Message from the Commodore

‘ Twas the night before Christmas and all through the boat, not a creature was stirring on anything afloat.

The fenders were hung off the gunwale with care, with hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were all nestled and snug in their beams as visions of coconuts danced in their dreams.

With Mamma in her slicker and I in mine, we just settled down with a good glass of wine.

When out on the deck there arose such a splash I sprang from my bunk and made a mad dash.

Away to the porthole I flew like a flash, tore open the curtain and shone the flash.

The reflection of moonlight on the snow-colored deck gave the illusion of midday with bioluminescence below.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh and eight Dolphin dressed as reindeer.

With a little old driver so barefoot and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

He flipped the sea kelp he used for a rein and called to each dolphin. He knew them by name.

“On Flipper, now Coco, now Wavy and Spray, on Coral and Nemo on Wake and on Splash!”

To the top of the mast, to the top of the deck, now dash away, dash away and be quick like heck.

So up to the yardarms the coursers they flew with a sleigh full of toys and St. Nicholas, too.

And then in a twinkling I heard on the deck the flipping and flopping of each little fin, as I readied my camera and was turning around, down the hatchway St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed in flowered shirt from head to toe, and his feet had flip-flops that looked like sandy shoes.

A sack of toys he had on his back, and he looked like a merchant with a Lazy Jack.

His eyes, how they twinkled — his dimples so merry. His checks were like roses; his nose like a cherry.

His smile was drawn up like a bow(line)

And the beard on his chin was white as the snow.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old sailor.

And I laughed when I saw him, as he was much smaller.

A wink of his eye and a nod of his head soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his bag, setting out Garmins and braids and sailors’ rags.

He then filled the stocking with taffy and rum; gave a quick nod as up the companionway he had run.

He sprang to his sleigh to his team gave a whistle, away they all flew like the sail of a thistle.

I heard him exclaim as they sailed out of sight, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

– Capt. Dennis Kirk

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3rd Annual Start of Summer Regatta

Race Results

1st Place:  Sea Hawk, J 43
Time: 1 hour; 32 minutes

2nd Place: First Light, Contest 36
Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
3rd Place: Black Strap, Jeanneau 34
Time: 1 hour,36 minutes
4th Place: Carmarche, Benneteau 331
Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes
5th Place: Lucky, Erickson 284
Time: 1 hour, 44 minutes
6th Place: Osprey, Tartan 34
Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes

Thanks to all participants.  We had a great race with terrific weather, good wind, and fine fellowship. Special thanks to Kevin Wanner and Stingray as committee boat.
Let’s get back on the water soon!

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Message from the Commodore

SPRING!

This was a winter I know we all want to forget.  I don’t remember a time when the snow was so deep and lasted so long.  There was so much melt that our bilges are probably full of water.  But, no matter how bad the cold, the warmth of spring always brings back the smiles on our faces and the gusto to get right into those back-breaking, muscle-tightening chores that spring commissioning always requires.  Right!

But, day dreaming about those warm summer days to come and especially those lazy sunset evenings at a cozy anchorage with your favorite crew always makes the work fly by.

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Message from the Commodore

Holiday Wishes

May Santa bring us everything our boats’ are dreaming of — a new windlass, a below-decks autopilot, new cushions,  or maybe a new dingy.  Merry Christmas!!

And for All, Cheers for the New Year!

Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.”
-Sir Francis Chichester while loading his boat with gin.

 

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Message from the Commodore

FALL!

This year, take a trip up the Hudson to see the beautiful fall foliage.  For most of us, we think that autumn is a time to get the boat ready for a long winter sleep.  But, there’s still much to see and do on the water as long as you have a good jacket and maybe even gloves and hats to keep warm. 

Seasonal changes are simply a fact of life, and as Northeastern boaters, we try and stretch the season as long as possible.  As a matter of fact, we use our boats more than those in South do, so enjoy the fall season. Winter will be here before you know it!

 

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Message from the Commodore

In Memorium  - Arthur Epstein

We have all lost a dear friend this spring.  Artie was a former LYC Commodore and one of the earliest members of our organization.  He was a good sailor and powerboater, with lots of experience in both.  His smile and laughter will always be with us, and all the years I knew him, I never remember him ever having said a bad word about anyone.

Artie and Eilieen lived his last years with joy and positive outlook, despite the seriousness of his condition.  He is an example of grace and good fellowship and his joy of being on the water was one of true passsion.

Someday, we will all be heading to where Artie is now.  He’s just there charting the waters ahead of us.

Thank you for your friendship, Artie.  Fair winds and calm seas.

 

 

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Message from the Commodore

SPRING!

It’s time to take off the shrinkwrap and get ready for another season.  This year, many of us or the fellow boaters we have met have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and may have questions or have need of expertise.  Please volunteer your time to someone for your advice about a repair project.  We’ve all been there at one time or another, and having a smart friend who knows just what you may need has really helped in a sticky situation.

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Holiday Greetings

To All LYC Members, Families and Friends:

May you all have the Happiest of Holidays and the Best of New Years!!

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas day in the morning.

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Message from the Commodore

The Passing of Audrey Zapp

This February, our great champion of Liberty State Park, home to LYC, passed away at 86 years old.  Audrey Zapp was a true believer in the potential greatness of our Park, and without her strength of conviction and purpose, there would be no home for Liberty Landing, no boating, and no public space that we now enjoy.

An article in the Record describes Audrey’ s tireless role in getting Liberty State Park off the ground, together with her partner, Morris Pesin. So if you always wanted to know who Audrey Zapp Drive is named after, here’s the link to the article that will teach you a little more about this remarkable woman. Thanks, Audrey!

2-8-2012 – Audry Zapp – Liberty State Park

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Message from the Commodore

 

Holiday Greetings

To All LYC Members, Families and Friends:

May you all have the Happiest of Holidays and the Best of New Years!!

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas day in the morning.

 

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