From the Clipping File
Back before we had web sites, mailing lists, facebook, twitter, and all sorts of electronic ways to stay in touch, HYC (like most clubs) had a newsletter. The Log is still published (seefor some modern-day archives) and is an important part of life at the club. Here, however, are some snippets from the past, showing what life was like for previous generations of HYC sailors.
Thank you to club historian Evelyn Schneider for researching these items. For more about HYC history, you can contact Evelyn at.
The Hoxsie Trophy series of three races were held July 2, 3 and 4. On account of the heavy squall on the 4th no stars finished - so the race of July 30th was counted in to finish the 3rd race - it was a nip and tuck race between G. Aitken Jr, of the H. Y. C. and the Stoefller brothers-L. P. Y. C. If my figures are correct the Stoeffler boys won by one point. Charlie Ulmer of the H. Y. C. carried off the honors for the July 30th race with his new Aitken built boat.
The Sidney J Treat Trophy race was held on August 28th. This 25 mile event was also won by the Stoefier Brothers of Locust Point Y. C.
The Bates Trophy Race is the next big event. This trophy is a H. Y. C. prize for the Star which qualifies and has the best % in the races sponsored by the Harlem Yacht Club.
It is generally accepted that City Island is one of the biggest, if not THE yachting center on the Atlantic coast. Its geographical location at the gateway of Long Island Sound, its proximity to the center of New York City, conveniently reached by parkways or public transit systems, makes it the logical home port for the yachtsmen of the metropolitan area. City Island’s boat building, boat service, outfitting and kindred industries are additional features of interest to the boat minded set. Long Island Sound itself is a yachtman’s paradise with its sheltered waterways suitable for long distance cruising and its many harbors, bays and inlets which offer safe anchorage.
Situated almost centrally on City Island is the Harlem Yacht Club. Organized and incorporated in 1883 the Club had its start at the junction of the Harlem and East Rivers when that location was the leading yachting center. In its present location on Eastchester Bay since 1903, the Club has maintained a modern plant, serving the needs of yacht owners both big and small.
The Club’s anchorage in the bay is one of the best sheltered on the Island. An efficient launch service is maintained throughout the boating season. Ways and hauling facilities are available and boats can be serviced and stored right on the Club grounds. This feature has a special appeal for the man who enjoys caring for his own ship. Lockers are provided in a separate building, adjoining the Club House, for a small annual charge.
The Club House itself is one of the finest structures of its kind for many miles around. Its recently improved interior is in keeping with good taste and provides a pleasant place to spend the idle hours in relaxation. The attractive bar is a favorite gathering place where common problems are openly discussed, whereby the new hand as well as the seasoned salt can learn the latest thoughts on sailing, laying-up and fitting-out. The inviting atmosphere of the grille and dining room is conducive to the complete enjoyment of the finest of foods at reasonable prices.
The Club House is open all year and many good dances, parties and formal dinners are held in the attractive and spacious ballroom. For recreation there is the well equipped billiard room and the shuffle board.
Eastchester Bay is the ideal body of water for small boat racing. The Harlem Yacht Club is a member of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound and the Eastchester Bay Yacht Racing Association. The Harlem Yacht Club is also the sponsor of the Bates, Hoxsie and Treat trophies for Stars and other small boat classes.
Recently the Harlem Yacht Club lost one of it's most loveable members, Joseph Higgins. John Donne once said "Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind". This statement is especially true of Joe. He had a profound effect on everyone. There is not a member of the club who did not recognize Joe's infectious laugh and inimitable style of humor. His mere presence in the room was immediately felt by us all. Joe's loss is especially difficult on those of us who were allowed to see below the boisterous facade. He was a person of great sensitivity and warmth, though he would never have us believe it. The Harlem Yacht Club was one of Joe's greatest loves. He was always ready to extend a helping hand and his legal expertise to the club as a whole or it's individual members. Anyone who has spent time with Joe knows how well he supported the club and his favorite charity Van Munching and CQ. The club will be a quieter place now and hopefully some of us will use that silence in which to reflect. Death may have cheated us of his mortal presence, but to those of us who knew him there still remains;
--- an upraised glass
--- a whispered word of Gaelic
--- and the memory of one of the finest men who have ever "tread this mortal coil".