All hands on deck at Wiscasset Yacht Club

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 8:15am

Volunteers are key to keeping a DIY (do-it-yourself) yacht club such as Wiscasset Yacht Club running smoothly. On April 7, 34 ready and willing member volunteers turned out for the 67th annual opening day. They were there to help with the yearly tasks of launching docks and sprucing up the clubhouse. With the extra incentive of coffee and an array of pastries waiting at job’s end, both the indoor and outdoor crews completed their work in record time. Launching the docks is a daunting task, but the team was on its game and launched and connected seven docks and the walkway in an hour and 34 minutes. By day’s end, the clubhouse was in ship shape and the docks and floats readied to welcome members back for the summer.

Leading the long list of summer events is a Nautical Tag/Boat Sale, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27. The public is welcome to bring boat-related items to sell. Rent a table for $10. Also, there will be an area for the sale of small boats and watercraft. Contact Bill Eilers at (631) 747-1480 for more on the tag sale or Alan Boyes, 633-5341, for boat sales.

Sailing instructions will again be held this season. The fleet for this summer includes three Stuart 9′ dinghies, three Javelins, and two Rhodes 19s. An adult instruction course will be held in August. An introductory course for youth (10-16) will be held in April. For more on the sailing program, contact Tom Stoner (207) 205-2409.

Memberships are available. Anyone who shares an interest in boats and exploring Maine’s coastal waters is invited to join. Members with or without boats are welcome. Stop by the club any time to see what we have to offer, or come to our open house on Sunday, June 30. For more on the club, visit