Updated: May 27, 2020
On May 22, Commodore Frank Cavacini circulated the following e-mail message to members:
Good evening everyone,
On Saturday, May 30 (if “New York on PAUSE” restrictions for New York City are eased by that date), the Harlem Yacht Club will raise its flags and fire a salute to formally begin its 138th sailing season. The traditional Going into Commission ceremony, abbreviated to maintain social distancing and comply with restrictions on gathering sizes, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the Club lawn.
The Club’s five Flag Officers, its immediate Past Commodore, senior Active Past Commodore, and Launch Supervisor will gather at the flag mast. In addition to traditional uniforms, the participants will wear masks and gloves, and will observe CDC distancing recommendations. Other than two members who have already been asked to record the ceremony, no other club members may attend.
We regret that the pandemic prevents the Club from encouraging members to come in person for the traditional group observance and dinner. Instead, the Club will stream and record the ceremony for members. A more traditional communal celebration will be scheduled when conditions permit.
Trustee Anthony Rosco, PC, the Senior Active Past Commodore, will raise the American flag. Peter Trunfio, PC, will raise the Club burgee (as the most junior Past Commodore), and the Flag Officers will hoist their flags of office: Commodore Frank Cavacini, Vice Commodore Peter Green, Rear Commodore Ellen Murphy, Secretary Douglas McCormick, and Treasurer George Morstatt.
Following a cannon salute fired by PC Rosco, Commodore Frank Cavacini will deliver brief remarks, and conclude the ceremony with a toast.
(Note: On the afternoon of May 30, the tide at City Island will be at its highest around 6:16 p.m.)
Frank A. Cavacini Jr. Commodore Harlem Yacht Club
City Island, NY