Get Your Tickets Stein Hospice Social and Fund Raiser

Mark your calendars for July 6th to attend the Race in the Bay for Stein Hospice Social.

Fundraiser and Racing Awards Dinner at 6:30 PM at the HBYC Clubhouse

  • BBQ Chicken Dinner by Grandma’s Backyard BBQ

  • $10.00 donation, proceeds go to Stein Hospice

  • 50/50 Raffle

Dinner Tickets may be purchased at the HBYC Club House from any trustee, bridge officer or committee head or at Sandusky Harbor Marina Office beginning June 8th.

You must purchase your tickets by June 24th. Limit of 125 tickets sold.

To learn more click here —>. Race in the Bay Social for Stein Hospice

The Main Event! Race in the Bay for Stein Hospice

This will be a pursuit style race in Sandusky Bay and the overall winner will be awarded the Stein Hospice Cup and will qualify for the 2020 National Hospice Regatta. Skippers meet at 10 AM and the race begins at noon.

If you are thinking of racing, then please register your boat as early as possible. This helps the race organizers prepare the start times accurately. Remember they need the time to use their fingers and all their toes for this math!

To get the scoop click here —> Racing


National Marina Social and Fun Race Results

National Marina Day on June 8th at SHM turned out to be sunny and blustery day. The NE wind gusts and record water levels in Lake Erie had many club members watching the waves closely to see if they would breech the break wall around the marina. SHM provided tacos for hungry “dock workers” as they finished final spring preparations of their boats, prepared for the Fun Day race, busied themselves with HBYC business, or just caught up with friends.

Dinner followed a brief but informative HBYC Members Meeting (37 minutes) led by Commodore Harvey Rickert. Over 80 club members, family members, and friends enjoyed a shrimp and perch dinner that was catered by the Sandusky Fish Company. Club members provided a litany of side dishes and desserts to round out the delicious meal.

Commodore Harvey Rickert listens as Bob Reynold’s discuss his grandfather Scott Mathews.

Commodore Harvey Rickert listens as Bob Reynold’s discuss his grandfather Scott Mathews.

After dinner, Bob Reynolds introduced and presented a video of his grandfather, Scott Mathews’, 9000 mile epic Great Loop journey in his custom designed and innovative recreational Yacht - Onward. The video was well done and Bob’s personal insights into his families travels brought a riveting human element to the story.

Special thanks to Tim Kemerley and Melanie Hitch for coordinating the fish dinner and the events of the evening.

Sunday morning started gray and gloomy, but determined racers marched to the club house at 10AM to learn that the Fun Race was a go! Five boats worked the 9 mile course with variable wind conditions but minimal waves to finish the race. Bonus points were given for males in sundresses, water snakes onboard, or women on the helm. Congratulations to Barb Hurst who started in the back and had to work pass all the other boats in her way to finish first! Congratulations to all that finished safely!


Thanks to Larry Hurst for organizing the event and the Sea Scouts for aiding in set all of the pins and markers to guide the sailors. Well done everyone!

Racing Update

By Larry Hurst - Race Committee Chair and P/C

Cruiser Fun Race in the Bay

Got the boat rigged and ready to sail? Need a break from the “To Do List”? What better way to shake out the kinks and reef lines than to join us Sunday, June 8 for the Cruiser Fun Race in the Bay.

The no-pressure start will be an open 15 minute window beginning at noon. Sail around some marks in the Bay with your family and friends deciding which way to go. There are some special “crewsing” credits for women drivers, four legged crew, water snakes and men in sundresses.The length of the course will be determined by the weather.

The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions have been posted on the HBYC website.

2019 Race Registration Form

The updated form is also available on the website. If you raced with us last year and there have been no changes, just complete the first three lines and sign the Waiver of Liability.  If not, we will need the details for your boat so we can assign a handicap rating. Please register early to avoid the rush.

Race in the Bay for Stein Hospice - July 6

The pursuit start format and course will be the same as last year. In 2018 we had a total of twelve boats racing in two divisions. 

The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions have been posted on the HBYC website.


The full schedule of racing is listed in the Racing Flyer posted around the marina and on the website.

Race Committee

We need volunteers to help run the races. Give me a call if you would like to help. The Sea Scouts have volunteered to help set the marks which will be a big help.

 Need additional information, give me a call at 614-395-8035, or come by “Waypoint” at dock C-101.

Chrystja Leszczynsky passes away at age 69

HBYC Member Chrystja Leszczynsky, wife of Greg Leszczynsky, passed away unexpectedly on May 22nd.

Friends may call at THE KOLODIY-LAZUTA FUNERAL HOME, 5677 STATE RD., PARMA, TUESDAY 4-8 P.M. PARASTAS 6 P.M. Funeral Liturgy Wednesday, May 29 at St. Andrew Ukrainian Catholic Church, 7700 Hoertz Rd., Parma at 11a.m. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Inurnment St. Andrew Cemetery.

Commodore’s Corner

Commodore Harvey Rickert

Commodore Harvey Rickert

Welcome back everyone! I was very pleased to see such a great turnout for our first membership meeting of the year. I know most of our members have their boats in the water and a few left to be launched.
Those at the membership meeting learned about the plans the Bridge implemented this season. For those who were not able to attend the meeting I want to refer you to the Vice Commodore’s Russell Marcks in-depth report in the News Section.

Don’t forget to RSVP for your tickets for the June 8  Social.   P/C Melanie Hitch  helped to organize and will be handling the reservations for the perch dinner. The scheduled speaker after the dinner is Scott Matthews’s Grandson Bob Reynolds. He will present the story of his Grandfather’s building the yacht Onward, and it being the first recreational yacht completing the Great Loop. I saw the presentation once and can’t wait to hear it again. It is fascinating adventure that all boaters will enjoy.

On behalf of the membership I thank our Bridge and Committee members and volunteers for their work on the upcoming  2019 season. 

Support your club and have fun.


RSVP for the June 8th Social!

After the 4pm HBYC Membership Meeting, wrap up National Marina Day at SHM with a fish dinner at the HBYC Social.

• Fish Dinner – from New Sandusky Fish Co. – Perch/Shrimp*
• Bring a side dish or desert to share
• Bring your favorite beverage
• Tickets on sale by Club Officers:
– $12 per Adult
– $6 per Child(16 & under)

RSVP by 3 June: Melanie Hitch at 937-409-1380 or click here to email Melanie —> I am coming! Save me some fish!

After the meal the speaker that could not make the Winter Rendezvous this year due to the snow storm is scheduled to speak.

Join Scott Matthews’ grandson, Bob Reynolds, as he presents a recreation of his grandfather's 9000-mile trip in Onward. This state-of-the-art vessel was the first recreational yacht to navigate the Great Loop. 

Ever the inventor, Scott Matthews designed several devices to make power boats easier to operate. Among them was a leverage system that allowed a single person to operate a clutch for a reverse gear, as well as the throttle and spark. The system was installed on his own 74-foot boat, Onward, launched in 1905.

Onward also had such modern amenities as an “electric light plant” with storage batteries and a steam heating system (pipes passed through the coal-fired galley stove and into radiators in each compartment).

See you there!

Vices and Habits

By Russell Marcks, Vice Commodore

With our first membership meeting and social under our belt and much of our membership in the water, the season is well underway.  Those able to attend the meeting were greeted with good news about the plans the Bridge and Committee chairs have established.  For those that were not there, this is a synopsis.

Tim Kemmerley, along with the social, cruise, and race chairs, were able to present a great calendar for this summer.  The socials are well-planned thanks to Pat Altherr, the cruise program is healthy thanks to Art's efforts, and Larry has a great summer of racing in place.  The marina also has a nice slate of activities planned.  You can download a club calendar here or see it online here.

2019 HBYC Events Lists
2019 HBYC Printable Events Link

Russ Marcks, Vice Commodore

Russ Marcks, Vice Commodore

The bridge is also heavily involved in the improved marketing of the club as well as identifying necessary building improvements.  With respect to marketing, you might note we now have an updated tri-fold club brochure, a cruising brochure, a racing flyer, and an upcoming social flyer. Naturally, this also includes membership application forms.  

Club Brochure
Cruising Brochure
Racing Brochure
June 8th Social!
Membership Application

All this will be displayed in the clubhouse, the marina office, the community room, and on the bathhouse bulletin boards.  Please remember, as a club member, you are an ambassador for the club.  We rely upon you to attract new members.

With respect to building improvements, we are instituting a five-year building improvement plan.  For this year, we plan on replacing all 42 lighting fixtures within the club.  This is our first priority.  A second priority is to upgrade the restrooms with new sinks, vanities, and faucets.

Please remember the most recent project was the replacement of the south air-conditioning unit.  As was mentioned in previous communications, this unit is controlled via a thermostat next to the HBYC office on the east wall.  Since this is a more efficient of the two units, please use the east thermostat to start the cooling (or heating) unit.  The North unit, which is controlled by the thermostat near the TV room, should be used only as a supplementary unit.

Wow...this news brief certainly is quite dry...isn't it. Oh well, some folks think I'm rather dry as well  :).  Hopefully, I can provide more entertaining news in the future.  If you've read this far, thanks!


Don Ruggiero Passed Away on May 20th

Age 71, of Put in Bay, formerly of Damascus, died May 20, 2019 at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky. Born August 23, 1947 in Youngstown, he lived in the area until his passion for sailing took him up South Bass Island. He was an avid sailor, spending hours on “Caddy Shack” while he enjoyed his music. Don was a lineman for GM Lordstown for 30 years, when he retired and moved to Put in Bay, where he became the grounds keeper of The Island Club. He then took the position of Butcher for the Island General Store, where he was still working. Don was a real Chocolate lover. He had been a competitive swimmer and had been on the swim team at Muskingum College and with the Y Neptune Swim Team at the Youngstown YMCA.

Survivors include his High School sweet heart and loving wife of 50 years, Judy (nee: Woodford) Ruggiero, whom he married August 30, 1968, his brother James Ruggiero of Dallas, TX, his cousin Patricia Beale of Cortland, his sisters-in-laws, Linda (Bill) McKernan of McDonald, Deborah Radek of Burr Ridge, IL and Lori (Jeff) Cramer of Gerard. Don also leaves several nieces and nephews and his furry companions, Colin, Abbey and Lily. Don was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws and his brother-in-law, Dennis Radek.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 29, 2019, in the Undercroft of St. Paul Episcopal Church, 623 Catawba Ave., Put in Bay. A Memorial service will be held at the Church at 2:00 PM in the Sanctuary. The family suggests donations be made to St. Paul Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 248, 43456 or The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, P.O. Box 25, 43456.

Don and Judy were were former members of SHM and HBYC.

Their address on PIB:
Don and Judy Ruggiero
PO Box 908
Put in Bay OH 43456-0908

I-LYA Supports Petition for Environmental Study

By Kevin Irwin - HBYC Webmaster

As the HBYC Webmaster I recently received information from the I-LYA (Inter-Lake Yachting Association) that I thought was important to share with HBYC members. I am not a journalist, but in an effort to be balanced I found a number of websites that I hope inform you of the issue.

I-LYA is monitoring the ICEBREAKER WINDPOWER INC. PROJECT very closely.

Icebreaker, an industrial wind facility intended to result in the construction of 1,400 to 1,500 wind turbines in Lake Erie by the year 2030, is nearing approval with the State of Ohio.  Icebreaker Wind is a unique wind energy project - the first offshore wind facility in the Great Lakes, the first freshwater wind farm in North America, and only the second offshore wind project in the entire U.S.

To learn more about this wind project click here: Icebreaker Windpower, Inc.

I-LYA has concerns about the unknown environmental impact of this project. They are supporting a petition asking Governor DeWine to request a complete Environmental Impact Statement before allowing the construction of industrial wind turbines in Lake Erie:  
There are a number of groups who are opposing this project and have posted information to inform the public on this issue.

HBYC Welcomes New Members

Harvey Rickert and all of the HBYC Membership extend a warm welcome to our newest members.

  • Joe and Paula Weiland. They are located at Battery Park and sail Grace a Catalina 38.

  • Ike and Mary Kershaw. They are also located at Battery Park and sail Elixir a Tartan 37.

Welcome aboard!