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Most of you have probably heard that the Pack Brothers from Smithfield have been selected as the marina developers for Old Point Comfort Marina. They have negotiated a 40-year lease starting with a lengthy permit process. There is a website where you can get information and drawings of the proposed development. It includes a hotel, convention center, and an updated marina. Rick Strong and I met with the Pack family and the plans include a two-story ships store with potential space for the Old Point Comfort Yacht Club on the second floor. The current marina manager will be staying on and little changes are expected quickly. This is an exciting time for Fort Monroe, the Marina and the Yacht Club.


The extremely interesting and enjoyable star-raft-up cruise in Willoughby Bay was attended by 9 boats, including 2 from NNSA. The weather cooperated, it was an adventuresome anchoring experience and everyone had a great time.


For the 14 pointers that braved the Memorial Day weekend weather roller coaster, the weather actually cooperated nicely. Friday was a nice day with a comfortable evening that ended with dock tails and then dinner at the Gingernut Pub. Saturday was much cooler but the showers were very scattered and the winds were mostly calm. Saturday evening everyone gathered under the shelter and shard a pot luck with a few members of the Cape Charles Yacht Club. Sunday morning the rain stopped at exactly 8:50 in time for the 9 am breakfast provided by the Sea Scouts. Everyone woke up Monday to a sunny day with just enough wind to make for a comfortable sail back to Old Point Comfort. Many thanks to Sean Richardson for working with Cape Charles Town Harbor. Thanks to Richard Spano for organizing and then re-organizing details of this adventure.  Many thanks to the Sea Scouts for providing a pancake breakfast for the group. Thanks to Rick Strong for transporting some refreshments via land yacht. Thanks to all that persevered.


This year we have scheduled more short, local outings as we recover from the last year. Come out and take advantage of being outside on a boat.


Racing season is in full swing with two events in June, an internal regatta and the Veteran’s Cup. The Veteran’s Cup will include an outdoor awards party that all members are invited to attend. Following that, the Board is planning a large outdoor membership party for July 31. I hope to see you all there.


Finally, please keep July 31 open. The Board of Officers are busy planning a special outdoor membership meeting and party. Look for more details as they get finalized. If you know of anyone that has either not renewed or someone that would like to join, now is the time to reach out and get people engaged. Exciting things are happening at the Club and the Marina. I invite you to be an active part.


Enjoy time on the water whenever you can!


-         Tim