Our March winds came in April, April rains in May, it was a slow start to filling the mooring field as boat chores got pushed later into June.
Saturday was the busiest we've been - ever. Multiple boats launched, the womens sailing class buzzing the docks in Blue Knight, trailer boats keeping the ramps humming, good humor, happy sailors and friends all about the club.
Our new red dinghy launch tractor got a workout, members are encouraged to use it. The tractor and trailer are stored in the open shed beyond the dinghy racks, most weekends you'll find it near the ramp or dinks. It has an automatic transmission, easy to use after someone shows you the tricks. Ask and once you know pass the knowledge on please.
Julie Tipton and Cloey Devlin guided a class of 16 women on sail theory, rules of the road, some knot tying and small boat sailing off our docks.
This was an opportunity to get women of HPYC and friends together to share to their knowledge and skills, and help some novices enjoy time and gain confidence sailing on the North East River.
The class brushed up on parts of a sailboat, points of sail, and knot tying with Commodore Cloey, then small groups went for a sail with Captain Julie, putting theory into practice on "Blue Knight", Cynthia Quinn's 19' Buccaneer (which was screaming across the river, making everyone on the dock envious).
All participants found new friends and had a great time learning to sail and being able to get out on a sailboat with other women.