Wednesday, June 5, 2013

WYC is 65 Years Old! A history of the club, Part 3

by Ken Howe

It may look like Alexia is celebrating turning 65, but it is the Washington Yacht Club that is now a “senior citizen.”  Alexia was asked to blow out the candles for the club.  She was one of the past commodores attending the spring Snooze and Cruise.  The wind beat her to it and snuffed the candles out for her.

In May 1948 the club was recognized as a student organization with the mission to teach sailing and support collegiate racing.  

At the SnC to Blake Island club members signed a birthday card for the club.  The year that each member received a rating was included with the signature.  The oldest rating date was 1964 by former commodore, Tom Schubert.  Another former commodore, John Courter wrote his date was 1976.  That was the next oldest rating.  Everyone at the Snooze and Cruise was invited to sign the card.
The photo of sailing on Union Bay was taken by Jay Flaming July 24, 2011. There is more room on the inside of the card for signatures.  I will keep the card at the shop for a while for members to add their names.
The oldest two classes of boats still in use at the club are the Lightning and the Finn. None of the original wooden Huskies and Penguins have survived. Several boats that the club first sailed like the Geary 18 and Penguins are owned by members of the Center for Wooden Boats.  

The early club members hoped sailing would to be as successful as crew racing at the University.  In 65 years the WYC has yet to have its own building like Conibear Shell House.  The crew members even got to live in their building. Maybe in the next 65 years WYC will have it so good.

1950 Tyee
1950 Tyee
1971 Tyee

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