From the Commodore
2016 celebrates the 109th summer season for our wonderful yacht club and my second as your Commodore. It is hard to believe it has been a year since the completion of our marina project. The new design and layout has benefited our boat owners and our active sail training fleet. Our next project, the replacement of the entire clubhouse floor, is scheduled to be completed this coming winter. The club is currently in a strong financial position with our membership at full cap.
Barrington Yacht Club is situated on picturesque Barrington Harbor, located at the southern tip of Tyler Point. This well protected harbor in the northeast corner of Narragansett Bay affords the Club an excellent setting to initiate the multitude of activities provided its members while remaining focused on our mission of fostering the sport of yachting.
Barrington Yacht Club is run by a great staff and a dedicated board of directors who work hard to make sure the club and its programs are enjoyed by all our members and their guests. At its core, the club revolves around its members, their love and respect for the water, for sailing and boating with all of the possibilities presented and the camaraderie that comes from this mutual sharing. Club activities are geared toward children, families and adults of all ages and include social events, sail training and sailboat racing for juniors and adults, cruising and hosting and supporting sailing regattas at home and away.
Our club sponsored cruising season starts on Memorial Day weekend, continues with a 10 day summer cruise that spans the Fourth of July holiday, followed by the Fleet Captain Cruise on Labor Day weekend, and finishes on Columbus Day weekend. This summer we will be adding a Commodores Cruise that will take us to Battleship Cove in Fall River the weekend of August 6-7th.
Each summer, the Club Sail Training Program teaches well over 250 junior members the fundamentals of sailing, racing, seamanship and sportsmanship. STP classes start with beginner students sailing with the RS Visions then moving to the Optimists. They start racing in the green fleet through traveling race teams in Optis and in 420s. There is a strong emphasis on both learning and having fun. The club actively maintains and upgrades our fleet with our 420 and Opti trailers being replaced for this year along with all new racing sails for the 420 Race Team. On the adult side, there are 2 strong programs. There is an active Thursday Night Adult Series, using the club Visions and 420s. Also there is a very well attended Women Teaching Women program bringing experts to the Club to present on subjects such as racing rules, boat preparation, tactics and preparation of offshore racing, passage making, sail and power boat handling, and much more.
The Club is well known for its active racing calendar and this year promises to be no exception. On August 13th and 14th we will help Bristol Yacht Club by running a circle for J Fest Regatta, bringing J boats from around New England. The club will again be hosting the Hospice Regatta which our membership has been supporting since its inception. During the summer, many favorite races take place as well including the Pret Gladding race in May, the weekly Cox Series on Tuesday evenings, the Junior racing series known as Mugwumps, Thursday’s Adult Series, the traditional season ending Bud Humphrey Race, plus fall and spring frostbiting. This fall Barrington Yacht Club will be competing in the Swanson Cup/Bay Challenge which we lost last year to Bristol Yacht Club.
Not all of the fun that takes place at the Club is on the water. The energetic and imaginative Social Committee organizes a large number of events throughout the year, as does the Junior Activities Committee with its focus on a younger constituent group. Starting with the Blizzard Brunch, an event held every year since 1978 to commemorate the famous blizzard, through the Holiday Party in December, the Club is the site of a wonderful series of social functions. We are lucky to have such a dedicated group of volunteers on the Social Committee putting together these events, along with our opening, summer events, and closing. Then they find the time to organize Friday night meals and an occasional wine paring dinner.
I am proud to be your Commodore and look forward to seeing you at the club this summer.