The prelude to activity at the Charlottetown Yacht Club is the annual “docks-in” day held in late April. It is a general maintenance, clean-up and work day for club members to get the property ready for the sailing season. With the floats stored on shore for the winter season a major part of the activity is getting the fingers and walkways into the water and correctly positioned and anchored. Over the years most folks have self selected into one of several work parties. There is a group who move the floats from storage to the crane using a fork lift loaned and usually manned by a club member. Another group mans the crane and lifts the floats into the water. A third work-party uses the CYC tender, the “Fred Small” to move them into place. The assembly gang puts the jigsaw puzzle together.
In addition there are a number of specialized activities which have been adopted by individuals. Edwin has developed a particular expertise in threading the pilings into the harbour bottom sockets.
Wellington’s specialty is getting the flag mast into place
This year another gang was responsible for making an addition to the club building to create an office for the Coast Guard Inshore Rescue team who will be operating out of the CYC. Under the direction from the Commodore this group framed up an office which was completed in the following weeks.
There is also a veranda gang whose contribution consists of running commentary on the efforts of others and helping to make sure that there are no left-overs for the lunch and crew beverages. Not photographed this year.