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Ship & Shore


APRIL 2011

Large Rabbit Headed This Way

The Easter Bunny arrives at the Club Sunday, April 17, as the Head Hare at the annual Children’s Easter Party and Egg Hunt from 3-5 p.m. He says he will be hiding hundreds of eggs on the grounds during the next few weeks. Children 1-3 go off in search of eggs at 3:30 p.m. Ages 4-7 start filling their baskets at 3:45 and youngsters 8-12 at 4. All children and grandchildren are welcome. The Easter Bunny will also be on hand to enjoy the crafts, games and snacks that are all part of the festivities. Parents are asked to bring one canned good for each child participating. Make a day of it and come out early and enjoy an egg-ceptional Sunday Brunch (No egg salad, we promise. You’ll be having enough of that the rest of the week). Call the Club for more info or to make reservations.

Easter Brunch is Served Be sure to make your reservations for Easter Brunch soon. We will be offering our traditional Easter Buffet in the Ballroom and a seated dinner option in the Main Dining Room. Seatings will be at 12 noon and 2:30 p.m. in both rooms. Adults $25++; Children 7-16 $15++, Children 6 and under dine with our compliments. Call 423-4500 to make reservations. The buffet menu includes an assortment of seafood, salads, breakfast items and special entrees such as broiled jumbo shrimp with lump crab stuffing, roast leg of lamb with rosemary sauce and mint jelly, breast of chicken chasseur, roast prime rib of beef au jus with creamy horseradish, carved baked ham with fruit sauce and poached salmon medallions with sundried tomato hollandaise. And of course there will be plenty of dessert to go around for all!

An End to the Madness It all comes down to the Final Four in Houston where the NCAA tournament crowns its champion. The best seat to take in all the hoopla is at The Grill. The Club is offering drink specials and complimentary hors d’oeuvres for both the semifinals, Saturday, April 2, and the championship game, Monday night, April 4. Bring your bracket sheets – if they aren’t in the wastebasket by now – and come ready to make some noise.



IN THIS ISSUE Around The Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 3 NYCC News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 4 Yachting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 5 Racquet Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 6 Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 7 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 8

FAX: 757-423-6764


From the President As I write this, the world is watching Japan as it struggles to avoid nuclear disaster, the Middle East is still in turmoil and financial markets have reacted with huge losses. Closer to home, basketball brackets are being completed for March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are being planned and Elton John is coming to town on Friday. It is hard to reconcile these events, except to realize that despite world tragedies, life goes on. We can be thankful for all that we have and hope that our donations will make a difference to those in need. With spring, there is renewal and a hope of good things ahead. I would like to thank the Princess Anne Country Club for hosting the “Quintessential Quad Party,” which was a party for members of the Bayville, Cavalier, Norfolk Yacht and

Princess Anne clubs. You should make plans to attend the next multi-club event. Here at NYCC, we are planning a number of events for the coming months. The Yachting Division will have its annual spring Yachting dinner on April 14 and all members are invited to participate. On April 24, we will have the chef ’s renowned Easter buffet. Make your reservations early. In May, we will be hosting a weekend National High School Sailing event featuring the best teams from across the country. The following weekend, the pool will officially open with many Memorial Day weekend festivities. Summer is just around the corner. Please come out and take advantage of the many opportunities our club has to offer. I hope to see you there. Respectfully Submitted, John Deal

From the Manager The month of April starts quickly with a “Stir Fry” themed dinner offering on Friday the 1st. On April 8th we welcome the Junior Cotillion participants to the Club in conjunction with our Family Italian night.

into the education field. Charleen Calvin our Assistant Tennis Pro is returning to her native South Africa. We wish both of these ladies continued success and hope to have professional individuals on board soon.

“Coastal Motion” makes their debut at NYCC on Saturday the 9th. If you can’t enjoy dinner at the Club that night with all the activities in town, plan on stopping by later in the evening with friends and enjoying the band.

Jim Grady, CCM General Manager

The Children’s Easter party and Egg Hunt are planned for Sunday, April 17th. Please don’t forget to bring your basket and a few canned goods for the local food bank. Other events to note this month are the Yachting Divisions Spring dinner on Thursday the 14th and the Club’s annual Easter buffet on the 24th. We hope you are able to join us at the Club. Unfortunately, we are losing two exceptional employees in early April. Megan Denney our Fitness Co Director is making a career change 2

Welcome to Our Newest Legacy Members! Russell Brown John Baker Rad Davenport Jamie Deal Billy Gresham Taylor Hume John McKendree Pete Meredith Taylor Priest Kathryne Ripley Chris Stine John Stine John Vellines Wendall Winn

Officers & Committee Chairs President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Commodore

John L. Deal William E. Dashiell Charles S. Nusbaum David E. Moore James Forrester

Governors Robert Blackman Chip Finch Katherine B. Finney Richard Keatley John Murray Susan M. Roady Committee Chairs Entertainment Chip Finch Finance David E. Moore Pool, Health Martha Colen and Fitness House Susan Bryant Junior Sailing Randy Webb Membership Patrick Baker Tennis Gatewood Dashiell Yachting James Forrester Phone Numbers: Main Club: 423-4500 Main Club Fax: 423-6764 Tennis: 423-6737 Fitness: 489-5385

Coastal Motion in the Lafayette Room Saturday, April 9th 7:30-11:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of entertainment with the band “Coastal Motion.” The band plays traditional beach music songs along with other party and dance music favorites to suit people of all ages. The Lafayette Room bar will be offering all your favorite beverages throughout the evening!

Around the Club

Norfolk Garden Tour Has NYCC Flavor

The homes of three NYCC couples will play starring roles on the Norfolk Garden Tour, Thursday, April 21, in the Hague neighborhood in historic Ghent. The Norfolk Tour, part of the 78th Historic Garden Week in Virginia and billed as “America’s Largest Open House,” is a project of The Garden Club of Norfolk and Harborfront Garden Club. It will feature Martha and Brook Smith’s Colonial Revival style home at 502 Mowbray Arch that has been redone to create “a modern flair.” Tour goers can stroll through Dr. Sally Clarkson and Dr. John Herre’s post-Victorian brick home at 517 Pembroke Avenue that has been restored to its original appearance. Then, it’s a short walk to Anne and Mike Cummings’ Georgian Revival at 550 Pembroke Avenue, described as “formal but family friendly.” Five homes, one garden and The Williams School will all be open to tour. Many NYCC members will make the tour a success with their beautiful flower arrangements, cheerful hostessing, and careful organizing. This year, all four co-chairs are also NYCC members: Jane Cole and Christine Neikirk from the Garden Club of Norfolk and Hannah Brewer and Beth Williams from Harborfront Garden Club. For more info, contact Christine Neikirk at 4783836 or go to

A Tale of Two Trainers

Welcome Sarah Kelsey and Nick Lynch Sarah Kelsey and Nick Lynch are our two newest personal trainers. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Sarah grew up dreaming about performing as a mezzo soprano at the Metropolitan Opera. In 2006, Sarah came to Hampton Roads to perform with the Virginia Opera. (If you want to check out Sarah’s pipes, go to www. sarahkelsey. com.) She met Joshua Kelsey, a Navy photographer who was on a freelance assignment to do a shoot on “The Day in Life of Opera Singer.” Hello, Josh. Goodbye (eventually) promising music career. “It was ‘almost’ love at first sight,” said Sarah. “And I realized that the travel and commitment to pursue a full-time career as a singer wasn’t conducive to a marriage.” Sarah, who had enlisted the service of a personal trainer to help her get in shape for singing roles, decided to pursue her second passion – fitness. “I never was an athlete growing up,” said Sarah, who has a master’s from the New England Conservatory of Music. “But when I started working out, I fell in love with it and have found another career.”

“whatever sport was in season,” basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball. At Christopher Newport University, where Nick graduated with a degree in English, he lettered in lacrosse. “Everyone in my family is sports oriented,” said Nick. “They all work out. But I am the only one you’d call a fitness nut.” Both hold certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. They will work oneon-one with clients. Sarah, a certified yoga instructor, also teaches a Thursday morning yoga class. “I started taking yoga to reduce the stress of performing,” said Sarah, who has sung with the Boston Pops among other well known symphonies and opera companies. Nick will be working with our young lacrosse players, helping them with conditioning and fundamentals. See page 7 for more information on the clinic! Sarah and Josh, who deploys on assignments with the Navy Special Forces, live in Meadowbrook with Ruby, their mixed beagle. Nick, 23, who is single for now, lives in Norfolk. Welcome aboard.

Unlike Sarah, Nick was an athlete most of his life. He grew up in Northern Virginia, playing



Retirement a la King

six-week summer enrichment program for Hampton Roads public school students from Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Portsmouth. He also is on the board of the Chesapeake Bay Authority of Independent Schools and donates his time to other worthy causes. “I’m usually up between 3 or 4 in the morning and I’m not a guy to sit around,” he said. “I don’t golf or own a boat or do woodwork, so this is how I keep busy. By the time I get home at night, I’ve about had it.”

If anyone thinks Will King is sleeping in since retiring as Headmaster at Norfolk Collegiate School two years ago, guess again.

Will settled in Norfolk after a 22-year career in the Navy, retiring as a captain. He became involved in Norfolk Collegiate School first as a parent, then serving on the board of trustees, before his 20 years as headmaster.

On a recent morning, Will was at the Fitness Center waiting for the doors to open at 5 a.m., so he could get in a workout on the rowing machine and stationary bike.

“It was a great place to work,” he said. “I loved what I did and I miss the people, but it wasn’t hard to leave. I felt I held the job as long as I should have.”

Then he was off to his job as Executive Director of the Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation, which operates and owns the Schooner Virginia.

A much beloved figure, his roots at Collegiate still run deep. Three of his grandchildren attend Collegiate and you can usually find him working out in an “‘NC’ T-shirt. “I think I have a few hundred of them.”

In addition, Will, 71, is Chairman of the Board of Horizons Hampton Roads, a

Dinner is Served

The annual Spring Yachting Dinner is April 14. You don’t have to own a boat to come. Everyone is welcome – even land lubbers. All yachting members are asked to bring a guest to enjoy the evening. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Entree choices are between sliced tenderloin of beef and salmon. For more information or to make reservations, call the Club at 423-4500. 4

When Will first retired, he was involved with

Greatest Generation Subject for Page Turners

The Page Turners turn back the clock to the 1940s, when NYCC’s book club discusses Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand at its Friday, April 15 meeting. Hillenbrand is also the author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend. Page Turner members and those interested in joining are invited to dinner in the Men’s Grill at 6 p.m. The discussion follows. For more info, contact tlochkhart@

even more organizations. “Actually, I’ve been shedding things,” he said, laughing. “I was doing too many things.” As the head of Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation, Will’s main goal is to get Schooner Virginia back in the water after funding cuts have run her aground. “We’re trying to build a partnership with businesses so we can resume operations. It’s a big challenge. I don’t know when we will get back operating, but we are getting there.” Will and Cecelia have been married 45 years and raised three daughters, all proud Norfolk Collegiate grads. The Kings live in the Larchmont area of Norfolk. A fierce Cavalier fan, Will is looking forward to attending his 50th University of Virginia class reunion. What’s he do in his spare time? “There isn’t much of that,” he said. But when there is, you can usually find him at one of his seven grandchildrens’ music or sporting events.

Food Minimums

Current Food Minimums are $75 for families and $45 for singles per quarter, and only FOOD is counted, not beverages. Which quarter a member belongs to is dependent on the last name of the member. The quarters run like this: A-G February-April, May-July, August October, November-January H-N March-May, June-August, September November, December-February O-Z January-March, April-June, July- September, October-December Many special events, such as the Annual Meeting, Porkapalooza, Children’s Parties etc., apply towards the Food Minimum. If you need to check the status of your Food Minimum, please call the Accounting office or log on to the Club website.


Showdown at Sundown

The Keelboat Spring Racing Series gets underway Friday evening, April 22. It continues at 6 p.m. every Friday through June 3. The Yachting Committee hopes to attract a record number of entrants. The racing is fun and so is the post party at the Dock House. If you are not a boat owner, but would like to participate as a crew member or as a Race Committee member, contact Dick Waters, Fleet Captain, Sail, or any member of the committee.

Free Boat Exams

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering boat examination at no charge. Vessel examiners will be on the piers April 30, beginning at 10 a.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to assure that your boat meets all federal and state safety requirements. If your boat does meet all requirements, you will be informed what needs to be fixed and no report will be filed. If you pass, you will receive a coveted decal to affix to your boat that will spare you being stopped for a routine inspection when on the water. Please contact Norman Mason at Norman_ if you want an inspection. We will attempt to schedule exams in the order we receive them. To find out if your boat is up to speed safetywise, go to or www.cgaux. org and “inspect” your boat online.

Beware of April Winds

The winds have shifted from north arctic blasts to the temperate southwest. But don’t be fooled. They can be very strong with gusts up to 50 miles-an-hour. Please make sure to check all lines and make sure they can meet such winds. While Harbormaster Dino Kunic does a great job of protecting our marina, it is a boat owner’s responsibility to be sure their boat is secure.

Summer Camp is Right Around the Corner Junior Sailing Summer Camp applications are out and about around the Club. Feel free to pick one up for your sailor next time you are at the Club or register online! The link is on the member’s portion of the Club’s website,, and in your inbox if you get the weekly email! It’s just 4 easy steps online: Step One. Fill out the Sailor information. Step Two. Fill out the Parent/Guardian information. Step Three. Choose your session(s) Session One: June 27-July 8 Session Two: July 11-July 22 Session Three: July 25-August 5 Step Four. Sign the Waiver and Submit! If you would like the form directly emailed to you, please contact Betsy at bglover@ For more information about Sailing Camp, please contact Cara DiSanti at cara.disanti@

What Class Is For My Child? Beginner Optimist Sailing Ages 8-10 This program is designed for children who have never set foot in a boat. It will focus on basic/introductory sailing and water safety skills. The children will learn the different parts of the boat, how to rig and de-rig the boats and, of course, how to sail. It is limited to 24 participants and will include three instructors, as required to meet US Sailing instructional guidelines. Intermediate/Advanced Optimist and Sloop Sailing Ages 12 and Up This program is for kids who have sailed before, but are still uncomfortable in a boat. The program is designed to raise the kids’ comfort level, and fine tune their skills with additional water activities that allow for spirited fun that enhances the learning experience. It is meant for sailors who have mastered the beginner course or who are over the age of 12. 5

Tennis First Junior Tennis and Pizza Night On Friday, April 1st, we will hold our first Tennis & Pizza Night of the season for any junior players from 9 years -old (or able to serve and keep score) through high school. These will continue through the year, usually on the first Friday of each month. Cost is $20 for the first child and $10 for each additional child per family. You are also welcomed to invite guests; that cost is $25 per guest.

Junior Tennis Kick-Off On May 1st we will have our annual Tennis Kickoff for Juniors. There will be Norfolk Yacht tennis T-shirts, refreshments, and lots of fun tennis drills and games. To register for the event, contact Tennis Director John Kreis or come by the Tennis Shop.

Clay Courts Resurfaced The clay courts have received their annual top dressing to get them ready for another great year of tennis. We appreciate your patience while this was being done in late March. We strive to give you the best playing conditions possible. Hope to see you on the tennis courts soon!

Junior/Adult Mentor Day

We be bringing back our Mentor Day program for all high school-age tennis players this spring. They can come out and play singles and doubles against adults to help develop their match play skills. We always need more Adult volunteers, so contact Tennis Director John Kreis to get involved. Join us for the first session on May 28!

Adult Clinics We have Adult Clinics up and running again and are willing to add more classes to fit your schedule, so if you are itching to get back on the tennis court, get registered - and bring your friends! Call the Tennis Shop at 423-6737 for more information or to register for a clinic!

The Virginia Cup

Getting Up in the World An intrepid group of club members and staff are hoping to take their fitness level to a new high. All the way to the top of Dominion Tower’s 25 stories. They are participating in Step Up for the Up Center: Race to the Top of Dominion Tower. The April 3 event benefits the Up Center, which provides services and homes for the needy of Hampton Roads. “I’m no athlete, just a mom of two (Sabrina, 4, and Benji, 2) trying to stay in shape,” said Alexis Casagrande, one of the club’s climbers. Like several others, Alexis got “roped into” the event by personal trainer Rob Ballon as a way of keeping his clients motivated. In addition to Rob, other Ballon clients making the climb are Kathy Burnett, Jessica Chesson and Jamie Keogh. Among others planning to compete are trainer Patrick Tennis and NYCC members, Andy McCraw and Dia DuVernet, who is the Up Center’s executive vice-president. Michele Hessel, NYCC’s Food and Beverage Manager, is making her second climb up Dominion Tower. Last year, Michele did 50 flights, in addition to raising more than $700. Contestants can choose to climb 25, 50 or 100 flights. This year, she hopes to double her pleasure and go for the Big 100 and raise $1,000.

Princess Anne Country Club will host this year’s battle for the Virginia Cup on April 30th. It will be only the second time in a decade that our top men players will not be defending their title, so we hope to put together a formidable team for the quest to regain the Cup!

“It’s a lot of fun, but it is a really challenging workout,” said Michele, who has been getting in shape climbing the stairs at the Armada Hoffler Building and hopes to make a good showing.

Feel free to come on out to the beach April 30th to cheer on our men as they attempt to take back the cup!

Casagrande’s goal is a bit more modest. “I’m just hoping to make it to the top of 25 flights (that’s 580 steps, if you’re counting),” said Alexis, who has been pounding the stairs and doing plenty of leg exercises. The 2009 Team holding the prized Virginia Cup! Will they bring it back this year? Let’s hope so!


We’ve got high hopes for all of you.


TRX is Coming But what is it? TRX, or “suspension training” as it is also called, is one of the fastest growing and popular trends in fitness. TRX works against your body weight and gravity to built strength, balance, flexibility and core stability. First used by Navy Seals and later developed by Fitness Anywhere, TRX is a leveraged body weight exercise. The Fitness Center will soon offer instructional classes for those who want to learn the system and integrate it into their own work outs. We will also be adding TRX classes to our Group Exercise schedule. Watch for upcoming announcements.

Lacrosse Workshop New to the personal training staff at the Fitness Center, Nick Lynch, a former college lacrosse letter winner, brings his specialty to NYCC with a pair of one-hour clinics, Sunday, April 10. Would-be lacrosse stars will work on increasing quickness and learn the secrets to developing short burst top end speed. All levels are welcome. The clinic for ages 12-14 is 1-2 p.m. and for ages 15-17 will be 2-3 p.m. Sign up at the Fitness Center Front Desk.

Weight Watchers It’s not too late to shape up for summer! If you missed the first Weight Watchers session, be on the lookout for our second session this spring. Sign ups are now being taken to join the next 15-17 week session, which will be starting mid-April. More information is available at the Fitness Center Front Desk. Give them a call at 4895385.

Sea Dragon Shape Up The second swim clinic for Sea Dragon team members and those planning to try out will take place April 3-17 on Thursdays and Sundays. This is a great opportunity for our young swimmers to get in tip-top shape for the fast approaching season. Those attending must be comfortable completing one length of the pool in both freestyle and backstroke. Swim team packets will be available in April, so watch for further information regarding the upcoming season!

Sale of the Century Would you believe Sale of the Month? We’ve got some great items for great prices at the Fitness Store. Our featured men’s wear is a ClimaLite Drop Needle Interlock Polo. Made by Adidas CoolMax, this shirt will keep you dry and looking great on the golf course. Our women’s cotton spandex half zip hooded pullover is just the ticket to keep you warm on those cool morning spring runs.

Child Care

Mastering the Butterfly The Stroke of the Month clinic concludes with the butterfly. The first session, April 2, is devoted to the initial elements of the stroke. The following week is devoted to the dolphin kick. Shoulder strength and arm movement are emphasized on April 16 and on April 30, swimmers put it all together in a “beautiful butterfly.” Cost is $15 per class and $60 for the month. Sign up at the Fitness Center front desk.

Join us on Wednesdays and Thursdays during April for Spring and Easter Arts and Crafts. 7

Norfolk Yacht & Country Club 7001 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23505


April 2011 Sunday






Restaurant Hours (Closed Monday):

Fitness Center Hours:

Main Dining Lunch: Tues-Sun 12-2:30 p.m. Room Dinner: Sun-Thu 6-9 p.m., Fri/Sat 6-9:30 p.m.

Mon.-Thurs. 5:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Friday 5:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 7:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

The Deck

Breakfast/Brunch: Sun 9-2:30 p.m. Lunch: Tues-Sat 12-2:30 p.m. Dinner: Sun-Thur 5:30-9 p.m., Fri/Sat 5:30-9:30 p.m.

The Grill

Lunch: Tues-Sat 12-2:30 p.m. Dinner: Tues-Sat 6-9 p.m., Sunday Closed


Breakfast Buffet & Brunch Buffet Prime Rib Dinner Special Sea Dragon Clinic


Breakfast Buffet& Brunch Buffet


Main Club Closed Grill Open for the Championship Game. Beverage service and complimentary hors d’oeuvres available.


Main Club Closed

LAX Clinic Sea Dragon Clinic

Youth Hours Mon.-Thurs. 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Fri.-Sun. 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.


Steak Night: Petit Filet Mignon with Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Vegetable Medley. $16++


Broiled or Fried Seafood Platter $17.95++

Breakfast Buffet & Brunch Buffet


Blue Plate Special: Baked Crab Imperial with Choice of Sides

Stir-Fry Night in the Deck


Pasta Night in the Deck


Steak Night: Petit Broiled or Fried Filet Mignon with Seafood Platter Mashed Potatoes $17.95++ and Grilled Vegetable Medley. $16++


Blue Plate Special: London Broil with Mushroom Sauce, Mashed Potatoes & Steamed Broccoli


Stroke of the Month Clinic: Butterfly


Stroke of the Month Clinic: Butterfly Entertainment by Coastal Motion in the Lafayette Room from 7:30-11:30p.m.

Ballroom Dancing



Junior Pizza and Tennis Night

Sea Dragon Clinic

Prime Rib Dinner Special






Page Turners Book Club Meeting

Stroke of the Month Clinic: Butterfly

Sea Dragon Clinic Yachting Dinner Ballroom Dancing

Main Club Closed


Steak Night: Petit Broiled or Fried Filet Mignon with Seafood Platter Mashed Potatoes $17.95++ and Grilled Vegetable Medley. $16++










Children’s Easter Party Sea Dragon Clinic

Blue Plate Special: Seafood Buffet Broiled or Fried Filet of Flounder with Keel Boat Race Choice of Sides Series Begins Ballroom Dancing

Stroke of the Month Clinic: Butterfly

Prime Rib Dinner Special

24 Easter Brunch Seatings at 12 and 2:30

Main Club Closed

Steak Night: Petit Filet Mignon with Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Vegetable Medley. $16++

Broiled or Fried Seafood Platter $17.95++

Blue Plate Special: Friday Night Keel Cajun Fried Shrimp Boat Race with Cole Slaw and Hushpuppies Board of Governors Ballroom Dancing

For story ideas or photo submissions contact: Fred Kirsch: or Betsy Glover:


Stroke of the Month Clinic: Butterfly Virginia Cup at PACC Free Boat Inspections

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