This week at the Club

“I’ve been slimmed Ray”


Spirits roamed our beach last Sunday as we had Movie Night. A nice crowd gathered to watch the original Ghostbusters. The weather was great, not to hot, not to cold. The kids enjoyed popcorn and s’mores and the adults had a few beverages to stay warm, can’t get that at many movie theaters can you?


Sailing News

Thanks to an enthusiastic team, the remaining Ideal 18’s were hauled last weekend. The tide and weather cooperated. This made quick work of the task. Our next gathering (social) will be Saturday, November 2nd, at Change of Seasons. We have some sailors to recognize. Please plan to attend and make our sailing presence known. Oh, and frostbiting starts on Sunday, November 3rd. Thanks for a great season.

Here is what’s coming up:


Regatta Room Pub menu is back served from 5pm in the cozy Regatta Room starting tonight. The Culinary team headed up by Chef Nick will also be preparing some delicious meals to be served at Friday Dinner and the Sunday Pub Menu. Football season is here; enjoy a game, a bite of lunch, sip a drink and hang out with friends at your club and watch the game on the big screens in the Regatta Room. Please make your reservations early for all meal periods so we are properly staffed and prepped for service. We request that reservations for all dining be made 24 hours in advance but please no later than 1pm the day of. 


Friday, October 25th, is the Club’s Annual Meeting at 8 pm. Please come and vote. This is an excellent opportunity to hear reports from the various committees and find out what other improvements are in store here at the Club. Come down for an early dinner and be part of the process.

Our Family Halloween Party is coming up on Saturday, October 26th and will kick off Halloween weekend this year. The party will be from 12pm-2pm. Hey adults don’t be shy to wear a costume, too — it might just get you a free drink at the bar. There will be plenty of treats and maybe even some tricks along with a great buffet luncheon for the kids and adults. Please call, use the link below, or email the office to reserve your spot.


This year the Sea Cliff Yacht Club will celebrate our 127th “Change of Seasons” event on Saturday, November 2nd 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. This is a great opportunity for seasoned members and those new to the SCYC family to experience a long time yachting tradition and a great time.

Sea Cliff Yacht Club doesn’t roll up the sidewalks, or the dock for that matter, in the winter. On the contrary, the Club is open and active through the winter months.  There are many ways to enjoy time on, and around, the water with friends and neighbors.  The full service dining opportunities and bar are open for members and guests three nights a week throughout the winter months. We also host monthly parties and special holiday events. The wood burning fireplaces in the Main Dining Room and our Regatta Room Pub will set the mood for dining and relaxing all season.

Along with the dining and social events you can try your hand at frostbite sailing every Sunday beginning November 3rd, and trap shooting is scheduled to begin on Saturdays starting November 9th.


Autumn is upon us and, once again, it is time to clean out your lockers and take your small boats home. 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.


2019-20 Trivia season begins this Saturday!!!!!!!

The first Sea Cliff Yacht Club Trivia Night is this Saturday at 7:00PM.


The ladies arrived for the LYCE on Saturday morning but the conditions were too rough to sail. The Northwest wind did diminish so that when the men headed out at 2 PM it was flat calm. Teams practiced their spinnaker work in the variable conditions but the fleet struggled to get out to the Race Committee (Mary Ellen Wefer & Debra Dumas) that was out on the course. Eventually a light breeze filled back in from the northwest and it built and built until the fleet sailed home in 15-20 mph.

Overall, the wind ranged from 3-12 across the 5 windward-leeward-windward races for the MYCE. Paul Wefer & Mike Emmert took a liking to the strong conditions and won the last four races to win the MYCE for the third year in a row. John Dawson & Doug Wefer showed they still have the touch to finish second and Anthony Dekkers & Dan Deegan revealed to be closet spinnaker pros to finish third. The Don Kavanagh – Dave Lawson team modeled consistency to finish fourth while Past Commodores Jim Arnemann & Tim O’Rourke hoped the regatta ended after their first race second but still had moments where they showed off their experience. Last minute registrants, Norm Sorenson & Mike Kontonotas finished 6th but showed they’ll be a force in years to come.

Snapper Derby

Dawn broke on September 7th with the windy remnants of hurricane Dorian.  But it was sunny and despite the relatively early start time of 8:30AM the kids were drawn to the SCYC dock for the 18th annual snapper derby.   They were not disappointed.  Close to 100 fish were caught and in addition to snappers [baby bluefish] we saw a fluke, multiple porgies and even a sea robin to make things interesting.  In the 13 and over group Jackson Bachner walked away singlehandedly with the first fish and most fish.  In the 12 and under group we saw first fish caught by Henry Bubbico.  Leo Rassin was the fish whisperer with high hook of 14!  Hot on his tail representing the future female anglers of America was Rayna Giberstein with 10 fish, and Blake Bowen rounding out third place with 8.  Special award was garnered on Charlotte Emmert for being the youngest angler and catching 2. 

Next year we plan on making it interesting to include a 40 and over category for all of those parents who would like to participate alongside their kids and even some who just want to test their angling acumen.

Congratulations to all the participants, this year’s winners, and to the parents who helped put this once a year event on their calendars!

Texas BBQ

The Texas Party had a great turnout, we had line dancing, bull riding and a real how down. Thanks to chef Nick for really good Barbeque (remember that’s a noun not a verb). Ken Chiarella lent us a state of the art smoker and we put 12 hours of smoke on tender delicious beef brisket. If you saw the smoker you saw it had special temperature probes, micro fans to keep the wood at the exact temperature, an overhang to keep the chef out of the sun, leveling legs and more.

Palm Sunday & Egg Hunt

A packed house enjoyed a scrumptious brunch with a seemingly endless array of foods prepared by Chef Nick and Anthony. We had plenty of photo ops with the Easter Bunny and all the kids got to run off some energy with the egg hunt on the beach.