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Special Notices & Comments from Club Officers & Board of Governors

  POSTED 11/10/23

Hello Duckies,
It is time for us to gather and celebrate another great season at DIYC. This year the end of season party will be at Essex Corinthian Yacht Club. DIYC has had a long standing relationship with ECYC and their Chef Lori is excellent!
This event is BYOB so you will save on not having to buy beverages. Pack your favorites.
Please see attached invite with more detail.

Brendan Coyne
Director of Publicity, DIYC.

  POSTED 10/24/23

DIYC Ladies!

Please join us for the next DIYC Dames on the Deck on Tuesday, November 7th, starting at 6 pm!
Since our own clubhouse will be closed by then, the Officers at Hamburg Cove Yacht Club have graciously agreed to lend us their clubhouse at 13 Cove Road, Lyme CT for our monthly event!
The HCYC Clubhouse also operates on the BYOB principle, and please bring an appetizer to share.

In gratitude for the loan of their clubhouse we are extending an invitation to the HCYC Ladies to join us at our casual get-together. In order to get an approximate headcount, please let Ruth know whether you are planning to attend, email or text (914) 316-5811 (please include name and whether you are bringing a friend).

Hope to see you there!
Host: Ruth Emblin
Directions to HCYC:

  POSTED 10/05/23 (updated 10/20/23)

Hello Duckies,
The combined club and condo association fall work party and the condo association annual meeting is Saturday, October 21, 2023. The work party will start at 0900, and the condo association meeting as soon as the work is complete. 
***Due rainy forecast for Saturday, the combined club and the condo association work party/annual meeting have been moved to Sunday, October 22, 2023.***

We could use some volunteers to help prepare the club boats and clubhouse for the off season. The more hands the quicker we can complete the work. 

Brendan Coyne
Director of Publicity, DIYC.

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Dear DIYCA slip owners,

Please save the date for fall work party and annual meeting.
Work party at 9:00 annual meeting to follow.
Saturday October 21.
Rain date Sunday October 22.

Please let me know of any work party projects that need to get on the agenda.
     Installation of the bubbler system
     Check and replace chains as necessary
     Put on piling caps as necessary
     Replace or screw down warped or loose deck planking

Proxies and agenda to follow.
Thank you,
Robert Weinstein

  POSTED 9/19/23

Notice of Annual Meeting

September 29, 2023, 18:00

The Duck Island Yacht Club Annual Meeting will be held on September 29, 2023 at 18:00 hours at the DIYC clubhouse, with BYOB cocktails and appetizers to follow.  The 2022 Annual Meeting minutes will be available on the DIYC website as well as an email dispatch sent to the membership next week.  Please plan to attend this meeting.  If you have any items that you would like included on the agenda, please email me at

 Meeting Agenda 

  1. Call to order
  2. Old business
    1. Review of Minutes from 2022 Annual Meeting
    2. Other Old Business
  3. New Business
    1. Annual reports by officers
    2. Report from 2023 Board of Governors
    3. Nomination and election of Flag Officers for 2024
    4. Nomination of and election of the Board of Governors for 2024
    5. Other new Business
  4. Meeting Adjournment

Proposed Slate of Flag Officers – 2024               Proposed Slate of BOG 2024

Commodore: Anne Edgley                                       Present Commodore: Anne Edgley

Vice Commodore: Mike DeNamur                          Vice Commodore: Mike DeNamur

Rear Commodore Race: Peter Emblin                     Member at Large: David Nauber

Rear Commodore Social: Jessi Kneier                   Member at Large: Bennett Bernblum

Rear Commodore Cruise: LaurenWeinstein            Member at Large: Robert Weinstein

Fleet Captain: Roger Bauman                                 Member at Large: Brian Weinstein

Director of Publicity: Robin Konrad                    Past Commodore: Mark McCarthy

Secretary: Renee Carlisle                                  

Treasurer: T.J. Buckley


Proxies and the 2022 Annual Meeting Minutes are in the Members Only Section.


Respectfully Submitted,

Mark McCarthy

Commodore DIYC 2019-2023

  POSTED 8/15/23

TGIF Raft-Up at Duck Island - Friday, August 18, 2023

Calling all Duckies,

This Friday, August 18th is the next scheduled DIYC raft up. The plan is to leave the dock around 6:00 PM and meet up out at Duck Island Roads and raft-up. So far Wolverine, Fusion, Meander and Badger plan to go out. Please let us know if you plan to bring your boat out or if you are looking to hop on a boat that night. You can contact Kathy Nauber at or 860-301-3432.

Please bring a finger food or appetizer to share and BYOB. We hope you are able to join us Friday night.

Please contact Kathy with any questions.

  POSTED 6/14/23

Commodore's Cup - Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Dear DIYC Members and Friends:

To celebrate the official beginning of Summer we will run the fourth mid-year Wednesday night "Beer Can" race, informally dubbed the "Commodore's Cup", on Wednesday June 21, 2023. Details:

  • There is No Entry Fee.
  • Open to racers, cruiser and day sailors (no sailing dinghies, JY15s, Lasers, etc.)
  • The race will likely include some government marks.
  • There will be one non-spinnaker class, Class One, and one spinnaker class, Class Two.
  • Plan for separate starts, but if there is one start, times will be kept for both classes.
  • Scratch Sheets and Scoring will be done using RaceSail.
  • Class winners will receive a bottle of Commodore's Choice rum and token prizes for 2nd and 3rd.
  • First Warning is 1830.

Come out and enjoy a beautiful night on the water!!

Cruisers, day sailors, grab a few crew and come on out!!!

Hey, you cruising sailors, ECSA has announced a Recreational  Credit for those with Dacron or similar woven polyester cruising sails on roller furlers to encourage cruising sailors to try their hand at non-spinnaker racing. Also, for you single and double handers out there you may race with your new for 2023 DH Credit in the non-spinnaker class with no more than two people on board. This not an ECSA race, therefore a boat with the DH credit is allowed in the non-spinnaker class with other regular rated non-spinnaker boats.

Please register by emailing your name, boat name, model, class (spin or non-spin) and rating (if you do not have a rating we will give you a base boat rating including the Recreation Credit and DH Credit if you qualify) to

Current Scratch Sheet.  Results

Current  PHRF Sailing Instructions  apply.


Note: Section 16.0 Time limit is the same as the Wednesday Night Series.


See you out there,

Peter Emblin - DIYC Rear Commodore Race

Mark McCarthy - DIYC Commodore

  POSTED 4/26/23

Hello Duckies,

This Saturday April 29th at 9am is our annual club and condo work party to open the club and ready the fleet of race committee boats.  The condo work party will remove the hoses for the winter bubbler system and turn on water to the docks.

Many hands will make for a short work party. The heavy deck furniture has already been moved outside. We need to uncover our chase boat, clean the boats and reinstall the electronics. We will also load up into a trailer the old bathroom fixtures sitting outside as well as breaking up the old wooden ramp.

Brendan Coyne
Director of Publicity, DIYC.

  POSTED 4/13/23

Hello Duckies,

Thank you to all who came two weeks ago for the first take on improving the interior of the clubhouse. We are back at it again this weekend and can use some extra hands. April 15th 9 am start, and 16th 11 am start.

Saturday will focus on getting the interior done as much as we can, and start on the exterior if we have time. Sunday will focus on exterior and moving furniture back in the main room.

If anyone has a power washer we would appreciate it if they would bring it so we can give the exterior a good wash down.



POSTED 3/27/23

We are saddened to announce that Robin Konrad's dad has passed away suddenly.  Robin and her husband Matt are very active members of DIYC.  Robin's dad Gerald "Jerry" Paul Burkhardt passed last Wednesday.  Robin and Matt please know we are all thinking of you and your extended family.

 Below is the link for more information. 

Jerry Burkhardt Obituary (1937 - 2023) - Legacy Remembers

 The DIYC Officer Group

Mark, Ruth, Peter, Anne, Brian, Lauren, Jen, Roger, Logan and Brendan

  POSTED 3/23/23


Hello, Duckies:


Spring is here! Only a few weeks left until DIYC comes out of hibernation!


Springtime also means that we need to help our clubhouse and grounds shake off the remnants of their winter snooze.

As mentioned last year, we want to give the clubhouse a bit of a facelift.

We are scheduling TWO work weekends, one on April 1st/2nd and one on April 15th/16th to do so.


Renovation supplies: 

We are trying to keep this make-over low-cost as other maintenance/repair items have come up that have become priorities for club spending.

I will donate two gallons of flat interior paint, will provide color and brand details in a separate email if someone else wants to donate paint, which would be very appreciated.

Please consider bringing/donating brushes, paint rollers, paint, drop cloths, sand paper, etc. and cleaning supplies.


April 1st 

Reminder: Turn on water!

Remove outdoor furniture from the clubhouse, move indoor furniture to the middle of the room.

Wash walls, and tape corners/edges for painting.

Deep-clean/degrease kitchen, determine whether cabinet doors can be painted, if so, degrease and sand cabinets and doors.

Remove valances for cleaning.

Check heads for needed repairs.


Need: Help move furniture; bring cleaning supplies (detergents, gloves, brushes, sponges, paper towels); painter’s tape, drop cloths, sand paper and hand sanders


April 2nd

Begin painting walls.

Begin painting kitchen cabinet doors (if applicable).


Need: Paint rollers, brushes, paint, etc. 


April 15th

Repair French Doors

Second coat of paint

Continue work on heads (if applicable)


April 16th

Move indoor furniture back into place

Rehang valances

Hang artwork

Clean floors

Clean carpet (we will need to call for professional steam cleaning after all interior work has been done)

Oil/restain outdoor furniture

If time allows, power-wash exterior of clubhouse (may also be scheduled on a separate day)


Please consider helping out, many hands will make this a lot easier!


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (914) 316-5811 or email


Thank you in advance for your help and HAPPY SPRING!


Ruth Emblin

Vice Commodore

  POSTED 3/2/23


Dear DIYC Member,

We are sad to share that past DIYC Commodore and long time member John Reilly III has passed. He and his lovely wife, Linda, were long time club members through 2012. They cruised extensively and wintered their Catalina 42, Shenanigans, at the Riverside Basin Marina in Clinton. Please see this link,
John Reilly Obituary.


Mark McCarthy

Commodore - DIYC

  POSTED 2/2/23

Hello Duckies,

A reminder that DIYC is an MVP Club with US Sailing. This status allows DIYC members to join or renew US Sailing membership at discounted rates as well as receiving a 25% discounts on purchases at US Sailing online store. And for every Duck that signs up the club earns points which can be used for the Club to purchase items from US Sailing such as Educational Books for the club library, Race Committee Gear and Training Material, including seminars. See the attached letter from your Commodore. There is a link to sign up or renew in Mark's letter as well as on our club site. Anyone with questions can reach out to me directly. It's a good day to be a duck!  More Info: DIYC MVP Program



Brendan Coyne

Director of Publicity, DIYC

  POSTED 2/1/23

Friends of Duck Island Yacht Club

The Officers of DIYC are continuing the "Friends of Duck Island" emailing list. We don't want your crew or any other friends to be in the dark on some of the fun happenings at DIYC. This new emailing list will keep them informed about our biggest events happening through the season.

We are asking members to ask their friends, and skippers to ask their crew if we may have their emails to add to the "Friends" list. The list will be used to inform "Friends" about DIYC events only, hence there will be only a few emails per year. The email addresses will not be used for any other purpose than the Friends of Duck Island list. One can unsubscribe at any time. You can send the email addresses of interested crew or other friends, or they can send the request themselves, to  Any interested party can sign up. You don't have to wait for an invitation from your skipper or a club member.

Brendan Coyne
DIYC Director of Publicity