For those who have not yet heard, I am sad to announce the passing of Dr. Kearfott Stone. I knew Kearfott from his volunteer work as Governor's Cup finish line boat and his fine attention to detail in helping us maintain our keelboat fleet. Through over 20 years with WRYC, Kearfott and Julie have touched all of our lives. Within the community, he was a founding physician at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital and Gloucester Ophthalmic Associates, and was a founding member of the Friends of Dragon Run. He was an active member of Singleton United Methodist Church, including twenty-six years as choir director. He will be missed. Please offer your support and love to Julie and the Stone family during this difficult time.
To the many volunteers who made a success of two recent, big events – the Third Annual Anchor on the Ware (also known as AOW) and the 54th Annual Governor's Cup – THANK YOU. Brownie Bartley, Layne Brown, Sharon McGlohn, and Erin Matthews reacted swiftly to weather challenges (including occasional power outages) to turn the originally planned outdoor AOW into a fantastic indoor party! We enjoyed great food, music, drink, conversation, painting and even a few sailboat rides during rain-breaks thanks to their quick thinking and flexibility. Throughout the Governor's Cup weekend, Clayton James and a huge cast of volunteers jumped in as needed to host over 80 crews from (by my count) seven states for the largest gathering of sailboats on the Ware River in recent memory. Our members helped with meals, race committees, boat launching/recovery, safety, set-up and clean-up to ensure a weekend of friendly competition and fellowship. The efforts of all members are deeply appreciated and key to success for these and all our events!
We have many nice autumn days coming up. I have been asked to encourage members to take advantage of our grounds and facilities. We will continue to hold the Sunday Sailing series at least through Labor Day and likely beyond. Many members and families have dropped by to watch the activities, picnic, and swim. If you come by, feel free to use our picnic tables and grills (we will ensure there are gas canisters available)! We do rent our building for events, so we do ask that you do not interfere with those activities and be respectful of any photography in process. But there is plenty of room by the dock, playground, or boat ramp to allow everyone to take advantage of our beautiful location even if there is a wedding inside. It is your club; please use it!