December 2018

Saturday, December 22nd at 6:00 o’clock.

Word has it that Santa Klaus will be visiting Saturday, December 22nd at 6:00 o’clock. Please bring your labeled presents before then.  Please provide your kid’s name and age.

St. Thomas International Regatta Merchandise has arrived.

Always makes for a good present in this gift giving season.

The Virgin Islands Sailing Association will be holding their Annual Meeting on Saturday Jan. 12 at Noon at the Club.

Olympic Campaign Update from Nikole Barnsnicole barns sailing

Miami, Florida, USA (November 19, 2018). Learn, build, grow…and win. This describes the latest evolution in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Lt. j.g. Nikole ‘Nikki’ Barnes and Lara Dallman Weiss’ Perfect Vision Sailing campaign to represent the U.S. in the Women’s 470 at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, Japan. Since making their international debut as a team at the World Sailing Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, and arriving back to the U.S. with a clear idea of what’s needed, Barnes and Dallman-Weiss immediately set about the next steps. This started with spending a month campaigning and training in San Francisco, California.

Please click here to visit their web page for more details.

 

November 2018

NEW MEMBERS WELCOME PARTY
11/2/2018

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On Saturday, November 10, 2018, the club will celebrate our new members by hosting a complementary blind wine tasting event with wines provided by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.  Everyone can blind sample several red and white varietals which, if enjoyed, may wind up featured at the Galley Restaurant!

All members that come will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a mixed case of wine. All new members that joined in 2017 and 2018 will get an extra raffle ticket for the drawing and an a complementary drink at the bar. Simply give your name to the raffle staff for the extra raffle ticket and bar coupon.

In addition to the wine tasting there will be complementary babysitting on the tennis court  with pizza and a movie for the kids and live entertainment on the deck for the adults.  The full menu will be available as well.

Come on down from 6-9 and welcome our new members!

 

The St. Thomas Yacht Club’s Annual Meeting will be held
Wednesday November, 14th at 6:00 P.M. in the Great Room.

Please click here for a link to a proxy vote.
Proxies can be emailed to stycmanager@gmail.com

The proposed Slate for 2019

Commodore:        Margo Lynch
Vice Commodore:    Tony Coffelt
Rear Commodore:    Emily Zimmerman
Officers:

Treasurer:        Joseph Hosie – New to Board for 2019
Secretary:        Charlotte Wardell

Governors 2 Yr Term:

Shep Barrows – Returning Board Member
Rick Hunter  – Returning Board Member
Erika Kellerhaus – Returning Board Member
Rian Bareuther – New to Board and First time on Board

 

October 2018

The St. Thomas Yacht Club’s Annual Meeting will be held
Wednesday November, 14th at 6:00 P.M. in the Great Room.

Please click here for a link to a proxy vote.
Proxies can be emailed to stycmanager@gmail.com

The proposed Slate for 2019

Commodore:        Margo Lynch
Vice Commodore:    Tony Coffelt
Rear Commodore:    Emily Zimmerman
Officers:

Treasurer:        Joseph Hosie – New to Board for 2019
Secretary:        Charlotte Wardell

Governors 2 Yr Term:

Shep Barrows – Returning Board Member
Rick Hunter  – Returning Board Member
Erika Kellerhaus – Returning Board Member
Rian Bareuther – New to Board and First time on Board

September 2018

Message from the Commodore:
The St Thomas Yacht Club has just completed one of it’s most difficult and frustrating years in our 60 year history, recently marking the First Anniversary of the two Category 5 storms that dealt the Territory a devastating blow.

The Flag Officers, Board, Employees and Members have been working hard over the past year to deal with the fallout of this crisis.  The immediate goal after the storms was to make the club safe and habitable.  Our focus then was redirected to our sailing programs.  We were thrilled to offer a safe place for junior and high school sailors to train in the immediate aftermath of the storms. Thanks to an impressive effort by the team, adults and juniors alike were sailing in our IC24 fleet on schedule in November.  Our summer series lasted well into June and many members were disappointed to see the majority of the fleet moved to the hard in mid July.  This is a wonderful example of the resilient community and home away from home we have built together over the years at STYC.

While the repair list is long we have worked diligently over the last 12 months to triage maintenance and renovation while we work with our insurance carriers.  When at all humanly possible we did not want to do work twice.  Ultimately, hurricane repairs for window, doors and roof work  present an opportunity to help our 55 year old building which is badly in need of new plumbing and electrical systems as well.  The board has taken a conservative approach and currently is developing a full repair timeline.

Immediately after the storms the board went to work on dock repairs.  Following our general meeting we had every expectation that the dock rebuild would be completed by late August 2018.  After months of back and forth with several different contractors we have yet to receive a contract.  Conversations are daily and ongoing with small local contractors and engineers as well as larger organizations that are headquartered stateside. STYC is committed to the dock rebuild and hopeful that a contractor will be selected in 2018.

The frustrating lack of response from our insurance carrier forced us into legal conversations and the possibility of filing suit against them to move the claim forward.  In recent days we have seen significant forward movement on this and we are anticipating a settlement soon.

Despite these issues, there is a great deal of good news.  We have solidified our ability to borrow from the SBA much of what we will need to fill the gap between insurance money and final cost of repairs and upgrades at low rates with no increase in dues to the membership.  Our sailing program is running at full speed and new programs are being rolled out all the time.  The restaurant is open and the food and service are excellent.  The mooring field is in great shape.  Both squash and tennis are very active.  We welcomed new tennis pro Jonathan Atkins to the club just this month and the courts have been moving at full speed.

Finally, and maybe most importantly, membership has stayed strong and we continue to be the place people come for recreation, training, world class competition, good food, drink and the network of friends and family that make the time and effort working on recovery worth it.

I am constantly in awe of the STYC and the wonderful community around it.   Enjoy happy hour, catch the sunset, or get out on the water, we are truly fortunate.  As we continue to recover, I look forward to seeing you at the club.

-Commodore Margo Lynch

 

August 2018

NEW GALLEY MENU
8/21/2018

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Hip Hip Hurray! 

The Club’s land line telephone is back in action.  

Call to make reservations for tonight at the Galley.

Appetizers

* House Made Pico de Gallo with fresh tortilla chips.  3
* Bell Pepper & Black Bean Soup topped with shredded jack cheese and sour cream.  6
* Chorizo & Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese topped with truffle oil and scallions.  12
* Spinach & Artichoke Dip with warm pita triangles.  8
* Beast Mode Fries with bacon, jack cheese, ranch & scallions.  8
* Petit Pizza made on pita bread with house marinara, mozzarella & parmesan. 6
* Crispy Popcorn Shrimp topped with sweet Thai chili, wasabi & sriracha aioli.  10

Salads
Add chicken 5 / tuna 7 / chorizo 5 / griller patty 4 garden burger 5 / beef burger 6 / steak $mkt

* Gatna’ GreekSalad with chopped romaine, feta cheese, red onion, tomato, sliced black olives, pepperoncini, cucumber & croutons.  12
* K-Mo Salad with baby arugula, roasted beets, candied walnuts, red onion & smoked gouda cheese.  Served with house vinaigrette.  12
* House Caesar Salad with chopped romaine shaved parmesan, croutons & Caesar dressing.  9

Sides
French Fries / Green Salad / Fresh Veggies / Quinoa 3
Spicy Slaw  / Tortilla Chips  /  Garlic Basil Rice 2

Sandwiches
Your Choice of:
CAB Ground Beef  / Chicken Breast  /  Fish  /  Veg Griller Patty  / House Garden Burger  /  Chorizo Dog

* IC-24- Bacon, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, pesto aioli & arugula.  12
* Commodore– Fried egg, cheddar cheese, bacon & caramelized onions. 12
* Biggie Smalls– two slices of American cheese, 1000 island dressing & arugula.  10
* Green Fleet– Avocado, sautéed peppers, smoked gouda, arugula & spinach artichoke spread.  11
* Ambrosia– Feta cheese, red onions, tomatoes, black olives, cucumber & pepperoncini.  12
* Spicy Smokey Spaniard– Smoked gouda, diced chorizo, arugula & chipotle aioli. 12

Mains
* Chefs Choice Steak topped with chimichurri.  Served with fresh vegetables and potatoes.  $mkt 
* Fish of the Day topped with house beurre blanc.  Served with fresh vegetables and garlic basil rice.  $mkt
* Honey Stung Fried Chicken served with fresh vegetables and potatoes. 17
* Tuna Tacos with blackened Ahi tuna, spicy slaw, sriracha aioli & cilantro.  16
* Quinoa & Vegetable Bowl with peppers, onions and fresh vegetables. 16

Kids
* Grilled Chicken Breast with choice of two sides.  12
* 420 Chicken Tenders with French fries.  10
* Shrimp Poppers with French fries.  11
* Mac & Cheese with mini pasta shells and creamy cheese sauce.  8
* Hot Dog with French fries.  6
* Grilled Cheese with French fries.  6

 July 2018

 As always our visitors from the States had a wonderful time thanks to your efforts. Thank you to all that helped with this year’s International Opti Regatta. The short list includes:

Regatta Director Hollis Jenkins
Kim Duff
Ann Nicolosi
Commodore Margo Lynch
Sean and Christine Sheehan
Megan Cassidy
Rayne Duff
Chris Sharpless
Marni Walters

Rob Richards
Amy & Allen Yu
Margaret & Pretlow Majette
Shep & Jean Barrows
Maria & Carlos DiblasiJeff Stevenson
Maurice Kurg
Karen Rice
and Principle Race Officer,
Bill Canfield

Jr. Sailing News

  • Keil Week (Julian van den Driessche -Radial, Gillian Perrell & Savannah Young -i420, Ian Barrows- 49er)  click here.
  • Brooke Gonzalez Invitational Clinic: Robert & Victoria -420, Mateo – Laser EVENTUALLY results will be here
  • Mateo was the Brooke Gonzalez sportsmanship award recipient

Opti North Americans finished Sunday in Mexico.

  • Robbie Richards, Alejo DiBlasi, Caroline Sibilly, Winn Majette, & Tanner Krygsveld represented the ISV on behalf of the St. Thomas Yacht Club.
    Results are here.

US Youth Championship concluded last week in Wrightsville Beach, NC.  All sailors attending Youth Worlds in Corpus Christi, July 14-21, competed at this event.  The 4 day event only saw 3 days of sailing as Day 3 was cancelled due to lack of wind. Final results for ISV sailors were,

  • NACRA 15 (8 Boats)
  • Mia Nicolosi & Teddy Nicolosi – 2nd
  • LASER RADIAL (46 Boats)
    Mateo Di Blasi – 19
  • Full report of the event can be seen here.

Antilles High School Sailing:

  • C420 Midwinters (75 Boats)
  • Teddy and Mia Nicolosi finished 6th overall
  • Robert Hunter and Victoria Flately finished 12th overall
  • Baker Team Racing National Championships (12 teams)
  • Antilles High School Team came in 2nd  
  • Mallory Championships
  • Antilles High School finished 8th out of 20.

Individual Accomplishments:

  • Mateo Di Blasi – finishing 9th in the Laser Gulf Coast Championships. This was a qualifier for Laser Worlds where he will be competing later this year.
  •  Julian van den Driessche – Laser Radial Youth European Championships in Hungary.    He finished 10th in the under 17 age group and 67th overall.  

College News:

  • Graceann Nicolosi has won Top Honors in her district.  NEISA crew of the year and ALL NEISA first team crew. 

The Club will be hosting a wedding on July 7th.  at 5:30 P.M.  Set up will begin in the early afternoon.

D.P.N.R. is now issuing Boat Registrations.  Remember they are in the Turnbull Library in Tutu.

I will be off the Island starting Monday, July 2nd until Monday, July 16th.  Please email if there are any pressing issues.
Happy Fourth of July.

MAY 2018

Unfortunately the Club is going to lose our Tennis Pro, Chris Lorentz, this summer.  However if we can find Chris a new care taker position he would be willing to return.  Chris has been a fantastic addition to the Club and we would really hate to see him go.  Please email me if you have any leads.  Chris has a fabulous resume with many years experience maintaining villas and vacation homes.  I will share his resume to any interested parties.

Sailing News

Antilles Hurricanes
With a first place win Sunday at the SAISA district team race qualifier, our Antilles sailors are heading to San Diego for the second of two national championships they’ll be competing for this month.
Congratulations to Coach Charlie Knape and Robert Hunter ’18, Teddy Nicolosi ’19, Chris Sharpless ’19, Victoria Flatley ’20, Gillian Perell ’20, Rayne Duff ’21, Mateo DiBlasi ’21, and Mia Nicolosi ’21 for an impressive weekend victory, which gives us a chance to defend our title at the Baker Team Race Championships on May 25.

The International Opti Regatta is fast approaching and we are in need of charter dinghies.  The company we normally charter from is no longer in business and thus we are still short three boats.  The regatta is June 11th through the 17th.  Please email if you are interested in making a few bucks.

Opti Race News:
Congratulations to Tanner Krygsveld for finishing 1st overall at the VIODA regatta on June 21-22. Following Tanner was Winn Majette in 3rd,  Andy Yu in 7th, Katherine Majette in 9th, Caroline Sibilly 10th, Max van den Driessche 12th, Robbie Richards 14th, Alejo Di Blasi 15th, Coby Fagan 18th.
Great Job Opti Race Team!

College News:
Graceann Nicolosi has won Top Honors in her district.  NEISA crew of the year and ALL NEISA first team crew.  Congratulations Graceann!

IC 24 Friday Night Series
Starts this Friday. Contact Dave at the Sailing Center if you want to crew. 340-690-3681

Galley News
LEGO Challenge this Saturday!

  • 4:00 – 7:00 May 12th
  • Sorry about the time change!
  • $20 Entry gets you:
    Gift Bag – child builders only
    Chicken Finger & Freis Buffet
    A chance to WIN LEGO prizes!

Rules:
Build 5 creations provided on the day of the event.
Time limits set for each creation.
One prize winner per creation.
LEGO’s brought with you must be broken down.
No LEGO sets.

It is with a great deal of regret that I must announce that Forrest Hardy is leaving St. Thomas.

Forrest has been a large part of the success of the Sailing Center and he will be hard to replace.

Come say good bye tomorrow evening and buy the young man a drink.

APRIL 2018

EIGHT BELLS

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Donald Frank Lang (Don) (87) passed away on February 1, 2018 in Williamsburg, VA with family by his side. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Susan Lang; his parents, Frank Lang and Gertrude Lang; his sister Constance Farmer and brother-in-law Lee Farmer. Don is survived by his wife Cherylle Lang; his two sons, Stephen (wife Beverly and great niece Ari Konkel) of Williamsburg, VA, Brian (Kelly) Lang of Franklin, TN; and grandchildren Aidan and Isabella Lang of Franklin, TN. He is also survived by niece Diana Farmer Cauldwell (Chico), nephews Lee Farmer (Chris), Stuart Farmer and partner Michelle, great-niece Claudia Hicks (they happily shared many bowls of ice-cream together at Lake Anna).

Born August 31, 1930 in San Francisco, CA, his family later moved to Appleton, WI, where he attended Appleton High School and graduated in1948. After high school, Don attended the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State University receiving a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Following college he served as a First Lieutenant in the Army during the Korean War. After completing his military service, he became the manager of the South Bend Country Club. Looking to move to Chicago, he landed an interview with CNA Insurance, ultimately resulting in a position within their Association Group Insurance division and his entrée to a long and successful career in insurance. During his time at CNA, he met Susan Johnson and they married on January 16, 1965 and settled in Lombard and then Glen Ellyn, Illinois. They were married 42 years until Susan passed in 2007. From CNA, Don become President of Maginnis and Associates, ultimately acquiring the agency. Prior to, and following his retirement in 1990, Don served as a member of many organizations within the insurance industry and affinity groups he cultivated relationships with over the years. A charter member of the Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA), Don was the recipient of PIMA’s Legend Award in 2008. This award recognized his leadership role in the industry. Don contributed to many philanthropic causes including Dream Catchers and has set an example and developed a culture of giving.

Don was fortunate to be able to spend 8 years married to his second wife Cherylle. A love of travel took Don to many parts of the world. He enjoyed the game of golf and greatly enjoyed discussing politics and the latest financial news during morning coffee and/or evening cocktails with his many long time and dear friends made while spending time at his home in St. Thomas – fondly referred to as his “happy place.”

Dad will be greatly missed by his loving family, friends and faithful dog Frank.

The Lang family would like to express their gratitude to Edgeworth Park at Newtown and Community Hospice for their tremendous care and compassion.

A celebration of Don’s life will be held at a future date in St. Thomas and Williamsburg, VA.

Donations in his memory can be made to Dream Catchers of Toano, VA or the Saint Thomas Humane Society, USVI.

MARCH 2018

 

STIR 2018 SUCCESS!

3/27/2018
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By all accounts this year’s addition of the St. Thomas International Regatta was a success.  As usual it takes an incredible  amount of volunteer help.  The Board and regatta organizers are grateful to the well over 60 people who gave countless hours on land and on the water to make this regatta work.  In addition thank you to all of the members that donated their boats.  This regatta could not happen without the support of all of these people.

Thank you also to past Commodore Bill Canfield for returning as Regatta Director.  He and his team of Lyn Reid, handling registrations, and Oriel Blake, organizing volunteers, pulled off a super regatta.

A special thank you this year to our long term Race Officers Dick Neville and Dave Brennan.  They volunteered their services this year and we are very appreciative.

I would like to personally thank Morgan Avery for his efforts restoring Three Blasts to nearly Bristol condition in time for the regatta.  Morgan also repaired the awning boom and installed the temporary mast.  As a result we now have full shade on the upper deck.

 

Antilles High School Sailing News

Please click this link to an interview with Teddy Nicolosi with Sail One Design.  It is a nice read.
Antilles sailors met at the Ike Geiger Team Race Trophy hosted by MIT University in Boston.  Contested in modified FJ’s the event featured Winter conditions.  It was sunny but very cold wind.  Day one saw windy NW winds which led many boats to capsize or swamp.  Sam Morrell led Boston University to the day one lead with their only loss to a Boston College team featuring Colin Brego.  On day two in below freezing conditions though in less wind Sam and his Boston University team held on to win.  They took another loss but emerged the winners from a three way tie.  Brego and Boston College were 4th while Amanda Engemen and the University of Vermont took 7th.  Danny Petrovic was at the event with the Roger William’s team.  Note the piles of snow in the background!

Tennis News

The Viya VI Open Tennis Tournament will be hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC), April 12 to 15, 2018.
“This year’s Viya VI Open will be a more local event than it has been in the past and will include a weekend junior tournament as well,” explains tournament organizer and STYC pro, Chris Lorenz. “We hope to attract players from all over the Virgin Islands and nearby parts of the Caribbean. We have expanded the Open categories to include Men’s and Women’s singles and doubles events from NTRP 4.0 and above. The theme of this year’s tournament will be about resilience and recovery and about moving forward despite obstacles and difficulties brought about by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.”

Players can compete in a total of 18 divisions. There are four Open Divisions for men’s and women’s singles and doubles. In the B Divisions, there are men’s and women’s singles (NTRP rating 3.5 and under), men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles and Men’s Doubles (for players age 55-plus years). Play will be best of three sets for all divisions. In the junior division, there will be four age-grouped divisions: age 16 and under, age 14 and under, age 12 and under, and age 10 and under, with separate divisions for boys and girls. Draw will be closed at 16 for doubles and 32 for singles so sign up soon!

Over $5,000 will be awarded in cash prizes, plus trophies, in Open and B Divisions. Open singles winners will receive $500, Open Doubles winners will each receive $300 and Mixed Doubles winners will each receive $200. A complete list of prize money for winners and runners-up can be found on the STYC website in the court sports dropdown menu.   (www.styc.club)

The entry fee is $50 per person (pp) for singles and $80 per doubles team in the Open divisions. In the B Divisions, entry is $40 pp for singles, $60 per doubles team. Junior entry is $25 pp. Fee includes an event-logo microfiber performance shirt and a welcome buffet dinner at the STYC, with special entertainment.

The deadline to register is April, 6, by 5 p.m. Registration forms are available at www.styc.club. More information is available under the court sports dropdown menu on this site.

Matches will take place on courts at the STYC, the host location for Semi-Finals and Finals play, as well as at the Anchorage Condominiums. The public is invited to come out and watch the action.

Unfortunately due to  hurricane damage many of the hotels are still closed and housing is difficult to obtain and can not be provided by STYC.

A registration form is attached and can be printed and digitally copied and emailed to styctennis@gmail.com or dropped off at the yacht club with entry payments.
Click here for registration.
See you on the courts.

 

Summer Camp

Camp runs from June 19 – July 27. 

Registration for club members begins on March 1 and non-member registration opens on April 1.  Space available is on a first come, first served basis via email. Early registration forms may not be considered and will not guarantee space at camp.
Registration form link

JANUARY 2018

 

FLY, EAGLES FLY – E – A – G – L – E – S !! – EAGLES!!

Come Down to our Super Bowl Party
Sunday, February 4th
6:00 P.M. Pre-Game
7:00 P.M. Dinner

Philadelphia Cheese Steaks
New England Clam Chowder
Eagle Wings
Tommy “Hot Dog” Brady’s