2015 Museum Fundraiser Part 1

2015 Museum Fundraiser Part 1

Story by Bob Stevens, photos by Useppa Gin

The Useppa Island Historical Society’s Fundraiser was just a delightful dinner party for the 79 men and women who attended.  The evening was magical – the black and white motif with all the chairs wrapped in white, with black bows, the black and white tablecloths, and the beautiful silk orchids in the center of the tables set the stage.  Everyone joined with enthusiasm, dressed as they would have been in 1935.  The men were in black tie, many with white dinner jackets, and some in “cruise wear.”  The ladies came in beautiful dresses, some with hats, and a few in seashore summertime outfits – baggy pants and tops with square shoulders, all in the spirit of the 30’s.

2015 McMahon Regatta Awards

McMahon 2015 Regatta Awards Dinner

Story and photography by Useppa Gin

On Saturday night, March 14th awards were given at a dinner on the beach celebrating this year’s winners in the Annual Useppa Island Yacht Club McMahon Regatta.  Once a year Marshall Cats race each other for the Island Championship, bragging rights, and the privilege of carrying on a tradition in honor of UIC’s first Commodore Jack McMahon.

The competition is real, but more importantly, so was the fellowship and good-natured humor.  The weather was a bit windy for some, but those who finished, all who sailed, and those cheering from the shore had a great day.  Purrfect 4U skippered by Bill Welch and Sherry Welch as crew won the event.  Ed King in Coot with Jane Ridolphi as crew came in second.  Third was Spirit UB with Paul Beisswenger at the helm and Dave Merrill crew.  Fourth was Little 7Up captained by Ray George and Tony Colgan crew, and Fifth was Osprey U23, Captain Walt Corbin and crew Jim Doherty.  Jack McMahon would be proud of all the sailors and those onshore preparing lunch and dinner, but he would be particularly proud of his wife Pat….she’s quite a lady.

2015 McMahon Regatta Part 1

Useppa Island Yacht Club’s McMahon Regatta and More

by Bob Stevens, Race Committee Head

The Useppa Yacht Club, which has been in existence for many years now, has only two things, a Commodore, Jim Doherty, and a burgee: a palm tree on a white background with “UYC” inscribed.  The Club has no by-laws, no meetings, no dues, and a very impressive history of dealing with RULE 2, which is: “If you suggest it, you do it.”

Because of RULE 2,we do sail every Saturday morning on Pine Island Sound, with sometimes 11 or 12 Sandpipers on the water.  We sail three races, then hurry in to Bill’s Grill (named after Bill Newbold, who suggested lunch on the beach years ago and got it started), a fabulous hot dog, hamburger, and all the fixin’s lunch on the beach provided to us by Kay Chapin and her crew of volunteers.

We hold an annual Club Championship regatta, the Jack McMahon Regatta, named after our first and beloved Commodore, Jack McMahon, who lived on Useppa Island for many years with his wife Pat.  Pat was at the McMahon Regatta on March 14, which was won by Bill Welch who was sailing with his wife Sherry.

Every other year Mike Albert organizes a Catboat Rendezvous, and we hold, at the same time, the Sandpiper “Worlds” right here on Useppa Island.  Lots of fun for us all.