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April 2016

Dear WHYC Members,

With warmer weather and the arrival of April, our thoughts turn to pulling the covers off our “yachts” and planning summer adventures. Your 2016 Cruise Committee is putting the finishing touches on our cruise schedule with the expectation that we will have another good year for WHYC “salts”. There is a practical limit to the number of boats that we can have in some of our ports so look at our program and your calendars and set the dates with reservations on whyc.net.

East Cruise: July 17­-23, 2016​
Our longer cruise will again head to the best cruising waters on New England’s south coast. Departing Watch Hill on Sunday, July 17 we will gather at the iconic Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, with dinner plans on the Newport waterfront. The next day is a “floating” day as we move our flotilla to Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard for Tuesday. Monday evening provides several great alternatives on the north shore of Buzzard’s Bay (Westport, Padanaram, Marion, ­Sippican Harbor) as well as Quissett Harbor and Hadley’s Harbor near Woods Hole, not to mention Menemsha for those who choose to transit Vineyard Sound. We plan a cruise group dinner in Vineyard Haven on Tuesday evening and a group outing to Nantucket is scheduled for Wednesday. We will board APHRODITE and KARRINEH for fast transit across Nantucket Sound to spend the day in Nantucket, returning to Vineyard Haven for dinner. Thursday we sail to Cuttyhunk with the usual option of lunch and a swim in Tarpaulin Cove (south shore of Naushon Island) before our traditional Cuttyhunk cocktails and lobster shore dinner at the Fishing Club with its spectacular lawn and view of Gay Head and the Elizabeth Islands. Friday we continue westward with an overnight stop in New Harbor/Salt Pond (Block Island). There we will plan for BYO cocktails on or near the WHYC mooring. Saturday we return to WHYC with a reception on the lower deck from 1700 to 1900.

Flat Hammock Club Picnic: Sunday, July 31, 2016
Joining with other committees, we are planning a picnic day with a variety of activities including swimming and sailing at Flat Hammock just east of the Dumplings in Fishers Island Sound. Those who joined in a WHYC gathering there several years ago know what a delightful venue we have so close to WHYC. Members and guests are expected to arrive aboard all manner of craft including day­sailers, especially WH­15s, outboards and larger cruisers. There will be opportunities for those who wish to sail aboard WH­15s in that beautiful part of the Sound.

West Cruise; August 18­-21, 2016
Finally, we are again planning a shorter “west” cruise leaving WHYC on Thursday, August 18. We will gather that afternoon at Fishers Island Yacht Club with plans to visit the interesting Fishers Island museum and then have a cook­out on the lawn at FIYC. From Fishers Island West Harbor we will sail on Friday to Dering Harbor on Shelter Island with plans for cocktails and dinner at Shelter Island Yacht Club, a favorite of WHYC cruisers. Saturday will be a “floating” day with some cruisers remaining in the Dering Harbor­/Greenport area and some exploring Peconic Bay, West Neck Harbor (Shelter Island) or Sag Harbor. Sunday we will sail with the prevailing wind back to WHYC to wash the salt off our boats and gather to tell sea stories at our traditional 1700 gathering (a.k.a., cruisers’ reception) at Cabana #11.

Check your calendar, recruit your crew and sign on to one or all of our 2016 cruising activities!

Your 2016 Cruise Committee
Hillary & Cilla Bercovici, Dennis Algiere, Len & Deb Edwards, Bob & Ami Green, John & Brigid Hall, Dick & Ardis Holliday, Chris & Nancy Houlihan, Bill & Kathy McKendree, Kirk Reynolds