We hope you all had a great holiday season and a joyous New Year’s. We are optimistic for a return to normal for the 2021 season and look forward to seeing everyone soon. Despite the challenging 2020 season, we are proud to announce our membership numbers are relatively unchanged and interest in the club is continuing to grow. We will be opening registration for 2021 soon and would like to remind Full Members that if payment is received prior to February 15th, you’ll get $100 off. Now is a great time to update your membership profile and add any missing emails for spouses or other family members. We want to make sure everyone gets club emails with announcements, updates, and newsletters. Below are instructions on how to access your club profile.
We would like to share some great news with you, the lease for the Hull Yacht Club has been finalized and signed. The 30-year lease took many hands to get accomplished. We would like to thank all those who chipped in, especially Mike Nuesse, Geoff Roth, and Joe O’Neil for doing all the legal work. Also, we were excited to present Wellspring in Hull with a check for $2500.00, money raised from the Great Chase Race, which was held despite all the challenges we had.
The Great Chase Race has been the signature event for the Hull Yacht Club for the last 30 years. It only happens because of the many volunteers that help out. We will be hosting this great event in 2021, either Covid friendly or back to normal depending on circumstances. Theresa O’Keefe and Irene Good have chaired this event for the last 5 years, 2 more than they signed up for, and we are so appreciative. We are looking for folks to step in and keep this great event going next year. We will have a Volunteer Appreciation Night on May 21, 2021, and you can learn more about the event and other opportunities to help at that time. We also have openings for the weekly Race Committee, and to mark boats for the Rhodes and the Laser fleets. We can teach and train anyone who is interested in these key roles as well.
We look forward to seeing you on the porch!
The HYC Executive Board
Thanksgiving message from the Commodore
This image pretty much sums up the 2020 season. The good news is the sailing season happened, the sobering news was we were all restricted, even the duck from doing all of what we love. Now we pack up our gear, fold the sails for the winter, and dream of a return to summers past. But before we stow away everything, I want to take a moment to recognize a few of our own that shined this season
First, I would like to congratulate Paula Fleck as this
year’s winner of the Madeline O’Neil Quinn Memorial Cup. Paula’s passion for
sailing is witnessed every time you see her, whether it was in her 210 SNAFU in
the 70’s and 80’s or on Catnap most recently, she embodies the spirit and
hospitality that Madeline was known for. Congratulations Paula!
Next, I would like to shine the light on Eifion James who has been quietly chairing the House committee for the last decade. His dedication to the club and the ability to work with the many talented members is rare. This year he was honored by Kevin Logue as the recipient of the Commodore’s Trophy. Eifion earned this honor not just for the work he does with the House, but for his co-running the unenviable task of taking on the new website, and oh yeah, he coordinated and stewarded the signing of our lease for the next 30 years. I am proud to say that he accepted the role of Rear Commodore and look forward to working with and for him over the next few years. Congratulations Eifion!
Last, but certainly not least, the Executive board felt it
was high time to bestow an Honorary Lifetime Member award to the legend Bill
Bradford. Here is a link to a presentation he did on the history of the club
back in 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTi7oDv7DkA
No matter who you are, how old you are and your skill level in sailing, the only thing that seems to matter to Bill is your passion and love for the sport, as he clearly does. His efforts over the last 35 years not only rescued the Club from certain demise but propelled it back to where it was. One of the most prestigious clubs on the Eastern Seaboard, known for its Corinthian spirit, its inclusiveness, and its spectacular hospitality. Congratulations Bill!