The Helmsman

For some of us, myself included, boating is in full swing. Many others are preparing for the upcoming season in the boat yard or maintenance at the dock. Either way I hope you are looking forward to getting on the water and connecting with people you may not have seen in a while.


About 24 Pointers joined in a virtual round-robin meeting this past month. Everyone shared what they were doing for preparing their boats and we ended with a question-and-answer session about the Club and the Marina. Although we are still struggling with the COVID restrictions, things are starting to look better, and many have already received a vaccination. With that in mind, the Board has started planning spring and summer activities, most still social distanced, outside, and masked.


Social events are being planned with the belief that it is better to plan and be forced to cancel instead of trying to plan activities at the last minute.


Blessing of the Fleet and Sock Burning are scheduled for May 1. The first race is scheduled for May 8 and a full racing schedule is planned for this year. Two cruises are planned for May, the first a full moon cruise to Willoughby Bay with a star raft-up on May 22 and at least 18 Pointers are signed up for the annual Memorial Day Cruise to Cape Charles. It is not too late to sign up for either, so contact Sean Richardson if you would like to participate.


A membership meeting is planned for one of the last weekends in July. We hope to have an outdoor event to encourage everyone to attend, the plan is to make it a significant event. It will be the first face to face membership meeting in over a year. We are encouraged that things may return to more normalcy after that with membership meetings planned monthly as a normal event.


We are encouraged that things may return to more normalcy after that with membership meetings planned monthly as a normal event. We are looking at options to make the Blessing and Sock Burning a bigger event in accordance with the latest State guidance. There is an awards party planned for Saturday June 26 after the Veteran’s Cup Race and Old Point Comfort Yacht Club members are encouraged to attend. Volunteers are needed for help in the Veteran’s Cup. Please contact Andrew Norris or myself if you can help out.


With the return to more social activities, please reach out to any members that may have drifted away because of inactivity. Reach out to Board members via email, phone, or text about the plans to return to social activities. We need the feedback to better serve all our members.


Enjoy time on the water whenever you can!


  - Tim