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Harlem Yacht Club’s Going Into Commission 2015

October 5, 2015

Board_Ceremony_PTrumfio_LBrough_IMG_0214Well this season sure flew by! Just two weeks before we have GOC, here is a collection of pictures from GIC! I am also including the sentiments that our dear Commodore Jeep delivered during the Flag Ceremony.


Members and Guests

Welcome to the 133 Harlem Yacht Club Going into Commission  and  officially starting the 133 Yachting season.

Thank –you for all the work done to get us here.  This is a half full rather than a half empty day for me and I only see all the work that has been done and the Club looks great.

On Monday I will see the image of a gazebo on the dock and the resurrected launch house and all the things we need to get done but today we are enjoying all that has been accomplished.

Standing here I can really appreciate tradition, heritage and friendship.  133 years ago and starting out in model boats, our Club graduated up to bigger boats, then hosting the first one design regatta in Star Boats in 1911, operating thru the two world wars while focusing on cruising, club and inter club races and here we are again evolving to meet the present boating environment.

When I look around I see the history and traditions so important to making us a club rather than a marina and most important I see the friendship and camaraderie.


Table 1: Commodore Jeep & Tina C., PC Mark & Linda C., PC Art & Carolyn C., Vice Commodore Robert & Joan R., Gene D.


Table 2: Jim & Dorothy B., PC Jack & Nancy C., Peter & Kate G., PC Cathy S. & Anthony R., Entertainment Chair, Kim H., Frank C.


Table 3: PC Robert & Laura F., David & Barbara F., PC Steven & Rowena L., VC Peter T. & Lesley B., Vincent C., PC Erwin E.


Table 4: PC Brian H., Drexel & Robin H., PC Charles S., Steve O. & daughter Ruby, PC Marty & Genie F.


Table 5: Walt & Rita T., Dana & Ellen L., PC Bruce & Diane L., Jerry & Joan S.


Table 6: PC Stu & Barbara R., Art & Joan K., Dave & Christine R., PC Mark & Marcia L.


Table 7: Pat M. & Sue H., Ron & Maria M., Roy S. & Ellen M., Hideki & Masumi H.


Table 8: Paul & Wendy B., Paul & Mary E., Jodie S. & Phyllis M., Commodore Robert B. (SYC), Eugene B.


Table 9: Rick P. & Claudia P., Philip S., Jill R., Dave V. & Richard G., Douglas & Hedi G.


Table 10: Mike S. & Sandy K., Lloyd & Rhoda H., John & Carmen G., Vince & Sooki P.


Table 11: Huck & Cynthia M., Richard & Lisa C., Howard & Antoinette R., Robin & Patrick B.


Table 12: Richard & Mary W., Kenneth R. & Camille C., Thomas & Julie W.


Table 13: Morty & Clara D., Jacques & Elyse B., Theordore E. & Deborah S., Greg M. & daughter Irene K.


Table 14: Dr. Chin-Ju & Jenny L., Alan & Cynthia R., Dave & Sharyn W., Sung Y.


Table 15: Stephen & Annette B., Phyllis & Anthony A., Herman C., John M. & Denis K.


Harlem Yacht Club’s Octoberfest 2015

October 4, 2015

While the season is nearing an end, the house was packed and filled with great cheer at yesterday’s Octoberfest. Starting with the hot, soft pretzels at the bar, the food was delicious and abundant thanks to Anne Booth and her team. The Blues were rockin’ thanks to Paul Beaudin and his HYC House Band. The rigorous dancing is living proof of HYC’s vitality. There was not one empty seat in the dining area and the dance floor was full. I guess its always high season at HYC!

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Harlem Yacht Club’s Vice-Commodore’s Regatta 2015

September 29, 2015

Submitted by Lesley B.


It was a breezy, overcast day for the 2015 HYC Vice-Commodore’s regatta. But, even with the threat of rain not far away, the crews of the eight boats that entered the race could not be deterred. Following the skippers’ meeting, the boats all headed out to the start line for the 1.00 pm gun. Race Committee (PC Bruce & Diane L., Art K., and Rita T.) sent us on a course around the K, B, and L marks and then back to the finish. Thai Hot (with prosecco corks a-popping) blasted across the start line with Annandale, Deuce of Hearts, Mincemeat, Leeds The Way (double-handed by PCs Leeds and Rogan) and Pas de Deux all following in hot pursuit. Adopting a different approach, Still Crazy crossed the start line on port tack, while Trinity, which also had a great start, took an early lead and never looked back. Following the race, the crews gathered on the deck for some post-race drinks, munchies and HYC visors, courtesy of Vice-Commodore Bob & Joan R. Then it was time for the awards ceremony officiated by PC Lages, who read out the results and presented the trophy to the winner: Trinity (with sail-boaters Philip S. and Jill R., accompanied by power-boaters Steve O. and daughter Ruby). The rain stayed away until about 5.00 pm when the skies finally opened and forced the various crews indoors to the bar and restaurant to continue the evening’s festivities. A special thanks to Vice-Commodore Bob & Joan R., to the Race Committee, and to all the sail-boaters, power-boaters, Associate and Social members who turned out to make the Vice-Commodore’s regatta such a great event.

Full results are as follows:
3.Deuce of Hearts
4.Still Crazy
5.Thai Hot
7.Leeds the Way
8.Pas de Deux


Harlem Yacht Club’s Full Moon Rendezvous, August 29, 2015

September 29, 2015

I had heard very little chatter leading up to the Full Moon Rendezvous scheduled for Saturday, August 29th, so I was therefore not too surprised to find there were only two boats at Red “2” Fl R 4s (“Big Tom”) at the appointed departure time of 1430: Thai Hot (PC & Laura F., with guests Paul, Jim & Jane), and Annandale (RC Peter T. & Lesley B.).

What little breeze there was, was on the nose as we stared motor-sailing out east. As we past Execution Rocks, we heard Andromeda (Drexel H., with son Jason & Jason’s girlfriend, Lisa) hail Thai Hot to say that they had just slipped their mooring and were heading out to Cold Spring Harbor. Then, as we crossed the expansive entrance to Hempstead Harbor, the breeze filled in from the south. Next thing I knew we had unfurled the jib and were moving along at 7+ kts on a nice beam reach. We rode that all the way to Green C “17” before hardening up and sailing straight into Oyster Bay. We sailed all the way down into Cold Spring Harbor before furling the jib and starting the engine…just as Thai Hot was setting the anchor for the raft up.

There was quite a large raft-up of boats from Sewanhaka Yacht Club further south. There was also a small group of three boats, in close to shore. PC Fleno asked the crew of Annandale to go investigate to see if they were part of our group. As previously stated, I hadn’t heard any chatter prior to the event, so I was skeptical…but went to investigate as instructed. I was pleasantly surprised to see Leeds the Way (PC Mark & Marcia L.) rafted up with Shanghai (CJ. & Jenny L.) & Julie de la Mer (Barry & Julie, friends of Mark & Marcia from the Huntington Yacht Club).

They broke up and we all headed over to join the “new” raft up, with Thai Hot on center. As we were forming the raft-up, two more boats approached from the north: Adagio (former member Vince Pirone & Suki, with two guest on board), and Chandi Nerissa (Euguene B. & son David). Once all the boats were secured, hors d’oeuvers were brought out and adult beverages were served.

At 1932, PC Fleno fired a cannon signalling sunset. Soon thereafter the full moon started to rise in the east…a bright orange orb rising over the bluffs in Cold Spring.

About that same time we noticed two small white orbs rising in the north. Turns out one was the steaming light on the mast of Andromeda, whom we were expecting. The other was the steaming light of Fantasy (Senior Member Howard Rose, Anne, and a guest). Andromeda joined the raft up, making a total of eight boats. Fantasy chose to anchor out on their own, just aft of the raft up…bringing our total to nine boats.

At this point the serious food started to make its way into the cockpit on Thai Hot. There were the requisite meat & cheese platters, shrimp cocktail, etc. Soon cold steak, potato salad, and a watermelon & feta cheese salad followed. Then the hot food started coming off the grill (shrimp, sausage & sliders).

There was a slight chill in the air, so people were putting on shells or fleece (but great sleeping weather). As the evening wore on, people started making their way back to their own boats. The last of the holdouts broke up the party at about 0145.

The next morning there was swimming and more food. Boats started peeling off around 1000…with little breeze to speak off. The breeze did start to fill in from the north…but after motoring out of Cold Spring Harbor, we found that the Sound itself was a mill pond. We started motoring west for an hour or so before the wind once again, filled in from the south. We were treated to a spirited sail back to HYC.

I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised by the number of boats, members, and their guests (about 25 individuals in all) that participated in the Harlem Yacht Club’s 2015 Full Moon Rendezvous.

So a big thanks to everyone who participated. I want to especially thank the crew of Thai Hot for organizing the event, and for being such good hosts. I think a good time was had by all, and I’m already studying the full moon calendar for next year.

– PMT, Rear Commodore

Harlem Yacht Club’s Treat Race 2015 – Challenging But Fun For All!

September 29, 2015

This year’s edition of one of the Harlem Yacht Club’s most historic races, the competition for the Sydney C. Treat and Sydney J. Treat Trophies, drew a full fleet of 12 boats and some truly perservering – and fun-loving – crew.

The race committee boat, captained by Fleet Surgeon Dr. CJ Li and his mate Jenny (also “official race photographer”), with moral support from Maria Mangione, set a start line by the EBYRA “R” buoy near Weir Creek and awaited the fleet.

With a light east-southeasterly blowing, intermittently at first, the seven starters in Division 1, competing for the “Sydney J.,” started on a course to nun “46A,” followed by the Cuban Ledge buoy, then to the “A” mark near Throgs Neck, and on to the finish. Last year’s winner, Annandale, with Peter Trunfio and Leslie Brough aboard, took off with a nice breeze and never looked back! They were first-to-finish and easily held their time over the second place finisher, Still Crazy, helmed by PC Tony Rosco. The wind, though remaining present, kept lightening, forcing the rest of the division to hold their breath in hope of finishing before the three-hour time limit, and thanks to their efforts, they all did so. It was a treat to watch the little Andromeda, sailed by Drexel Harris (in his first race ever) chasing down the 40-foot Thai Hot (with a philosophically resigned crew headed by PC Bob and Laura Fleno) to the finish line and correcting over the bigger boat.

The race for the “Sydney C.,” was a match between four J/24s, Wow (double-handed by Herman Cardona and Ron Mangione), Seven Seas (with Hideki Hayashihara and his son), Jeepers (with Commodore Jeep Califano at the helm), and Trinity (Philip Swanton and Jill Rubenstein), sailing a slightly longer course than the cruising boats.Trinity grabbed the lead and held it, though followed very closely over the entire course by Jeepers.

Racing was followed that evening by the traditional HYC Pasta Night, making for a full, fun-filled day for race participants.

– Dave and Sharynne Wilder, HYC Treat Race RCs

Harlem Yacht Club’s Twilight Series 2015

August 25, 2015

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Once again, HYC hosted a very successful and enjoyable Twilight Series, consisting of 6 Friday evenings on the water racing followed by great food, live music and dancing back at the club.

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There were 19 boats that took part in the series. While some took the racing more seriously than others, this series emphasizes welcoming the weekend on Friday evenings by frolicking on the water and partying back at the club. Full results are posted at

Thank you to the many volunteers who provided their time and boats to do race committee, without whom these races could not have happened.