With Temperatures finally above freezing, the rain and wind came cool from the North early on Saturday, March 29th here at HPYC for the first official work day of the 2014 season.
The Dock Crew - Bill Peach, Tom Kennedy Seth Shariff, Bruce Kafer, Don Fedor and John Diffley worked on launching the dinghy docks, meanwhile the Moorings Crew members, Mark Macnamara, Reese Jones, Tom Finger, Rick Fellows, Bob Cantarara, Jeffrey Wettig, Greg Hladky, and Howard Learn attempted to attach a row of mooring floats to the heavy chains below. The wind and waves kicked up and the stinging rain forced the Mooring crew in to shore early, where they concentrated on inspecting painters and welding up new anchors in the relative shelter of the work garage.
The Dock crew continued rowing docks over to the pier throughout the morning and into the early afternoon.
John Spicer and company held the annual spring "Painter Party,". Members learn how to splice line and attach floats for new painters which will hold the boats to the moorings out on the water. This years event attracted over a dozen participants, working both on thier own painters and repairing damaged and worn painters identified during the mooring crews earlier inspections. The air was thick with the stench of burnt nylon and lively with conversation throughout the day as coaches share their knowledge with the participants and everyone checked their work.
The kitchen crew brought out the four contesting Chili concoctions for this springs "HPYC Chili Cookoff," along with all the fixings, cornbread, deviled eggs, and plenty of deserts. This years participants in the Chili Cookoff were Tom Finger, Julie Tipton, Marty Difffley, Cloey Devlin/Bob Cantarara, each one winning a HPYC T-shirt for thier efforts. The winning Chili on this day belonged to Tom Finger, who also won a HPYC sweatshirt.
The afternoon rains come down even harder, with members huddled in the clubhouse by the fire, and later by the bar and woodstove as member Billy King recounted his adventures last spring as he sailed from HPYC to the Bahama's and back over the course of four months. He showed members a movie of the trip featuring video shot on a smartphone, and mapped out the trip on various chartbooks used on the trip.
With everyone hoping for sunny and 70 degrees, we all dealt with heavy wind and rain, and temperatures in the 50s and had a grand old time.