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Date: 2/16/2023
Subject: SYC Newsletter - February 2023
From: Communications Committee

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Commodore's Message

Happy 2023 SYC Members!!
With less than three months until opening day and the warmth of some early spring days, I can just feel it in my veins that this is going to be a great boating and social season at our club!
And while the club has been closed up tight for the winter, luckily for us, the Bridge, E-Board, Executive Committee and all our helpers have been hard at work getting ready for members to return in May.
Thank you Past Commodore Chris Harrington for hosting the meetings while the club is closed!
Of all the work being done, the first thing that should catch your eye is the fresh new look of our SYC Website. Steve Ouellette who heads up the Communications Committee has updated the look, navigation and content to give members a better online experience. As always, this should be your resource for all things SYC. Take a look. Roam around. And, if you have feedback, let us know! See the next section below this message to find out what's new!
Thanks everyone for attending the February 9th General Membership Meeting. If you were unable to attend and would like to read the meeting minutes, you can find those on the SYC Website. In the top menu, hover over 'Membership Area', then click 'Documents'. You will need to click "Expand All" and you will see the minutes. 
No onsite work or repairs are planned for March as the inside of the club is colder than outside! But starting in mid-April, the house will be looking for your help tackling the following: 
  • Repairing/rebuilding the front entry gate.
  • Brightening the main hall.
  • Rebuilding the fire exit door onto the main deck.
  • Replacing worn/inefficient refrigeration units.
  • Repairing floats
  • Assist with maintenance of the Indian sail boat
  • And general cleanup and repairs.
For friends of The Jim Bonney, we have good news and bad news.  Bad news first… unfortunately, storms over the past four years have caused some significant damage to our beloved launch.  We didn’t realize the extent until the un-forecast September storm this past fall revealed a long and heavy gash in the hull.  But, luckily the good news is it was properly insured and is being professionally repaired.  It will be ready for launch in May.
Our other beloved friend, the Bud Ellis is also in need of some TLC.  If anyone is familiar with fiberglass repairs and would be willing to lend a helping hand, please let us know as we’ll be looking for some help getting that back in ship shape before the season opens. You can reach out to me directly by email at
As always, we're getting an early jump on planning our summer regattas. To get some funds behind some of our efforts, an auction in support of the Lipton Cup is scheduled for early June in cooperation with MBYCA. We're expecting some great items to bid on, so watch for the emails announcing the details and bid early and often! Also, we're looking forward to celebrating the Hustler's 100-year anniversary! To celebrate, both posters and T-shirts are being made and will be for sale this season!!
If you love events and would like to put in your work hours doing something fun, the Entertainment Committee is looking for your help in planning upcoming events. If you're interested, please email Paul Astrella at Events include Friday Night Dinners, Mother's Day Brunch, Opening Night and a variety of race planning meetings and activities. 
This year we’re also excited to offer some new programs to members.  An adult learn to sail program is currently in development.  And, a fishing tournament is in the works for later in the summer.  Keep an eye out for both!
If you’re looking to make some extra money this summer, the club is hiring launch operators. Eligible candidates with proof of a current Limited/6-Pack license should contact And, the Tap is looking for stewards to work in the Tap as well as in the hall for functions. If you’re interested please contact Courtney Madden
Finally, if you have paid your dues for 2023, thank you!! If you haven’t gotten around to it, please do!! Updates and repairs to the club rely on member dues to maintain the club.
I’m counting down the days until opening day May 20th and look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Stay safe. And, be well!
Bob Thomas

Website Refresh

If you haven't been to the SYC Website, take a few minutes to check it out. We've been busy updating the main page with a fresh look that not only provides members with quick access to helpful information but also appeals to prospective members. Some of the home page's key features include:
  • A carousel of photos that tells a visual 'story' of SYC.
  • A series of tiles with links to key areas of the website including function hall rental, sailing programs, membership information, and our live webcam.
  • Just-in-time information such as upcoming events, special announcements, launch/tap information, and our interactive tide chart
 It's the Communication Committee's goal to periodically update the photo gallery with images that capture life at SYC. If you have a great photo to share, please email it to Steve Ouellette at

Important Dates

  • May 14 - Mother's Day Brunch
  • May 20 - Floats Installed
  • May 21 - Launch and Tap Service starts
  • May 19 - MBYCA Meeting
  • May 22 - QBRWA Meeting - SYC
  • June 3 - Opening Night
  • June 12 - Friday Night Dinners start (tentative)
 Upcoming events are displayed on the SYC home page. The full calendar of events can be found on this page.

Sailing News - Lipton Cup, Adult and Youth Sailing Programs

There's lots of exciting things being planned for the SYC sailing community this spring! First and foremost, the SYC Youth Sailing Program continues to make progress on the ambitious rebuilding effort that started in 2019. Thanks to donations made by generous patrons, the club sailing resources now include a 25-strong fleet of Optis, 6 Club 420's, and expanded dock space.
And, just as important are the great people that make the SYC Sailing program what it is; Jill Kourafis (Youth Sailing Chair), Nina Meltzer (Sailing Director), a number of qualified instructors and, of course, the kids! Last year, we had a record number of 8 - 18 year old participants in our sailing programs and we hope to see that number to climb this year.
All of this was made possible through donations from generous benefactors who have provided us with the resources necessary to continue growing the youth sailing program. Please consider making a donation of any amount by clicking the link here:
For more information, please have a look at the Sailing Program Fundraising Letter. Thank you for your consideration!
In addition to the Youth Sailing Program, SYC is putting together an adult Learn to Sail program. Please keep an eye out for additional information in the coming weeks.
Finally, SYC's signature event, the Lipton Cup, is already in full planning mode. The Lipton Cup will be held on July 29th and 30th. This is also a special year as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Hustler class sailboat. The Lipton Cup committee is working on a poster design and T-Shirts to commemorate this event.

Function Hall Update

The Executive Committee approved a new function hall rate schedule for the upcoming season. As you know, the SYC function hall offers some of the best views of Boston and the harbor and these changes will help align the costs with current market value. Of course, members will continue to receive special discounted rates. Speaking of rates, here they are:
  • Civic/Schools (no bar service): $100.00
  • Regular members: $525.00
  • All other members: $625.00
  • Non-member rates:
  • Sunday through Thursday: $900.00
  • Friday and Saturday: $1200.00
  • Weddings (10:00 am - 10:00 pm required rental): $2800.00
  • Police detail: $320.00
  • Fees and additional costs as applicable
Non-wedding events are four hours in duration. For example, on a typical Saturday, there may be a day event from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and an evening event from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Click here to get to our function hall page with links to apply for wedding and function rentals.

Buying a Used Boat [BoatUS Article]

It's that time of year when boaters are starting to think about purchasing a used boat. This helpful article discusses the importance of hiring a good marine surveyor with expertise to protect your best interests and check everything to make sure your boat is sound.
Click the image in this section to read the full article. Enjoy!
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