From The Helm – Spring 2015

Even though delivering Bangarang up the Sound for a regatta recently was more akin to a ride on a chairlift, the 2015 boating season is about to dawn.

David Lowe and his crew are busily preparing the Club for Commission, and although his annual battle to get those handrails on the deck shiny and layered up with varnish has favored the enemy of wet, cold weather, the tables for the deck were attended to over the winter in our shop, and look terrific.  The mooring field is nearly all in, and the waterfront is getting ready for the 121st summer season of the Norwalk Yacht Club.  While our club is very much a 12-month facility now, it’s always exciting when boats again fill the channel leading to our docks…instead of the ice and snowman that was there a good part of this winter!

A couple reminders as we head to Commissioning, on Saturday, May 9:

  • Yes, that’s Saturday. We’ve elected to have a Saturday commissioning, versus Sunday, to accommodate some schedules.
  • This year we’ll honor maritime tradition, and your Flag and Board of Governors will don grey trousers and dark cover, as is prescribed “east of Cape Ann, prior to Memorial Day and after Labor Day.” We remind you that this is one of the several fancy events at Norwalk Yacht Club, and urge gentlemen to wear blazer and tie, and ladies appropriate to that, for the event.
  • David Lowe needs 48 hours advance notice of when you intend to bring your boat to your mooring at the Club. Coordinate with him the preparation of adequate mooring lines, notify us of your insurance coverage, and make sure your Club bill is paid in full; all are required for you keep your boat in our field.
  • Your Board of Governors worked hard all winter getting the programs and events planned for this season, all vital to value in membership to Norwalk Yacht Club. The tireless effort by Annie Walsh and the Membership Committee has lined up a solid “freshman class” who you’ll meet at Commissioning.  I hope you’ll take a minute to introduce yourself to these new members, and make them feel welcome.

Everyone think positively for a fine, sunny day for Commissioning of the Norwalk Yacht Club, and an equally as great boating season.  I look forward to seeing you at the club and on the water.

Kirk Stirland

Commodore