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Harlem Yacht Club’s Going Into Commission 2019

October 8, 2019


Wow! Is it possible that GIC was four months ago?!?! For me, once our season opens, most of my time is spent out on the water or at the club having fun, Fun, FUN! I guess that explains why it is October and I am just getting around to this post now. None-the-less, this year’s Going Into Commission at Harlem Yacht Club was as lovely as ever! As always, it was a time to regroup with each other and welcome in those new to our membership as well. After all, that’s what HYC is all about!

Here are some GIC sentiments from Clare Vermont, our Entertainment and Restaurant Chairperson:

136 years and going strong…

The weather gods gave us a beautiful afternoon for our ceremony. I was surprised that I felt so much emotion, having participated in the ceremony, rather than as an attendee. Watching our past and present officers line up near the flagpole while I called out the names of the flag officers, watching the flags being hoisted, listening to the national anthem being performed by Freddie Lando and finally hearing our canon signify the opening of the season was a delight for me. I consider it a privilege to have been able to act as the MC for this event. Immediately following the ceremony, we had our cocktail hour (yum) that was followed by our sit down dinner for 155 people. ABCatering did a wonderful job of serving all of us, no easy feat as the kitchen was stretched to it’s maximum. Kudos to Anne and Kwon, their kitchen staff and the servers on the floor and at the bar. Dancing and dessert capped off the evening.

Hoping this sailing season will be another wonderful one at HYC!

See you on the water or at the bar!!

And, here are some snaps from the evening:

In Memory of Nick Lecakes – June 29, 2019

June 7, 2019

Contributor: Roger Karlebach

Nick’s burial site

On Saturday, June 29th, organized and led by Pat McGovern, a group of mostly Harlemite and former Harlemite friends of Nick, paid him our final respects and scattered his ashes, as he had requested, about a quarter mile off the Sand Pit at the entrance to Huntington Bay, under under Eatons Neck Light.

We all recalled scenes from the life of our friend: how he loved to teach, his service to the Club in many roles, including as instructor of a  class of dance lessons, his love of cola, the beverage with which we toasted him, and his mastery of fine wood working (of which this working tool, made entirely of wood – with only one piece broken off is a sample), and many other memories.

Nick’s handiwork

We read a psalm, said a prayer and had melancholy thoughts.

Roger reading prayer

The ashes, much like sand, lingered, floating on the water, for a few seconds before slowly sinking, giving meaning to the expression “ashes to ashes; dust to dust”.

In addition to Pat, who fed us and took the pictures, John Paskalis, now living on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Don Havilan, our former Social Chairman, Harry Joseph, a long time friend and working colleague of Nick, and I comprised the crew of ILENE, on this mission.

The same group, and others who could not join us, had taken Nick out from The Hebrew Home for The Aged in Riverdale for several years, for annual day sails in the final years of his life.

Harry and John
Roger and Don

The “rain date” for this mission would have been July 7, Nick’s birthday.

We slipped the mooring at 8:20, motored all the way out under overcast skies with very little wind, from behind us. The sun broke out during the brief ceremony. Then, fighting the ebbing tide, we sailed close hauled for about two hours, across the Sound and back at the beginning of the return before calm seas forced us to motor most of the way back, but, we sailed again from Execution Rocks to Big Tom and arrived on the mooring and had everything squared away before the brief torrential thunderstorm hit.Here is a picture of our Club taken from a drone at high tide on a nice day; beautiful!

The 2019 Season is Getting Underway at Harlem Yacht Club!

May 13, 2019

clubhouse -current-EliasCoutavesSeveral weeks ago, Harlem Yacht Club’s Rear Commodore Peter Green announced that The Ambrose Kennedy was launched and launch service would commence on April 20th. Now, a schedule has been posted for this coming weekend which brings us Going into Commission! For me, and for many others, GIC  marks the start of summer! I always look forward to kicking off the season with the ceremonial pomp and circumstance followed by dinner, dancing and generally reconnecting with the membership. Just after that comes our Memorial Day Weekend festivities including a delicious BBQ! Before we know it, the Friday Twilight Series  will have us casually racing around the bay, scurrying into the club for grub and dancing to the dynamic Harlem Yacht Club House Band led by the one and only sail-making, bass-playing Paul Beaudin! But wait, there’s more! Member, Dave Reitman is driving a new initiative – an HYC MEETUP group call New York Metro Sailors so that others can join our fun on Thursday evenings.

So follow us, like us, join us!

Harlem Yacht Club’s Spring Fling and Wine Tasting, 4/14/19

April 21, 2019

From HYC Entertainment/Restaurant Chairperson Clare Vermont:
Our Spring Fling and Wine Tasting Party kicked off the season for members and their guests with a variety of small plates from tapas and varied cheeses to seafood, carving board and pasta stations. Throughout the evening, excellent servers circulated the room offering hors d’oeuvres to the crowd while the food stations were constantly being replenished. Our wine tasting introduced the guests primarily to Spanish wines although one Bordeaux was in the mix! The mellow, musical trio set the tone for kicking back and relaxing into the season.
I would personally like to thank Anne, Kwon and all who attended for supporting this event. After all, it could never have been the party it was without each and every one of you!

L to R: Sue Herbert, Pat McGovern, Barbara Sliter & Howard Carpenter

From Rear Commodore Peter Green:
I just want to give a shout out to Clare Vermont, our Entertainment Chair, and Anne Booth Catering regarding the Spring Fling event. They juggled a wide ranging hors d’oeuvres feast / wine tasting and musical mash-up to a sell-out crowd! A fair amount of members from the other, nearby yacht clubs attended and everyone I spoke to raved about the event! This was a great kick-off to the new season. Carry on!

R to L: Two of our newest social members, Richard and Sydney Van Nort with Hedy Gort
at the abundant tapas and cheese table.

From HYC Social Member Phillis Maucieri:
Great time!

R to L: Laura Fleno, Rita Tyler, Carolyn Cancro and Howard Carpenter
R to L: Jerry Schulman, Ev Schneider & Joan Richardson at the seafood station.

From HYC Social Member Jodie Sadovsky:
It was a wonderful event!!  Anne & Clare nailed it!
Thanks so much!

Our Steward, Ann Booth and her real-life first mate, Kwon Chong of ABCatering
at Harlem Yacht Club.