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Special Notices & Comments from Club Officers & Board of Governors

  POSTED 10/03/18

Dear Duckies, 

We are listening! 

Club leadership is pleased to announce a completely new format for this year’s “End of Season Bash”.   

We will be gathering on Saturday, November 3rd at  Bistro Mediterranean & Tapas Bar on Rt 1 in Westbrook (next to Cindy's Wine & Spirits).    

Save The Date and sign up now for Saturday November 3rd. 

We received a lot of great feedback from our Survey Monkey questionnaire of the members regarding the event Formally known as the “Awards Banquet

This year's “End of Season Bash” is a celebration of Duck Island Yacht Club - which includes cruising, racing, and social activities.  It is our intention to have a slide show playing during the party highlighting these various activities- you can help by sending us your photos from your season's adventures.  We'll also be asking our cruisers to share funny stories from their destinations along with their photos.  

Most importantly, this End of Season Bash will not be the traditional awards banquet.  In the past, you've had to sit thru 72 cycles of people receiving trophies.  Not this year!   

All Fleet trophies will be available for pick-up at the party, but we will only be presenting the major Perpetual Trophies- we promise this portion of the party will not exceed 30 minutes!

We listened to what you had to say  

·         60% prefer Saturday nights for the party- DONE- party is Saturday night, November 3rd

·         71% are willing to pay $30-$50 to attend the party- DONE- a great selection of appetizers, main meals and desserts are offered for $45 per person (see attached invitation)

·         51% prefer a more casual dinner (27% cocktails and snacks, no dinner, and 22% more formal dinners)- DONE - no assigned seating, cocktail and appetizer time increased from the usual 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, lots of time to mingle and snack

·         40% prefer that we hold the event at a restaurant (30% banquet facility, 19% clubhouse, and 11% civic facility)- DONE- Bistro Mediterranean& Tapas Bar, just steps away from DIYC.  We love to support local businesses!


There is plenty of parking behind the restaurant and it is very close to the club.  The restaurant does have music and also a large bar.

With all the bases covered, we think we have a pretty fabulous party planned and hope that you will be able to join us.

Below please find the official invitation, please return it with your payment no later than October 26th.  See flyer for form and RSVP.

We can't wait to see you there,

Your DIYC Officers

  POSTED 9/17/18

Notice of Annual Meeting

September 21, 2018, 18:30

 The Duck Island Yacht Club Annual Meeting will be held on September 21, 2018 at 18:30 hours at the DIYC clubhouse, with BYOB cocktails and appetizers to follow.  Please plan to attend this meeting.  If you have any items that you would like included on the agenda please email me at or at

 The Agenda includes voting on the 2019 Officers slate and a Constitutional amendment. Click here for the agenda, proxies and other meeting documents.

  POSTED 7/11/18

Dear Members,

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of a long time member and our good friend Han van Oostendorp.  Read his obituary

DIYC Officers


Note from the family; We received your membership letter addressed to my father, Han van Oostendorp, and regrettably, I have to inform you that he passed away on May 1st after a brief illness.

We continue to sail our boat Asterion, in his memory and we miss him on board very much.

Please let the club know.
Thanks and all the best,
Ron van Oostendorp



POSTED 5/25/18

July 4th Cruise to Block island.

Burke Schlott has volunteered to host the cruise, and he wants to get an idea of who might be going, and more importantly, when, as the 4th falls on a Wednesday. He will be there from the Friday before (June 29), and would like an idea of 1) who is planning on going, and 2) what days they would be available to attend various functions.  The fireworks are Monday, July 2.  Please contact Burke at



Rear Commodore Cruise

Lois Glazer

  POSTED 3/19/18


April 7 - Dave Dellenbaugh Speed and Smarts Seminar at Essex Yacht Club, Essex, CT

Examines the strategy and tactics of Starting and Upwind Legs. All Participants Receive: Course workbook, two 16-page issues of Speed & Smarts, special seminar discounts on all educational materials from Speed & Smarts (including subscriptions).  8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  More Info!

$40, includes materials and lunch. SEATING IS LIMITED - MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY! (860) 767-8121


POSTED 3/13/18

Local One-day US Sailing Race Management Seminars

Get more involved with racing this summer
Become a US Sailing Certified Race Officer

April 7 – One Day Race Management Seminar at Niantic Bay Yacht Club, Niantic, CT

Register at:

This class is for anyone who would like to be involved in sailboat race management during the upcoming summer months.

Race Officers are in charge of racing on the water. Their duties include:

·         ensuring the safety of competitors and members of the race committee

·         choosing courses to give competitors the best possible races

·         starting the fleet

·         adjusting the course in response to changing conditions

·         finishing the fleet

·         scoring the event

To become a USSailing Certified Club Race Officer you must also successfully complete an online quiz at the end of the course and demonstrate on the water experience.  But the course is very helpful even if you choose not to complete the certification process. 


POSTED 2/11/18

Dear Fellow Duckies and Friends,

Please join us for the 2018 DIYC Winter Party on March 10th at the Nauber's home.  See Winter Social at the Naubers for the details.  Please feel free to invite any crew or potential new members.  Looking forward to seeing everyone and hearing about winter vacations and upcoming summer plans. 

Kathy Nauber 

  POSTED 2/1/18

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.

Birgit Gillman
DIYC Director of Publicity