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November 2016 CYC NautiNews Article


With November I get a little sad and start missing the boating season, even though there is so much to look forward to in winter months. I get particularly sentimental missing our boating friends who have left or will be leaving Green Turtle Bay heading to warmer temperatures, or beginning a new adventure by sailing around the world and that’s you, Ann Matejcek. Bon Voyage to all of you and safe travels, you will be missed!!


I would like to talk about past CYC events held in September and October before moving on to November.  CYC’s annual Seafood Boil in September,  CYC’s 11th Annual Commonwealth Cup Regatta on October 1, 2016 and the Annual Members Meeting on October 9th.. 


The Seafood Boil, again this year, was very successful. Mainly thanks to our volunteer’s and cooks.  The boil could not have happened without  all who volunteered and worked so hard behind the scene. Starting with Monday before the event with Green Turtle Bay and volunteers erecting the tent to cleaning tables and chairs etc, the list goes on & on.  192 folks enjoyed the delicious seafood dinner even though the temperature was very warm, as in HOT— “37 Degrees North” can attest to since they Entertained us mostly in the hot sun!! 


The 11th Annual Commonwealth Cup Regatta was another successful CYC event held on October 1.  12 boats raced, vying for the coveted Commonwealth Cup trophy, which was won this year by James Wells and family on “Whirlaway”.   Congratulations to James and family.  Many thanks to all the racers who participated and particularly to First Kentucky Bank for your title sponsorship of this race.. 

The Annual Members Meeting was held on October 9 with the election of the 2017 CYC Officers and Directors.  Everyone enjoyed a delicious brunch while the meeting was called to order by 2017 Commodore Jerry Koerner.  Congratulations to all the Officers and Directors of the CYC Board for 2017.       


Now on to November events--winterizing boats with cool days and nights; enjoying the fall foliage; Grand Rivers Festival of Lights and of course Thanksgiving--gobble, gobble!  Did you know the word gobble has origins back to 1595-1605? 

November 4th is the beginning of Grand Rivers Festival of Lights, nearly a million Christmas lights, that will light up hundreds of trees with lights, garland and ornaments in the city of Grand Rivers, the restaurants, gift shops.  The Festival of Lights runs from November 4, 2016 to January 8, 2017.  Two special lighting ceremonies will be held which will be on the first 2 Fridays in November, the 4th and 11th.  Live performances will kick off the festival.  Visiting Grand Rivers during the Festival of Lights is an unforgettable experience.  

November 5th is the last Fall Sailing Series, (Frost Bite), race.  Meet Vice Commodore Sharla Graham on Kentucky Lake at 10:00am.

November 5th is also Commonwealth Yacht Club’s Festival of Lights party.

November 6th is the last day Dockers Restaurant will be open for the season!!   Sigh!!


CYC Board meeting will be on November 12th at 8:30 at the Commonwealth Yacht Club.  If you have any suggestions for 2017 events please contact Commodore Jerry Koerner as the board will be setting up the calendar for 2017. 

“Fill the Trolley” for charity at the Village Market & Café in Grand Rivers begins on November 15th

Green Turtle Bay and the Commonwealth Yacht Club will be closed on November 24, Thanksgiving, so all employees can enjoy this holiday with friends and family. 


You must mark your calendar for CYC’s Christmas party on December 3 with entertainment by 37 Degrees North. 

This party and CYC’s New Years Eve party will be the last 2 opportunities to visit with all your friends in 2016. 


The last Board Meeting of 2016 will be on December 3rd at 8:30 at the Commonwealth Yacht Club. 


Good talk and Happy Thanksgiving,


Ann Donnelly

Past Commodore

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