Severe Weather Preparation


July 2016


The very active part of the Hurricane Season is upon us and continues until the middle of October.

Your attention is drawn to House Rule V Severe Weather Preparation on pages 126-127 of the Club Yearbook.  For your convenience Rule V is also stated on the attached pages.

Please review the House Rule thoroughly.  In the event NOAA announces a Hurricane Watch, commence completing your preparations accordingly.

Set up a game plan well ahead of a Hurricane Watch to properly prepare your craft for severe weather.  If you will not be available or cannot carry out a suitable game plan, we strongly urge you to designate someone to do it for you!

     The Club staff has been given detailed instructions and a game plan regarding the preparations of Club property for severe weather.  It is up to each individual owner to complete his or her own preparations.  The Club cannot assist its members except for launch service as long as safe operation permits.

Your cooperation is urged and required.  Please remember, Dering Harbor is NOT a “Hurricane Hole”!

The following web address is a very useful one to obtain the latest information:


Marc S. Wein

Chairman Marine Committee



A HURRICANE WATCH is issued by NOAA for a coastal area when there is a threat of hurricane condition within 24-36 hours.

A HURRICANE WARNING is issued by NOAA when hurricane conditions are expected in a specific coastal area in 24 hours or less.


1. Each boat owning member, and fleet should develop and maintain an Individual

Severe Weather Plan for his/her/its vessel(s).  This plan should be made ready to be

implemented every time the owner departs Shelter Island, even if a severe weather

situation does not exist at that time.

This plan should provide for the implementation of items #1 through #4 (as applicable) of paragraph III-B of these rules.

It is strongly suggested that this plan include the designation of a local agent to act in the owner’s absence.

2. The Club assumes no responsibility for members’ boats or property.  In regard to members’ property, the Club reserves the right to take any steps necessary to protect Club Property.



1. To protect Club personnel and property to the greatest extent possible prior to, and under, storm conditions.

2. To provide normal Club services as long as it is safe to do so.



1. SIYC Staff will not provide any service or help to members in connection with their boats, in slips or on moorings, except for launch service as long as safe operations permits.

2. SIYC launches are not available for towing.

3. OFFICER IN CHARGE: The Senior Flag Officer present will be the officer in charge.  In the absence of any available Flag Officer, a Watch Officer will be appointed by the Commodore to take charge.  In the absence of an Appointed Watch Officer, the Club Manager will be in charge.


1. Remove all roller furling headsails and properly stow below deck or ashore.  Lashing head sails is insufficient.  Remove mainsails or double lash over mainsail cover.  Treat mizzensails in the same manner.

2. Remove all anchors stowed on deck.  This applies particularly to plow anchors since anchors can and do cut mooring lines.  The intent here is also to avoid airborne anchors.

3. Install chafe material at all points of chafe.

4. For yachts in slips: DOUBLE UP mooring lines, apply chafe material and consider relocating to a safer location.

Have someone perform these tasks before a Hurricane Warning if you cannot do it yourself.


1. Insure that all steps to be taken during the Hurricane Watch are completed.

2. Vacate all yachts!

3. All dinghies must be removed from Club premises.

4. All boats in the dry sail area must be removed from the premises.

5. Shutdown of launch service will occur as follows:

After a Hurricane Warning is established by NOAA, the point in time when the Club launch(es) will cease operating is at the sole discretion of the Officer in charge.  NO EXCEPTIONS will be made, so all preparations should be completed early!

6. All scheduled Club functions will be canceled at the discretion of the Officer in Charge.

3 Day Women’s Clinic a Success

There was general consensus after attending the recent women’s sailing clinic…the feeling of CONFIDENCE. Dona Bergin, Whitney McCarthy and Bobbi MacLeod created a light-hearted environment where we all felt more at ease to take risks and push our sailing skills to a higher level. For example, we now have a solid understanding of how to take an H12 on and off the mooring and this clinic afforded us the opportunity to practice that over two-dozen times! Every woman who has ever considered attending one of these clinics but has not committed yet, please do yourself that favor. The support and constructive feedback from the instructors as well as from the other ladies attending made this an experience of a lifetime. I cannot wait to sail again!

Come join the Thursday evening Racing Clinic!

The new SIYC adult racing clinic has been a real success.  The Thursday night sessions begin at 5:30pm and will run through August 18th.  We meet in the slicker room with a “chalk talk” on various racing topics such as: starts, rules such as at the 3 boat circle, keeping on course to the mark, and various factors such as tide, oscillating wind and clear air, as well as general tips for a good race.  The group then heads to the water to practice what has been discussed and races on a course that our qualified instructors have set up for us. After racing, we gather as a group again to go over questions and talk about what went right or wrong! Getting out on the water every Thursday evening with a mix of amateur and more experienced racers has been not only educational but fun!  Last week 12 sailors participated in the clinic, we hope more will join us as the summer continues!  For more information contact the Sailing Director or just show up.

Ladies Regatta


SIYC July Ladies Race 

The wind was light as the enthusiastic group of women assembled at the Club on Sunday afternoon July 10 for the first 2016 Ladies H12 ½ Race. A total of 8 boats – 17 sailors – participated. After Jeff Bresnahan’s detailed skippers’ briefing, a delay for lack of wind seemed to fly by as the sailors caught up with one another and shared tactics and questions about the course.  Finally the breeze filled in and the course was set at the mouth of Dering Harbor and the boats were on the line. One race was achieved with conditions that varied from steady breeze to showers that dampened the breeze altogether. The sailors managed Jeff’s last-minute course change with little difficulty and were back on the hard within approximately an hour.

Some might argue that the best part of the regatta was the very lively after-party back at the Club. The snacks were excellent and much commented-upon, particularly the delicious shrimp spring rolls and guacamole. Prizes were awarded as follows:

First:  Siobhan O’Connor Hodkinson & Niamh Hodkinson

Second:  Heather Wolf & Tony Landry

Third: Lynn King & Kathy Hills

Additional prizes included:

Best Start:  Lisa Reich & Danielle Hamilton

Best Mark Rounding: Liana Slayter  & Poppy Allonby

Best Dressed:  Dianne Bailey & Kathy Zarchin

First Time Regatta Skipper: Lisa Reich

Three-in-a-Boat:  Genevieve Lynch, Alicin Williamson & Jennifer Van Sandt

A big thank you to Jeff Bresnahan and his all-female instructor race committee for organizing a fun and instructive race.

The next Ladies H 12 1/2 Race will be Sunday August 21.  The point of these races is to build a spirit of camaraderie as well as sailing and racing skills. If you think you might enjoy this very welcoming group, please contact the Sailing Director.  All levels of skill are welcome.

For a delightful account of SIYC’s very first Ladies’ Race in 1894, please read this brief report from the Brooklyn Eagle: “Fair Women at the Helm”


Update from Valkyrie Ocean Racing from Drew Chapman

The 2016 season started well for Drew Chapman’s Valkyrie (Beneteau First 44.7) with a class win in the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island race.

Following soon thereafter was the 2016 Newport to Bermuda race, marking the 50th race since inception. The race commenced under a cloud of anxiety surrounding a low pressure system that was expected to come off the North Carolina coast, and make a left turn up the rhumline and proceed north directly into the fleet.  Approximately 35 boats did not start due weather concerns, including the entire Gibbs Hill (professional) division. Valkyrie made the decision to race, with the view to watching the system closely as they progressed assuring there was an exit if the system looked like it would escalate. Fortunately it did not. The race was marked by very light winds the first 48 hours, prior to entering the low pressure system which saw sustained winds of 30-35 knots and 15-20 foot waves.  Valkyrie emerged unharmed and strong from the system, only to be confronted by extremely light winds during the last day as Valkyrie frustratingly battled the entire final day to cross the finish line, all while Bermuda was in sight.
Valkyrie finished a convincing 1st in Class and 8th line honors, marking two class victories in a row.