The fall months are always an adjustment for us all at MYC. They bring a chill in the air and new exciting birth of fresh air to our beautiful club and all it offers!
Looking back at our spring and summer months with all that 2020 has brought us, MYC has
weathered the “storm”. Thank you staff and members for all your hard work, commitment,
understanding and support. Moving forward, we plan on our pool facility to remain open for a few more weeks depending on weather and availability of limited staff. We will push the season as long as possible for our members to enjoy.
On another note – thanks goes out to our fleet captain Sarah Ferrante and committee for a successful MYC Invitational regatta and congrats to Tom Treat (and son), Gretchen McCarthy & Bruce Kuryla for retaining the trophy! The boating season is possibly the best this time of year so get out on the water and enjoy!
Clearly, the virus has disrupted our normal monthly member event schedule, but our management, VC and committees have thought outside the box, providing us with everything from a drive-in movie night to a lively and robust safe-distance music schedule! It hasn’t been easy navigating these waters while staying within the State Heath Dept.guidelines, but we have certainly managed to put a safe, busy and fun schedule together.
In the next couple of months as we will be moving inside more often, please be assured we are taking every precaution possible for a safe, clean and comfortable facility. You will see a somewhat new layout in the Commodore’s Lounge and dining room as well as some clear safety shielding to protect both the staff and members. Also, thorough weekly cleanings will be done to ensure a safe environment. Our officers and management are committed and ask for your support and understanding during this time. I’m looking forward to a great fall season at MYC!
See you in the Commodore’s Lounge, Cheers!
Commodore, Ken Herbert
Milford Yacht Club continued the tradition hosting the Boardman Cup for the 36th year. It was a reduced fleet from prior years because of the COVID-19 precautions. Crews were based on family and friends within their respective “sailing bubbles” (close friends, extended family members, neighbors or even co-workers.)
This year the family sailing bubble dominated with 3 of 4 MYC High Performance/Sport Boat class yachts campaigned by family bubbles (Lebov, McCarthy & Treat). The youngest MYC sailor, Barrett Lebov, deserves a special “shout out” for his first race in the High Performance class (Barrett turns 8 this month). In addition to “bubble” teams, the fleet needed to navigate through the spectator fleet at the Charles Island Music Fest, a particularly unique experience, and a crafty call by the race committee!
Boats from Housatonic Boat Club (HBC) and Windjammers Sailing Club (WSC) raised the level of competition. Thank you to all sailors, volunteers and our friends from ECSA who ran the regatta. A special thanks goes out to our Fleet Captain, Sarah Ferrante! Her enthusiasm, ability to delegate and willingness to learn made her 1st PHRF regatta a success. Other on/off water support provided by Chris Cranos (Sarah’s SO), Bob Farnum, Lou Roberts and Doug & Marge Jones.
MYC retained the Boardman Cup in this reduced fleet, with the following skippers finishing 1st,2nd & 3rd respectively; Tom Treat, Bruce Kuryla (PC) and Brendan McCarthy. Congratulations, and thanks for sailing a great race. Results can be found at the link below.
As you know, restaurants will be permitted to re-open on Wednesday, May 20th for outdoor dining only. We know that you are anxious to return to the Club and we have developed a re-opening plan to ensure the safety of our
members and compliance with local, state and federal COVID-19 guidelines and rules. These rules are temporary and will be revisited and modified as frequently as necessary. The officers and directors ask for your understanding
and cooperation during this unprecedented time. We all hope to get back to normal as quickly as possible.
We have been working behind the scenes to ensure a safe but enjoyable experience for you. Staff will be screened before each shift for COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone experiencing symptoms or illness will be sent home and
urged to contact their healthcare provider. Employees will be wearing masks at all times and servers and bussers will also be wearing gloves. Prior to reopening, staff will be trained in proper handwashing techniques and proper
disinfecting and cleaning protocols.
Well it’s been quite a month. Our core staff has been very busy with our curbside food offerings, getting the marina up and running, and working on some outdoor spring cleanup and yes, getting our pool ready for the summer season.
These are trying times, and here at MYC we know all our members are dreaming of is the day that they can enjoy all their Club has to offer. With that said we are diligently planning our reentry into “The New Norm “. Clearly it will be an adjustment that we all, unfortunately, have become accustomed to. There will be some new procedures and rules, but we will do everything within the new state mandates to make all members and staff feel safe and welcome and we ask that you do the same.
Luckily for us, our facility has the space to spread out, so there will be a somewhat new look at the clubhouse with social distance seating inside and out. We will still be offering curbside pickup for those who remain at home. The Marina is open with social distances rules in place. The dock staff will be wearing masks and gloves, and they will clean dock carts, the tender, hose faucets – etc. multiple times a day. Our cleaning service will be stepping up their schedule at the JYC and clubhouse. The main clubhouse is closed to keep our core staff safe and curbside open. The Office is available to answer any questions you may have via email or phone.
As we all anxiously await May 20th when our Governor informs us of the real reopening dates, and mandates we also must realize every day brings a different question and challenge as to our planning of ” The New Norm” here at MYC. We will continue to watch for the updates and will communicate the new protocols as soon as they are in place. I personally would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming patience, and support for your BEAUTIFUL club – my father would always say in tough times (l’ve heard the same saying lately). “THIS TOO SHALL PASS”. See you all six feet apart on our patio very soon!
Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
The call to the Annual Meeting, Pursuant to Article CI, Section 1 of the Milford Yacht Club constitution, the annual meeting of the Club membership will take place on Monday, January 27th , 2020 @ 7:00PM in the main clubhouse for the purpose of considering and/or acting upon the following:
I. Election of Officers and Board of Directors
II. Proposed Constitutional Amendments
III. Such other business as may be properly brought before the meeting
Happy holidays to all of our MYC family and friends! With the holidays upon us, it’s time to reflect and to think back on the fantastic year that we’ve had at the Club. Our staff has worked so hard to give us the best experience possible from the docks to the pool to the restaurant and the bar. Our dedicated staff is here every day for us so please show your appreciation and give to the MYC Staff Holiday Fund. I also want to personally thank all of our employees and members who made my job so enjoyable over the last two years. It’s truly been an honor to serve as your Commodore.
I look forward to this month, with so much going on at the Club! The MYC Tree Decorating event, the Ladies’ Holiday Happy Hour, Breakfast with Santa, the MYC Annual Holiday Party and the BIG BASH of the year, the MYC New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration! Call today to make your reservations as these events always sell out!
Welcome to November! Well here we are already into the holiday months at MYC. The boats are being hauled and covered, the pool has been drained and winterized, the awning has come down and the bar fireplace is on, but this Commodore is still blackfishing! (and loving every minute of it!) Only the hearty fishermen, and now the Frostbite Fleet, are still on the water.
With the change of the season comes lots of work and planning for our staff, officers, directors and committees. I want to thank everyone for their hard work and commit-ment to the Club. As always, look deeper in The Rudder and watch for your weekly e-blast for all happenings at our Club.
Holiday Wreath-Making on November 21st, Thanksgiving on November 28th, and MYC Tree Decorating on December 1st. The big date to save is New Year’s Eve! This year we are going full out to send off 2019 with a bang! We have secured an exciting band…Dyna-Durty! A supergroup combination of Dyna-Mojo and Titan Durty! We all know these boys will rock the house and have us dancing ‘til midnight! We are still in the planning stage for this event but it will be the premier event of the year with lots of surprises for all to enjoy.
Sadly, we lost two of our members recently, Chad Easley and Robert Kapusta, Sr. Each were great Club members and will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to their families and friends during this difficult time.
The 2nd annual MYC Golf Tournament, organized by Mike Zanarini and John Regan, was held on September 18th 2019 at Grassy Hill Country Club. Twenty-five golfers, some with low handicaps and some beginners, enjoyed a delightful round in spectacular weather conditions.
The format was a shotgun start and a scramble. For non-golfers, shotgun means every team tees off at the same time. In a scramble format, each golfer tees off and each player whose shot wasn’t the best, picks up his/her ball, and then hits the next ball from the spot where the best shot landed. This process is repeated until the hole is fin-ished.
A scramble makes this event fun for everyone including those who rarely play or are a bit rusty.
Golfers enjoyed a tasty buffet dinner at MYC after the event.
Prizes were awarded to the following:
Winning Foursome (5 under par): Andreé Acampora, Alicia Cavallaro, Pete Gil and Jack Sherogan. This group successfully defended its title.
Second Place (3 under par): Jim Birge, George Desrosiers, PC, Tom O’Donnell and Mike Zanarini
Third Place (1 under par): Mary Hippman, Scott Moulton, John Regan and Dave Silva
Longest Drive (Men): Tom O’Donnell
Longest Drive (Women): Denise Goodfellow
Closest to the pin (3rd hole): No one (How is that possible?)
Closest to the pin (17th hole): Peter Goodfellow
Other players included Mike Amato, PC, John Anderson, Dan and Connie Arcobello, Mitch and Nancy Berger, Brian Noe, Arnie and Sandi-Jo Galati Peterson, and Eileen Russell
(L to R) Andreé Acampora, John “Putt Putt” Regan (organizer), Alicia Cavallaro, Pete “Al Czervik” Gil and Mike “Long Ball” Zanarini (organizer). Missing from the team picture is Jack Sherogan.