Some of the past Commodores
Left lower row, Joel Dugan, John Henley, Jim Charbeneau, Bill Brandt, Andrea Fricke
Left Top row, George Bott, Warren Ryan, Anker Madson, George Currie, Charlie Costello.
Yankee Point Racing and Cruising Club Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Last Saturday night 60 happy sailors celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Yankee Point Racing and Cruising Club. A crew of members prepared and served a feast of roast pork and beef tenderloin with all the trimmings, refreshments and desserts. The immense galley crew and servers included Ellen and Dan Huddy, Gale and Anker Madsen, Betty and John Tidwell, Dee and Eddy Whichard, Nancy Hamm, Sharon Timm, Marlene and George Bott, Nina Turney, John and Geanie Henley and Lee and Barbara Pulling.
Commodore John Henley, Past Commodore Warren Ryan and Vice Commodore George Bott recounted highlights of the club’s 40 year history: On a cold and drizzly day in spring, 1976, a small group of sailors and friends gathered in the old crab shack, now still on the property of Yankee Point Marina, and they organized the Yankee Point Yacht Club (now also known as Yankee Point Racing and Cruising Club), and collected $25 each for annual dues. Meetings were held under an old oak tree at the marina (the tree is still there too). By 1979 these “founding members” had raised $35,000 and built a clubhouse as a second story over the old crab house. Commodore Henley introduced four members who were at the “birth” of the club and one, Letty Beament, who is a charter member, cut and served the club’s birthday cake. Nine former Commodores in attendance were also recognized and honored.
When the lease on the clubhouse expired in 2010, members began a search for a new home and operated out of members’ homes and rented community centers. A partnership was formed and land was procured under the guidance of Past Commodore Anker Madsen and Commodore Joel Dugan. It was four acres of land on Meyer Creek purchased from long time member and Committee Boat Captain Jim Young. Under the leadership of John Henley, Chairman of the Planning Committee and George Bott as Project Manager, the clubhouse was completed in time for the 2011 Annual Meeting. There was 100 per cent membership participation in making this move a success.
Today YPRCC stages events such as the Wednesday night sailboat races and pot luck in the spring and fall, group cruises around the bay and numerous social events. It participates in and sponsors inter Yacht Club Regattas on the Rappahannock River and partners with Rappahannock River Yacht Club in sponsoring the annual Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta charity. The Club presents many seminars on safety and seamanship in the club house which are open to the community.
It’s been a great 40 years!