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Message from the SHYC Commodore (3/3/21)

Good afternoon Sachem’s Headers!

The SHYC Executive Committee and I are keeping busy this off season trying to be sure we have an exciting summer in store for you this year!

Building on the foundation that we created last summer with COVID, and with the hopes of being propelled closer to normalcy with increased vaccinations and eased State and local restrictions, we are laying the groundwork for a more programmed summer full of sailing, tennis, dinners, and other water-based activities for adults and juniors alike.

Keep reading for some sneak-peaks at the early edition for what is to come:

Junior Programs (Sailing, Tennis, Swimming)
Get ready for a fantastic summer of Junior Programs.  Classes will start on June 21st.  Kevin Gunn will be returning as our Head Sailing Director, along with many returning sailing coaches from last summer and an awesome new Race Coach is joining our coaching team. We will offer sailing and racing options for all levels, from ages 6 to 16. Steve Godikson will be returning as our Head Tennis Pro and he will have terrific assistant pros to help support our juniors.  And, great news, we will be having a 2021 Swim Program for our youngest kids again this summer too (ages 4-10).  

JR Session Dates: All junior sports programs will be offered in four, 2-week sessions: A) June 21-July 2, B) July 5-17, C) July 19-July 30, D) August 2-13.

JR Program Sign-Up & More Info: Will be coming soon!  Look for an email with more program details, class descriptions, and a link to sign-up online in March.

JR Questions?
– Jr. Sailing & Swim – Shane or Erica Walden,
– Jr. Tennis – Elisa Milano,
– General Jr. Program Questions – Whitney Peterson, 
– Jr. Sailing & Waterfront Director – Kevin Gunn, 

Fleet Captain Cutter Smith is planning a robust racing calendar for you this year. PHRF, Sonars, Lasers, Opti’s, FEVA’s, 420’s, Series Races, Holiday Trophy Races, Wednesday Night Races, Navigator’s Races, Regattas (Coastal Classic – Aug 14!), you name it – he’s planning it!

Moorings + Harbor
First of all, I’d like to welcome Eric Davidson as our new Harbor Manager! For those of you that don’t know him, Eric is a life-long Sachem’s Header that is a perfect fit for the role and he is a great addition to the Executive Committee! And of course, many thanks to Jeff Weber who has hung up his pair of muddy boots after 6 great seasons in the position! Eric is currently targeting an early May date for the mooring raise – stay tuned for more details on that! And if you do not have an existing mooring, please be sure to fill out a mooring request form and email it to Eric at

Dinners & Events
As mentioned above, we are optimistic about the summer! We learned a lot about how to throw a dinner in a COVID-friendly manner last summer and are hopeful that we can expand upon that this year! Stay tuned for more!

Volunteers Wanted!
As you all know, we are a VOLUNTEER club! All of our programming and events wouldn’t be possible without an army of volunteers. If you would like to give your time to SHYC this year by volunteering for anything from an event to race committee to parent of the day and everything in between, please click here and fill out this form!

Operating Reserve
Many thanks to all that have contributed to the Operating Reserve this year! 94 families and counting have contributed so far this year – I am so humbled by and proud of this statistic for our small club of just over 300 families! Every dollar makes a difference in meeting our goal of having a 1.0x our annual operating budget as a rainy day fund. And there is no deadline to contribute. You can add on any amount to your dues check or simply click this link to contribute! As a reminder, contributing is completely optional and does not relieve you of your duty to pay dues or assessments (we still believe the assessment will be in the $100-150 range this year for families – and discounted appropriately for the other classes of membership); also please remember that SHYC is not a 501(c)3, so your contributions are not tax deductible. 

Anyways, that’s all I’ve got for now!

Wishing you a healthy and happy rest of the winter!


Michael J. Schnitt
Commodore, SHYC

Prior Posts – 2020 Season

Updated Guest Policy (posted 7/10/20)

Launch Protocols for COVID-19 (posted 6/2/2020)

SHYC General Club COVID-19 Protocols (posted 5/23/20)

June 12 Commodore’s Post
June 4 Commodore’s Post
May 23 Commodore’s Post: How the 2020 Season Begins
May 7 Commodore’s Post
May 7 CT Marine Trade Association’s COVID-19 Safe Boating Guidelines
May 7 Mudmaster Guidelines during COVID-19
April 13 Junior Programs – Level of Interest Inquiry
April 8 Commodore’s Post
March 31 Commodore’s Post