March Commodore's Update

By Commodore Harvey Rickert

The 2019 Rendezvous was a great success despite the snowstorm.  Thanks to Vice Commodore Russell Marcks’ planning and watchful eye, and the members of our Yacht Club who make good things happen. Congratulations to everyone helping the Vice Commodore at the Rendezvous making it a great success.  It was great seeing everyone enjoying themselves, documented by Trustee Kevin Irwin’s great photographs. Which you can check out by clicking —-> here.

Ice build up on the break wall!

Ice build up on the break wall!

March is here and hopefully the weather will be changing soon and the ice will be melting on the break wall.

The good sign is I am already seeing people up at the Marina getting ahead of work on their boats and warming up at the Club House. Rear Commodore Tim Kemerly and his committees have been busy over the Winter: Nick Lewis (Power boat Coordinator), Art Harden (Cruising Director), Larry Hurst (Racing Director) and Pat Altherr , (Social Director) have worked together and planned a fun filled upcoming season. Check out the 2019 Schedule Events by clicking —> here.

Commodore, Harvey Rickert

Commodore, Harvey Rickert

Remember, It takes the volunteer members to make for a great season.  A little help makes big things happen.

Finally, I hope to see you at the Commodore’s Brunch on April 7, 2019 at the CIC (Catawba Island Club) launching a fun boating season, so join us and enjoy a great lunch and interesting speaker.

Clcik here for details —> 2019 Commodore’s Brunch


by Russell Marcks - Vice-Commodore

Well…like Christmas, another Rendezvous come and gone.  A Rendezvous that was both a bust and absolutely magnificent…all at the same time!

As everyone knows, January 18th through the 20th turned out to be a snow storm.  The threat of this snow storm forced most persons to travel on Friday, a rather decent travel day, rather than on Saturday, a day when one really didn’t need to be out on the road!  And then the fun began.

Mike Petsch sharing his experiences on his sailing trip from Iceland to Ireland.

Mike Petsch sharing his experiences on his sailing trip from Iceland to Ireland.

On Sunday evening, our speaker made the decision to cancel his engagement due to weather.  Harvey and I worked at a replacement speaker and found one…only to find he was unable to come.  Of course, I had suggestions and offers from several persons as to what we could do to save our Rendezvous including Hank’s ‘Survival at Sea’ presentation and Tim’s Rear Commodore report regarding next summer’s activities…but no primary speaker.  As we gathered in the Big Bear Saloon on Friday evening, you may imagine, I had concerns for Saturday’s festivities!  Then Art Harden approached me.  “Here’s the deal Russ…Mike Petsch has a slide show for his sailing trip from Iceland to Ireland.  He’s willing to do that”.  Thanks guys…you saved my butt.  And Mike, you may have ended up as our third choice, but there is no doubt in my mind you were our best choice!  But things didn’t end there!

Saturday morning, I welcomed George Harizal as he arrived at Sawmill.  But I wasn’t to fond of his welcome!  “Sorry Russ, I just talked to the band leader.  They’re not coming!”.  

Commodore Don Petsch recognizes incoming Commodore Harvey Rickert during the change of watch ceremony.

Commodore Don Petsch recognizes incoming Commodore Harvey Rickert during the change of watch ceremony.

AAARRGGHHH!!!!  Here we go again!  But in the end, that worked out well.  It just so happened I signed up for a free Spotify account some weeks prior.  George was able to get me the band’s playlist.  With a quick self-taught lesson on how to setup a playlist in Spotify, I created such a list for the evening dance.  Then, George braved the elements, went back home and brought his speakers.  You know the one’s, the same speakers he uses when the Vermilion concert band plays at the marina.  Now we’re set and the rest is history!

Mike gave us a phenomenal presentation, Harvey conducted a great Trustees meeting, my lovely wife helped me decorate the dance hall, Teresa Bonica, the Sales Manager at Sawmill stepped in to replace her bartender who couldn’t make it (Yes!  We were almost without a bartender!), and the evening went off without a hitch.  Well…there were two Hitch’s, but they were quite welcome. 

Brenda Marcks, The Petsch Sisters, and Janell Lundgren prepare for the big USO dance.

Brenda Marcks, The Petsch Sisters, and Janell Lundgren prepare for the big USO dance.

I’ve received many accolades for making this happen, but the real thanks go to Mike, George, Hank, Tim, and everyone else who helped, no matter how small the contribution.  During all of this, Harvey said to me, “Don’t worry Russ, I’ve never known this group to NOT have a good time!”.  He was right.  So let us all take a bow for making this a great Rendezvous.

Check out all of the great photos from the 2019 Winter Redezvous by clicking here —> 2019 Winter Rendezvous Gallery.

SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Commodore's Brunch

Commodore Harvey Rickert and the Bridge invite you to the 2019 HBYC Commodore’s Brunch...the ‘Official Start’ of our sailing season.  

This year’s brunch is hosted by the Catawba Island Club (CIC). We have a great menu and a great program. Following brunch, we will have a talk on the history and operations of Miller Ferries by Bill Market.

When: Sunday, April 7th
Time: 1130AM to 2PM
Where: CATAWBA ISLAND CLUB (CIC) 4235 E. Beach Club Rd Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
RSVP by March 23rd: To Tim Kemerley by at or calling 937-623-2762,

The cost for all of this is $25 per person (includes tax and gratuity).  Reservations are required, so RSVP soon…seating is limited. Please send checks made out to “HBYC” to Pete Rao, 6699 Hounds Run Dr., Medina, OH 44256.

Click here for more details—-> 2019 Commodore’s Brunch

Akron Sail & Power Squadron Offer Class in Cuyahoga Falls


The Akron Sail & Power Squadron (ASPS) will conduct the “CRUISING AND CRUISE PLANNING” course starting Wednesday, March 6, 7:00PM, at Cuyahoga Falls High School, 2300 4th Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH.  The classes run from 7 to 9 PM each Wednesday evening for 10 weeks. The class is open to the public.  

Novice and experienced boaters alike will gain the confidence and practical boating skills needed to explore ports and coves for a weekend or longer cruise.

“Cruising and Cruise Planning” focuses on the planning and preparation necessary for safe,enjoyable extended cruises on both inland and coastal waters.  Designed for boaters who cruise on either a sail or powerboat (owned or chartered)—this course covers the following topics: 

• Cruise preparation and planning - General

• Boat and Equipment

• Anchors and Anchoring

• Security

• Chartering

• Cruising Outside the United States

• Crew and Provisioning

• Voyage Management

• Communications

• Navigation

• Weather

• Emergencies

We are also planning guest speakers with various cruising experiences.

For information, contact Jan Holmes at or 330-256-0267.  Registration is at

The course fee for non-members of ASPS is $125, of which $65 can be applied to membership.  The fee includes a 116 page United States Power Squadron® (USPS) “Cruising and Cruise Planning” student manual.

Akron Sail & Power Squadron was organized in 1939 and is an affiliate of the United States Power Squadron, the world’s largest private, non-profit boating organization.


Learn about the United States Power Squadrons at


Learn more about the Akron Sail & Power Squadron at . 


Akron Sail and Power Squadron – Summit County’s Boating Safety and Education Organization.Celebrating 80 years of boating education and camaraderie 


“Come for the Boating Education...Stay for the Friends.”

Winter Rendezvous Deadline Extended to January 4th


Good news for all!

The 'old man' thought we were doing so well in volunteering for duty for our 18-20 Jan Rendezvous event, he decided to extend the deadline to allow even more persons to participate!  The deadline is extended to 4 Jan, but that's it, no further extensions can be granted!

But you are in luck...if you've decided you should have signed up but didn't, now's your final chance .  Take advantage of your leave time to help us celebrate!

Click here for the full registration package.  It is important that you reserve your room AND let Russ Marcks know ASAP (via email if necessary) so he can ensure enough food for all.

HBYC wants you... attend our annual Winter Rendezvous.  Monday, Dec 31 is the last day to register for this event.  If you haven't done so, there is plenty of room left in the barracks and the mess hall will have more than enough food for everyone.  Join your friends to enjoy the winter program of:

  • Friendship and Comradery

  • A presentation of the first Great Loop navigation

  • Our annual Change of Watch Ceremony

  • The HBYC USO dance

You can call the Officer of the Day at Sawmill Creek or make an online reservation,

Click here to access your orders and instructions.

Be there or be square!

Windjammer Big Band Returns to the Winter Rendezvous


We are proud to have the Vermilion Windjammer Big Band perform at our Winter Rendezvous.  Windjammer is a “big band” or “swing band”, the most popular in Northern Ohio.  

The WJBB works hard to revive music of the last century in as realistic a format as possible. If you are familiar with these styles of music then you already know the early swing, blues, boogie, jazz, pop and ballad; the WJBB covers them all! Providing music of the likes of Bobby Darin's 'Mack the Knife'  and Glenn Miller's 'In the Mood'.


Bob Reynolds slated to speak at Winter Rendezvous

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).

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

Click here for a complete registration package.

The  Onward

The Onward

Winter Rendezvous Agenda and Booking Info

Attention all military personnel and USO entertainers, it's time to select your barracks.  We have a special rate for all you brave folks, and you better not complain or you'll find yourself in Leavenworth.


All of you have also been granted a weekend pass to attend a magnificent USO performance on the weekend of 18 Jan.  Our local HBYC USO has a great program planned for you that includes an historical account of the great loop in the morning with an evening dance behind the music of the WindJammer Band.

Sawmill Creek Resort special room rate for HBYC members is $109. Call Sawmill Creek Resort at 800-729-6455 by 31 Dec to ensure your reservation and your rate. Alternatively, follow the instructions in the attachment to reserve online. You have the option of calling in your hotel registration or registering online.  Download the booking instructions to do so.  

Please be aware that the resort will close for the Holiday on 17 Dec, although the front desk will be manned.

The $52 cost per person includes a buffet, ballroom and setup, the Saturday morning speaker, the Saturday evening dance which includes a 20-piece band, and all gratuity and taxes.

The buffet features 3 entrees, Chicken Saltimbocca, Beef Short Ribs with Horseradish sauce, Seafood Creole, numerous sides and seasonal vegetables, herb roasted fingerling potatoes, complete salad bar with fixings, rolls and creamy butter. Deserts include assortment of home baked pies, fruit crisps or cobblers, and an assortment of cakes (Carrot, Chocolate, Red Velvet)

Please return a reservation form with your check made out to Harbor Bay Yacht Club by 31 Dec 18

To download the hotel registration instructions, the reservation form and an agenda for the weekend - Click here —> Winter Rendezvous Booking Info + Agenda + Reservation Form

Russell Marcks, 3724 Raymond Drive, Enon, OH 45323

Contact information and questions:

Russell Marcks, Rear Commodore


Be there or be square!

R/C Russell Marcks


New Heating and Air Conditioning Unit Installed

by V/C Harvey Rickert

Thanks to Sandusky Harbor Marina for their cooperation in replacing the broken Heating and Air Conditioning unit.

Building Committee member P/C Mike Zofchak oversaw the removal of the broken heating/ air conditioning unit and the installation of the new unit. The picture is of the Crane lifting and setting the new unit on the existing curb.

The new unit is now in service before the winter and the thermostat is on the east wall next to the piano, also the operation instructions for the thermostat.