This week at the Club

Happy Holidays, Celebrations Continue

This Friday, December 6th is our Annual Trim the Tree Party. We will be serving our Friday night menu not a buffet as previously mentioned, decorating the tree, singing a few holiday songs, and dancing. Come on down in fine voice and join the caroling and hang an ornament on the tree. Dinner service will start at 6 pm with music from 7 to 11. This event is quite popular so please make your reservations early.


New this year Holiday Cookie Swap December 8th 1pm.  Bring 3 dozen of your favorite cookies and take home an assortment of three dozen cookies lovingly prepared by others. Please reserve for this event so we can get cookie tins and prepare properly.


Then after the cookie swap we will continue a holiday tradition, our Eighth Annual Family Gingerbread House Building Class. Bring the family and decorate a house to bring home as the perfect holiday decoration. The class will be held from 2pm to 4pm in the main dining room. Please note new time. Each family will get a gingerbread house, learn how to decorate it, and have some cookies, cocoa and great fun. Learn how easy it is to make your own gingerbread house. You will get a preassembled house and all the fixings for you and the kids to make a beautiful centerpiece for the holiday table.  The cost is $25.00 per family with additional houses available for $15.00 each, if you feel the need to build a village. Please reserve early so we have an idea of the number of houses we need.


We will keep the celebration going on Sunday, December 15th with our Annual Brunch with Santa starting at 11:30AM. Santa will be paying us a visit and giving a little treat to all the kids. We hear that Rudolph will be leading the sleigh to the club at 12:00 noon sharp (Eastern Standard Time not Sea Cliff Time) so don’t be late and miss an opportunity to see Santa. Enjoy a wonderful buffet brunch prepared by Chef Nick and Anthony. For the adults we will be featuring a make your own Bloody Mary Bar with assorted garnishes, hot sauces, and juice.  Please reserve early with the link below or call the office. We need to let the elves know how many goodies to put on the sleigh for the kids. Lunch will not be served, but the brunch is available to all; with kids or not.


Other December highlights


December Sea Cliff Yacht Club Trivia is Saturday, Dec. 14th

Our third round of Trivia is only 11 days away, Saturday, Dec 14th.   The bar opens at 7:00.  Teams are set and play begins at 7:30.  

Our host this month is Bob Appel and the good Doctor has offered up this clue, “Flags of our Fathers”. So let’s see if can focus in on possible answers. Maybe we can read between the lines on his clue.  Probably easier than reading the third line from the bottom.

Vodka and Latkes December 21st 5 to 7 pm

Bring your best latke sampling and claim the prize, vodka cocktail specials.


What better way to relax and enjoy an evening at the club than with the T’was Night Before the Night Before Christmas Party. This year we are going to celebrate with a traditional holiday buffet. So join us December 23rd starting at 6pm. Reservations required by December 19th.

Turkey Trot Regatta

The 2019 Frostbite Turkey Trot Regatta on Sunday, November 17th, was brisk, puffy & shifty. Fortunately, the water was relatively smooth but the northeast winds from 8-20+ mph made the day a real challenge. The 6 boat fleet was small but competitive. Unfortunately, the conditions were a little too challenging for the Laser fleet did not race. The Sunfish fleet had some close racing and everyone DID keep their mast pointing up all afternoon long. Billy Sesack, sailed consistently to take the Regatta title while Paul & Doug Wefer tied behind him with 12 points. Joe Beitch again showed great improvement while Sean Murphy and Annika Kaelin found some of their own moments to shine. Michael Johnson & David Lawson did show their courage to try the conditions but chose not to push beyond their comfort zone so they only made it around the track once. As always, thank you to Mary Ellen Wefer & Charles Beitch for running 7 efficient windward-leeward races. Further, thank you Mary Ellen Wefer for making sure that everyone went home with the customary Turkey Trot turkeys as trophies.


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!