The PROPEOPDEMREP Commissar of
The Peoples' Coast Guard Auxillary Presents:
Above - The 2012 "New Burgee"!
2012: There's a new Burgee (that little flag
that flutters from the back of rich people's
yachts)! You can contact the DGYC via their
Facebook page about obtaining one. The price
is $30 (shipping and handling extra, of course).
2011: You can "friend" the DGYC on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003226404204 ) or email them at email@example.com. Their Facebook page invites you to join - a lifetime membership is just $40.
2009: From Rebecca Greiner: The yacht
club was torn down right after I got here last Feb
(2008). All that was left for a long time
was the rotting deck and path leading to the Brit
Club. Last month it resurfaced again in the
form of a small yellow pre-manufactured building
and a small deck and began accepting members
again. A few of us are hard at work shining
it up. We often find ourselves there, with
an ice chest and a few assorted bottles, cruising
between the decks of there and the Brit
Club. Gotta love the BYOB factor right next
to the bar.
2009: From Mark Garner: The yacht club
is up and running again, and celebrating its 30th
Birthday! They've got a website with contact
and membership information: http://dgyc.org/index.htm.
- it now appears to be off the ether (March 2012)
Where the Elite Meet!
The Diego Garcia Yacht Club
(go to page 2 for more stories, photos and activities)
This photo was provided by Mike Mashing, in 1999. It shows the observation deck for the Yacht Club, with the Marina pier in the background. The DGYC is currently (2003) undergoing a major facelift.
From the original webpage in 1999: "Now, as an AIR MAN, I'm not much on things nautical, and so this page isn't done from memory - and only reluctantly. In fact, the idea of going onto water deeper than about 4 feet, filled with big, and I mean big, fish, on a boat without a motor (you could get stuck out there somewhere and run up on a reef, or worse), just seems to me to be something that other people should do. Besides, my Grandpa, who was a Chief Bosun's Mate in the USCG told me in no uncertain terms that a boat is just a hole in the water into which you pour money, and to stay away from them. So I have, mostly. However, lots of Diego Garcians love the water, and spent lots of time (and money) at the Marina and Yacht Club, and they deserve a page of their own. I agreed to make one for them, but only after they told me that nowadays, the Yacht Club parties rival those I remember at the Brit Club, and I figure anyone who can slam down a Tiger Beer or tumbler of Mojo can't be all bad, so here goes:
(I want to thank the PPDRDG
partisans on the island for their assistance
in putting this page together.
First, here's the Official Propaganda!
The Diego Garcia Yacht Club was established in May 1979 by a group of yachting enthusiasts for the mutual benefit of all island residents and transient personnel who were interested in any aspect of the sport. Since it's inception, the club has flourished and now has over 10,000 members on the island and at large. It is affiliated with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the United States Naval Sailing Association (USNSA).
The Yacht Club sponsors and organized monthly 'socials' [yeah, neat euphemism], regattas, as well as instruction in windsurfing and sailing. The club also runs its own shop, selling a variety of beach wear and leisure items.
NEWS FROM 2000: "We're currently under construction extending our deck out towards the water and Marina, details and photos to follow. The Seabee's will be doing construction. New elected Commodore is the Brit XO Dave Ethel and Vice Commodore is Bub Lenior (PWD). Treasurer is John Champney (GEODDS) and Secretary Gloria J. Barry, (Air Operations). George Gesner is the Windsurfing Commodore. Still working on our web site , ran into a glitch with the URL ??? more to follow...." From Gloria Barry, Feb. 17, 2000.
NEW NEWS, 2003: "Ted - Well as you can tell by the photos, things have changed a little since 99'. The Brit Club started first in 98 - 99 by building a huge deck on the beach in front of their club. Originally it had a covered bandstand in one corner. That has since be converted into the DJ's boothe. It has a roof, lighting really nice."
Note: In late '99, the DGYC did the same. They built on and around the original observation deck so that the entire area in front of the club house was covered. Since then they have removed the old observation deck, extended the entire deck out closer to the beach. At high tide the waterline is only about a foot from the deck. They also included a covered bandstand on one corner. The club has also purchased its own fleet of windsurf boards and rigs. So of course they had to build a sail loft out in from of the clubhouse. Also sometime between 2000 and now, a connecting walkway between the Brit Club and the DGYC was put in. Makes it conveniately easy to stagger... er... saunter between the two clubs.
"The DGYC bar has been taken over by MWR and is open Wed - Sun evenings. They (MWR) bring live music in as well, a couple evenings a week. Since the return of Mango, the clubhouse has been undergoing a facelift. new paint inside and out. Currently the Seabees are building a shower and washroom facility between the Yacht Club and the Marina. No more walking to the other side of the Brit Club to use the bathroom!
"The Marina has gone through changes as well. The have an all new fleet of sailboats. Hunter 170's and 240's, really quite nice..." From Mark Chandler <firstname.lastname@example.org> July 2003.
And here's what it looks like in 2003, taken from the Marina pier showing the shower under construction (photo by Mark Chandler):
This photo by Gloria in 2000 shows the Marina
pier, with the DGYC on the left.
Want to buy DGYC Souveniers,
but don't want to spend a year on the island
(again) to get them?
From Bill Marshall <email@example.com> May 1, 2008: Regarding the derelict boat in the photo on the yacht club page 1: I don't have much info on the boat but I remember it being there on the beach in '77 when I arrived. I think it had the name "Saratoga" on the transom, so I assume it was of American origin. I have no idea when it might have arrived at its final resting place nor how long after the photo was taken that it deteriorated into the sand as I'm sure it must have done.
E-MAILTHEM TO ME!
Many thanks to the yachtsmen and
yachtswomen out there in August 1999 for this
(go to page 2 for more stories, photos and activities)
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