Corsica Currents (Feb. 2017) - News for CRYC Members
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>Commodore's Corner
Andy Wood

The Board Of Directors continues to be very busy behind the scene this winter as you can see from all the detailed reports below. I want to give a special thank you to our Communications Committee. Gayle Jayne has been creating the Corsica Currents from all the reports given at our monthly Board meetings and Joe Della Barba continues to update the website. Both of them are doing a wonderful job keeping our members informed.
I'm looking forward to our first big event of the year with the Winter Social on March 11th. Thank you Jessie Keating and her Social Committee for all the planning and preparations. Please RSVP early with an email to Jessie.
Andy Wood,
Commodore, CRYC

>Social Committee
Jessie Keating

Winter Social March 11
Don't forget to RSVP by March 5!  This event at Corbaley Hall in Centreville will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music by The Guthrie Mathews Band, and a cash bar. Bring friends who might be interested in joining CRYC and get ready to have a good time! RSVP to

>Membership Committee
Gail Owings and Byron Luna

As of our last board meeting, 29 members had paid their dues for 2017.  Thank you!  Those who haven't paid yet, please pay by the end of March in order to be included in the directory.  The gate combination will be changed on April 1, so if you haven't paid your dues you won't be able to drive onto the property. The new gate combination will be sent along with your 2017 membership card. 

Please contact if you have questions.

>Race Committee
John Foster and Art Silcox

Want to learn more about race committees so you are more knowledgeable when volunteering at race events in the future?  Attend a seminar at the Miles River Yacht Club on March 4.  CRYC will pay tuition for three members who would like to attend.  Please contact to sign up.  

>Junior Sailing Committee

Andy Wood and Wick Dudley

The Corsica River Yacht Club is pleased to announce a partnership with the YMCA of the Chesapeake to provide sailing camps for our area youth this summer. More information will be available soon through the YMCA Summer Camp registration process on the YMCA website. CRYC will continue to provide the sailboats and Corsica River waterfront venue for the camps while the YMCA will run the program and handle all registrations. Two camps will be offered:


Does your camper love the water? This all-day camp is hosted by the Corsica River Yacht Club and our staff will teach the essentials of sailing with a focus on fun and adventure. Campers will learn a variety of sailing skills as they explore the beautiful and calm waters of the Corsica River. Observe wildlife, swim, and explore special sailing destinations like “China Beach”. This camp is a great way to beat the heat by enjoying a week on the water. For campers ages 8 - 16.


Interested in getting your youngster introduced to sailing? This half-day camp is hosted by the Corsica River Yacht Club and our staff will familiarize your young enthusiasts with sailing through a mix of on-shore and in-the-water activities. The Corsica River is the perfect location for teaching young children about the water and sailing as the beach is sandy and the waist high shallow water extends a hundred feet from the shore line. This camp is ideal for young children who want to play on the beach while learning about the exciting sport of sailing. For campers ages 5 - 7.

>Building and Grounds Committee
Mike Hollis and Mike Sipes

If you visit during the off season please continue to pack out your trash – there is no trash service.

The Gate combination will be changed effective 1 April.  You will receive the new combination with your membership card upon payment of your dues.

Boat Racks: The boat rack project is advancing nicely.  Our intent is to build two racks (one for club boats, one for privately owned boats) with the possibility of adding a third for the Opti fleet.  Mike Whitehill submitted a design for three identical racks that could hold a total of 18 boats on the outer braces and an additional 9-18 canoes / kayaks on the interior braces.  These racks would be skid mounted so as to be moved for grass cutting or storms.  We are nearing approval from the board on the design  but are seeking donations to help ease the financial pain.  Anyone desiring to donate money for the racks (up to $1500.00) please contact Mike Hollis or Joe Doll for the particulars. You may also send a donation by check to CRYC, PO Box 24, Centreville, MD 21617.
Kayaks on the CorsicaComet 3561: Bob Gerber and Mike Hollis are still seeking one or two additional hands to strip comet 3561. Only common sense and a few hand tools are required.  When relaunched, this boat will serve the sailing school and can also be used to introduce interested members to the Comet. Please contact Mike at 703-692-4380 or 410-801-6339.

Boat Donations: In order to expand offerings for members and the sailing school the club is seeking donations of the following items in good shape:
  • 2 rowboats
  • 6 kayaks
  • 2 canoes
  • oars, paddles, life jackets, anchors and line would be appreciated too
Contact any club officer to have your potential donation assessed.

Spring Work Projects:  It may seem like Spring is far away but it is only a couple of months till Opening Day for CRYC.  Projects include:
  • Fencing to protect the septic drain field - The Club is seeking an individual to install approx. 8 feet of split rail fencing to prevent vehicles from driving behind the bush line and into the leech field (and possibly collapsing it).  James Wood has kindly offered to drill the post holes with his tractor.  If you desire to lead this project or have split rail / posts to donate please contact me.  Projects don’t get much easier than this.  (needed James Wood +2, shovels)
  • Boat removal -  Wick Dudley has kindly offered his trailer to remove boats to the dump on opening day.  We intend to remove 2-3 lasers, 1 420 and 1 inflatable RIB – all derelicts.  (needed Wick + 6)
  • Road Maintenance-  The road leading into the Club has several potholes which need to be filled and compacted.  We need a leader to coordinate for crushed concrete delivery and a work party TBD.  (needed leader +5, small scoop loader, shovels)
Our goal for the Spring is to gain accountability for the clubs assets and ensure that they are maintained.  Additionally we will attempt to get a handle on member assets that are stored on club grounds.  It appears that many of the boats and trailers are either abandoned or neglected.  If your boat or trailer is not in good working condition it needs to be attended to.  We will be moving all vessels into the bush line during the spring work party.  Any boat or trailer not moved by the fall closing will be claimed by the club for disposition as the club sees fit.

>Schedule of Events

  • Winter Social, March 11
  • Boat Work Party, March 25
  • Semi-Annual Meeting and Flag Raising to Open the Season, April 23
  • Spring Regatta, May 20
  • Open House, June 3
  • Fireworks, July 3
  • Annual Regatta, July 21 - 23
  • Rock Hall Yacht Club Social, TBD in August
  • Junior Regatta and Pumpkin Patch Regatta, September 9
  • Corsica River Day - Corsica River Conservancy, September 17
  • Crab Feast, September 24
  • Fall Sailing Series, September 24 - October 15
  • Annual Meeting, October 22
  • Boat Work Party, October 28
  • Comet Pumpkin Bowl, November 4
  • Site Closing Work Party, November 12
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