Monday, December 7, 2009
The dock project is underway and being completed in 80’ sections. Thank you for your cooperation last month as we moved the docks into the water. For now, the guest dock is closed. The next stage is to install the electricity and water lines. For you own safety, please stay out of the construction area.
Congratulations to all of the berthers who participated in the Lited Boat Parade this past weekend. Terry Leavitt won the Best of Show and Joe Sabino won the Judge’s Choice Award. Other winners included Nick Rassussin, 2nd place 35’ and over and Jim and Cheryl Davi, 2nd place under 35’. Also Driftwood Yacht Club members, Steve and Heather Ingram, of Delta Discovery Cruises, took 1st place for over 35’.
In partnership with Delta Discovery Cruises, Driftwood Yacht Club is hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year. For $69 per person, you will be welcomed aboard the Island Serenade for a 2 hour Cocktail and Appetizer cruise on the delta and return to the Yacht Club for dinner and dancing to live music. The boat departs Driftwood Marina at 7pm. Please contact Delta Discovery Cruises for reservations (see link on our homepage). Everyone is welcome to attend.
In addition to our winter hours (the office is closed Tuesday and Wednesday) I want to remind you that the office will be closed at noon December 24th and all day December 25th as well as January 1st.
Kathy and I want to wish each of you a very happy holiday season and thank you for your goodwill this year.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Some of you may have noticed we have had some trouble with the hot water in the restrooms, but I am pleased to say we have a brand new 75-gallon water heater that has just been installed, so no more cold showers!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who came out to Delta Marina, in Rio Vista, to support the Shrine Yacht Club fundraiser on August 1st. We had 19 boats spend the night and served over 120 dinners. It was a very successful event, a lot of fun and something very close to my heart. Again, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! The next one is scheduled on Saturday, August 4, 2010.
NOTICE: PG&E WILL BE TURNING OFF POWER TO OUR MARINA ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Please be sure your bilge pumps are on a battery backup!
We are getting ready to begin some new projects. Watch for some improvements around the marina to take place over the fall and winter. The minor inconveniences will be well worth it! Also, the office will be closed and no staff will be available on Tuesday and Wednesday, when we return to winter hours in October. Please plan accordingly, for your administrative and fuel needs.
I want to extend a long overdue welcome to Eddie Brassfield, our new relief assistant harbormaster who will be in when Mike and Jim are away. He is an avid boater and will be great addition to our team.
Driftwood YC Make A Wish fundraiser is coming up October 3rd. Tickets are $60 per person, which includes a 2-hour yacht ride, barbeque, and admission to the other festivities. It is open to the public so please participate and remember the yacht club serves the best dinners on the delta on Friday Nights and all you can eat Taco Tuesdays…check out the link on our web page and click on galley news for the latest menus.
On a political note, please write/e-mail to your state politicians to stop the legislation on the peripheral canal, which the governor has vowed to sign before he leaves office…It will greatly impact our water quality, fishing and boating recreation. We need everyone’s help to be heard.
Again, I must remind boaters and jet skiers about our no wake zone:
- When leaving…no wake until past the opening/house
- When entering…no wake at least 100 feet before the opening/house, and no wake while inside the marina!
Wakes cause erosion, which lead to very expensive repairs and you know who will end up paying for them…
Finally, Jasper continues on his diet…so far he has lost 22 lbs but still has a ways to go. Thanks for your continued cooperation in not feeding him anything. As with all of us, the spring in his step is beginning to return with the weight loss.
As we head into September, October and the first of November, we will have the best boating weather of the season, so use your boats, be safe and be proud to be a boater!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Jasper is dangerously overweight, so please help him out by not feeding him anything (no food or, bless your hearts, no cookies!). Also, he has to swim more, if that is possible, so please watch out for him when you are exiting or entering the harbor.
Lauritzen’s recently hosted a jet ski race and did a great job setting the course so it did not impact our harbor much. They made sure there was plenty of room to safely escort our berthers in and out of the harbor. There will be a few more this year and I encourage you to come out and watch . It is great fun.
The Yacht Club has several cruise-in’s planned this year on the following dates: May 1 – 3rd, May 22 – 25th, June12 – 14th, July17 – 19th , August 7 – 9th, October 2 – 4th, and October 16 – 18th. Those of you who plan to use your boats those weekends, and may be pinned in due to your proximity to the guest dock, can move to a temporary slip prior to the visiting club’s arrival. Just come up to the office and talk with me the week before and I’ll find a place for you.
Also, Driftwood Yacht Club is having a Mother’s Day Lunch on Mother’s Day. Reservations are a must, so please call Patti Grosz at (925) 846-0467, if you wish to attend. She will give you the details.
Congratulations to berthers Jim and Cheryl Davi, owners of the Cheryl D, on winning Best of Show in the Opening Day boat parade.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
We are continuing to get the marina back into shape for boating season. Let us know if something has been overlooked in your area. It’s that time again to take pride in your “neighborhood”. There were some beautiful gardens planted last year near the dock entrances and we would love to see them again this year. We plan to feature them on the website with full credit to the gardeners.
On April 1st, the marina switches back to summer hours and the office will be open 7 days a week.
Opening day for yachting season in this part of the Delta is April 4th. Anyone who would like to decorate their boat and join in the parade can contact one of the four yacht clubs, (Driftwood, Bridge, Ebony or Pittsburg) or myself to get information. The theme is Legends of the Sea and Sportsmen’s Yacht Club is hosting the event this year.
Last week several of our berthers caught legal sturgeon, but unfortunately no photos for me to post! We're also looking for more boats to feature on the main page of the site so send you boat pictures too!
Lastly, a few boating reminders:
As the 2009 season gets underway, be sure to check that your life jackets are in good condition. I prefer all children and non-swimmers to wear them while on the docks as well as on the boats. Remember, a boat does not have to be moving for someone to fall overboard.
Also, when returning to the harbor please remember boats leaving the harbor have the right of way, so please yield to them (as well as to Jasper when he is swimming!).
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Here we are in February and winter is finally here! Some of you might not know it, but we have been working on some projects to improve the marina. We have installed new security cameras. If you visit our web page, you can now see a live picture of the marina and the river via our new web cam with current weather conditions. We had a few problems when we first set things up, but have them resoved now. We would like your feedback, if you have some suggestions or are having problems logging in. We continue to update things and add pictures and would like you to keep viewing the website and please send us some pictures you might want to add.
We have also started pruning some of the trees around the marina in order to keep things looking nice. The trimings are going into the dumpsters when room is available, but we need you to be sure all of your trash is in the dumpsters too....there are several around the marina so if the most convenient one is full, please put your stuff in the next closest one. Trash left out just gets blown around and makes the place look messy....and the trash company won't pick it up if it is not in the dumpsters. Remember, your batteries and old oil need to be brought to the area next to the office for recycling.
If you have not been to your boat for some time, you may want to pay a visit because the wet weather has finally arrived and you need to check on your lines, batteries, bilge pumps, etc.
Although it has been wet, the wind has been down and you can still get out there and fish. According to the reports, they have been picking up some sturgeon along with some stripped bass. Get out there and send me some photos!
We have moved in several new berthers so welcome you new neighbors and if you want something to do, visit the Yacht Club and ask about becoming a member. They have lots of ongoing events like Taco Tuesdays (with live music) and Friday night dinners. This month they have a Crab Feed on February 21st and I have been told tickets are still available (reservation deadline is February 14th) Click on our link to Driftwood Yacht club and you will find information to make your reservations.
One final reminder, we are still on winter hours until April 1st.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I want to remind everyone that the gate is closing at 9 pm now, so be sure you have your gate cards with you. Our new security cameras and web cam have arrived and we are in the process of installing them. Keep watching the web site so you will be one of the first to see the web cam in action! With these upgrades, also note that we now have wireless internet service.
Driftwood Yacht Club has some great energy going on this year. Under the enthusiastic leadership of Commodore Lucy Anthony and her great board of officers, I am sure you will find some awesome events, food and fun at the club in 2009. The next event is the Superbowl Sunday Potluck, February 1 at 2:30 pm and on February 24th they will be having a Crab Feed that is beyond fantastic!!! The crab feed is by reservation only and you can reserve a place for yourself and your group by contacting Rolf Powers at 925-437-5373 before February 17th. And don’t forget, dinner is served on Friday nights around 7pm. The food is yummy and it is a great way to begin your weekend. Check their website for the menu at www.dycweb.org