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The summer party was a great success. Thanks to everyone that helped plan and organize the event. Even though Karen and I were out of town, I understand everyone had a great time. The next social event is a general membership meeting scheduled for Friday, September 24. The Board of Officers will report on activities and we would like to get everyone’s feedback on what we can do better. There will be a modest fee for food as we are trying to adapt to the difficulties of a true potluck gathering. The Sea Scouts will be catering parties for the Club in the near future to facilitate restricted preparing and serving while also allowing them to raise money for activities. (See Sea Scouts Catering page 14)

The October meeting will be a Halloween Party and in November we will have a fall election. Anyone wanting to help with the Commodore’s Ball, please reach out to Ken Damon.

The Tri-Service Cup is September 11 and I hope many of you are planning on participating in some capacity as skipper, crew, or volunteer for the race committee. We cannot be successful without you. We need a good turnout of cruising fleet boats if we hope to defeat Navy this year. 

By the time you read this, several of us will be enjoying Fishing Bay Marina for the Labor Day weekend cruise. Maybe it is the heat, but we did not get the turnout I had hoped for. The last scheduled cruise will be a local cruise on Columbus Day weekend to Back River. We hope to enjoy the Poquoson work boat races and enjoy an evening at Bull Island BBQ. Steve Purman is the cruise captain so contact him if you are interested. We had a great time doing this two years ago. The anchorage is large, and accommodations will be made for those that do not have a dinghy.

Finally, I make a plea for volunteers to help the club thrive. If you would like to be more involved, please call or drop me an email. My information can be found on the last page of the Helmsman. There are many current positions open on the Board. New member or old member doesn’t matter. There is room for all. The time commitment is not that great, and many hands make small work for all.
Look forward to seeing you on the water, Tim.



Absent a couple of years, the Sunfish Challenge and Distance Dinghy race is back on the schedule for September 18, 2021. Open to all Sunfish, Force 5, Laser, Buccaneer, Mutineer, Flying Scott, Mobjack, Multihulls, Comets, Hobies, Vipers, Sonars, and any other dinghy sailboat. Fleets of less than 3 will be combined in an open fleet. Registration is online at under the racing tab. Sponsored by Old Point Comfort and Hampton Yacht Clubs.


Primary launch and recovery will be off the dinghy docks at HYC. Larger boats may launch at the crane facilities at HYC or at the boat ramp located next to the OPCYC clubhouse. Starts will be conducted in Hampton Flats and finish will be off B dock at HYC. Look for more information in the posted NOR. Breakfast buffet will be available at HYC the morning of the race and open to all competitors. An awards party and food will be conducted on the grounds of the HYC. 


The course is simple, proceed around Middle Ground light in either direction to the finish in the Hampton River. The Sunfish fleet will be split in racing, recreational and doubles. Further splits may include a lady’s division and all the masters’ classes will be recognized. This is the best family event in Hampton Roads. 


Come out and enjoy the day!