, about the formation of a new Friends Group, the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation (WBRF).

The story begins with the Citizens for the Project of Waquoit Bay petitioning the state to save Washburn Island and the Reserve Headquarters from development back in the 1980s, and getting the state to buy the land as a state park – in short, without them we would not exist! They have loyally served as our Friends Group through the years, raising money to support our Education and Coastal Training Programs as well as Evenings on the Bluff and the Watershed Block Party.  

As the Reserve continues to grow and expand its programs we are looking for additional support from our Friends Group.  While we receive public funding we have seen our budget remain level-funded, thus not keeping up with additional staff costs, additional operational costs, monies needed for upkeep, repair or replacement to our equipment.  After many discussions with CPWB, they decided they wanted to focus on their central mission of protecting the bay and educating about the environment, rather than taking on this expanded fundraising and outreach task.  

We all agreed that starting a new Friends Group whose sole mission is to support the Reserve made sense; Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation (WBRF) - has formed.  There are 6 active members with many ambitious plans, but they need help.  

Join us on Monday, December 12th at 7 pm to meet members of the group, learn about their upcoming plans and ideas. 

I will give a presentation with more information about the recent highlights, and Foundation members will describe how you can get involved. Members and staff will be on hand afterward to discuss what you’ve heard, or just chat over a mug of hot cider.  

Alison Leschen

Reserve Manager  

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

P.O. Box 3092

Waquoit, MA 02536

Tel. 508-457-0495 x103

Fax 617-727-5537

http://www.waquoitbayreserve.org/ 

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November 23, 2011

WBYC Mega-Raffle

Last chance to get into the "Mega-Raffle" which has been available at all social functions or anytime on the web site. The purpose of the Mega-Raffle (50/50) is to fund badly needed improvements to the kitchen.

The ticket price is $10 each and obviously, the more you buy the better your odds. The payoff is 50% of the pot and will be awarded at the Christmas/Holiday Party on Saturday, December 3, 2011. For more information call John Eldert 617-515-3694 (seldert@rcn.com).

To print the Raffle ticket(s) CLICK HERE , fill in the required information, and clip it and send it with your check made out to WBYC, to the address on the ticket.

CLICK HERE for information about the Christmas/Holiday Party if you want to be there to pick up your winnings!

 

October 13, 2011

The public hearing about changing mooring regulations has been postponed and at this point has not been rescheduled. When it is rescheduled, it willbe posted at the Falmouth Harbormaster web page below.

CLICK HERE for the Falmouth Harbormaster web page.

 

October 3, 2011

The Falmouth Selectman are holding a public hearing about
changing the mooring regulations:

Mooring Regulation Changes - Public Hearing on Monday,
10/17/2011

The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to
the towns mooring regulations on 10/17/11 @ 7:10pm.

CLICK HERE to read Chapter 269 with proposed revisions highlighted in red.

CLICK HERE for the Falmouth Harbormaster web page.

 

September 20, 2011

Members,

Docks out day will be Saturday, October, 22, 2011, starting at 8:00 am. All "hands" are welcome!

Sincerely,
Barbara Lunn,
Commodore

 

September 1, 2011

Members,

We will be having a "Post Irene Work Party" at the yacht club on Saturday, September 3rd from 8am to 12pm. We will be cleaning up debris on the grounds so please bring yard tools.

We will also be working on getting the docks secured. If you could help out for an hour or two it would be greatly appreciated.

Hopefully, the work will be done early so we all can enjoy the rest of the Labor Day week-end.

Sincerely,
Barbara Lunn,
Commodore

 

August 28, 2011 - Irene leaves its mark on WBYC

About 35 people spent the afternoon at the WBYC riding out Hurricane Irene's distructive waves. A couple of sailboats broke loose from their moorings and settled at the head of the harbor with soft groundings and managed to work their way through the mooring field without causing any damage to others. Two smaller sailboats flipped over on their moorings.

The floating docks held for the major part of the storm, but mid-afternoon, the entire section of docks, mostly still attached, rode away from the entry ramp, and floated further toward the north.

The pictures don't do justice to the sound and fury of the storm, but are at the links below. For best viewing of the photos, use the slideshow option on full screen. The You Tube phots will give you an idea of how much pressure the docks were under and it is a tribute to the builders that they held on as long as they did and that they can probably be salvaged and reused.

The two other links below show the paths of two boats, "Kaboom" and "Sweet Pea" as they leave their moorings and pass through the mooring fields without touching another boat.

I set up the Picasa site with the general pictures to allow others to add pictures to it, so if you have anything you want to add please do.

For best viewing of the photos, use the slideshow option on full screen.

Click Here for general pictures of the storm at the club

Click Here for pictures of "Kaboom" breaking free of her mooring

Click Here for pictures of "Sweet Pea" breaking free of her mooring

Click Here for the You Tube clip of the docks

 

 

August 25, 2011 - Hurricane preparedness

Please remove all skiffs and dinghies from the yacht club docks as soon as possible, by noon on Saturday at the latest.

Ideally, they should be removed from the property. If that's not possible, please put them on the front lawn.

All able bodied help is appreciated.

Sincerely,
Barbara Lunn,
Commodore

Barbara.Lunn@raveis.com

 

August 16, 2011 NOTICE TO THE MEMBERSHIP

Click Here for more information about the evening and menu.

In accordance with the Bylaws, the 2011 nominating committee proposes the following slate of Officers and Trustees for 2011-2012:

Barbara Lunn - Commodore
Emir Smaykiewicz - Vice Commodore
Ken Shepherd - Rear Commodore
Peter Giacomozzi - Treasurer
Kristina Woods - Secretary

Trustees:
Nason Swain - Term expires 2012
Deb Harrington - Term expires 2012
Bruce Fleischmann - Term expires 2013
George Lawrence - Term expires 2013

ARTICLE XV-Section 4
"There shall be no other nomination of Officers and Trustees except as follows: By notice signed by at least seven (7) Senior members in good standing, another ticket of eligible nominees may be designated, provided the notice has been delivered to the Secretary, and posted by the Secretary of the nominating group on the bulletin board at the Clubhouse at least ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting.

Whenever there is more than one duly nominated ticket, the vote at the Annual Meeting shall be taken on tickets, and not on an individual member or officer; that is, each ticket must be voted as a group. A person may be a nominee on more than one ticket."

The election of Officers and Trustees will take place at the annual meeting on Saturday, August 27, 2011


2011 Nominating Committee-Ted Schmul, Chairperson,
Diane Salter, and Jane Karl

Click Here to print the above notice

 

Jul 13, 2011

WBYC Mega-Raffle

A "Mega-Raffle" has started that will be available at all social functions or anytime on the web site. The purpose of the Mega-Raffle (50/50) is to fund badly needed improvements to the kitchen.

The ticket price is $10 each and obviously, the more you buy the better your odds. The payoff is 50% of the pot and will be awarded at the Holiday Party in December. For more information call John Eldert 617-515-3694 (seldert@rcn.com).

To print the Raffle ticket(s) CLICK HERE , fill in the required information, and clip it and send it with your check made out to WBYC, to the address on the ticket.

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July 5, 2011

WBYC 420 Boats- Member sign out

New to WBYC this summer we are requesting that members sign out the club 420's before taking them out into the Bay. There is a sign out sheet hanging on a clipboard on the wall by the Stewards Desk to sign out these boats. In order to take a 420 out you must also obtain verbal approval from Adam, the Steward, from one of the on-site Instructors or the Commodore, Barbara Lunn. Contact telephone numbers are listed on the sign out sheet and below:

Steward - Adam 617-984-9491 M-F 8:30-4:30
Commodore - Barbara Lunn 508-367-5202
On Site Instructors- Max or Amanda Monday - Thursday 9-4

Please also note any issues/breakage on the sheet as well as the boat number upon your return.

We thank you in advance for you support of this procedure.

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June 24, 2011 - Ice Machine

A bulk ice freezer has been installed in the basement. Members can now purchase either bags of ice cubes or block ice.

$ 2.00 for a 5 pound bag of cubes

$ 3.00 for a 10 pond block.

There is a cash box to deposit money or give it to Adam, the steward, if he is around. Please bring correct amounts as we have no ability to make change.

The freezer is locked with a brass pad lock that is opened by the garage key. Please be sure to lock the freezer again when you are done.

This is being done on a trial basis and on the honor system. We hope you will find this to be a convenient service.

The WBYC Board

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June 5, 2011 - NEW - Adult sailing classes being offered!

Waquoit Bay 420 Adult Sailing Classes-2011

Registration for this class is closed - class is filled

The Adult Sailing class is designed to introduce adults to the art of sailing. By the end of the class, students will be able to operate a 420 Vanguard sailboat in the waters of Waquoit Bay in light to medium wind and in a variety of water conditions. The emphasis is on practical sailing skills with an introduction to fun interclass racing.

  • Rigging/derigging sails
  • Using two sails and sailing in differing wind directions
  • Sailing/Racing a prescribed course
  • Docking the boat
  • Capsizing
  • Safety and rules

Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from July 5th-August 9th.*   Each class will begin at 6 pm and end by 8:00 pm.   The boats will be off the water, de-rigged and stored by 8:30 pm or before dark.

Sailors are asked to bring their own Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) and to wear closed toed water shoes.   PFDs must be Coast Guard certified Type III (vest style jacket).  Classes will include a capsize drill so a change of clothes, towel and bathing suit should be brought to each class.
The cost for the sailing class is $120 for WBYC members ($200 couple) and $175 ($250 couple) for non-members, which includes six classes of instruction.   There is a 12 sailor maximum for this class and registration is on a first come first serve member priority basis. So sign up today to get involved in sailing.
Each participant must fill out and submit a registration form by June 30th. Please click here to download the registration form or contact the Waquoit Bay Yacht Club at wbycjrsail@gmail.com for more information.

* August 16th makeup session for classes cancelled due to bad weather. There are no refunds or make-up for classes missed due to personal schedule conflicts.

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May 22, 2011 - How NOT to make landfall at Waquoit Bay - WBYC members worst nightmare!

CLICK HERE for more pictures (Click on slide show for best viewing)

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April 23, 2011

The Ospreys have returned to Waquoit Bay and it’s time to get the club ready for summer. We have a number of work parties scheduled:

Saturday, April 30th, 8am
DOCK CONSTRUCTION
We will be constructing several new floats. Strong backs, carpentry, and painting skills are needed.

Saturday, May 14th, 8am
DOCK-IN DAY
The crane will be at the club and the docks will be going in the water. If you have a set of waders, please bring them.

Saturday, May 28th, 8am
CLEAN-UP DAY
We will be getting the clubhouse and grounds cleaned and ready for opening night. Please bring cleaning supplies, brooms, rakes, wheel barrels, etc.

Our first function of the season will be Saturday evening, May 28th. Details will be coming soon. This is a great chance to welcome new members to the club. Please check the website www.WaquoitBayYachtClub.com for social events through-out the season.

For the members’ convenience, an ice machine will be installed in the basement. This will be on a trial basis.

We are very pleased to have Adam Stankiewicz returning as Club Steward.

Looking forward to a fantastic summer!

Barbara Lunn
Commodore

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March 1, 2011

Dear WBYC members

I hope that this winter has been kind to all of you, but I expect that you are ready for a change of season. It’s only 89 days to our first function of the year on May 28th. So, get ready to take the covers off your boats and get ready for launching.

About a month before opening day we will begin building more floats. Then we will be having our dock in day, cleanup day, and our first social event. Rear Commodore Ken Shepherd will be leading the building and grounds effort. Don Lunn and the Social Committee will be planning the functions. Please contact Ken or Don if you can help.

The youth committee has a talented group of instructors lined-up with some new faces as well as familiar ones. I’m sure it will be a great season of learning, racing, and fun.

Visit our website at www.WaquoitBayYachtClub.com for information as it becomes available.

This year’s social calendar will be on the website soon. The calendar will list the events and the members in charge. Please contact these people if you are able to help.

In addition to usual raffle prizes at each event, we will be offering a “special raffle” for a set of quality image-stabilizing binoculars. Tickets will be sold all summer with the drawing at the annual meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Club and on the water,

Barbara Lunn, Commodore

January 29, 2011

SAILING INSTRUCTORS WANTED- Waquoit Bay Yacht Club 2011 Summer Season. Monday- Thursday 9-4 pm beginning the week of June 20- August 18th. Send Resume to fayseven@comcast.net

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November 15, 2010

Dear WBYC Members,

The boats are buttoned up for the winter, the snowbirds have flown south and Board of Directors has been busy making plans for next season. Some of the projects we are working on: getting a new motor for the club skiff which will help our burgeoning youth program, continue our program to improve the docks, and making some kitchen renovations. We are also talking about the possibility of holding adult sailing lessons!

In 2011 we will be celebrating the club’s 85th anniversary. If you have any new ideas for functions or would like to bring back some old favorites, we would love to hear from you. Please contact the Social Chairperson, Don Lunn at 508-540-4893 or DLunn44@comcast.net.

Once again, John and Sue Harris have graciously offered their lovely home at 107 James Circle in Mashpee as a venue for our annual holiday party on Saturday, December 4th at 6:00 pm. Beer and wine will be provided and hors d’oeuvres are welcome. Please RSVP to John & Sue at 508-477-9841.

I hope you will join us!

Best Wishes,
Barbara Lunn, Commodore

 

September 24, 2010

SAVE THIS DATE: "Dock out Day" this year has been scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2010 starting at 7:30 am.

September 4, 2010

Earl fortunately turned out to be a bust but thanks to many volunteers the Club house was ready for anything.

August 2, 2010

NOTICE TO THE MEMBERSHIP

In accordance with the Bylaws, the 2010 nominating committee proposes the following slate of Officers and Trustees for 2010 - 2011:

Barbara Lunn Commodore
Emir Smaykiewicz Vice Commodore
Ken Shepherd Rear Commodore
Peter Giacomozzi Treasurer
Kristina Woods Secretary
Nancy Hanson Trustee - Term expires 2011
Betsy Young Trustee - Term expires 2011
Nason Swain Trustee - Term expires 2012
Deb Harrington Trustee - Term expires 2012

          
ARTICLE XV – Section 4

“There shall be no other nomination of Officers and Trustees except as follows:
  By notice signed by at least seven (7) Senior Members in good standing, another
  ticket of eligible nominees may be designated, provided the notice has been delivered
  to the Secretary, and posted by the Secretary of the nominating group on the bulletin  
  board at the Clubhouse at least ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting.  Whenever
  there is more than one duly nominated ticket, the vote at the Annual Meeting shall be
  taken on tickets, and not on an individual member or officer; that is, each ticket must be
  voted as a group.  A person may be a nominee on more than one ticket.”

The election of Officers and Trustees will take place at the annual meeting on Saturday, August 28, 2010.

2010 Nominating Committee – John Walden, Chairperson

                                                   John Palmieri

                                                   Lee Crocker 
                                                           

 

June 16, 2010

Please join us on Tuesday June 29 at 7:00 pm, Boat House, Waquoit Bay Research Reserve,
 149 Waquoit Highway/Route 28. Light refreshments provided.    

Come learn about the Master Planning Process for Waquoit Bay National Estuarine 
Research Reserve headquarters.

Click Here for details about the meeting.  
Now we'd like to hear from you!  
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR)

 

May 31, 2010

Thank You to All who Helped
Get Our Club Ready for the Season

Dock Construction
Emir Smaykiewicz, Ken Sheperd, Dan Sheperd, Chip Benoit, Buck Buckanon, Don Karl, Jeff Kidder, Tony Troio, Russ White, Ellie White, Nancy Hanson, Don Lunn, Barbara Lunn, Chris Lunn, John Eldert, Chuck Harrington, Carole Lipka, Mike Goodfellow, Dennis Sawyer, Nason Swain, Tom Campbell, David Clark, Bill Cook, Peter Giacomozzi, Tim Flagg, Ken Leary, Wayne Flanagan
Dock-in
Dennis Sawyer, Steve Leaf, Don Lunn, Barbara Lunn, Ian Lunn, Don Karl, Paul Ketchum, Dan Shepherd, Ken Shepherd, Denise Shepherd, Bif Fleischmann, Peter Giacomozzi, Jeff Kidder, Hugh Mackenzie, John Palmieri, John Walden, Joe Lipka, Carole Lipka, Bruce Schernig, Walter Roy, Dave Hubbs, Bob Millard, Jim Downhill, Emir Smaykiewicz, Lee Crocker, Joel Rubin, Tim Flagg, Pat Ballo
Clean-up
Emir, Julie, Nathan & Braeden Smaykiewicz, John Eldert, Sue Eldert, Larry Gray, John Palmieri, Chris Dunn, Trish Mullen, Ellie White, Russ White, Nancy Hanson, Ted Schmul, Jerry Galick, Bert McConnell, Stephanie Adams, Duke Ellis, Fred Lawrence, Dick Porter, Jim Downhill, Rob Orchard, Kate Orchard, Dave Hubbs, Don Lunn, Barbara Lunn, Matt Lunn

Barbara Lunn,

WBYC Vice Commodore

May 8, 2010

CLICK HERE see pictures from Dock-in-Day, May 8, 2010

courtesy of Denise Shepherd

CALLING ALL HANDS

Attention on the Deck

The Commodore and the Board of Trustees welcome all Members to the 2010 Season at the Waquoit Bay Yacht Club!

As our excitement rises with the warming temperatures and we all look forward to the next boating season, we take this opportunity to encourage all members to remember that our club relies on active participation from each and every one of us.

We are a club that has been able to maintain low annual dues because our members contribute their time, talents and efforts to do the work that is needed to maintain our property, building, grounds and docks. We are a working club.

The full social calendar that our club provides also relies on participatory contribution from our members to plan, organize, execute, and clean up after each event. In addition to the work involved, widespread participation in these social events also allows us to network to our mutual benefit, to strengthen our existing relationships and develop new ones.
We rely on participation.  We need you.

Schedules for major events are on the web site. We ask that you make a sincere effort to contribute your time, talent and effort to several of these events. Many hands make small work. Be a contributor.

The Commodore and the board of trustees also want to ask for your feedback and suggestions relative to club operations. Are there themes for social functions that you can suggest? Do you have ideas for ways that we can get more of our membership actively involved in the work needed? Any and all comments and suggestions are encouraged.

Please get involved and help make our club stronger.  

 

March 23, 2010 - Message from the Commodore

Hi everyone, it looks like spring has finally sprung. It is time for the snow bunnies to come out of hibernation, the snow birds to fly north, and the skiers to de-tune their skies.

The board would like to thank Sue and John Harris for allowing us into their beautiful home for the Christmas party everyone had a great time.

We have had the trim on the club repainted and some of it replaced. Also, the door has been sanded and painted.  The club has been power washed and looks great.

Bert has added a new section to the WEB site called the exchange.  This is for club members to advertise marine products that they want to sell.

We have 2 awards that are given out every year. The Ruth Lawrence award is given to the person who has contributed a great deal of time or services over the year.

The second is the Cleat award given to the person who should have stayed home and not ventured onto the water and have something bad but not dangerous happen to them.
The board has decided to allow club members to take part in these decisions, so if you know of anyone that may fit the bill let us know.

We are planning on having the chimney repaired this spring because it is in bad shape and can not be used in its present state.    

The dock rebuilding is going well and we are using a newer and safer system to anchor the docks which will make them a lot more secure.

We will be building 2 new docks on Saturday the 24th of April so those who have helped before we would appreciate our help again, and of course any one else.

Dock in day is set for May 8th so all you volunteers mark your calendar.

Commodore
Jim Downhill

 

October 12, 2009 - Now THIS is fishing!

The blue shark was released.  The boat was a 69 ft. Bertram.  Spends the  summers in Oyster Harbors, winters in West Palm Beach.  There were close to 150-200 boats on the tuna grounds.  Custom sportfishing boats like this one, commercial downeast boats, and center consoles with outboards.  40 miles south of Chatham .  The large tuna went to market.  Shipped overseas;  the boat will get some where between $8,-9,000.   The fishing party were from my department at work  and my son was a guest.

John Walden, October 2, 2009

James with the first bluefin of the day, 150lbs.

12 foot blue shark, 450 lbs caught and released

400 lb. bluefin

James and I at the dock.  This bluefin was caught at 5:00pm, Friday October 2nd , 40 miles south of Chatham.

 

September 22, 2009 - Docks Out Day is Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 7:30 am

September 8, 2009 - Pictures - Raft Up in the Bay - Click Here

September 3, 2009 - Raft Up in the Bay

The annual labor day raft up will be held at the first cove in Waquoit bay, on Saturday September 5, starting after noon . The water is 5 to 6 feet deep enough for most sail boats, or deep keel power boats. Spend the day or stay overnight.

Contact Jim Downhill (jimcdown@comcast.net) or 508-695-0849 for more information.

 

August 29, 2009 - WBYC Annual Meeting

Minutes will be posted when available. In the meantime, here are some pictures from the evening (Click on link below and "slideshow for best viewing.)

WBYC 2009 Annual Meeting Pictures

August 21, 2009

New Boat on Waquoit Bay

The Downeaster, "EDMA",

owned by Dan and Denise Shepherd

Click on Photos to enlarge

 

August 7, 2009

Notice to the Membership

In accordance with the Bylaws, the 2009 nominating committee proposes the followingslate of Officers and Trustees for 2009-2010:

Jim Downhill
Commodore
Barbara Lunn Vice Commodore
Emir Smaykiewicz Rear Commodore
Peter Giacomozzi Treasurer
Carole Lipka Secretary
Robert (Chip) Benoit Trustee - Term Expires 2010
Tim Flagg Trustee - Term Expires 2010
Nancy Hanson Trustee - Term Expires 2011
Betsy Young Trustee - Term Expires 2011

Article XV - Section 4

"There shall be no other nomination of Officers and Trustees except as follows: By notice signed by at least seven (7) Senior Members in good standing, another ticket of eligible nominees may be designated, provided the notice has been delivered to the Secretary, and posted by the Secretary of the nominating group on the bulletin board at the Clubhouse at least 10 days before the annual meeting. Whenever there is more than one duly nominated ticket, the vote at the annual meeting shall be taken on tickets, and not an individual member or officer; that is, each ticket must be voted as a group. A person may be a nominee on more than one ticket."

The election of Officers and Trustees will take place at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, August 29, 2009.

2009 Nomination Committee

Joseph Lipka, Chairperson (Original signed by Joseph Lipka)

John Palmieri

John Walden

Information about the Annual Meeting

 

July 13, 2009

More news on things happening at the club.

  • The race committee is having a regatta on the 24th, 25th and 26th of July. They are looking for volunteers to help out with parking, shuttling people to and from their boats, and other jobs that may come up during the day.

    If you have a mooring that will be vacant on any of those days we could use it for the knock-about.  There will be at least three clubs participating in the regatta .Please e-mail me if you would like to volunteer to help out on any one or all of the days.

  • We are in the process of purchasing a new hard bottom inflatable to be used by the Jr. Sailing and knock about racing team.  The whaler and engine are not reliable.   This makes for an unsafe condition.

 

   Jim Downhill, Commander

jimcdown@comcast.net

 

 

July 4, 2009

Click Here to see the pictures from the Fourth of July 2009 at the club.

June 29, 2009

Hi everyone. Summer on Waquoit Bay has officially started. The problem is no one told the weather man it was time for warm and sunny summer days. 

I am glad to report that the club is in full swing and it should be a great season .We had our first raft-up and due to bad weather,  it was changed from Cotuit to Oak Bluffs.  Five boats participated.  Our junior sailing program is off to a great start with 30 students signed up for classes.  Thanks to Sudie Fay and her staff for putting together a great curriculum. 

Our next event is the 4th of July picnic on Saturday with lots of hamburgs and hot dogs sponsored by the Race Committee.  Everyone is welcome to join in the festivities and parade for the kids. The best part is it’s FREE. CLICK HERE for all the details.

We are still looking for volunteers to help out with functions.  If anyone is interested in volunteering to help out with the Sunday races please e-mail me at jimcdown@comcast.net.

Here’s to fair winds and lots of fish
Jim Downhill
Commodore

 

May 24, 2009

ALERT

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve proposal for their 182 foot permanent pier was heard late February. They were told to submit a new proposal. There have been three postponements since that time and it is now on the agenda of Conservation Commission for July 29, 2009. WBNERR must file the next proposal 7 days before that hearing (July 22 at noon). After that time, it will be available at the Commission for public review and prior to July 29. Often the office at Con Com is closed but I have found the best time to “catch” them is after 1 pm.

There are about 5 variances that they are requesting and must show proof. Because the land is in an ACEC area (Area of Critical Environmental Concern), this  law prohibits dock construction in that zone except if they can show good cause for the public use. WBNERR claims to have limited public access. A few of the other objections include: disruption to shellfish, actual use by “researchers” as opposed to the young people that patrol Washburn campsites, destruction to vegetation, construction from a barge (too shallow for a barge), no road access, maintenance of the area currently is poor to bad, no toilet facilities, no plan to restrict public from access and the aesthetics of this huge structure.

Send letters to:
    Conservation Commissioners
    Falmouth Conservation Committee
    Town Hall
    Falmouth, Ma 02540

Include the following:
    A clear statement as to why you are opposed.
    What effect it would have on you
     A little background of how long you’ve been using the Bay, etc.

Thank you,

Jim Downhill (jimcdown@comcast.net)
Commodore

CLICK HERE to print the above (.pdf format)

 

May 8, 2009

Opening day at the club is Saturday, May 23, 2009. Click Here for all the details.

May 2, 2009

Dock-In day was held today and thanks to the hearty souls who braved the elements to get the jog done. CLICK HERE to see picture of the activities courtesy of Larry Gray.

April 28, 2009

Click here to see the 2009 Social Calendar. Volunteers are still needed for a few time slots. Please contact Colleen Giacomozzi (508-548-4578) e-mail: pcgiacomozzi@hotmail.com to volunteer.

 

April 20, 2009

Dock in day will be Saturday, May 2nd, with the rain date being May 3rd. Again, many hands make short work and all are welcome.

Opening day for the 2009 season will be Saturday, May 23rd.

February 13, 2009

Hello everyone. I am sending this letter to all e-mail members of the club to inform everyone of an application that our neighbor to the North (WBNERR) has made.

They are requesting to have a permanent pier that measures 142 feet long by 4 feet wide.  There will be a 22 foot aluminum ramp leading to a 10x20 foot float.  The pilings holding the pier will be 12 inches in diameter 20 feet apart. The pilings on the float will rise 17 feet above the water level.

I have attended two meetings already held by the Conservation Commission in Falmouth.  There have been numerous questions asked by the Commission and concerned citizens.  WBNERR has also stated they will move any moorings that would interfere with their Pier.

If you have any questions or wish to voice your opinion you can e-mail me at jimcdown@comcast.net

The next meeting of the Conservation Commission will be held at the town hall on Feb. 25 at 7:00 pm.  The general public is invited to attend.

Jim Downhill
Commodore , WBYC   

Click Here to print this letter

 

January 6, 2009 - IMPORTANT

Click Here to read the WEBNERR Dock Project Description

January 2, 2009 - IMPORTANT

The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR) has made
application to the Town of Falmouth, Conservation Commission to erect a pier from their
boat house into Waquoit Bay.  A public hearing on this application will be held January 7,
2009 in the evening at town hall.

The essence of the proposal is as follows:
They wish to erect a permanent pier that measures 142 feet long by 4 feet wide to
extend into the Bay where there will be a 22 foot aluminum ramp leading to a 10x20 foot
float.  The pilings holding this pier will be 12” diameter, 20 feet apart, dug into the sand
15 feet and the pilings on the float will rise 17 feet above water level. There will be
approximately 4 to 8 feet from the sand to under the pier, depending on tide. They will
move their moorings to accommodate this pier, and presumably move others as well.
(Remember there IS a mooring plan on file at the Harbor Masters office in Falmouth).

The pier will start at the current cement stairs next to the boathouse as a ramp. The total
length of the pier is 182 feet. Stairs will lead from the beach up to the pier. The pier will
be permanently lit along the entire length. The aluminum ramp and float will be stored
off site during winter months.

They state that their “researchers” need permanent pilings to attached equipment, that they
need to load skiffs from a dock, they need to stop the damage to their skiffs from pulling
them up on the beach and to allow for greater comfort for their researchers to carry out
their work. The number of actual researchers is unknown. It is known that their staff
patrol Washburn Island Campground from this site.

Facts:
All of the land at the head of the Bay and beyond is in what is called ACEC land (Area of
Critical Environmental Concern). One of the regulations in this State law is that there
can be NO erection of docks, unless the public good can be demonstrated.
(http://www.Falmouthmass.us/deppage.php?number-50) The proposal states that the public
good is for school children to go out on the dock to view the water.

No mention in the proposal as to the disposal of silt, sand and shells that will arise out of
the erection of piles. No environmental impact assessment has been made public in this
proposal. No plans are suggested for the restoration of fragile grass, sand, bushes and
other natural vegetation that will be disturbed by the erection of this pier.

WE ARE CONCERNED RESIDENTS OF WAQUOIT BAY for many reasons, the
least of which is to preserve Waquoit Bay as a precious piece of environment.

You may see this proposal at Town Hall, Conservation Commission.  YOU NEED TO
VOICE YOUR OPINION ON THE ERECTION OF THIS PIER.

WRITE A LETTER—APPEAR IN PERSON

Click HERE to print the above

Click HERE to go to the Falmouth Conservation Commission web site

Conservation Commission

Conservation Commission Adminstrator Jennifer L. McKay
Conservation Commission Agent Mark Kasprzyk
Location Falmouth Town Hall, Located in the basement
59 Town Hall Sq.
Falmouth, MA 02540
Phone 508-495-7445
Fax 508-495-7449
E-Mail Address concom@falmouthmass.us
Meeting Schedule Every Wednesday at 7:00pm (Town Hall Selectmen's Meeting Room)

 

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Dan Martin

I'm Dan Martin and this is my second year splitting the steward position. I have sailed as a youth and observed what the steward position entails. I have experience working on houses and boats. I'm glad to be back and have a great summer!

Dan

dan.martin@waquoitbayyachtclub.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connor McLeod

Hi, I'm Connor McLeod. (More to come...)

 

Connor

connor.mcleod@waquoitbayyachtclub.com