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Covid-19 Update:


                                                                                                                      May 2020


Dear Members,


We hope that you, your families, and your loved ones are healthy and safe.

I would like to update you on SYC matters as we experience this Covid-19 pandemic.


At this time, the club is closed due to our ongoing pier repair project, which was unavoidably delayed. Cavanagh Marine is replacing deteriorated piles that support the clubhouse, decks, pier, and floats according to our long-term plan, hence the chain link fence you may have seen in place now. We now expect to have the club ready for an opening mid-June.


It will be a limited operational opening, we are carefully and methodically planning our activities as guided by Governor Raimondo and the RI Department of Environment Management (DEM), which oversees opening and operating rules for Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Boat Yards (see attached). These restrictions may ease in the coming weeks and months, and we will adjust our plans accordingly, as we slowly move through the phases outlined by the Governor’s office.


We have regrettably decided to cancel the Harbor Camp this summer. Despite our efforts, we could not come up with solutions to keep our kids, parents, and staff safe under the guidelines.


We have also regrettably decided to cancel the June 26th Governor’s Cookout and the July 5th Opening Cocktail Party. The RI Governor’s restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather prevents both events. We will update the status of other summer events as time goes on.


We have some optimism that we can hold some limited events and possibly a delayed and modified Junior Sailing Program. However, only easing of the RI Governor’s and RI DEM regulations will allow us to consider those and in what capacity. We will simply have to wait and see. 


We will eventually be open for members and their families to access their boats in the harbor, on the dock, or in our slips. We hope to offer a limited number of club boats, dinghies, and paddleboards for members’ use. We are working protocols for allowing this to happen safely. We hope to have our deck available to families for sunset and quiet enjoyment of the harbor.


You will be hearing more from us as the summer approaches. We will begin weekly summer emails in the next few weeks so we can communicate with you as things change. Please pay close attention to these communications, so that you can be up to date with where things stand. We want you all to know that your Board of Governors has spent countless hours working to provide as much of what you value at SYC as we safely and legally can, and that we are working tirelessly to make the best of a difficult situation.


Our club dues are required at the end of this month before substantial late fees are added. We encourage you to stay current, despite the restrictions. We are in this for the long haul, and we are counting on your loyalty and your understanding that we cannot run the club without your dues. Even if we are temporarily limiting operations, your dues pay for pier repairs, insurance, storing, maintaining, and repairing our club assets, and the salaries of our three key employees, among other things. We know this is a difficult time for many, and the financial strain is widespread. If you need to make a deferred payment or installment plan, please contact our club Treasurer Raoul Moore,


It is impossible to be Commodore of this club without thinking of its remarkable history. My current thoughts take me to our founders, Howard Huntoon and Edward Brayton. The two managed to buy the dilapidated pier and grounds formerly known as Shaw’s Wharf in 1937. They busied themselves creating a Yacht Club and recruiting members. The Sakonnet Yacht Club was barely a year old, when the 1938 Hurricane savagely destroyed their hard work. Instead of giving in, they continued their dream, which has led to countless hours of enjoyment for those of us who came after them.

That perseverance should guide us today.


For now, please stay healthy and safe. 



Karl Hoyt

SYC Commodore