Commodore's Scuttlebutt July 3, 2020

Fourth of July

Tomorrow's  Fourth of July Celebration!
Our plan is for another spectacular fireworks display beginning shortly after sunset when the sky darkens. We hope to have a variety of games and activities including "Corn Hole", Opti Races, swimming, and live music.  Due to Covid 19: we will be observing social distancing policies.  Members are encouraged to watch the fireworks from their boats, the parking lots,  and the club house deck. We will need to spread out and face masks are strongly encouraged!
We will not be serving food or alcoholic beverages, but members are welcome to bring their own food and drink and the gas grills are available for cooking.

Plan for a leisurely afternoon and evening at the club.  Due to Covid-19 and the rising infection rates in both Davidson and Wilson Counties it is essential that you take every precaution. This year's celebration will be more low key than in times past! We  will have live music featuring Drew Griswold & Friends. Drew will set-up below the club house and we ask that you spread out with at least 6' or more  between small groups of families. Feel free to use chairs and tables, but please return to the storage room before you leave the club.

The "Corn Hole" game will be set up near the Tiki Hut.  And, we should have 4 Optimist Prams for sailing and racing ( parents versus kids?)  Rafting or just relaxing is the order of the day. Children require life jackets and adult supervision.

Sunset is approximately 8:20 PM and fireworks will begin shortly thereafter. In case I forgot to mention it, please be sure to spread out during the fireworks display.

Although Sail Camp had to close a couple days early this year, we are thankful for the 8 days of camp that were able to happen.  Operating summer camp amid a global pandemic is no small feat and Leadership Academy has worked tirelessly to ensure that all precautions were taken.

I want to send out a big THANK YOU to the staff at Sail Camp for their hard work and dedication to a job that is way tougher than it may seem, for always putting the campers first and for making camp a fun place to be. 

Thank you Harbor Island Yacht Club for hosting camp and Nashville Sailing Foundation for getting the slick new boats.  Special thanks to all the volunteers and staff who helped with setting up the fleets for the season. 

Laura Johnson, Leadership Academy
The Dog Days of Summer
Summer has arrived with more heat, more humidity, periodic thunder storms, and less wind on Old Hickory Lake. Outside of the Vanguard 15 racing, our calendar is quiet until Saturday, August 1 when we have a moonlight sail scheduled. 

July is a great time for a sleep out on your boat, cleaning and maintenance, laying out on a float, or using the gas grilles for a cookout.  If anyone wants to take their boat and join me on a cruise up to where Route 109 crosses the lake, have dinner at the Old Hickory Steak House, spend the night on their transient dock and cruise back to the club the next day let me know and we will see what we can get organized.
Around the United States this will be a somber Fourth of July. Many fireworks celebrations have been cancelled due to concerns about transmission of the virus due to clusters of people in large crowds. Large pancake breakfasts and cookouts have been cancelled as they have been proven to be a place where the virus can be easily transmitted to people in close proximity in food lines and around closely spaced tables.

We have chosen to proceed with our celebration because as a small private club we believe we can control our crowd by limiting our event to our members and neighbors on the island.  We also believe that we have plenty of space to spread out for safety. And we  believe that all will follow social distancing and respect the safety of others by taking necessary precautions including wearing masks when you are near others.

It is likely that our fireworks will attract some people in boats who may come into the cove to view our celebration. They are welcome to view from their boats out in the cove but should not be permitted to land their boats on club property, tie up to boats in the mooring fleet or tie up to our docks.  Please be polite in all interactions.

The Fourth of July commemorates the day in 1776 when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence which was largely written by Thomas Jefferson. What followed that date was seven years of war with England before the British Parliament recognized our independence by signing the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783.

The formation of the United States of America began with the Declaration of Independence but what this nation stood for gained definition with the ratification of Constitution and the Bill of Rights which are the first ten amendments to the Constitution.

Have a wonderful and safe Fourth.  Bless each one of you and God bless and heal our land.


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