Waquoit Bay Yacht Club

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Last updated: Thursday, April 2, 2009 2:30 PM

April 2, 2009

Dock maintenance and build will be held on Saturday April 18th. All help is welcome! Dock in day will be Saturday, May 2nd. Again, many hands make short work and all are welcome.

Opening day for the 2009 season will be Saturday, May 23rd.

February 13, 2009

Hello everyone. I am sending this letter to all e-mail members of the club to inform everyone of an application that our neighbor to the North (WBNERR) has made.

They are requesting to have a permanent pier that measures 142 feet long by 4 feet wide.  There will be a 22 foot aluminum ramp leading to a 10x20 foot float.  The pilings holding the pier will be 12 inches in diameter 20 feet apart. The pilings on the float will rise 17 feet above the water level.

I have attended two meetings already held by the Conservation Commission in Falmouth.  There have been numerous questions asked by the Commission and concerned citizens.  WBNERR has also stated they will move any moorings that would interfere with their Pier.

If you have any questions or wish to voice your opinion you can e-mail me at jimcdown@comcast.net

The next meeting of the Conservation Commission will be held at the town hall on Feb. 25 at 7:00 pm.  The general public is invited to attend.

Jim Downhill
Commodore , WBYC   

Click Here to print this letter

 

January 6, 2009 - IMPORTANT

Click Here to read the WEBNERR Dock Project Description

January 2, 2009 - IMPORTANT

The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR) has made
application to the Town of Falmouth, Conservation Commission to erect a pier from their
boat house into Waquoit Bay.  A public hearing on this application will be held January 7,
2009 in the evening at town hall.

The essence of the proposal is as follows:
They wish to erect a permanent pier that measures 142 feet long by 4 feet wide to
extend into the Bay where there will be a 22 foot aluminum ramp leading to a 10x20 foot
float.  The pilings holding this pier will be 12” diameter, 20 feet apart, dug into the sand
15 feet and the pilings on the float will rise 17 feet above water level. There will be
approximately 4 to 8 feet from the sand to under the pier, depending on tide. They will
move their moorings to accommodate this pier, and presumably move others as well.
(Remember there IS a mooring plan on file at the Harbor Masters office in Falmouth).

The pier will start at the current cement stairs next to the boathouse as a ramp. The total
length of the pier is 182 feet. Stairs will lead from the beach up to the pier. The pier will
be permanently lit along the entire length. The aluminum ramp and float will be stored
off site during winter months.

They state that their “researchers” need permanent pilings to attached equipment, that they
need to load skiffs from a dock, they need to stop the damage to their skiffs from pulling
them up on the beach and to allow for greater comfort for their researchers to carry out
their work. The number of actual researchers is unknown. It is known that their staff
patrol Washburn Island Campground from this site.

Facts:
All of the land at the head of the Bay and beyond is in what is called ACEC land (Area of
Critical Environmental Concern). One of the regulations in this State law is that there
can be NO erection of docks, unless the public good can be demonstrated.
(http://www.Falmouthmass.us/deppage.php?number-50) The proposal states that the public
good is for school children to go out on the dock to view the water.

No mention in the proposal as to the disposal of silt, sand and shells that will arise out of
the erection of piles. No environmental impact assessment has been made public in this
proposal. No plans are suggested for the restoration of fragile grass, sand, bushes and
other natural vegetation that will be disturbed by the erection of this pier.

WE ARE CONCERNED RESIDENTS OF WAQUOIT BAY for many reasons, the
least of which is to preserve Waquoit Bay as a precious piece of environment.

You may see this proposal at Town Hall, Conservation Commission.  YOU NEED TO
VOICE YOUR OPINION ON THE ERECTION OF THIS PIER.

WRITE A LETTER—APPEAR IN PERSON

Click HERE to print the above

Click HERE to go to the Falmouth Conservation Commission web site

Conservation Commission

Conservation Commission Adminstrator Jennifer L. McKay
Conservation Commission Agent Mark Kasprzyk
Location Falmouth Town Hall, Located in the basement
59 Town Hall Sq.
Falmouth, MA 02540
Phone 508-495-7445
Fax 508-495-7449
E-Mail Address concom@falmouthmass.us
Meeting Schedule Every Wednesday at 7:00pm (Town Hall Selectmen's Meeting Room)

 

November 19, 2008

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If you are looking for a movie with great sailing scenes, click on the link below. It was in the local theaters a few weeks ago, but you may have to wait until it is released in DVD.

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November 5, 2008

The 2008 season is now a memory. It seems as though each season goes by faster & faster. The weather Gods were good to us this season. Even though we had many windy days we were spared the damaging weather seen in the south and south west. We did have some battles to deal with, mostly involving the cormorants and seagulls. They especially liked TIGER LILY, Mary & Chris Von Alt's boat and some got it to it physically with the birds.

Despite the gas crisis it seems as though the bay was pretty full with a few new moorings and boats appearing. Speaking of new boats, Tom Campbell finally took possession of his dream boat at the end of the summer and as long as Bert McConnell sticks to dark blue hulls he can probably fool us with a new boat next year too.

Dock out day went off without a hitch on October 25th. There was a huge turnout on the sunny morning. In addition to removing the docks smaller groups were formed to deal with dismantling the club signs, storing the picnic tables and closing the kitchen. Thanks to Pat Ballo for her delicious, HOT Chili. It disappeared in a flash. Thanks also to Carole Lipka and Barbara Lunn for coffee and breakfast.

 

Al Adams

Dan Shepherd

Ken Shepherd

Dick Crocker

Bill Buchanan

Paul Ketchum

Tim Flagg

John Walden

Fraser King

Steve Leaf

Carole Lipka

Don Lunn

 

 

 

 

Chris Von Alt

Jay Jacobs

Tom Campbell

Walter Roy

Bruce Schernig

Emir Smaykiewicz

Tony Troio

Ted Schmuhl

Walter Bennett

Ed Bill

Peter Savoy

Chuck Harrington

Don Karl

Peter Giacomozzi

Pat Ballo

John Palmieri

Lee Crocker

Joyce Walden

Barbara Lunn

Ian Lunn

Jim Downhill

Chip Benoit

 

 


Thanks to all and see you in the Spring!


September 8, 2008

The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day seems to be getting shorter & shorter. It's hard to believe that Labor Day was already a week ago. As this update is written it is a beautiful Monday morning. We just dodged a bullet by a weakened Hanna. Many members did take precautions by removing their dinghies or skiffs and shoring up their mooring lines. It looks like Ike will spare the east coast by going into the gulf and once again hammering the people of that region.

The Youth Fund Raiser Dinner held on August 2nd was a rousing success. A packed crowd enjoyed a great summer time meal prepared by the parents and served by the instructors & sailors. The group took a unique approach this year with the raffles. As you purchased your raffle tickets you dropped them in cans set up for each prize. That way you win (hopefully) only those prizes you're interested in. There was also a silent raffle with the prizes donated by the youth parents. There was some heated bidding on some of the items but everyone came away happy. Thank you to all who worked on this fun night!

The Commodore's Clambake Dinner & Dance was held on August 16th. Commodore Chris Dunn made a point of contacting past commodores and invited them to the event. It was great to see Thelma Lindberg who retired to Florida, and Russ Salter who left to pursue other interests. They both looked healthy and seemed to enjoy themselves.

After a dinner of steak or lobster the attendees danced the night away to the tunes of Four Guys in Tuxes. The festivities were seemed to draw a few outsiders who thought they'd join in the fun. The gate crashers, who arrived by boat from somewhere in the bay were quietly escorted back down the docks.

This past weekend Barbara Lunn hosted Make Your Own Burrito. She had a great crowd who particularly enjoyed the Margaritas. Be sure to join us on September 13th for Italian Night. The Chowder Party is scheduled for October 11th and the Harris family has graciously agreed to host the Holiday Party on December 6th. Hope to see you all at these final events of 2008. Be sure to visit the photo gallery for this year's pictures.


July 21, 2008

It seems as if the summer is just flying by. The club has been busy since the last update. The summer sailing program kicked off June 30th. We welcome back returning instructors Jillian Boston, Jack Hanson & Marc Benoit. Our steward this year is junior member and former participant in the summer sailing program, Mark Wayland.

On June 21st Katie Proper and Scott Worrilow hosted a fabulous steak night. They had near capacity attendance and the steak was done to perfection. Thanks to Katie, Scott, Elizabeth and their crew.

Denise Shepherd did an outstanding job on this year's July 4th parade & cookout. The weather cooperated by not raining. A huge parade was organized by Denise and led by Kristina Karl. The parade route exited the club parking lot, preceded up Waquoit Landing Rd., around Nichols Rd. and back to the club. Many member's children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends participated. All then enjoyed a cookout thanks to chefs Al Adams, the 2 Dons (Karl & Lunn) and many others. Thanks to all who came.

This past weekend, July 19th Louetta & Walter Bennett once again battled the hot weather to treat us to her famous Roast Pork Dinner. Though the evening was sweltering the company was enjoyable and the food outstanding. Thank you Louetta & Walter, their daughter & son-in-law Jackie & Ed Bill and the many members who helped.

Please be sure to join us at the next function - Youth Fund Raising Dinner & Raffle. The organizers have a fun night planned for all.


June 6, 2008

It's official. The 2008 season is under way. Opening day saw beautiful weather and many eager members participating in the clean up. Thanks to them all. Emir Smaykiewicz brought his Greener Image crew and heavy duty equipment to clean back surrounding brush and grind downed trees and the cleaned brush.
Members were once again treated to an excellent sandwich buffet. (Check the recipe page for two new salad recipes.) Thank you to Colleen Giacomozzi, Carole Lipka and Joyce Walden for preparing the sandwiches and salads. Thanks also to the set up and clean up crews.
The nice weather for the holiday weekend was a teaser. As of this update we have been in several days of cold, wet weather. Don't let it get you down. The weekend promises to be great!
Check back often for news and the latest social event. Click the link above for details.


May 18, 2008
2008 Dock-in day, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 10th was moved to May 11th because of wind & rain. Despite the fact that it was Mother's Day we had a great turn out to help. The day was bright, sunny & a little cool. Winds were from the north @ 10kts. All went well with no mishaps. Several small groups were formed to tackle the various activities. Land & water groups saw to the launching and setting of the docks while others stacked cement blocks, raked leaves & cut up & disposed of the old docks. A huge thanks to all!

 

Al Adams

Dan Shepherd

Ken Shepherd

Dick Crocker

Bill Buchanan

Paul Ketchum

Jerry Galick

John Walden

Jeff Booth

Steve Leaf

Carole Lipka

Don Lunn

 

 

 

 

Chris Von Alt

AJ Von Alt

Tom Campbell

Walter Roy

Bruce Schernig

Bert McConnell

Jim Young

Ted Schmuhl

Duke Ellis

John Eldert

Greg Dunn

Chris Dunn

Don Karl

Peter Giacomozzi

Pat Ballo

Russ & Ellie White

Again this year the dock construction crew, under the guidance of Ken Shepherd did an outstanding job of building two new docks. Thanks to:

 

 

 

 

Ken Shepherd

Peter Giacomozzi

Ken Shepherd

Chuck Harrington

Don Karl

Don Lunn

Nason Swain

Tim Flagg

Richard Wolfe

 

 

 


The board would also like to extend a huge thanks to Chuck Harrington who labored heroically to replace the damaged sheet rock in the kitchen.


May 4, 2008

Welcome to the 2008 season of the Waquoit Bay Yacht Club. As I write this, I have begun to commission Razzle Dazzle for another season of sailing, and am looking forward to seeing all of you on the water and around the club house. The board has been active through the winter, and we have a very busy year planned for the club. I’d like to share those plans with you.


Waterfront & Facilities

Rear Commodore Barbara Lunn has continued with the second year of our ongoing dock replacement program. The weekend of April 26th saw the construction of two new docks for the club by a volunteer crew. T hese new docks will be added to our waterfront facility on dock in day, scheduled for Saturday May 10th. This year’s Clean Up Day and opening social event is scheduled for Saturday May 24th. Please plan on attending these events and lending your help to getting the club ready for our season. We will have a new Steward this year. Emily Mullane was not able to rejoin us, so the club Steward will be Mark Wayland. Mark will be onsite during the week and will also be hosting the Sunday races with help from the sailing instructors.


Social Events

Colleen Giacomozzi has put together a terrific social calendar for this year that will be published shortly on our website. We are moving in the direction of email notification for club events, postage is going up again, and want to invite you to make sure that we have a current email address on file for you. We will still be sending postcard reminders via “snail mail” for those who are more traditional. For those of you who we don’t see very often, I want to take this opportunity to encourage you to put a club event on your calendar and come socialize. The food is always good, the company is outstanding, and the view can’t be beat.


Junior Sailing

Our junior sailing program is ramping up again under the continuing guidance of Nancy Hanson. I am pleased to report that our entire sailing staff is returning this year with Jack Hanson as the lead instructor, assisted by Marc Benoit in the 420’s and Jillian Boston with the morning Opti sailors. We are looking forward to a great year of sailing on the bay. I am looking forward to seeing all of you around the club and on the bay this summer. Chris Dunn - Commodore


Chris Dunn - Commodore
The Photo Gallery (see link below) contains photographs taken when a work party convened on June 17th, 2006 to plant over 1000 sea grass plugs. All went well until the tides occurred overnight and we had to re-plant three rows of plugs that escaped. The plugs floated away several more times but it appears that they have taken and are on their way.
As always, please watch the weather and take appropriate action to secure your boat.

Have you checked out our WEATHER PAGE?

small red boat with yellow sailClick here to view the photo gallery

SIgnal flags for the letters of the alphabet

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