This week at the Club

We are Sailing into our 127th Season


Last Saturday we enjoyed our Commissioning Ceremony and a great dinner dance that followed. Fleet Captain Claude Turner presided at the ceremony and again we were in the dining room in plenty of time for the annual viewing of the Kentucky Derby. Commodore Charles Parisi outlined the plans for the 2019 season. He thanked all the people that work so hard to keep things moving forward at the club including those serving on committees and the staff. Additionally, he urged people to get involved. Past Commodore Jim Arnemann and John Haley presented the Robert W. Pearsall Award for outstanding service in support of sailing to Steve and Maggie Feinsilver in appreciation of their hard work. Then we had a great party, thanks to all who made it possible.


The 2018-19 Frostbite Season came to an end on Sunday with the finale event – the Cinco de Mayo Regatta. The weather gods made the fleet pay for not sailing the week before (with no rain) and so it rained, albeit lightly, all day. Fortunately, there was a gorgeous northeasterly breeze blowing out of the Glen Cove Creek at 8-12 for the six races.


The results in both the Sunfish & Laser fleets don’t entirely show the competitiveness there was on the water. In many cases the fleet was mixed up and very close at the first mark but by the finish the leaders rose to the top. Griffin Sisk clearly had the speed going in the Sunfish fleet but Doug Wefer was able to find the wind shifts at the right times to take the title. Dave Lawson, Joe Beitch and Gonzale De La Rosa all had moments of brilliance demonstrating their season long improvement.


In the Laser fleet the story was similar. At any point in time Sean Murphy, Greg Hayes, Mike McCarthy and Bob Canavan could be ahead of Dan Rapelje but in the end the season champion (Dan) was able to take the race win and the regatta title.


The Race Committee of Mary Ellen Wefer and assistant Charles Beitch did their usual great job running many races – fast. So much so that in most cases the Sunfish fleet sailed through the Laser fleet as they were starting. It was a super fun day but the best came at the celebration.


For the post-race celebration the fleet was joined by alums PC John Dawson & Carol Hoeber. Mary Ellen Wefer provided many fun prizes for the sailors consistent with the Cinco de Mayo theme and to everyone’s delight Charles Beitch provided photo memories of the season. The consensus photo winner was the Bob Canavan grin photo!


Thank you Mary Ellen & Charles for giving us such a great conclusion to the season. See you in November! Have a great summer!




Ideal 18 Preparations


Last week, the committee got a good jump on preparing and rigging the boats, a rudder was repaired and two masts were raised.  Thanks to Mary Ellen, Holly, Maggie and Steve, Mike, Doug and Jim for coming out. A second work call is scheduled for this Saturday, May 11th, at 10:00 AM we will be cleaning, arranging the gear, stepping the masts and rigging the boats in preparation for launching on Saturday, May 18th. With luck and good weather, we hope to have all six boats at their moorings before Memorial Day weekend. All are invited to come down and assist in these efforts.  No experience necessary, just a willingness to pitch in. We look forward to seeing many of you this Saturday.


Saturday Morning Adult Sailing Education – Learn & Certify To Sail an Ideal 18


As part of your membership, adults can learn to sail for free!  The Adult Sailing program is for beginners or sailors who are unfamiliar with the Ideal 18s. The program involves class room training though most of the time is on the water.  Any adult member may participate.  Taught by club members, this class teaches the fundamentals of sailing, as well as how to handle the Ideal 18’s.  After a few weeks of classes and practice, you may qualify to be certified to sail the Ideals on your own. Once certified, you can sail the Ideals on your own.


Classes will begin Saturday, June 1st, 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon and run through July 20th. As a reminder, you do not  need to commit to every class if you can’t make the first class or have some other conflicts, don’t worry, members can jump in any time. Classes are customized to your skill levels and ability to master basic sailing abilities.


If you are interested, please register via   We need interested people to sign up in advance so we can gauge how many instructors we need and how many instructional books to have.


The Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor and Sea Cliff Beach will work together to clean the beach for spring.  Sea Cliff Beach cleanup is scheduled for 5/11. From 9 to 2. Bring a rake and help get both Sea Cliff Beach and the Club Beach ready for summer. Stop by the bar after and enjoy a complimentary cocktail for your hard work.


Once Again, The Baron Von Fuch’s Volleyball Open will be held on Memorial Day.


As has become an annual tradition, The Baron announces that the Baron Von Fuch’s Volleyball Open will return this Memorial Day. The tournament is open to all.  Teams of six players, in accordance with the rules posted below, can enter to compete to put their team name on the “Golden” Trophy. Games begin at 2:00 PM. Teams may have more than six players for substitution purposes.


Official Rules:

  • Every point counts, whether serving or not.
  • Games  shall be to 21 points, A team must win by two points
  • Each team must have 6 players on the court at all times; two women on the court at all times, two people over 45 at all times.

Age points

  • Team gets two points for members 60 and over, 1 point for members between 50 and 59.  Two points for children under 12.
  • Total age points capped at 6.
  • The Open will take place Memorial Day, May 27th at 2:00 PM.
  • The Open is looking for up to 8 teams. Register with the Office.  Put your teams together for the “Schlacht on the Sand”.

So put your teams together and be ready to storm the beaches.


The Baron has spoken.


Wednesdays through the season, our Pub Menu is available and is being served in the Club Dining Room so we can enjoy the view. The bar is open Friday at 3pm and Saturday and Sunday at noon. We will be serving in the Club Dining Room on Friday with our ala Carte menu.  Sunday we will celebrate mom with a wonderful brunch. The main dining room is currently sold out and reservations are being accepted for seating in the Regatta Room. We will not be serving dinner Sunday evening.


Also Coming up in May:


Texas Hold em Night Friday May 17th

CPR Class Sunday May 19th 9:00 open to all with advanced registration by 5/12

Grill Nights Begin Thursday May 23rd

Texas Barbeque Party May 25th 5 to 9

Memorial Day Barbeque Buffet Monday May 27th


To Make a Reservation for ALL Dinners and events Click Here


Wednesday, May 8th

Bar 5pm-10pm

Pub Menu starting at 6pm (Reservations Requested)


Friday, May 10th

Bar 3pm-11pm

Open House 5pm-7pm

Dinner 6pm-9pm (Reservations Requested)


Saturday, May 11th

Beach Clean-Up 9am-2pm (rain or shine)

Bar 12pm

Trap Shooting Dinner 6:30pm


Sunday, May 12th

Mother’s Day Brunch 11:30-2pm (Dining Room Sold out Seating Available in the Regatta Room Only)

Bar 11:30am-9pm

No Dinner Service







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