Commodore Don Petsch and the Bridge invite you to the 2018 HBYC Commodore’s Brunch...the ‘Official Start’ of our sailing season. This year’s brunch is hosted by Firelands Winery in their newly added Osteria Gusto Exposition Kitchen. We have a great menu and a great program. Following brunch, and in keeping with the Rum Runners theme of our Winter Rendezvous, we will have an historical tour of this 128-year-old winery…and what winery tour would be complete without a wine tasting? Certainly not this one!
We just wanted to take a moment to update the club on a turn of events for Robby’s Voice. As you know, we were invited by the court system of Medina to run Robby’s Recovery Center and eventually purchase the property and full ownership of the center. This was the result of 5½ years of effort and the fulfillment of a dream. The first five months met and exceeded all expectations having had more than 3000 sign ins spread over 20 weekly meetings, well attended social events and recognition by a number of state and local organizations. Effective February 2, 2018, we have officially terminated our involvement with the center and have removed ourselves from the board of directors. The courts decided to modify the original plan to include a full service 5 star restaurant and include alcohol as a menu item. This was done over the objection of the board but the courts control the grant money. As an organization we made our decision after consulting with a number of people involved in recovery at a high level and our own personal beliefs. Simply, we could not agree to something that went against our values. There is more involved here but suffice to say that we are disappointed.
But, fear not. Since our widely supported decision, we have been contacted by the ADAMHS Board of Medina, a State Representative, the Kiwanis and several other organizations, to partner with them on a new venture. We are exploring all opportunities. In addition, the Mercy Health System, with locations across Ohio, has asked us to develop a program to bring to all their locations to better educate the medical staff. The Ohio High School Athletic Association has also asked us to partner with them on an educational program and our Family Matters support group has been so successful that similar models are being developed throughout the county with our assistance. Medline Industries, a large medical supply company, has invited us to explore other avenues to help fight against this epidemic. We have enough to keep us busy for a while.
We just wanted to bring the club up to speed before the rumors fly since Harbor Bay Yacht Club has been so supportive. See you all in the spring.
It is once again time to renew your Harbor Bay Yacht Club membership. Earlier this year you should have received a 2018 Membership Renewal form via the USPS. Please confirm or update the information on the form and provide payment to the membership committee (Brenda Marcks).
Please check your email addresses on your renewal forms closely - the HBYC Webmaster uses the email addresses provided to send the HBYC News updates to you.
If you have any questions or need another renewal form, click on this link to contact the --> HBYC Membership Committee.
Membership dues must be paid or postmarked by March 31, 2018!
After a long day of meetings, checking boats in frigid temperatures, and learning about the perils of Probition in the 1920's, the Harbor Bay Yacht Club celebrated the the repeal of Prohibition 85 years ago in style with the Rum Runners Ball.
Following dinner and the Change of Watch Ceremony, members in 1920's era attire enjoyed the music provided by the Windjammers Big Band.
Check out more photos --> Rum Runners Ball
Harbor Bay Yacht Club's Change of Watch Ceremony was conducted just before the 1920's themed dance. Dressed in their finest Prohibition era costumes, club membership thanked previous leadership and tapped new Bridge Officers, Trustees, and Staff Officers.
To learn more about who charts the course for the Harbor Bay Yacht Club, Click -> Who We Are
Writer R. C. Durkee visited Harbor Bay Yacht Club during its Winter Rendezvous at Sawmill Creek Resort to discuss the local impact of Prohibition, which inspired her book Rum Run.
The 18th amendment to the constitution (which Ohio ratified on January 7, 1919) prohibited the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States." Prohbition became the law of the land on January 17th, 1920.
As time marched forward from the start of prohibition, stockpiled supplies of liquor and alcohol dwindled, creating an oppotunity for Bootleggers (on land) and Rum Runners (on water) to supply the rising demand by transporting alcohol from Canada, across Lake Erie, to the United States. This placed the Lake Erie Islands and the Ohio Northern Shore in the middle of dangerous and illegal activities.
R.C. Durkee's historically accurate, but fictional account of a local boater living and surviving this dangerous time is spell binding, engaging, and informative. It is a must read for boating enthusiasts familiar with the Erie Islands and the Nothern Shore from Port Clinton to Cleveland.
Learn more about R.C. Durkee, her book Rum Run, and her next project --> R.C.Durkee
...but the Winter Rendezvous will be hot!
Preparations are all set for ths weekend's shindig. Old Man Winter is trying to spoil our party, but he ain't gonna do it! Having said that, please keep an eye on the weather, use your best judgement, and BE SAFE!
Here is the final schedule for the weekend: 2018 Winter Rendevous Schedule
Sandusky Harbor Marina management is planning a brief overview to members after the author speaks, but prior to lunch.
If anyone has been preparing for the weekend by reading R. C. Durkee's book "Rum Run" , you may remember a big party with a big band. Here is a song mentioned in the book that will get you ready for the weekend. I found a great recording on Youtube. Click Here and enjoy--> I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
Rear Commodore Harvey Rickert is bringing the event to Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio. Friday evening will be a time for socializing in the “Big Bear Saloon” over a cold one at the cash bar. Saturday morning, meet author R.C. Durkee, who will give a talk about Rum Run, his novel based on bootlegging and rum running activities in our local area, including the islands during Prohibition. Saturday evening will include our traditional Change of Watch and dinner, and will feature the “Rum Runners Ball” where we’ll enjoy sounds and dress of the Great Gatsby era as we listen and dance to live music from the 20 piece Windjammer Big Band. This will be a costume ball, so begin laying out your period correct duds from the Twenties and Thirties.
2018 Winter Rendezvous - The Rum Runners Ball
When: January 12th and 13th, 2018
Location: Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio
For registration details click here: Schedule and Registration Form
To reserve a room click here: How to book your room online
Click here to access: Sawmill Creek Resort Reservation
- Due by December 10th!! - Hotel Reservation
- Due by January 4th, 2018 - Send Registration Form and Check
Made out to Harbor Bay Yacht Club
C/O : Treasure Pete Rao, 6699 Hounds Run Dr. Medina, OH 44256