by Mike McGauvran, 2024 OYC Commodore (photo by Jeff Winter)
When volunteers moved the Osprey Yacht Club’s Sunfish from their storage rack to the dock last spring, it was clear the boat rack, located behind Dockside, needed a lot of work. Shortly thereafter, the club was informed that AP’s kayak rack, located next to Dockside, was getting full and the OYC was asked to find another location for the club’s three Opti-mists, the smaller boats used by beginner sailors.
Commodore Fred Schenker proposed the OYC replace the boat rack in late fall. The goal was to maintain the original Sunfish rack’s footprint but also to build a more robust, attractive storage rack that would add to, rather than detract from, the Plantation’s ambiance. The finalized plans, with three levels, was large enough to store not only the club’s six Sunfish, but also the three Optimists.
After fund-raising, building began! The old rack was quickly removed, and chief architect Joe Minoski led OYC volunteers to complete the project on time. The nine boats now reside in their new winter storage.
Next time you take a stroll down to the Marina, be sure to take a look at the handiwork of our residents that now provides a safe and attractive storage unit for the OYC’s small fleet of boats.