The Commodore's Watch

June 2019

commodore Andrew

 This years "Sail Past" ceremony will take place Sat. June 29th and commence at 1:00 p.m.

As usual a brief lawn ceremony at the front of the Club House will commence at 1:15 and include an inspection of the Board Members and all Boat Captains. Following the raising of the Flag and singing of the National Anthem, the Captains will attend a briefing in the Club House to explain the procedures of parading the boats down the Humber to the viewing area were they will be Saluted by the Commodore. Both Captain and Crew should be att red in whites. As well, all boats and crews should be ship shape as there is consideration made for best boat and crew appearance. If the water level is low enough the participating boats may proceede past the viewing area to the lake, i f not return to your slip.Wine and cheese will be served afterwards in the Club House.

Looking forward to seeing all of our members celebrating the begining of another sensational season at the THYC.

Warmest regards,
Andrew Witwicky,Commodore

December 2018

commodore Andrew

 Well here I am back at the helm of the T.H.Y.C. and with what I feel is a great crew. We are all confident that we will see Positive, Progressive changes that will benefit all Members. As is the case in selling Real Estate, Location and Curb Appeal are important in attracting interested parties. Having stated that, we have the Location, now we have to maintain the Curb Appeal. The last copy of The Signal will give you an indication of the direction in which we will navigate the club.

 Nadia and I, along with the Executive of T.H.Y.C and their partners, wish you a very" Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year".

Warmest Regards,
Andrew Witwicky



October 2018


Hi and WOW again !

Summer left us in a hurry and gave us cooler weather and with "mother nature" against us, she went ahead and lowered the water levels ! Now most of the boats are out, the Air show is a memory and so is the Corn Roast and the Commodore's Ball .

So what's next ? real short notice but Fri the 7th…Thanksgiving dinner ( more inside )

I have heard of some plans for a Halloween Party….Keep an eye on the notice board for more updates but the tentative date will be on the 27th of Oct. We WILL do our best to keep you informed.

I had a quiz for you for this month, but since I don't have all the ( right ) answers yet, it will be in next month’s signal . Stay tuned !

Have to keep this short so will hopefully, see you all on the bank or in the club.

Warm Regards


September 2018


Hi and where did it go?

Here it is the start of Sept the EX is just about over the AIR SHOW is starting and the leaves out my way are starting to change. ( phooey ! ) This means that most of us start watching the river depth and hoping to get out one more time before we have to " put em away " for the cold snap that lasts most of the winter months.

But we do have a busy Sept…..the CORN Roast on the 8th, the general meeting on the 23rd, and the Commodore's Ball on the 29th…..more info inside and in the mail.

The men's washroom has been completely renovated… from ripping out the old shower and plumbing and the removal of the sinks and related plumbing. The wall was repaired, new sinks and pressure valves installed, the shower was enlarged, and then the tiling of the walls and separators. The lights were replaced and brought up to code as well, the rest of the room was sanded, prepped and painted. Many thanks to URSULA for her hours of driving to different stores to get just the right accessories and for her guidance with the ongoing repairs ( no my darling it should be over this way more, no my darling it should be this big or small ! ) A tip of the T.H.Y.C. burgee for a job WELL done ! again !

Will be looking for you on the bank, on the river, or in the club
Stay well

Regards ….


August 2018


Hi and there is lots of information in this month’s Signal (It's on the " must read " list ?)

Will start off with the 39th annual CORN ROAST coming up on the 8th of Sept. with a 3 pm start & It will have all your favorites ( please see the enclosed flyer )

This fun event will be followed by the Commodore's Ball on Sept 29th.

The Antique Outboard Motor Club will be back on the 22nd of OCT for their annual meet. If you would like to see some old motors from the 30's / 50's drop down and wander through. BUT come early as we start about 7.30 am and have wrapped up after lunch and a meeting by about 1 pm !

At this time we are trying to put a car show together for mid AUG. We did this last year and MAYBE we can have the horse-shoe competition with them. Watch for a flyer to be posted.

It is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you of another member passing. We lost Jannie Thompson on Tues July 25th.

Jannie was the original "Diamond Lil " at the Skyline Hotel in the early to mid 60's. Jannie entertained us here at the club on many Sundays with John Huckstep ( piano ) Jack Samson ( vibes ) and Les Clark ( clarinet ) . Also when he was in town Curly Bridges would sing with her ….. This was in the early 80's and Jannie could still belt out a song !


As most of you have seen the Club has been receiving a face -lift. Work is just about finished on the men’s washroom, first major re-fit in 50 years. This all got started with the new fence out front , make over in the women’s washroom new doors for the exterior of the men's and ladies washrooms, new doors to the patio, chemical wash of the front steps and repaint and repaint of the front doors after the handles were removed and polished. The flower beds along the front of the club are just about finished as well with new wood to stop the soil from " washing " away during the heavy rains. And to top off we have a new draft machine that pours out a perfect " Moosehead " every time ! Just got a call from the " editor " where's your signal ? so gotta go See you in the club, on the river, or on the bank.

Warm Regards

August 2017


Hi and yes we did take a minor hit.

During last week's heavy downpour the water rose fast and wiped out a couple of docks.

Billy's Darcy’s and ours suffered the most but the recovery is now complete and the water front looks " normal " The photos show our " celebrity " dock repair crew.

Sail-past is coming up fast with more info inside, and at the club.

Fri night dinners are still going strong with more and more secret recipes coming out... The even better news is that there are a few dates that are open if you would like to "show your stuff!"

The weekend after the Air Show (way off in Sept.) is the annual corn roast.

Please see the flyer inside.

Ran across these

Don't changes horses until they stop running.
The pen is mightier than the pigs.
An idle mind is the best way to relax.
Better late than pregnant.

Hope to see you on the river (sailpast), on the bank, AND, in the club.

Warm regards Ron

July 2017


Hi and here we go again

The river! It's going down…not a lot or real fast…but it is going in the right direction. So let’s get the boats out and explore the river again. Many of you will now "clear the bridge".

The Parks and Rec people have been in and along our road leading to the club and have removed about 6 poisonous hog wart plants. These ARE dangerous plants and the workers must wear Haz - Mat suits so well done to Parks n Recs dept.

We have had a busy spring and summer season so far with dinners, functions and private parties and it looks like it will continue. Just check out the events page.

And remember that a truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour and HONK if you love peace and quiet.
See you in the club, the bank, and now, maybe, on the river

Regards Ron

June 2017


Hi and “ way to go” T.H.Y.C. winners of the dingy race

Thanks to the coaches, sponsors, advertisers and of course the TEAMS. WELL DONE !

The water levels are still high…. BUT we have our hopes for the water level to recede SOON. We are not the only club with water problems. There are over twenty clubs in the GTA that have closed their clubs to visitors until further notice. The only ones that are open have floating docks.

Most of the club's docks are under water and with the break walls partially under water; they provide NO protection to the shore based clubs. In our own way we are very lucky. We can still launch our boats and "run the river". Our docks are partially in and we CAN tie our boats to them. Thanks to Dave and his crew for getting them in. Won’t be long now till we are back to "normal".

Dinners are doing well ….with great food and nice size groups coming in to enjoy. We can still use YOUR input for a Fri night dinner - just let Andrew or June know what date you would like. Or you can let Ursula know and the word WILL get around!

Don't for get to mark your calendars of the upcoming date change... Sailpast has been moved to AUG the 19th.

For our dog lovers,

Here is a list of the Top Ten Quietest Dogs
1 Akbash Dog
2 Basenji
3 Borzoi
4 Bulldog
5 Cane Corso
6 Chesapeake Bay Retriever
7 Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
8 Irish Wolfhound
9 Italian Greyhound
10 Whippet

In the meantime, I will look for you in the club, on the bank AND on the river

Warm regards Ron

May 2017


Hi and Yup it's still cold - what’s going on?

Well there is lots going on down at the club, Thurs night jamming with the band, Fri night dinner hosted by one of the members and Sundays are always a great time to come visit with friends (an get out of the cold).

The docks are going in but the problem is the high water. The guys are doing the BEST they can but it is VERY hard to hammer nails under water. That's one of the o bstacles that they have to face; the other is they have to hamm er in VERY cold water.

The river has not warmed up as much as the land (??). A tip of the THYC burgee to the dock installers. WELL done guys!

We have had a few new members join this month and we would like to welcome them all aboard. We hope that you all enjoy the club and if there are any questions… just ask, as we are all here to help.

I mentioned the Fri night dinners that are hosted by different club members - well if you would like to "do a dinner" we do have some dates still available for you to choose from. Just ask Andrew or June and they will be happy to help you with your " dinner date "

Don't forget to check the "events page" for the latest upcomi ng events.

See you in th e club, on the bank or (soon) on the river.

Warm regards Ron.

April 2017


Hi and here we go with the start of another great year at the club.

This year we are starting off with a private party on the 30th and then on Fri we have the first of our Pot - Luck dinners.   Andrew has a new twist for the dinners but more in side.    

Also inside   there are the dates for the  upcoming Wine n Cheese, Dingy Race, Sail Past just to name a few.  

The bar is stocked up and ready for you to enjoy.  It is also time to "think" about getting the tarps off and at least making "some" plans for the upcoming season. Clocks are forward in anticipation  and   spring is here!  

As of this writing the Leafs are fighting for a play-off spot and   when they win it, we  will be able to watch the games on the big screen at the bar.  Plan o n coming down to cheer them on to victory either the Stanley Cup  or   an early "tee time"  

Staying with sports ……  Here's a Hoops Trivia for you who invented  the SLAM DUNK ?  
A.   Julius Erving  
B.   Bob Kurland
C.   Moses Malone
D.   Wilt Chamberlain

Answer on page 4     

A Brain teaser for you

Suppose you have fifty coins with at least one of them a quarter, totaling  exactly $ 1.00.  If you happen to drop a coin at random; What is the probability  that it is a penny ? Answer on page 4

There was a little mistake in last month’s  signal. (my fault) I told you of the mention of nuts. It should have read …….

Religious Scholars know that they'll find no mention of peanuts, cashews, pecans or macadamias in the Bible; the only nuts mentioned in that book are almonds and pistachios.  

You also might be surprised to learn that the blood of a grasshopper is white !   

And just in case that it’s still cold up there, as you know Polar bears can grow to be massive, weighing more than 2000.lbs as adults. However, when they are born, polar bear cubs weigh no more than a pound.  

See you in the club or on the bank
Warm regards  

March 2017


Hi and welcome to the start of another GREAT YEAR at the club!

I would like to say thank you for your continued confidence in me to be your Commodore for another year.
Although the club is closed right now, the board and I thought that we should keep you aware of what's up-coming for the opening weeks.

But first, we have to say thanks to the Babes for the "after" A G M meeting finger foods and to Ursula for the preparation and serving.

We start off with a private party on the 30th of March for about 55 / 60 people from 5 till 10 pm. The bar will be open as usual for our members... but, please remember that there is a private function going on.

This will be followed by the next night, by one of our (soon to be) world famous Pot-luck dinners ( Fri the 31st ) We are anticipating a good turn out so come early and don't forget your favorite dish. (both the one in a bowl and the two legged one!)

Warm regards Ron.

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