The Beginning – June 1966, a group of yachtsmen at the Boatel Marina dock (now the Tugboat) was laughing, telling jokes and having a great time. A brainstorm – why not start a “FUN CLUB” for boaters? A room was offered by the Boatel and the club, with 13 members, was initiated. Over 50 years later, the Club burgee can be seen along the East and West coasts with members enjoying the “FUN CLUB” and its activities year around.
FROM THE BRIDGE ----
Winter has not yet begun, but SaltyPaws is in her winter headquarters in New Jersey. Now in my new role as Commodore, I look forward to meeting members and planning future cruises along the beautiful coast of Maine with the Down East Yacht Club. To our new members, I would like to say, “Welcome aboard!” I look forward to meeting you at our events during the off-season months and as we kick off the 2022 summer season.
Right around the corner is our Christmas/Holiday party. There will be a dinner followed by a Yankee Swap at The Water’s Edge in Edgecomb on December 4, 2021. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the festive season with DEYC friends.
Once again there are monthly winter gatherings planned for club members in Maine and also in Florida. For these events, bring an appetizer to share, BYOB, and enjoy laughter and conversation with your mates. Additional winter events in Florida include a lunch cruise on M/V Marina Jack II. This outing, hosted by P/C George and Linda Masters, will sail around Sarasota Bay on March 10, 2022. Also, club members can join my husband and me for seven nights aboard the Star Flyer as we explore the Leeward Islands March 19 -26, 2022. Information about these events and others can be found on our web site. Also, our club Administrator, Kate, sends the information directly to your inbox via e-mail. If you are not getting updates from the club please check with Kate at .
The DEYC Facebook group has increased its membership to 73, thanks to P/C Steve and Deb Arkley’s beautifully documented trip south on M/V Freedom. If you are on Facebook and have not joined the group, I encourage you to do so. It is a group closed to just DEYC members and a great way to stay connected with your boating friends.
As Commodore, I am blessed with a hard-working and devoted Board of Directors, as well as energetic Officers and Committee Chairs. Troy and Sandi Hersom have already planned out a schedule of summer day trips. Kate Winslow, our club's new Administrative Assistant, is helping to facilitate all club communication and activities. And, Kristen King, our Fleet Captain along with a top notch Cruise Committee is busy planning the July 9 to July 16 annual summer cruise! Our exceptional Bridge includes Brent Pope as Vice Commodore and Aaron Rugh as Rear Commodore.
Together, we remain committed to the original objectives of the club published five decades ago: “The Down East Yacht Club, a non-profit organization, is committed to promoting the sport of yachting in the Boothbay Harbor Region by providing facilities (dock space at Tug Boat and moorings in the Harbor), interesting programs, and good fellowship for members, guests, and visiting yachtsmen.” Right down to the rhumb line, the Down East Yacht Club is interested in increasing the boating pleasure and safety of its members and their families.
Jeanne Koenig, Commodore 2021-2020
Sometimes on Salty Paws 37VT66
Always with Bob Ewing and Moxie
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME – come join the fun.