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* Year End Article

2019 Yankee Point Racing and Cruising Club

December 31,2019


The Yankee Point Racing and Cruising Club (YPRCC) closed out the 2019 year with their Annual Meeting held at the YPRC Clubhouse in Lancaster on November 9th, 2019. The meeting was highlighted by the election of officers for the 2020 season; however, the current Board continues until the dawning of the 2020 year. Officers ready to take their position on the 2020 Board are Eddy Wichard, Commodore, Billy McCarty, Vice Commodore, and Rear Commodore Betty Tidwell. Anker Madsen will continue as the Fleet Captain. The Club welcomes Buddy Spencer as Treasurer, and Sue Spencer as Secretary along with Trustees Ethel Gibbs, Betty Mincer and Jay Hornick. Membership Officer duties will remain with Barbara Pulling. Warren Ryan will continue to hold the position of Past Commodore.

Along with election of officers at the meeting was the awarding of racing awards for the past season. As predicted in our last article, Win Schwab racing his Santana 20 Silver Fox, captured the Club racing honors for the year while also winning the non-spinnaker Fall Regatta Series. John Henley in Brat, another Santana 20, finished second in the Spring Regatta series.  Skipper Schwab and able crew Ed Richardson were virtually unbeatable this year however Warren Ryan in his J-23 Whistler gave Silver Fox the closest competition for the year and placed first in the Spring non spinnaker regatta. Overall Wednesday races saw Silver Fox at the podium with Whistler standing a level down.

Dwindle Down, the Club committee boat, was crewed during the racing season by Jim Bennett, Sue Spencer, Lee Pulling, George Currie and skippered by Aner Madsen.

The penultimate event of the YPRCC year was the very festive and well attended Holiday Brunch on December 13th at the Clubhouse. The fixings were typical YPRCC fare, all wonderful to the palate and mean to the waistline. As can be seen from the accompanying photograph, the year’s racing winner, Win Schwab, was again awarded line honors as he was served by Nadine Flood. The brunch in typical Club fashion, yielded many treats to provide a wonderful start to a festive December. In the case of the captains and worthy crew, too many cooks did NOT spoil the broth. The final social event for the year will be a New Year’s Eve party at the Clubhouse. Always a favorite is the Chef’s choice for the main course which consists of the finest beef tenderloin this side of the English Beefeater facility as well as selections of pork tenderloin and turkey. The night is capped out with a rousing movie selected not so much as to entertain but to keep the crew awake until the beginning of the New Year.

The Club training schedule is in the planning stage, however, already scheduled is the first seminar of the new year to be held on January 18th beginning at 0930. The seminar lead by Anker Madsen, will discuss racing tactics with emphasis on tactics during the start sequence and final moves as the starting gun sounds. All are welcome at the Clubhouse at 734 Oak Hill Road.  Later seminars covering the rest of the race and sail trim will be scheduled as the Club Calendar unfolds. Included in the Calendar will be an Oyster Roast and sock burning on March 21st, opening day April 19th and many other events including a perennial favorite, the July 4th picnic and program. The Club is also planning a Know Your Seamanship training session for mid-spring that will include man overboard recovery, anchoring, docking, towing, firefighting, on-board navigation with search and rescue and knot tying. This training will be geared to both power boat sailors as well as sailing enthusiasts.


John Henley

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