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Welcome to the Tiverton Yacht Club.  We are a small family oriented yacht club on the Sakonnet River in Tiverton, Rhode Island.  If you have a love for the water, for boats and for down to earth friendly people, you have found the right place.  

The test of a true sailor is their ability to perform basic sailing tasks in all kinds of weather and sea conditions.  And last Saturday all challenging conditions were present for the annual Around Aquidneck Island Race.  Jointly sponsored by the TYC and the Twenty Hundred Club of Rhode Island, the ninth annual event started under the Mount Hope Bridge, proceeded south on Mount Hope Bay, crossed the Atlantic Ocean off the shores of Newport and turned into the Sakonnet River where the race ended near the yacht club.

Jump for joy, R'Buoy, captained by former Commodore Mark Levin, finished first in the non-spinnaker class! Their ace crew starred Commodore Phyllis Ibbotson, John Brady who served as tactician and Rear Commodore Pat Lattuca.  It was John Brady who founded the race nine years ago. It was his idea to bring area sailors together to participate in this nearly twenty-five-mile race.

It was John's determination over the years that has made this race one of the prime annual races that attracts sailors from most yacht clubs on the bay.  The wind was strong from the north as the race began at 10 am.  This helped to get the thirty boats that participated off shore of Newport just after noon. It was an hour or so later that the first thunder storm hit.  Crew members had to put on their rain gear as they proceeded on a northerly course on Sakonnet River.  The skies cleared for almost an hour before the next storm hit as they were nearing Gould Island."The lightening was dancing on the water," Commodore Ibbotson told me later.  "We were concerned but knew we were in the lead and had to plow on to the finish line.  "It is a credit to all the sailors that all the boats finished the race. Most of them arrived at the TYC between 2 and 3 pm, much earlier than in past years.

The TYC hosted the after-race party serving the traditional summer fare of hamburgers and hot dogs but featuring barbeque chicken made by Brendan McNally with his special hot sauces.  Over 100 guests mostly from other yacht clubs enjoyed the cookout, the use of the pool and competing in the bean bag throw on the lawn.  It was a beautiful site to behold on the dock. Boats were rafted, five deep, on the outside docks. Sailors gingerly jumped from the boats before they made their way onto the dock. Several boaters decided to stay overnight at the dock. 

A special thanks to so many of the TYC members who prepared and served the food. Among the able crew who assisted the food chair, Steve Hughes, were Greg Banner, Lori and Joe Boivin, Brendan McNally, Karen Corr, Cheryl Padilla, Joann Reuther and Bryan, Kristin Dalbec who told me this was her favorite event and a new member Mindy Berman helped out with the grilling.  The annual race is a great time to showcase the splendor of our club. Most of the visiting sailors were impressed with our new building and with the outstanding sail training program for our young members. I am sure that they will share these good memories with others who will wish to participate in next year's race. 

Congratulations again to Mark Levin who captained R'Buoy to victory, Commodore Phyllis and a special thank you to John Brady whose vision and dream made this event possible.  Hope to see all on Thursday for the Mexican Night Pot Luck Supper. 

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