Commodore’s Log

10433887_10203789136782968_9120220176700633787_nMarch 2015

Hi Royal Savages,

Spring is just around the corner and that means boating season is not far behind. Your RSYC board has been working hard all winter to make the 2015 season the best ever, so I have a lot to tell you about.

The March RSYC Pub Night will take place this Wednesday, March 11, at the Center Street Bar in Brandon, Vt., starting at 6 p.m. Center Street Bar is the easy-going, casual cousin to the famed Café Provence in Brandon. It is located on street level, below the Café Provence at 11 Center St. (Route 7) in downtown Brandon. It’s an easy drive from the north or the south so come meet up with your fellow boaters and enjoy a great evening with friends.

We (and by “we” I mainly mean our webmaster Doug Friant) have been working on a new website! The new site is still a work in progress, but before too long we expect to have lots of new features, including an integrated event calendar that will automatically update, more pictures, improved functionality and a better look. It will also be much easier to update.

We have a new Power Boat Fleet Captain. I am excited to announce that John McQuire has agreed to take on this new position for RSYC. John will be charged with helping to bring the best possible club experience to our power boaters. This may include new events, seminars and more. It will also make sure power boaters concerns are heard. As a past Commodore and longtime power boater and educator John brings a wealth of experience to the job. Look to hear more from him in the future. Thank you, John!

In more great news, John and Mindy Donnelly will be talking the helm for the 2015 RSYC Cruise Week. They are working on the itinerary and I can tell you it’s going to be great! Expect past favorites including fireworks, time at Burton Island and Valcour, and more. John Donnelly has also agreed to be the RSYC Official Club Photographer for 2015. Just goes to show, retiring just means working for someone else.

Our friends at LCYC are bringing two US Sailing Race Management Seminars to the area. The first, the basic one day seminar takes place on Saturday, March 21st at the Colchester Police Department. The fee is $25 for US Sailing members and $45 for non-members and that includes lunch. The second, an advanced two day seminar will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12 at the Shelburne town offices, and also includes lunch. US Sailing membership is required for the advanced seminar. The advanced seminar is $35. By taking these seminars you can learn what you need to take the test to become a US Sailing certified Race Officer. You will learn about choosing courses, writing sailing instructions, running and organizing races and more. Even if you never plan on being a race officer this information can be a great help in your own racing. You can join US Sailing at a discount on our website. Click here to join RSYC US Sailing Page Learn more at: Register today:

We are still in search of a Fast Sail Captain for this season. Please let me know if you can take on this fun and rewarding job. If you race the fast sails anyway this is a great opportunity to give back to the club. Please contact me at for more information. We need you! And if you’ve already contacted me and are still on the fence… now is the time to say “YES”!

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Wendy Friant
RSYC Commodore

November 2014

Welcome to the 35th season of the Royal Savage Yacht Club!

Congratulations and thank you to 2014 Commodore Will Patten for an excellent season and his long service to the club, and congratulations to 2014 award winners Harold Field for the Commodore’s Cup and John Beal for the John Donnelly Fast Sail Trophy.

2015 promises to be better than ever. Favorite events return including the Mid Winter Raft Up, Launch Party and Christening ceremonies, Vessel Safety Checks, Cruise Week, Chicken BBQ, the Lobster Fest and Diamond Island Regatta, the Fast Sail racing program, Friday night pot luck dinners and Saturday morning breakfasts. This year we will be adding more weekend Club Raft Ups, and we are working hard on launching a Junior Sailing Program. In addition, we will be introducing a new, season long boating competition suitable for power boaters and sailors alike.

The Royal Savage Yacht Club currently boasts over 125 member boats/families and is proud to offer our membership camaraderie, boating education, fun events, cruising and racing opportunities all while serving our mission to “encourage and foster marine safety and the sport of yachting, the art of yacht designing and building and the science of seamanship and navigation.” This year, the “yacht designing” part of our mission may be fulfilled by a new cardboard box and duct tape regatta, just one important event in the new season long RSYC boating competition. Stay tuned!

If you are a non member visitor to this page I would like to encourage you to think about joining us. We welcome new members and you can find out more about joining RSYC on our Membership page.

I am thrilled to be serving the club in the role of Commodore for 2015. Please feel free to contact me any time.

Happy boating,

Wendy Friant
RSYC Commodore
S/V Raven