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It hasn’t been a bad winter (so far), but I’m still glad it’s starting to warm up. The moderate temperatures last week and again this week give hope that winter will finally be gone and all of the boats in the yards around the Bay (including Luna Blu) can finally get their bottoms, hulls and topsides painted for the upcoming season. While we wait, the club officers continue to refine our programs for the upcoming boating season.


PMU is continuing to provide high quality lectures. This past Saturday was another outstanding lecture by Steve Runals on how NOAA is moving forward with changes to the charting system and how to navigate through it. If you missed that lecture, our Webmaster Russ Harper has recorded it and the video and slides are posted on the OPCYC PMU website. For the rest of March, for those that require their State Boater Safety Certificate, Norm Effinger will be running a class on 2 March. Please contact him for more information. On 9 March we have Scott Doggett from Hampton Fire and Rescue Station 3 provide a lecture on Marine First Aid. On 16 March we have David Diquinzio from Annapolis Hybrid Marine coming down to lecture on electric and hybrid drive engines. On 23 March Tom McCoy will be on hand to provide a lecture on his eventful Transatlantic crossing from CONUS- Bermuda-Azores to Lisbon, Portugal, and on 30 March we welcome back to PMU a very popular lecturer, Capt Frank Lanier, who will provide his Survey Lessons Learned lecture. There will be more interesting and entertaining lectures in April, so check the PMU website schedule for upcoming lectures.

At our monthly membership meeting on 9 February (see Ken’s article in Social) we had around twenty Pointers show up at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Newport News and had a delightful evening. Next on the Social agenda is another Membership meeting on March 15th which will be followed by a Clubhouse Field Day on Saturday, 23 March following PMU. We anticipate doing some deep cleaning, painting. window glazing, and maybe replacement of some of the water damaged wall paper borders.  We will need a crew to support this event, so please come out and help. Social stated there will be pizza as a reward for a job well done immediately following.

The first race of the Yankee Station Spring Series (See Racing) is 79 days and nine hours away, but who is counting? Note: HYC, CCVR and BBSA all start their Spring Series races earlier, so (see the note on our Calendar and) look at their websites to check their schedules! The few avid racers in our club are, as I type this, engaged in buying new and repairing old sails, installing expensive equipment and making modifications to their boats in the hopes that it will make them faster. In my case, it just makes the wallet lighter! But, for you members that don’t have a boat, or don’t have a sailboat, come on out with one of our racers and have a great time. If you’ve never raced before, ya gotta try it! It may not be the America’s Cup, SORC, or the Block , Race, but somehow, after one or two races, it has a way of getting in your blood. It’s not too early to sign on as crew for the upcoming season.

You might have noted an email and Facebook posting this week regarding the Memorial Day Cape Charles Cruise. In the absence of a Cruising Rear Commodore, Past Commodore Tim Etherington took it upon himself to contact Cape Charles Marina and found that the marina is being a little more demanding than in past years in scheduling OPCYC for the weekend, hence the email. If you are interested in signing up for the cruise, you need to contact Tim ASAP. 
I mentioned in my last Log the work of the Historical Committee headed by Sandra Kay. Those who have Facebook and have the OPCYC FB page bookmarked may have already enjoyed one of the results of their efforts, a video history of the club that was made in 2015 and posted by Sandra on 17 February (in case you want to find it) that covers the period from establishment to 2015. If you haven’t watched the video, it is well worth watching. We intend to have it posted to the website page eventually so anyone visiting the website can view it.  

Don’t forget that after PMU the Ship’s Store will be open! We have lots of shirts in inventory- long sleeve polos, short sleeve polos, tee shirts, socks, mugs and koozies! Drop by and pick up a shirt! We will soon have online sales set up on the website, thanks to Russ Harper and new Club Quartermaster John Dewey!

See you on the water !    

Keith Midgette
OPCYC Commodore    


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