This week at the Club


Dear Fellow Members


The COVID-19 crisis is certainly unpredictable and many activities at our club will be mandated by the State. The Board takes the safety and wellbeing of the membership and staff very seriously. Therefore, a COVID-19 Response Committee has been formed to evaluate and institute policies as we prepare to reopen this season. As stated before the crisis is a moving target and policies may be adjusted as the situations develop.


The committee consists of physicians, medical professionals and others that will meet regularly and hold the health of the members and staff most important. The committee members are Rear Commodore Steve Feinsilver MD. chair, Fleet Surgeon Norman Schulman MD., Robert Appel MD., Colleen Mitgang MD., Robert Brown PA., Commodore Charles E. Parisi, Club Counsel Don Kavanagh, and General Manager Charles Walsh.


The Committee met on May 11, 2020 at a virtual meeting via Zoom to discuss responses to the current Covid-19 crisis.   Plans made at this point must assume current New York State regulations requiring social distancing remain in place, although they could be relaxed somewhat in the future. The following is based on CDC, State, Health Department, State Liquor Authority, and US sailing Guidelines.


Issues and discussion were as follows:


  • Restaurant: at present by state mandate we can only provide take out service for food and beverage to be consumed off premises. This could include members taking food to their boats, but not eating at the club.  State Liquor Authority mandate states: “that the temporary shutdown of restaurants also applies to outdoor areas.  That includes service or consumption in outdoor areas of the licensed premises (patios, gardens) and the area immediately outside your establishment.  Food and alcoholic beverages sold “to go” must be carried away, in service of the policy goal of preventing the congregation of people to slow the spread of coronavirus.”


  • House and grounds: the clubhouse is closed


  • No guests will be permitted for now


  • All staff will also be screened for temperature and symptoms daily.


  • Face masks always required on club property and in building.


  • Hand sanitizer is available at all entrances.


  • Members should bring their own water bottle filled from home. There will be no water coolers available to refill bottles to limit any possibility of virus spread.


  • The beach will open Memorial Day Weekend per state mandate however concessions are not permitted. To prevent the spread of COVID we ask you bring your own beach chairs; if you cannot beach attendants will be available to set club chairs out on request.


  • Memorial Day hours Friday 12 to 8, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10 to 8


  • All members will need to enter the grounds through the gate by Sea Cliff Beach only, where temperature and symptom screening will take place. If someone from a member’s family has a temperature that the whole family will kindly be asked not to return before 72 hours assuming symptom free.


  • Occupancy limits will apply to limit overcrowding.


  • Swing set is not available for use until further notice


  • Basketball and volley ball courts are closed


  • Pool is being opened and chlorinated, we await regulations from Nassau Board of Health on if and when it can be used.


  • The lower level bathrooms are available for member use max two persons at a time and social distanced


  • Lockers are not available at this time.


  • Marina:
  • Passengers and operator are required to wear a mask on dock and launch
  • A maximum of 5 passengers and the operator will be permitted on launch unless members of same household.
  • The rule of 6-foot distancing will apply on dock and vessel.
  • For member and passenger safety, operators will not handle any member’s personal belongings
  • Members will be purchasing ice through a no touch method. The launch operator will remove bag from freezer and place on dock for member to pick up and bring to boat.
  • Operator will wear disposable gloves and change gloves after each trip
  • Boats will be thoroughly cleaned with boat soap and water daily. The combination of soap and water is one of the best disinfectants in force now.
  • Operator will sanitize all touch points on vessel after each trip
  • Operator will sanitize dock carts after each use
  • Operator will regularly sanitize gangway railings
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on the dock


  • The committee is discussing the Children’s Summer Program and Jr. Sailing. At this time, we expect to run these programs. We are awaiting any State Mandates and will be communicating more very soon. A Zoom meeting will be scheduled once more information becomes available.


  • Ideal18’s will be limited to two sailors per boat unless members of the same household. Boats to be sanitized between uses. Masks and gloves required, once they are splashed.


  • General: it is important that our members realize the measures being imposed so that they can feel safe around the club. If conditions permit it is possible the state will ease some restrictions and all will be reconsidered as possible. The committee will meet again after the next New York State announcement, in about one week or less.


  • The staff is trained in appropriate use of masks and gloves and will enforce social distancing, if anyone sees something that makes them uncomfortable please bring it to the manager’s attention verse “gossiping/complaining” we all want to work together to make this summer great and successful given the circumstances.



Commodore’s Corner

It’s been cold, no doubt about it, but we’re almost half way there. Spring springs in another forty-nine days and we just may make it.
So what’s there to do ‘til then? In addition to all of the winter activities – from frostbite sailing to Tea parties, Trivia to shooting trap – I would add one more suggestion. Join a committee.
General Manager Charlie Walsh does an extraordinary job of keeping our club shipshape, and the staff is uniformly excellent. But there is still a mountain of business that gets done every month by volunteers. We need people who are willing to commit to sharing ideas, writing invitations, fundraising for the ALIR, making telephone calls, bringing in new members, and a host of other duties that all need to get done. These volunteers are the true heart of this Club and we could not operate without them.

Volunteering is the easiest way to make the club your own in a very special way. You will meet new friends and find new strengths in old friends. There’s plenty of scientific evidence for the idea that social interaction is as, or more, important for a long and happy life than either diet or exercise — just the kind of thing that you get from working with a group of committed like-minded volunteers. So call the office, get the names of the committee heads, and get involved. Live forever! Why not?

The Sea Cliff Landmarks Association Fall Lecture

 The Sea Cliff  Landmarks Association Fall Lecture  “Modernism” – The Furniture Design Movement of The 20th Century
Stickley 1901 through Mid Century Modern

Lecture by: Peter Smorto – Peter Roberts Antiques

Founding partners Peter Smorto and Robert Melita opened Peter-Roberts Antiques in the heart of SoHo on Labor Day in 1986 and immediately established themselves as leaders in the meteoric resurgence of the American Arts and crafts movement.  Since 2001, Peter has become a leading dealer and expert in mid-Twentieth Century furniture from George Nakashima.

Wednesday, November 8 @ 7:30 PM – parking available in the Village parking lot to the left of Sea Cliff Yacht Club

Change of Seasons

This year the Sea Cliff Yacht Club will celebrate “Change of Seasons” event this Saturday, November 4th marking the end of the summer season and the beginning of the winter season. The Flag Officers and Board of Governors would like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to you and your family to attend. The gathering is scheduled for 1630 hours (that’s 4:30 for the landlubbers) with the Change of Season Ceremony to begin shortly thereafter. A reception with cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres will immediately follow. Anyone interested in attending may contact the Club office at 671-7374 or use the link below to reserve.

We will waste no time getting frostbite sailing going after Change of Seasons. It will take place every Sunday beginning November 5th weather permitting. Trap shooting starts on Saturdays on November 11th, and this hearty crew shoots no matter what the weather.

Wednesdays through the season, our Pub Menu is available in the Regatta Room. Stop in, play some pool, darts or shuffleboard, and enjoy a good meal and a beverage or two. The bar is open Friday from 3:00 PM and at noon on Saturday and Sunday.

We will be serving in the Club Dining Room on Friday with our ala Carte menu and a few specials. Sundays we will feature the pub menu served in the Club Dining Room from 1 pm. Please reserve early as we need to provision and staff properly.

Football season is here; enjoy a game, sip a drink and hang out with friends at your club. Order up some wings and enjoy a Sam Adams Boston Lager special during the games on Sunday.

Autumn is upon us and, once again, it is time to clean out your lockers and take your small boats home. This needs to be done by Change of Seasons, November 4, 2017. Any boats not removed will be considered abandoned and be disposed of or auctioned. There is no winter storage at the club. The racks need to be maintained and the locker room cleaned. Please cooperate and remove your personal items ASAP. Of course, if you are a frostbite sailor your lasers or sunfish may remain on the beach.

Our next Trivia Night is coming up quickly, Nov. 11 at 7:00 PM. Tim Hyland is the November host. Those of you may remember that last time Tim has a passion for the presidency and National Parks. This is not to say he may be going down the same path, as they say, “past performance is not a guarantee of future results”. New player and teams are always welcome.

Also this month:

Turkey Trot Regatta Sunday November 19th

The Night Before Thanksgiving Buffet Wednesday November 22nd

Happy Thanksgiving Thursday November 23rd Club Closed

Flag and Board Elected at Annual Meeting

Last Friday the Annual Meeting was held. The club’s Flag Officers were re-elected to serve for 2018. Two governors, Shane Denley and Cherise Kramer were also elected to serve three-year terms. Flag officers and committee chairs reported on the current status of the club and the plans for the coming year. All reports indicated that your club is in sound condition and the future looks bright.