The Helmsman

Fellow Pointers,


I hope you had a great Holiday season and welcome to the 20’s! This will be my final article as Commodore as I will be passing the helm over to our very capable and former Commodore, Jeff Rogers. Jeff is one of our most experienced sailors, and is also the founder and inspiration for our highly-acclaimed Pointer Maritime University. I cannot think of a more qualified sailor to lead our club into the next decade!

We have seen many changes in the past several years on Fort Monroe, but one of the constants has been our little club continuing to serve our members. I am very proud of where we are as a club. Our membership is up and our finances are solid. We have a good working relationship with the Fort Monroe Authority and our programs are running
beautifully! The club is in great shape!

I am also proud of our continued support of the Sea Scouts. This program can literally change the lives of those scouts who participate. I want to thank all of you who donated money to the scout program during our membership renewals. We will again be presenting the check to our Scout leader, Norm Effinger, at the Commodores Ball.

Speaking of the Commodores Ball, we have another fabulous event planned this year. This years theme is the Roaring 20’s and is the flagship event of the OPCYC calendar year! I’m told that this year will be bigger than ever! Please RSVP and send in your check soon so we can get an accurate count. This is a wonderful evening of fine dining and dancing at the beautiful Norfolk Yacht and Country Club. Our Social team knows how to throw a party and this evening never disappoints! We will also welcome the new members of our board and give out some well deserved awards. By now you should have received your invitation.
Like last year, the Ball is open to guests of members at $75 per person. Bring your family and friends and let’s fill the place as we roar in the 20’s!! I hope to see you all there!

Lastly, I would like to say that it has been an honor to serve as your commodore. The best part has been getting to know you all better. I am already looking forward to another great year at OPCYC! Although I am handing over the helm, I will still be very much involved with the best little club on the bay! Have a very happy and healthy 2020!