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Sunday, March 25, 2012

The "Oyster Pond Yacht Club - Where Gentle Manner Still Prevails: Part 2" Story

It was an ordinary day. Adding the photos from the story that I published yesterday about the history of the Oyster Pond Yacht Club in Sint Maarten. I used a few photos yesterday, but I have so many that I needed to break the story in two parts and show the remaining photos today. So, I hope you enjoy the following photos as much as I did when Elizabeth Stultz's son Rick sent them to me a week ago. It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.

Aerial view of Oyster Pond Yacht Club with cars at the entrance. Midge Bodine's little red VW Bug can be seen to the left. The building to the left was the chef's quarters as well as storage. The road in the immediate front, along the water, was the dirt road leading to the Dutch capital of Philipsburg. It took 45 minutes to reach the town. The pathway to the right led to Dawn Beach.
The rear of the inn showing the man-made beach with chairs and ladder leading into the water.
This is the center courtyard with Elizabeth and Willie the Chef in the center.

Elizabeth and Ray Stultz standing outside the entrance to Oyster Pond Yacht Club.
Photo of the beautifully decorated dining room of the Oyster Pond Yacht Club.
This shows the rear of the inn where the man-made beach was located. Chairs and a ladder for entrance into the water were located here.
Vertical photo showing the two stories of the inn with the courtyard in the center. Tables for breakfast and lunch.
This photo shows Midge Bodine (co-owner) on the left with Nancy Hoff in the center and Rae Rossini (Gian Carlo's first wife) on the right.
This is the entrance into the courtyard where breakfast and lunch were served.
This is the rear of Oyster Pond Yacht Club.
Plantings that surrounded the Yacht Club.
The only photo I can find that shows the destruction caused in 1995 by Hurricane Luis. Much was destroyed, but OPYC did survive the destruction.
Oyster Bay Beach Resort as it appears today, years after Hurricane Luis destroyed many of the surrounding buildings.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for your wonderful posts about the old OP Yacht Club.
    I have the postcard you posted on yesterday's entry.
    I have lived on the island for 35 years and my husband is from here. We have a large collection of old SXM postcards.
    The pictures of the old yacht club bring back fond memories.
    You have done a lot of wonderful research and I enjoyed reading it all.
    Thanks again.

    Regards
    Barbara Cannegieter

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  2. I enjoyed doing the story and will visit the area soon while on vacation. LDub

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