City Island Yacht Club

Incorporated 1907

Commodore’s Update 4.1.2021

Steward Search

Beginning on March 7, 2021, the Steward Search Committee, consisting of Commodore Ira Bigeleisen, Vice Commodore Frank Palmieri, and House Chairwoman Linda Kyriakos, did an intensive search for a new Steward, resulting in five exceptional candidates. The process involved numerous interviews. The unanimous decision of the Committee was the team of Robin and David Katz.

David is a graduate of Johnson and Wales U., College of Culinary Arts, one of the premier programs for training chefs in the country. Robin brings an extensive business background to the team.

They both understand club life, having started at Pelham Country Club. Now they run the very successful Depot Dave’s Catering in Pelham. Please go to their website to see the extensive range of weekly and holiday specials they offer:

We are confident that they will bring a high level of food and service to our members and be a great resource for both club and private parties. If you wish to book a party, please contact Dave at (914) 755-4178 or .   


Upcoming Events (All via Zoom)

Spring General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7:30 pm  – Spring General Membership Meeting

Open House

On April 24, 2021, from 10am-3pm, CIYC will have an Open House for prospective members. We have had an excellent response to our last two Open Houses, but we still have room for more members. Please call your family and friends and encourage them to join our wonderful family of Boating Enthusiasts! Bring them with you on April 24 to see our beautiful facility, and warm, friendly atmosphere.

Work Parties

Member’s Spring Work Parties

Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25, 2021 from 10:00am – 3:00pm We will have Work Party to finish up the outside work to get the club ready for the season on Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25, 2021 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. This is when we do all the outside work to spiff up the club for the coming season. As usual, lunch will be provided for all participants. Please contact George Keeber to sign up: (917) 597-8858

Club Boat

Saturday, April 17, 2021, and April 24, 2021 Club Boat Members will have Work Parties on Saturday, April 17, 2021, and April 24, 2021. Lunch will be provided for all participants. Please contact Heinz Bronniman for details: (914) 738-5958

Big Tom Racing

Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:30 pm – Big Tom Racing Town Hall – This meeting will cover planned changes for the Big Tom events.  Anyone interested in learning what we are thinking and want to make suggestions should attend.  Prior competitors will be emailed an agenda.  Wednesday nights will start May 19. 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:30 pm – Big Tom Racing Skippers Meeting for Wednesday Nights (May 19-September 1) and Big Tom City Island Cup (June 12, 13)

Wednesday Night Seminars

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:30 pm Bottom Maintenance and Painting.  Ivan Garcia, Liberty Landing—will cover bottom inspection, prep and proper application techniques.  He will cover ablative and hard paint differences.  There will be a Q&A.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:30 pm Cruising – Ed Woolsey, CIYC and ASA Senior Instructor—Ed will use ASA 103 as a foundation for a discussion on cruising.  They will be an extensive Q&A and invitations from others with cruising experience.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:30 pm New Racing Rules – Ryan Zupon from UK Sailmakers will present UK’s rules quiz and have an extensive discussion.  The last time UK did this in March there were over 70 attendees.  He will cover the latest changes and reminders on common rules.  Anyone considering racing locally or elsewhere should attend.


  • Please wear your mask at all times while on the CIYC site, except when you are eating, drinking or smoking. The CDC recommends that everyone, even those who have been vaccinated, continue to wear a mask and socially distance at all times. Children under 2 and those who cannot tolerate a mask due to health conditions are exempt.
  • Stay safe!
  • Wear a Mask!
  • Wash Your Hands!


See you in the club and soon(!) on the water.



Ira S. Bigeleisen, Commodore