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Oct 052023

Be sure to mark your calendars for November 11th (Coincidentally “Veteran’s Day”). This is also the timing of the club’s annual “Joe Morris Chili Cookoff Competition. This year it will be held at the Driscoll residence at 132 Orange Tree Road – East (by God) Palatacky 32131.
A Board of Director’s meeting will start at 3PM, speaking of which; all members plan to cast your vote for next year’s slate of club officers.

Time for the Chili Cookoff Competition is around 4PM so arrive early to greet our “Special Guests” and some socializing and general jaw-boning beforehand.

Remember, the cost of admission is one new unwrapped toy for donation to the Marine Corps League’s “Toys for Tots” program
Water and teas will be provided. BUT, bring your own booze As much as Susanne and I love you all; we’re not about to contribute to your sinful ways…

Guests are highly encouraged!

All participants in the competition please let us know directly. (904) 501-9531. Susanne and Ernie Driscoll
Remember – Nobody leaves hungry

Jan 012023

Annual dues are due January 1 and are past due on January 31. Dues are $100 per person and can be mailed to PYC @ PO Box 2004, Palatka, FL 32178 or taken to the January change of command ceremony on the 21st. The ceremony will be at Brown’s Landing where we will have the traditional Smoked Meats and other BBQ favorites all provided by the Commodore for the benefit of our members.

Dec 212022

Where: Darryl Currie’s, 4056 Browns Landing Road
Time: 3:00 pm Social, 4:00 pm pot luck dinner
Menu: smoked Boston butt, smoked beef for sandwiches
Members may bring a side dish or dessert to share. If you have a favorite dish you would like to share, please let Betty Poteet know.
Water, tea and ice will be provided, BYOB

Mar 222022

Red Cross CPR Training will be conducted Saturday, 23 APR 2022, 0900-1200 at the St Paul’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall at Federal Point. 124 Commercial Ave. East Palatka, 32131
Many thanks to Past Commodore Ernie Driscoll for arranging this event and much gratitude to St Paul’s Episcopal for hosting us!!!
Once again;
$40.00 per student. Rat Island Yacht Club Members are cordially invited to join us in this vital community event. Please email our Club Secretary Larraine <larraine.gaches@gmail.com>
for reservations.
Commodore’s Note;
I would like for our Club to have the biggest participation in this event because we all may be called upon to help resuscitate our neighbors when they need us most.
Looking forward to a great class and seeing all of you there!
Mar 212022


The Palatka Yacht Club is sponsoring a Blessing of the Fleet, Palm Sunday, April 10, 2:00pm at the City’s Municipal Docks.  All boaters are welcome to participate. 
The blessing of the fleet is a time-honored tradition that goes back many centuries into the murky sea of legend and tradition. Some legends have the origins going back to early Greek fishermen. One story has it that the tradition of asking clergy to bless boats and their crews began in Sicily after some fishermen were saved from certain death in a storm. According to the legend, they had lost their way in a thick fog when they suddenly saw a glimmering light in the distance. Following the light, they were able to make their way back to shore. There, they discovered that the light came from a medallion of the Madonna del Lume (Mother of Light) set in a grotto high on a cliff. 
Today fisherman as well as pleasure boaters around the world have their vessels blessed. A Fisherman’s blessing is for protection and prosperity of their fleet.  Pleasure boaters for fine boating weather and safe boating for all aboard.  Individual creativity in banners and decorating of the vessels is encouraged!  
No reservations or entry forms or fees are required. Vessels participate at their own risk and no liability is assumed by any sponsoring organization, church, city, or governmental agency.
The Blessing will be offered this year by local clergy and officiated by the Rev. Joe Dunagan, Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Federal Point, Florida and the Rev Father Anthony Bonela of St. Monica Catholic Church, Palatka, Florida and (Retired) Fr. John Wesley a veteran Blessing giver. After the last vessel is blessed a wreath will be placed in the water out of respect for those who’ve lost their lives on the river, or at sea.

Rules of Procedure
• All vessels are welcome and are not required to be under power. Inland Rules of the Road and common courtesy while upon the water will apply
• Vessels will assemble no later than 1:30pm in the mooring field to the south of the City Docks downtown Palatka and anchor or nest up in the open waters to the south. A PYC Control vessel will coordinate movement on VHF Channel68.
• Vessels equipped with a marine VHF radio will monitor Channel 68 and wait for instructions. There must be no transmissions on this channel except in the case of an emergency. Vessels without radios will stand by vessels so equipped to receive verbal information from those skippers.
• The Blessing of the Fleet will be led by an official vessel followed by (a) trawlers and commercial fishing craft, (b) craft over 30 feet and (c) all other motorized craft (d) all others.
• Speeds should be set to maintain a close but safe maneuvering distance from other boats.
• From anchorage, vessels will proceed in-line northwest toward the docks and then make a wide turn to port to pass directly abreast the end of the main city dock. No wake rules must be observed during the pass by the docks.
• After passing the officiating station, vessels will continue southeast then turn easterly so as not to obstruct follow-on vessels. No vessel will be permitted to return to the docks until the completion of the entire ceremony. 
Participants are reminded that this is a solemn occasion and are asked to:
• Avoid loud engine noise, music, raised voices or unseemly conduct;
• Keep beverage containers out of sight and do not discard any trash into the water; and
• While passing the officiating party and receiving the blessing, all aboard should remove hats, and should wear suitable attire commensurate with this reverent occasion.
For more information contact the Palatka Yacht Club, former Commodore, Ernest Driscoll, Email: whee4got@aol.com

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Sep 012013

2013 Sept-Oct Whispers Over The WaterCOMMODORE’S CORNER Ahoy Members!!
The nominating committee (Betty Poteet, David Girardin, and Linda Girardin)
announces the following proposed slate of officers for 2014.

Commodore Rhonda Masters Treasurer Traci Reed
Vice Commodore Bruce Drackett Secretary Betty Poteet First Year Director Ed Reed Past Commodore Gail Hart

Nominations and elections will take place Saturday, November 16, 2013, at one of
our only meeting. Elections will take place before dinner.
Bruce Drackett

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