Ice Cube Regatta

The Ice cube Regatta was Exactly That!!

Hi Everyone – The forecast today couldn’t have been much worse with temperatures in the 30’s with rain. Fortunately, that didn’t discourage anyone. The 19-boat fleet arrived for setup and it was sleeting. Thankfully, the race committee forged ahead and got started promptly. Yes, it was cold, but the rain stopped and the sailors had 7 extremely competitive windward-leeward-windward races in the 7-14 mph northeasterly (down the Glen Cove creek).


In the 11 boat Sunfish fleet, Lee Montes again sailed the shortest way more consistently than anyone else to take the title. Lee frequently found himself rounding the windward mark with many boats in front of him only to make his way to the top 3 at the finish. Doug Wefer, Griffin Sisk, Dave Lawson & Keith Maler chased Lee without success. Meanwhile, Kevin Ryan, Ryan Dunn, and Nick Russo all made some strides at mastering the puffy conditions. Joe Beitch, Annika Kaelin, and Naadira Gafar might have found the wind a little too brisk to be optimal but they all showed brilliant moments with top 5 finishes.


The 7 Lasers and 1 RS Aero had themselves a great afternoon. Sean Murphy started off with two bullets until he swam in the third race. Meanwhile, Dan Rapelje got hot and ripped off four firsts in the last 5 races to be the Laser Ice Cube Champion. The Lasers welcomed a couple of new sailors in Dylan Williams, Trey Johnston, and Jon Renz. It was great to have them mix it up with the regulars and Dylan’s Aero proved competitive with the Lasers.


After sailing, everyone enjoyed some hot chocolate and Mary Ellen Wefer chili – outside the Club basement. The Ice Cube Regatta trophies, appropriately, were neck warmers.

As always, thanks go to Dave Lawson for scoring and to the Race Committee support crew led by Mary Ellen Wefer & Charles “Button Boy” Beitch. Further, many thanks to support boat operator Pat McCann for his attentiveness and the extra effort setting up for the ugly weather. Lastly, a special shoutout to Sea Cliff YC General Manager Charlie Walsh for pitching in to make our day a success

Gingerbread House Making

Gingerbread Bread House Class: December 12th 1pm

The Ninth Annual Family Gingerbread House Building Class was held on December 12th.

  Each family decorated a gingerbread house,  and enjoyed some cookies and snack.

Trim the Tree Dinner

Despite the pandemic we have begun our Holiday Celebrations. We had a COVID max capacity Trim the Tree Dinner last Friday. It was a great way to enjoy a wonderful meal and friendly service.

The pandemic actually did some good because we could not gather on the dance floor at a safe distance so our carolers serenaded us from their tables and gave us the best performance in years as almost everyone in the room was singing away.


Our traditional singing of the Twelve Days of Christmas also was a hit! Each table in the room had a day to sing and everyone participated. It was just heartwarming to see a little celebrating in this difficult time. There was a surprise ending to the song when the last verse, “A Partridge in a Pear Tree” was replaced with the words “Our First Female Commodore”. It got a great response from the crowd.