Aaarrgh! Pirates invade Lewes Yacht Club

Ghosts of the Bay party benefits foundation
John and Connie Miller are enjoying a night of revelry at the Lewes Yacht Club. BY RON MACARTHUR
November 2, 2013

The pirates of Lewes were alive and well at the Oct. 26 Lewes Yacht Club Foundation Ghosts of the Bay Pirate Party.

Party revelers include swashbucklers, wenches, a voodoo fortuneteller and even a Pittsburgh Pirate. One couple took a different approach as U.S. Naval officers on pirate patrol.

Co-chairwomen Diane Ferry and Robin Lester and friends decorated the yacht club as a pirate’s den complete with treasurer chests, skeletons of pirates, stolen loot, gold coins, oriental carpets, parrots and pirate skulls. Pirate first-class Frank Baker provided music and ballads. The auction included:

A 10-day stay in three-bedroom townhouse situated in a 200-year-old stone olive mill in Maussane-les-Alpilles, Provence, France; two sunset cruises on Moneypenny and Delgato; a behind-the-scenes, personal tour of Winterthur estate; a canvas reproduction of N.C. Wyeth’s painting, "The Pirate"; several themed baskets including a baskets for dog lovers, a New England-themed basket and a children’s book basket. The auctioneer was Dickie Bryan.

The LYC Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide funding to enhance the potential of youth in sailing, swimming and maritime activities and education. The proceeds of the Pirate Party will be given as grants to organizations serving children and sharing the mission. The foundation is separate from, but related to the Lewes Yacht Club and has been helping children in Sussex County since it started in 2010.

“We owe so much to all of the pirates who came to the party, those who donated to it, those who gave auction items and those who bought the items. This past summer our grants helped to drown-proof 485 young people in Sussex County, provided summer programs and college scholarships. We are so grateful to those who help us,” said foundation President Janet Davis.

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