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.

Preview: Etchells Class Long Island Sound Championship


by Will Ricketson, Etchells USA 1248

Over the weekend, Shelter Island Yacht Club will play host to the Etchells Class Long Island Sound Championship, in yet another sign of the excellent health of one-design sailing here at our club. The LIS Champs holds special significance for the globally-popular Etchells fleet, as yacht designer Skip Etchells built, tested and raced the prototype hull on the Sound starting in 1966. The twenty-six boats currently entered into the regatta will therefore be competing for bragging rights and hardware near the birthplace of this venerable and beautiful class.

The regatta will also be marked by the presence of a large number of notable sailors at our club, such as Etchells World Champion Marvin Beckmann, Snipe World Champion Tomas Hornos, Finn World Champion and Olympian Hank Lammens, Olympic silver medalist and 2015 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Steve Benjamin, noted sail designers Ched Proctor and Mike Marshall (North Sails), and many more.

This star-studded guest list will be met by a formidable 14-boat SIYC fleet that has boasted top domestic and international results over the past three years. SIYC will be represented by teams led by Olympians Scott Kaufman (America Jane II) and Jay Cross (Skanky Gene) and Boston University Sailing Coach Connor Needham (Bad Martha). SIYC will also send several Shelter Island club champions to the starting line including Steve Schram (Hogzilla), Barry Allardice (USA 1185), Peter and Andrew Rowsom (Mutiny), Commodore Jamie Mills, Jay Mills and Chris Constant (USA 1199), Marc Robert (Skanky Jane), and Will, Matt and John Ricketson (USA 1248), along with the experienced Andrew McFarland / Greg Hodkinson / Ben Dyett syndicate onboard Moment and Steve Martilla’s Puff Daddy.

The 2016 Etchells LIS Champs will be another event to put SIYC on the regional sailing map of late, following up on our club’s success at the 2015 NYYC Invitational Cup Qualifier (and the currently-underway 2016 NYYC Resolute Cup campaign), and the first edition of Race Week at Shelter Island, slated for early August 2016. SIYC members ranging from junior sailors to officers, trustees and commodores will participate in the 2016 Etchells LIS Champs, and will undoubtedly inspire more members and their families to participate in one-design sailing at the club.

Wish our hometown boats luck this weekend! Click here for the impressive list of entrants.


H12 ½ Results 6/19

H 12.5's at the start. Photo by J. Kenney
H 12.5’s at the start. Photo by J. Kenney

Hi Fleet,

We had a good meeting on Sat morning. Jeff went over some rules our fleet tends to have trouble with, which was very instructive. I collected the dues for 29 boats to date. We are off to a great start!

Sat racing started with very light wind conditions, but RC managed to give us 2 races( thank you RC). Steve Houston came in first for the day, which was very special for him. He has come a long way after only just joining the fleet. So, you see, any one of you H-12 owners can come out and after some trials and tribulations land in first place too.

H-121/2 Summer Series

June 18, 2016

  Boat Name Sail Number Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Points Overall
Steve Houston Lone Star






Jeff Bresnahan C-Toy






Denny & Ellen Clark Lulu Belle






Siobhan O’Connor & Greg Hodkinson Scallop






Larry & Toni Landry Hulabor II






Dona Bergin & Lynn King III III III






Bruce & Susan Brewer Spray






Ed & Joy Bausman Andante






Harry & Peg Diorio Doughdish






Chuck & Carol Tiernan Kona






Becky Northey & Karen Lind Fifty-Fifty






Chip & Courtney Luddeke Hot Tub






Dave Ruby Tip Not






Bill Stahle Splash






Dress Code

Just a reminder…

Casual dress is acceptable for all evenings at the club except Saturday evening, when jackets are required for men. 

Attire and footwear appropriate to a yacht club is expected at all times. Bathing suits are not appropriate attire.

Denim jeans are not acceptable attire for dinner on the main East Dining Deck. They may be worn in the bar, at the umbrella tables, or on the South Deck if it is set up and available for dining.

Looking forward to dining with you soon.

New Restaurant Minimums

Dear Members,

The House Committee has been hard at work incorporating all the useful information from the recent club survey into the menu this summer at the club.  We hope you will dine with us soon and enjoy all of our delicious menu items.

As a reminder, the minimums for the restaurant were increased slightly this year for all member groups. This is the first increase in four years. For regular members the May/June combined minimum is $75, July is $200, August is $200, and Sept/Oct combined is $75. The entire membership minimums can be found on page (121) of your 2016 yearbook. Please keep in mind the minimums are for food only. Beverages of all kinds and special events are not credited towards your minimums. Once a member has spent $700 on dining food charges for the summer, that member will be exempt from minimum charges for the remainder of the summer.

We look forward to seeing you at the club and enjoying a wonderful 2016 sailing season!

Thank you.

H 12 ½ start of 2016 season update

The H 12 ½ fleet is off to a great start.  This past Saturday, May 28th, 4 boats raced the first ever Informal Memorial Day Race in beautiful sunny windy conditions. Dona Bergin raced in her boat with Steve Houston; Joy and Ed Bausman,and John Slater also joined Denny and Ellen Clark. We raced two races in the harbor for about an hour of racing. Results:

1st John Slater, 4 pts
2nd Clarks, 4 Pts
3rd Dona and Steve, 5pts
4th Ed And Joy, 7Pts

First place was awarded a new pair of sailing gloves, 2nd and 3rd received sail ties.

Please join us every Saturday ( until formal racing starts June 18th) at 1PM in the slicker room to go over the course and strategy for the day. No need to be an expert sailor. Just come to have fun!

Living the Old Way on Shelter Island

Living the old way in Shelter Island

SHELTER ISLAND, N.Y. – While Solomon takes an order for a BLT with one hand and downshifts a cherry Coke at the soda fountain with the other, Bennett is multitasking at the grill with the calm assurance of a man who’s been doing this for 20 years. Sizzling in various stages of completion are an egg-white omelet, a hamburger, a grilled cheese, hash browns, and onions.

He sprinkles the omelet with mushrooms and tomatoes, puts a slice of cheese on a burger and covers it with a small lid, puts the grilled cheese on the plates and hands it to Solomon, who has served the Coke and is slicing a roast beef sandwich that looks big enough to gag a shark.

Noontime at the lunch counter of the Shelter Island Heights Pharmacy is always busy. Among the locals, there’s a rising tide of repartee, and conversations are leapfrogging from stool to stool. The voices rub cheerfully against one another. As Solomon places the BLT before the woman sitting next to me, she turns and says, “I’ve been gone for five years. This is my first day back. This is home. There’s no place like Shelter Island.”

Indeed, Shelter Island, at the eastern end of Long Island, is 15 minutes and 100 years from the Hamptons, that glitzy, glittery, fabled playground of the rich and famous. Even today, it might have posed for Norman Rockwell. There are coves, creeks, marshes, inlets, and harbors prickling with masts. Two-lane roads wind through fields that have nourished crops and livestock for four centuries. Roadside stands sell vegetables and flowers on the honor system. Pumpkins lounge in the fields like fallen moons.

Hospitality is woven into life’s fabric here. The 2,300 year-round residents treat one another as though they will meet again, and they greet strangers with comforting rhetorical questions, like “How are you?” Many of the residents can trace their roots to the 1650s, when the island was settled by Europeans.

Shelter Island is only a four-hour drive from Philadelphia, but be warned: There are no shopping malls, fast-food restaurants, billboards, or hot nightclubs.

And, making it all possible, there is no bridge. Several times in the last 100 years, there have been efforts to build a bridge, but each attempt was quashed by local opposition. As a result, ferries chug back and forth from North Haven in the south and Greenport in the north. The trip takes about five minutes, but this minor inconvenience is just enough to set the island apart.

A few steps from the pharmacy is the Chequit (chee-kwit), which opened in 1872. There were no televisions in the rooms back then, and there still aren’t. “We don’t have televisions in the rooms because the Chequit is a place for conversation, reading, and good food,” explains David Bowd, chief executive of Salt Hotels, which renovated the property this year.

Actress Mary Pickford stayed there in the 1920s, Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller were guests in the 1950s, and Ethel and Robert Kennedy sailed into the harbor and spent a night in the 1960s. Though the revamped Chequit is now a 37-room boutique hotel with modern baths, it has lost none of its Victorian, seaside charm.

Red Maple, the hotel’s restaurant (named for a tree in its outdoor terrace), serves a farm-to-table menu weighted heavily toward seafood.

After filling up at Piccozzi’s Gas Station (“America’s Oldest Mobil Station – 1927”), I head for the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church Burial Ground. Many of the grave markers have been canted and jockeyed by the frosts of some 200 winters. They bear first names like Caleb and Hannah, and several of the men fought in the Revolutionary War.

As the church bell announces 11 a.m., a car pulls up, a woman steps out and introduces herself as Joy Bowditch Bausman. I note that these last two names appear on many of the stones. She tells me she’s a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which is working to restore and preserve the monuments. She talks at 100 words per minute, with gusts up to 150.

She shows me a 1752 stone that has broken into a dozen pieces and that has been reassembled, like a jigsaw puzzle, and placed horizontally under Plexiglas on a stone tabletop supported by four pillars.

She tells me she’s a lifelong Shelter Island resident and asks me whether I know what a hare-legger is. Without waiting for me, she supplies the answer. “Shelter Islanders are known for the ability to run quickly to catch the ferry.”

She suggests I visit Sylvester Manor. “It was home to 11 generations of the Sylvesters, the original European settler family dating back to 1652. I’m a direct descendant.”

Sylvester Manor is closed for the season, but a young man named Zachary Johnson, who runs educational programs for kids there, offers to give me an impromptu tour. He points to a huge, gnarled tree that looks like a fairy tale troll. “That’s a copper beech that was planted in the mid-1800s.” Overhead, Europe-bound jets chalk up the deep-blue sky.

“Shelter Island was settled by Nathaniel Sylvester, an English sugar merchant, in 1652,” Johnson says as though he has said this before. “Sylvester became the island’s sole owner 22 years later. Gradually, he sold acreage to other families, and the current farm is about 243 acres. It’s now operated as a nonprofit organic farm and educational center.”

The farm was used to provision the Sylvesters’ sugar plantations on Barbados, and, at one point, there were 23 slaves here. Johnson points to a narrow, twisting stairway leading to the attic. “Unlike in the South, the slaves here lived in the same house as the masters. But,” he adds, “the attic was hot and crowded.”

The manor house is filled with centuries of family heirlooms – a piano with candles to read the sheet music, a quill pen and inkwell, dark portraits of brooding men and women.

Nearly a third of Shelter Island, more than 2,000 acres, is occupied by the Mashomack Preserve, which is run by the private Nature Conservancy and is a blend of interlaced tidal creeks, freshwater marshes, mature forests, meadows, and 12 miles of coastline.

I begin at the visitor center, where Rebecca Kusa, a conservation education specialist, answers my first question. “Oh, the nests. They’re osprey nests. They’re made of sticks, driftwood, and seaweed. They build them in tree forks and on utility poles. Many of them get reused year after year.”

Other Mashomack denizens include harbor seals, fiddler crabs, terrapins, wood ducks, deer, turtles, raccoons, salamanders, and some 200 bird species.

There are five trails, ranging from one to 10 miles, but even if you don’t want to hike, the visitor center itself is worth a visit. Dozens of interactive exhibits describe the preserve’s wildlife, and an outside bird feeder can be viewed with binoculars through a window, and a microphone enables you to hear as well as see the birds.

Meandering along back roads, I come across the Ram’s Head Inn, a rambling, Colonial-style building, and decide to get a drink. The door is open and I walk in to find a man sitting at the reception desk. I ask him if I can get a beer. “We’re closed for the season,” he says. “But if you wait five minutes until I finish this paperwork, I’ll open the bar for you.”