On February 4, 1973 a group of dedicated, sea-loving sailors thought it would
be fun and exciting to form a club that would encourage the art of sailing,
advance the arts of navigation and promote fellowship.
THE GREENHAVEN SAILING CLUB
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CLUBS FIRST 25 YEARS :
- The club was formed on February 4, 1973, The first Commodore was
- Both Wethersfield Sea Scouts and
Westerly Sea Scouts were first notified that the club was formed.
- Russ Sadler produced the first
- The procedure for bringing in new
members was established. The procedure stated that 'any person interested
the club must fill out, and sign an application. This application must then
be presented to the secretary and forwarded to the board of directors. The
board members then votes to accept or decline the applicants'.
- Fred Ewalt made the first sailing
- Kirk Patton installed a mooring at
Napatree point. the mooring is approximately 300' from shore and was
installed for any club member to use.
- The first nominating committee was
formed. The members sitting on this committee were: John Plant, Stan
Rupinski, and Ken Lanphere.
- The club selected February 2nd 1974
as the date of the first annual meeting and for all future to be held
on the first Saturday in February. The program for this first meeting
was as follows:
Spice the main brace 1830 hours.
Hard tack and pea soup 1930 hours.
annual reports of the committees, Elections of officers for 1974
Hatch prizes awards:
Sailing awards for 1973, Tom Fools Award, Change of command.
- The first directory of members was
- The first set of by-laws was
distributed to all the members.
- The first Tom Fool's Award was
presented to both john Plante and Mike Martell.
- The club first started using a
handicap procedure. The method of handicap was established by the race
- Kirk Patton passed away on May 29,
- The first Drunken Sailor Race was
raced. This race was conducted in memory of Kirk Patton. The only
requirement for this race is to sail something that is not a boat.
- The flagpole at Greenhaven Marina was
erected in December of 1974. The flagpole was donated by the club and was
honored in memory of Kirk Patton.
- Channels 68 and 71 were deemed the
official channels for intercommunication between members.
- The first set of racing rules and
regulations were established and presented to the club members.
- The first flag was flown at
Greenhaven Marina on June 1st, 1975.
- The first Tuesday night races were at
6:00 starting on June 3rd & 10th. The idea of these races was presented by
Ken Lanphere and Freddie Desarro and approved by club members.
- Membership was up to 104 active
- Stan Rupinski won the Tom Fool's
Award for running out of gas when trying to leave the Mystic Seaport. His
prize was a can of beans.
- The race committee changed from
having trophies for each race to to one for the season.
- It was moved that the annual banquet
be held the 2cd Saturday in February instead of the 1st as stated in the
by-laws. This is to avoid a conflict with the Cat Boat Association function
held on the first Saturday
- This year the club was very active
with a variety of separate activities. These activities were:
4 outside races, 4
bay races (multiple races), Shelter Island Cruise,
Block Island Cruise, Mystic Seaport Cruise, 2
Napatree Rendezvous** 1 Flat Hammick Mini Cruise, 1
club picnic** **
consisted of badminton, volleyball, and horse shoes.
- The NAYRU rules were first used in
the 1977 race season.
- 4 Awards were given for the Drunken
Sailor Race. These were most original, worst, first to sink, and first
over the finish line.
- The first Greenhaven Regatta
was conducted. 1st place was awarded to Bill Stoddard, 2cd went to the
Lamphere boys, and 3rd place went to Hank Stebbins. On this very
important day in history, the first regatta, a sailors worst
nightmare occurred, There was no wind! By the time Bill was
crossing the finish line there was still boats waiting to start the race!
- The club conducted the first Labor
Day Cruise and Christmas Party. The first Greenhaven Regatta Party at
Block Island. This was complete with a Christmas tree, exchanging gifts, and
the club members singing Christmas carols. Stan Rupinski hosted the
party on his Kells 28. Twenty-two members partied on that boat that
day. And from the records, there was still plenty of room to have more
people. A few things that occurred over the Christmas Party Weekend.
Bud wrapped his painter around his outboard prop, Tom Earle was looking for
the person - or - persons who filled his dingy with salt water, sand, and
hermit crabs. Jed Comstock and his dog Chester raced around the harbor
in Jed's dingy.
- George Smith thought of the idea of
conducting a race in honor of Fred Desarro. Other members of the club
supported this idea and the "Fred Desarro Memorial Trophy" was created. The
trophy is awarded to the highest placing club member in the Annual
- Charlie Clachrie died in 1978
- Bob Stowe was named the fleet
- Greenhaven Sailing Club was accepted
in the Eastern Ct Yacht Racing Association.
- The original handicap system was
changed to honor the PHRF handicap system.
- Bill Oat was commended for his expert
seamanship. He sailed his rudderless boat down the south side of Fishers
Island and through Lords Passage by using only his sail trim.
- First Annual Tag Sale was conducted
by flow Stowe, Phyllis Tupper, and Bev. Ham
- Bill and Fran Oat presented the club
with a special flag to be flown by the commodore's boat.
- Because so many people had interest
in the earlier days of the club and the stories intrigued so many members,
the club decided to appoint Tom Earle as the first club historian.
- The first year the club did not join
- The first permanent Tom Fool's Award
was presented to Ted Driftmeyer (overboard)
- The Annual Block Island Cruise was
canceled because there was no 3 day weekend this year. However, so not to
miss the cruise, many members elected to sail to the New London fire works
on the Thames River. This marked an ending and a beginning. The Block
Island Cruise ended and the New London Fireworks Cruise began.
- The free membership rule went into
affect. Unless there was authorized approval from the board of directors,
the club can only give free membership to people in the service and to
children. A child 18 years of age would receive one free year then
must elect to continue their membership.
- The first female commodore -- Eleanor
- The first life time members were
approved --Bob and Florence Stowe.
- Members voted to incorporate the club
and start looking for property to lease or purchase.
- The Greenhaven Sailing Club opened
the first bank account at Washington Trust.
- The club dissolved as a corporation.
- First publicity chairperson was
appointed-- Skip Hoffman. Skip's job was to make sure everyone and
anybody knew about the club and what the club's objective was.
- "Keep your own score races"
were put into effect starting with the 92' season.
- The club voted to have only one
cruise per year. This was known as the firework cruise to New London.
- Phyllis Clachrie was given permanent
membership in recognition of use of the name Greenhaven and the marina.
- First year for using the Perpetual Trophies.
- End of the Steward position and start of BYOB to the
annual picnics and any of the meetings.
- The club became an affiliate member of the ECSA for
the calendar year 1998
- 25th year or the clubs existence!
Congratulations Greenhaven sailing Club!!