Fripp Island Sandbar Cruise 
Captain Mark Rynning led a group of 13 boats with 58 members to the amazing Fripp Island Sandbar. The weather was fantastic and a great day on the water. This has become a premier spot for DIYC while other sandbars are crowded on the weekend, we had this one to ourselves!


Fripp Inlet Sandbar Cruise

Monday, June 27 found the intrepid DIYC cruisers on the Fripp Inlet sandbar.  Cruise Captain Mark Ryning led the group out at 11:00 down the Morgan, up Harbor River and out the Fripp Inlet to arguably one of the nicest spots you can find.  Ten boats landed and the fun began.  A number of games broke out including a hilarious and hard fought kick ball game.  Perfect weather, water and a beautiful stretch of beach that had been turned into an island by last winter’s wave action.   One of the best sandbar trips you could have.




Morgan River Sandbar Cruise

Current Commodore Dan Duncan (standing); PC George Cheatem 2009 (left) and PC John Cashen 2008 (right)

Seventeen boats brought 76 skippers and crew to the Morgan River Sandbar Friday, June 10 at 10:30, an hour before low tide. We were joined by three boats and 15 guests from the Edisto Yacht Club.

Cruise Captain VC Keet, having had weather difficulties in earlier cruises this season including having to reschedule this one, broke down and asked First Mate Martha to deal with the weather gods. The result was a day with perfect conditions. Warm but not hot water, just the right temperature for hanging out in floats. Lunch and adult refreshments and for dog lovers some very entertaining pooches. All agreed a great way to spend a summer day.

Busy Jack Russell enjoying the sand

Jim and Jennifer Flanagan modeling the cruise tee shirts (available online at the Ships’ Store)

The flotilla, staying cool





DIYC 30th Anniversary Celebration

As the song goes, “Oh what a night” Thursday March 31, 2022 turned out to be.

by John Keet, Vice Commodore







Frankie Valli penned his iconic song in late 1963. Twenty-eight years later, over dinner and cocktails, Norman Robertson and Dave Sheperd decided that Dataw Island needed a cruising club. Oh, what a decision that turned out to be!

After months of recruiting members, the Dataw Island Cruising Club became a reality. On April2, 1992 Mr. Robertson was installed as the club’s first Commodore. The following year, now on Commodore Sheperd’s watch, the paperwork was filed and the Dataw Island Cruising Club became the Dataw Island Yacht Club, Inc. The founding by-laws fixed the date of formation as April 2, 1992.

Fast forward 30 years and the yacht club has grown to 335 family memberships comprised of more than 600 individuals. The yacht club has grown from a cruising club to so much more. We still cruise of course, but with new destinations and types of cruises. Last year saw our first ever Poker Run, Pirates on the Pier and our Holiday Boat Parade where over 200 Dataw residents sat on the fairway of the MR 14th hole to watch as our decorated fleet passed by.

As exciting as the cruising has been the yacht club is much more than just cruising. We have justabout anything a member could want; kayaking, sailing races, fishing trips and seminars not to mention social activities year-round.

Need some “swag” to cruise around Dataw in? Our Ship’s Store probably has it. There are new designs and event specific shirts, hats, cups-just about everything DIYC.

Every organization is only as strong as the foundation built by its leaders that came before. We were very fortunate to have 13 Commodores celebrate with us. What a night!

Yes, we have grown and the Bridge believes in a good way. In addition to everything mentionedabove, in January of this year we introduced our revamped website. It has an easier calendar to track what your club is doing and allows you to select specific areas of interest to receive notifications from. You can even shop the Ship’s Store on-line and pay by credit card.

All that we were and now are was celebrated with a cocktail reception on the 31st in the Carolina Ballroom by 168 members who ate and drank the night away.

“Oh, what a night to remember”!







On December 7th, DIYC members were treated to the premier event of the year.  The long awaited Commodores Ball, after so long of social distancing and concerns over Covid, it was a joy to get together and truly celebrate with our fellow members.  


This evening also saw the change of watch for our Flag Officers.  Commodore Tuttle turned over the Helm to Dan Duncan, his Vice Commodore from his watch.  Commodore Tuttle will remembered for his passion and steady hand at the tiller as well as the energy he brought to the club.  Bryan will continue to serve our club as he will be part of the newly formed Long Range Planning Committee.  


Commodore Dan Duncan takes the Bridge as Dataw Island Yacht Club is larger than ever before.  Commodore Duncan says his goal is to continue to pursue those goals established by our previous commodore as well as making sure we get the results from the LRPC that our members need.  With the pandemic behind us, we will be able to move on to even bigger and better events and activities for DIYC.


Joining Commodore Duncan are the newly installed Flag Officers for 2022

Vice Commodore - John Keet

Rear Commodore - Dale Kirby


Dataw Island Yacht Club wishes these gentlemen all the best as they lead our club.  We also want to say a heartfelt Thank You  to Past Commodore Tuttle for all he has done for DIYC




Souper Bowl opens DIYC’s Social Season! 
DIYC’s 202 season opener, the Souper Bowl, was a winner.  More than 75 people joined in the fun of the event, many donning the swag of their favorite college or NFL teams.  Volunteer cooks offered a wide variety of delicious soups perfect for a chilly January evening--clam chowder, taco soup, split pea with ham, spicy curry, broccoli cheddar, chicken noodle, chicken noodle with mushrooms, tortilla soup, smoked Gouda roasted red pepper and tomato bisque, shrimp and corn chowder and Tuscan kale soup.  Special thanks to our Souper cooks: Aline Rochefort, Dale Kirby, John and Martha Keet, Cindy Hammond, Lisa Talley, Peg Marty, Jane Uecke, Michelle Low and her mom June as well as the volunteers who supplemented the fare with fresh rolls, crackers and a boatload of desserts.  


DIYC Visits Port Royal Sound




Chris Kehrer, head naturalist at the PRSF, educated the group on the importance of the sound, its geology, waterways, and wildlife and members got the experience of feeling a corn snake and baby alligator. The members visited the PRSF’s new education pavilion and saw the Salty Dog, a tour boat whose home is the dock at the foundation.




Last year, DIYC chose PRSF as our non-profit to support when we have fundraisers, and they are proving to be a valuable partner. On January 12, a group of DIYC members journeyed by car to the PRSF’s Maritime Center to hear a talk by a naturalist, learn about the center, have lunch and get to know the facilities and staff there. This was our first DIYC visit to the center.

For more photos and information, Click on More Pictures below

Slide Show From 30th Anniversary Event

30th Anniversary ;

Video from today's Fly Over at Blessing of the Fleet by Scott Johnson Plus Photos from Dale Kirby


Blessing of the Fleet

Click on the link below to see more pictures from the Chili Cook off

Chili Cook Off


All Sailing Photos courtesy of Mark Pritchard

Dataw Island Yacht Club