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Old Point Comfort Yacht Club once again invaded Cape Charles for Memorial Day weekend. Given the typical holiday weather and the really bad weather we had last year, this year was a pleasant change. Outside of the rain on Friday, the rest of the weekend weather was sunny and mild and the temps at night made sleeping at the dock comfortable if not almost cool. The rain delayed a few people until Saturday and there were a few cancellations, but in the end around 15 boats participated and a few came via land. Evenings were spent visiting on the docks. Saturday night was a catered meal, and the fireball challenge was accepted before and after the dinner. Sunday morning, we enjoyed more visiting at the pancake breakfast. Boats trickled out and by Monday noon Karen and I were the only ones left on the dock. Being semi-retired has advantages and we stayed and relaxed until Tuesday mid-morning. Dolphins were viewed on the way out of the channel, and we had an uneventful trip back to Hampton. It was great seeing old and new members and everyone enjoying a good time. I want to thank Ken Damon for organizing the social activities with help from Adele Levesque and Bob D’Haem. They provided the pancake breakfast this as well. From the cruising side, I want to thank Chip Miller and Kevin Old for all the time spent getting people signed up and working with the marina. 

The Cape Charles cruise was the first time we were able to test our new to us boat, Navy Lady. Although we had planned on going up the Bay after Cape Charles, we decided that we still had just enough little things that needed to be done before we made a significant journey from home. The water pump went out a week before and it took me three days of soaking and hammering to remove it. All in all, the boat performed beautifully on the trip over and back, so I am becoming more comfortable with taking a trip. 

We still hope to get away up the Bay the last two weeks in June and then meet with people in Fishing Bay Marina over the Fourth of July. If you want to join us, let us know. There are four boats already planning on this trip to Fishing Bay.


OPCYC is hosting the Veteran’s Cup again this year. Help is needed in multiple areas for race committee and for the social event after the race. Reach out to Andrew Norris or Keith Midgette if you can help.


Summer is the time to enjoy our boating activities. Hope to see you on the water soon.