Update - Life after Irma/Maria (Oct 6th)
It has been 4 weeks since Irma and 2 weeks since Maria. Considering Maria's track and cat-5 intensity, we are grateful the damage to St Croix was not worse. We sincerely hope that everyone in our community faired as well as can be expected and are onto rebuilding.
The extreme velocities of the inner Northern eyewall (175+ mph sustained) just missed our Southern coast. There is some structural damage to buildings island wide and some specific tornado damage, island infrastructure will take a while to repair and restore. Utilities and communications will require much patience. St Croix's airport is open for commercial flights as of Thursday, allowing supplies and materials to become more available, allowing us small steps towards normalcy.
Overall club did fairly well, with no major structural damage to buildings and dock, The club’s fleet was adequately secured and escaped damage. Some of the private boats on moorings in Teague Bay survived, sadly a few did not.
Volunteers: Lots of work has been completed: mucking out clubhouse and grounds, mopping and more mopping, repairing electrical and plumbing issues. Will be focusing on reassembling first section of dock on Sunday 8 OCT, and can use all the help we can get! There is a ton of cleanup and put-back work left to do. The Yacht Club is on generator 24/7 for a while...maybe months, but got plenty of ice, cold beverages and hot showers!
Junior Sailing: The curfew makes it tough to schedule after school sailing, so will be focusing on reassembling the fleet and some weekend programs. More information will be provided as decisions are made.
St Croix International Regatta: the need to reschedule the regatta is required and we are considering date options in Feb/March, please let us know your input as time goes on and things normalize.
Dylan Mahron did a awesome job as lead instructor for Summer sailing program and has been a main stay in club operations to prepare for...then repair from both storms. Unfortunately for us, but of course fortunate for him, Dylan needs to return to his career path as a professional mariner. This Sunday will be his last day...he will be sorely missed!
Kaza and the galley lost food due to no refrigeration/power because the club had some electrical system damage and took several days before generator could be put online.
Chef Negust and staff are now open for lunches (Wed-Sun).
This weekend will be pushing to get back to it.
Saturday 7th- Dock reassembly (partial) and splashing a launch.
Sunday 8th- Getting some of the fleet boats back in place and doing some sailing.
This Sunday Brunch is on! Chef Negust will be firing up some Barbecue as well, so come on out and join us!! You can supervise operations over a mimosa or bloody mary with your eggs benedict, or bring your work gloves and join the crew, then relax with an ice cold brew and some Barbecue!
The Club is formed for the express purpose of promoting interest and activity in the ownership, racing and cruising of yachts and small boats; of providing a meeting place for members whose common interest lies in ships and the sea; of augmenting the recreational facilities and visitor attractions of the island; of exchange and courtesies with other yacht clubs of the United States and Caribbean islands, and of extending to visiting yachtsmen the hospitality of St. Croix.
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C'sted, St. Croix 00820