by Elizabeth Bentzen, LCYC Commodore
As I write my last article and reflect on the year 2020, I can’t believe it is coming to an end. Considering how the year played out, though, most would agree we are ready for 2021. While this year has been full of unprecedented events and struggles, LCYC was a much-needed haven for members. I truly appreciate everyone’s understanding and willingness to forgo many of the Club’s usual yearly events in order to put member’s health and safety first.
I want to thank the Board of Governors – Debbie Fogle, Bubba Harris, Jean Junker, Ed Miller, Charles Begley, Boguslaw Godleski, Carolyn Harris, and Joseph McDonough for their service, their willingness to attend more meetings than usual, and making some really tough decisions. I also thank the Officers- Secretary Laurie McGill, Treasurer Renee Kizziar, Rear Commodore Mike Samulin, Vice Commodore Scott Wells, Rear Commodore of Sail Rick Mella and Port Co-Captains Mindy Rogers and Margaret McGill. Additionally, I thank our Legal counsel Jim Kizziar and all of the Committee Chairs who served this year.
Lastly but not least, I would like to thank our Dock and Grounds crew Julian, Rashad and JJ. They have worked hard this year to complete projects, including the recent refloat of A dock.
Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the area, the Board decided not to convene members in person for the Annual Meeting this year. We will still hold an Annual Meeting as scheduled on Saturday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m., but this year’s meeting will be held via Zoom. The link for the meeting can be found in the weekly Wednesday news blast. There are two ballots for consideration:
- Election of the 2021 Vice Commodore and five (5) Governors for the 2021-2022 term, and
- A Bylaws change converting the title from “Rear Commodore for Sail” to “Race Director”.
LCYC Bylaws provide for voting by absentee ballot, which traditionally has been accomplished by mail through the U.S. Postal Service. When considering the Virtual Annual Meeting, the Board of Governors determined that the provision for absentee ballots allowed for submission through e-mail. Directions for both types of ballot submission are provided at the bottom of each ballot. Please be sure vote!
I have truly enjoyed my term as Commodore; I appreciate the opportunity, and I hope that I served all of you well. I look forward to serving in other ways in the future. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Holiday!
Welcome New Members
- Todd and Renee Maciolek, San Antonio, TX
- Matthew Acock, San Antonio, TX
- Paul and Sherri Harris, Cypress, TX
- Marissa Avila, San Antonio, TX
by Margaret McGill and Mindy Rogers, Co-Port Captains
2020 was a year of firsts, and I’m sure you agree that many of those should not be repeated! Thanks so much to the Board of Governors, led ably by Commodore Elizabeth Bentzen, for their wise decisions throughout the year. I won’t lie – the Port Captain job this year was easier than in the past. But other people worked harder because of the constraints on in-person gatherings. The Board of Governors, officers, and committee chairs deserve special commendations.
We look forward to gathering again for fellowship – sometime next year, perhaps summer – when it is safer to be around other people. In the meantime, we hope you and your family have safe and healthy holidays.
See you at the club or on the water!
Series & Event Racing
by Rick Mella, Race Director
Saturday, Nov 14th, final weekend for the Fall Keel Boat series with 24 keel boats registered. Saturday’s weather was made for racing, with sunny skies, winds blowing between 8 to 10 mph, gusting to 15 mph, and coming from the Southeast. A big change from September & October events where winds dropped to 2-3 mph each day and the 2nd race had to be abandon. With good weather, the Race Committee had everyone sail the course twice before finishing race 1, where the RC boat was a great platform to observe all the lead changes as the sailors rounded each windward/leeward mark. With winds staying strong, race 2 had J-22s sail a W3 (three times around), and PHRF Spin/Non-Spin, Big boat, Multi-hull sail twice around (W2).
Congratulations to all Keel Boat Sailors for a prefect weekend event:
- J-22: 1st Bruce Dunn, 2nd Ben Kyzar, 3rd Ken Taylor, 4th Doug Shepard, 5th Keith Zars, 6th Harold Simmons, 7th Gary Bourgeois
- PHRF Spin: 1st Gustavo Medellin, 2nd Chuck Begley, 3rd Wayne Peakcock, 4th Phillip Davis, 5th Jack Carter, 6th Chris Fogle
- PHRF Non-Spin: 1st Bill McVey, 2nd Jack Mogab, 3rd Donna Rice, 4th Robin Engle, 5th Bryant Bowington, 6th Daniel Quinn, 7th Shawn Sawyer
- Big Boat: 1st Skip Klement, 2nd Bob Willis
- Multi-Hull: 1st Drew Riddle, 2nd Joe Monosmith
Sunday’s Board Boat races (November 15th) had some of the best races this season. 21 Board boats were registered, (10 Flying Scots, 3 SunFish, 3 Lasers, & 5 Portsmouth). Three races were sailed on Sunday for each fleet, with the winds holding steady between 12 to 15 mph. The Principle Race Officer decided to run the Flying Scots around the race course three times (W3) for race one & two. The Lasers, SunFish & Portsmouth had a W2 (twice around windward/leeward marks, then finish). As with the previous day sailing, sunshine and strong winds made for great racing as the volunteers on the committee boat analyzed everyone’s racing style. With winds forecasted to lighten as the day wore on, the final race for each fleet was a W1, (once around), where the last boat finished at 15:45, and everyone headed home.
Congratulations to all Board Boat Sailors for a prefect weekend event:
- Flying Scot: 1st Chris Powers, 2nd Simon Elliott, 3rd Fred Soward, 4th Bill McVey, 5th Jeff Richards, 6th Doug Shepard, 7th Darlene Beeson, 8th Keith Zars, 9th Gary Clark, 10th Lynn Simpson
- Sunfish: 1st Chris Beech, 2nd Harold Simmons, 3rd Dave Sanford
- Laser: 1st Craig Berleme, 2nd Chris Fogle, 3rd Debbie Fogle
- Portsmouth: 1st Jordan Merson, 2nd Chuck Begley, 3rd Joe McDonough, 4th David Oates, 5th Bryant Bowington
Finally, RACE COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS are still needed for the Winter Series. Please reach out to me if you are interested in learning new skills on setting up sailing races.
Questions can be sent to email firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile: 210.289.4704
2021 Membership Dues
by Lauri McGill, Budget Chair
The Lake Canyon Yacht Club (“LCYC” or “the Club”) Board of Governors approved the following rate structure for 2021. These rates will first be used in the invoices prepared as of December 25,2020 because these will be the fees for January 2021.
Fees were increased primarily to support the continued maintenance requirements of the marina. If you have been at LCYC frequently this year, you have witnessed that the marina has required emergency work. The first emergency, precipitated by the storm at the turn of the year, resulted in leaders of the Club solidifying a multi-year plan to update the marina’s infrastructure. The Club’s staff has demonstrated their ability to complete much of the work on the docks. This accomplishment has had a significant impact in LCYC’s plans to proceed with this maintenance with only a modest financial impact on members.
The new fee structure will be:
|Commodore – Elizabeth Bentzen||Treasurer – Renee Kizziar|
|Vice Commodore – Scott Wells||Port Co-Captains – Margaret McGill, Mindy Rogers|
|Rear Commodore – Mike Samulin||Race Director – Rick Mella|
|Secretary – Laurie McGill|
|Board of Governors|
|2019 – 2020|
|Debbie Fogle||Ed Miller|
|Bubba Harris||Jean Junker|
|2020 – 2021|
|Chuck Begley||Carolyn Harris|
|Boguslaw Godlewski||Joseph McDonough|
|Adaptive Sailing – Bill McVey||Membership – Jim Garity|
|Adult Sail Training – Mike Stellato||Nominations – Jim Kizziar|
|Audit Committee – Rick Cioppa||Personnel – Ed Miller|
|Budget Committee – Laurie McGill||PHRF – Jim Garity|
|Cabana Owners – Christina Purcell||Safety – Ron Popp|
|Corps of Engineers – Joe McDonough & Rick Mella||Slip Utilization – Steve Edlund|
|Docks & Grounds – Rick Walker||TSA Rep – Chris Fogle|
|Emergency Task Force – Julian Craven||Vice Docks and Grounds – Dave Sanford|
|Lifetime Achievement – Sandra Lindsey||Wurstfest Regatta – Scott Wells|
|Long Range Planning – Marvin Arnold & Ed Miller||Youth Sailing – Travis Mitchell|
|Women’s Sailing – Lynn Simpson & Debbie Fogle|
|Club Administrator – Carolyn Cole||Docks & Grounds – Rashad Williams|
|Staff – Carolyn Cole Maggie Carty, Tiffany Hodge||Ditty Bag – Bill Cook|
|Property Manager – Julian Craven||Website – Kathy Leubner|