Lubber's Log

May 2011

The last few weeks have been typical Maine weather of drizzle, fog, and dampness. My thoughts are: Let’s get the wet miserable weather over with now, and a beautiful warm sunny summer will follow. I hope my thoughts are correct!

The winter and spring have been very busy at the Club. Our new Club manager, Bill McSherry, has been hard at work getting the Club ready for the season and meeting many of our members. Please, when you start enjoying the Club, take the time to introduce yourself to Bill and the stewards. It makes their jobs much easier when they know our membership.

The Club is looking great. New windows were installed this spring along with new siding on the front. The Club’s old windows were beyond repair, and needed to be replaced. Bill has been busy getting familiar with the Club and waterfront.

As another way to communicate with our membership, Arundel Yacht Club has entered the world of social media. You can now find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. (See links below). Our events will be posted on those sites, as well as emailed to our membership. Reminders and communications will also be sent via email. Please note; the events this year have filled to capacity early. I recommend that you RSVP early to assure your attendance at the event.

One last housekeeping item, the large grill is currently out of use. The insides will be rebuilt and a new stronger side burner added for lobsters, steamer cooking. The small grill has been cleaned and serviced and is ready for use.

I am looking forward to an active summer at AYC.

Amy Bath


The Membership Committee would like to welcome all the new members that came on board last year.  In case you have not been studying your 2011 calendar, we have a new event called the Class of 2011 Party on Saturday, June 11. We are so happy that our new members are jumping onboard with the Club’s activities and they will be hosting this “meet and greet” social. It is a Cocktail party with BYOB and BYO Best Appetizers. Set-ups will be provided. The theme is “nautical,” so dress appropriately and there will be music by our own Peter Hatch. Please help support this event and get your RSVP in early so not to be left out.

This spring, the membership committee was busy processing a lot of new applications and developing a New Member welcome packet. We had 3 openings to fill so we will be welcoming two junior members and one boating member. They will be attending the orientation, which is scheduled for July 2nd. Once they are initiated, they will be seen with their sponsors attending all the events and getting to know other members. If you see a new face, make sure you give them a warm welcome. 

Have a great summer!

Heather Bruhl
Anne Marie,  Paula,  Dave,  Debbie,  Dave, and Scrib
Membership Committee


Regardless of the rainy month of May, our Junior Sailing program is off to a great start. Sailor sign-ups are coming in strong with some classes already near maximum enrollment. What is really great to hear is a continuation of last season’s positive feedback. That is reinforced by many of last year’s sailors who are getting friends to sign up to sail with them this year. This is just what we want -- a proliferation of young sailors!

We are thrilled to have Shannon Boyle returning to direct our sailing program. Her enthusiasm for sailing and compassion for the kids is downright infectious. Mary and Sam are also returning for their fourth season as sailing instructors. Having the same sailing staff several years running is one thing that makes AYC’s program stand out from other local sailing programs.

Keep your eyes open for our sailing staff and junior sailors starting the last week of June. Check the AYC website or contact Claire directly ( or 967-9828) with any questions, class registration or in general.

Fair Winds,
Claire Julian & Bob Scribner
Junior Sailing


We are very excited about adult boating at AYC this summer. The Boon Island Race, a tradition for decades, takes place on June 25 with Peter Hatch taking over for Dave James in organizing the event. This is open to non-members with sailboats as well as members, so please contact Peter if you have any questions or interest in being involved with this race.

Powerboat night will make its debut on July 28! Members with powerboats will offer to take other adult members to Stage Harbor for a fun evening on the island. We have asked the Club Manager to be sure that we will have a grill so that we can enjoy a casual dinner on the shore.  Transfers from boats to the shore and back will also be provided. The moon should be nearly full too! If you have a powerboat and would like to join us, we would love to have you pick up a few members and bring them along. Anne Gould will coordinate this event, and members must sign up so that we are sure to be prepared with enough boats. There will be more information to come later on this new opportunity.

Adult casual sailing is scheduled for three Thursday nights this year, July 14, August 4 and August 18th. These evenings begin at 5:30 sharp at the Club. Each week we have boat owners who will take membership out for a short evening sail. No experience is required, however most Skippers are happy to share their knowledge with anyone who is interested in learning more about sailing. We usually return to the Club between 7 and 7:30 PM and enjoy our own dinner on the deck. Please contact Anne if you are interested, so that we can coordinate the correct number of boats to have available.

Adult racing in the 420s is scheduled for July 7, July 21, and August 11. Some sailing experience is recommended. Sailing instructors will tow boats in and out of the river and set race courses for us. Following the race, participants usually stay to enjoy their own dinner on the deck. This was designed for adults, but if you want to bring along your teenage sailors, they might add a new element of fun for all of us! Please do let Anne know if you plan to participate and how many are in your group.

The Founder’s Day Race was established in 2007 to celebrate the Club’s 50th anniversary. It has become a new tradition and an opportunity for members to be a part of a sailboat race. It is low key, fun, and no sailing experience is needed. Come join sailboat owners on July 16 to enjoy a beautiful afternoon on the water.  Mark Tuller is coordinating this race.  Please contact him with any questions you may have regarding this race.

All of these events are weather dependent. Signing up helps ensure that things run as smoothly as possible and that we can contact you in case we need to cancel the event for any reason.

Anne Gould
Adult Sailing Committee


The Arundel Yacht Club is sponsoring the 2011 Boon Island Sail Boat Race on Saturday, June 25. The race will start at 1030 hours EDT. A skippers’ meeting will be held that morning at 0800 hours at the AYC Club House. Sailing instructions and course changes (if any) will be decided at that time.

Entries must be submitted on the official AYC entry form, copies of which may be downloaded from the AYC web page at; or requested from Peter Hatch 207-462-2522 or The entry fee is $25.00, payable to AYC, and must accompany the entry form.
Each race boat skipper will receive a free Boon Island t-shirt. Additional t-shirts may be purchased for crew members and others at a cost of $15.00 each. Trophies will be awarded to the first, second and third place finishers of the race.

High tide is 0712 and low is 1311 so passage in and out of the river prior to and after the race should not present an issue.

Entry forms must be received by 0800 hours EDT on June 25, 2011, or prior to that time, may be mailed to:

Peter Hatch
5 McKenny Lane
Kennebunk, ME 04043

One thought this year is potentially using a staggered start such as was done at the 2010 Founders Day race last summer.  A vote will be taken during the skippers’ meeting, and scratch sheets will be prepared accordingly, in case that is the decision.

Peter Hatch
Boon Island Race Committee


Our thanks go out to all of the many members, who worked so hard to make the clean up happen thoroughly and quickly.

We are encouraging all of our members to use the dishwasher to help save water. Our machine does conserve water and takes less than two minutes to complete the cycle. More explicit directions will be posted above the dishwasher. The committee will be available to help anyone, who would like a quick review of running the machine.

We have many ideas for the house and want the membership to let us know what we can do or buy to make your enjoyment of the Club even better.

Donna Costello, Beverly Keough, Patricia Owens, Patricia Pence, Sandra Severance
House Committee


The Club regrets to announce the passing of long time member Nancy Hatch, mother to Peter and Paula, and of Ruth Forrest, a past member and mother to members Anne Raynor and Bill Forrest. Also passed is Hope Kubiak, an early active member of the Club with her husband Walt, who had the rug made that adorns the bar.


In order to keep information current, members should contact the Secretary with any address, e-mail, marital status, or boat ownership changes when applicable.

Debbie Tuller
967-2327 or


AYC is seeking photos for use in Club electronic media and print publications. We welcome any images, new or old, having to do with AYC activities:  family cookouts on the deck, day sails, social events, Boon Island Race, work days, Junior Sailing classes, etc.

Please forward digital images to:
Mail photo prints to: Mark Paquette, P.O. Box 1418, Kennebunkport, ME  04046.  Photos will be scanned and returned.

Please indicate, to the best of your ability, names, function, date, and location for each image.

Thank you.

Mark Paquette



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