Oceanside CA— The Oceanside Yacht Club(OYC) celebrated 56 years as an organization with their annual ‘Opening Day’ ceremony and parade on Sunday April, 7, 2019. Notably absent this year was Senior Staff Commodore, Byron Jessup. OYC was founded at the Oceanside Harbor in 1963 and Jessup had attended all 55 “Opening Days”. He was physically unable to attend this year but was represented by his wife, Marge.
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In parts of the country where the boating season is short and boats are hauled out of the water for the winter, the beginning of the new season each spring is cause for celebration. Since that doesn’t happen here in Southern California, Opening Day is largely symbolic. That’s not to say a lot of work doesn’t get done around the club during the “off season”. Volunteers at OYC revitalized the bar area and the outer deck of the club but the major enhancement was the addition of an elevator to the two story structure in which the club occupies the top floor.
Serving a second term as OYC Commodore is Steve Ford. The Champagne Reception was opened with the Presentation of Colors by the Vista High School ROTC. The Star Theatre Choir performed the National Anthem and God Bless the USA.
Teri Manok was the recipient of two awards presented during the reception. Dick Holmes with the Yacht Racing Union of Southern California presented Manok with the Jack Frost Memorial Trophy. The trophy is presented to the class winner with the second highest point total in the YRU Ocean Racing Championship. OYC Commodore Steve Ford presented Manok with the Peggy Slater Award. The award is presented annually to a female involved in the sport of sailing who best demonstrates outstanding contributions to the enhancement of women’s participation in sailing or individual achievement in the sport of sailing.
Margo King Hemond, Commodore at the San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs presented the Alonzo De Jessop Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to Yachting to Ron Dryer for his work with youth.