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July 2023

Commodore’s Report  |  Sailing Beyond  |  Adaptive Sailing   |   New Members   |   Series and Event Racing    |   Port Captains    |   Money Matters   |   Docks and Grounds    |   Sea Scouts’ Second Quarter Report    |

Commodore’s Report

by Anu Day, Commodore

Greetings, one and all! Looks like the hot weather is here to stay with us for a while. Remember to stay well-hydrated, especially when outdoors and on the water.

Earlier this year, the BOG appointed a task force to study the feasibility of an online directory. If you have not yet filled out the survey, please do so. Your opinion matters. Bill Cook is the chair of the task force and can answer any questions you may have.

Adaptive Sailing on June 3rd was, once again, a resounding success. Thanks to Joe McDonough and all our volunteers for making this a noteworthy event. Please read Joe’s report for details.

The night before the above event, we had strong winds that did damage to our property, particularly D Dock. Our tent lost a couple of supports, and there was debris on the grounds. Hats off to our Property Supervisor John Ruiz: he contacted boat owners, got the tent back up, and had the debris cleared in time for Adaptive Sailing the following morning. Thank you, John!

Along those lines, let’s all work together toward the betterment of OUR club. If you think something can be improved, step up and offer to do it. If someone follows you on to the property, stop and politely check their membership status. If you notice that a member accidentally left lights on in the clubhouse or left the door unlocked, please take care of it. Let us all assume the responsibility of keeping LCYC looking and functioning at its best.

Happy sailing! Remember to pack drinking water!

Sailing Beyond: Local Sailor to Compete in US Sailing Youth Championship in Rhode Island

Dylan Tomko, grandson of Terry and Gail Tomko, along with crew Jessica Green of Long Beach, California, will be competing in the 2023 US Sailing Youth Championship in Bristol, Rhode Island, this week on the Nacra 15 catamaran.

The U.S. Youth Championship, also known as the “Youth Champs,” is US Sailing’s pinnacle youth regatta, featuring the top sailors and most challenging performance boat classes. All sailors and crew are 19 years old or younger. This year’s Youth Champs will also be the qualifying event for World Sailing’s 2023 Youth World Championship, with the top eligible teams in each class eligible to represent the USA at Youth Worlds.
 
Dylan and Jessica will be coached by John Tomko of Canyon Lake as they are working towards advancing to the Nacra 17 Olympic Class catamaran. Dylan is 14 years old, and Jessica is 16.
For more information on the boat, see this link. More information about the competition can be found here.

Adaptive Sailing

by Joe McDonough, Adaptive Sailing Committee Chair

The second adaptive sailing event was hosted by LCYC members on Saturday June 3rd. Our club hosted 19 disabled people and their families from Door in the Wall, Inc. of Texas. Delicious lunch was provided and served by host Terry Tomko and our fearless commodore Anu Day, with additional help from Michael and Sharon O’Connor. After lunch, sailors took to the water and the sailboats.  Thanks go to Fred Day for finding the youth sailing PFDs.  The wind was light and variable with mild temperatures making for delightful cruising for our guests.  Sailors who donated time and boats included Fred Day, Allen Borden, Andrew McCarty, Roger and Kathi Goodfellow, Dane Connel and Christine Sollinger, Jordon Merson, and Travis Graham. Our guests all  wore big smiles and were very thankful as they departed the boats and the marina. Once again, LCYC members delivered  some much needed recreation to some of our less fortunate brethren. Thank you LCYC volunteers!

Left to Right, Travis Graham and Jordon Merson with guests on Wildcat.  Andrew McCarty with guests on his Hunter 28.  Michael Oconnor and Joe McDonough and guests. Fred Day, Allen and Nan Borden and guests.

Learn more about Door in the Wall, Inc. here.

Welcome New Members

by Carolyn Cole, LCYC Admin

There were no new members added to the club this month. Currently, we have 396 voting members.

Series and Event Racing

by Chuck Begley, Race Director

Nineteen boats signed up for the first weekend of the SUMMER KEELBOAT SERIES, led by six in the Big Boat Fleet.  The forecast was for a moderate breeze out of the south when we went out, but the wind died, and we drifted in the heat for an hour before it came in.  Thanks to the patience of the RC (John Thompson (PRO), Rick Mella and crew) and the sailors, we got in two races with good wind before returning to the dock.  First place standings after the first race: Scott Dunn – J22, Chuck Begley – PHRF Spin,  Jack Mogab – Big Boats.

This heat wave is playing havoc with our racing.  Two Wednesday Night Fun Races have been cancelled due to the heat or no wind, and the registration for Boardboat racing is down both in the Flying Scot and Portsmouth fleets.  Dwight Stickle (PRO) and the rest of the RC crew toughed it out for three short races.  Bryan and Sharalee Calk are leading the pack with three bullets.

Let’s hope we get a little relief from the heat for our 4th of July Long Distance Race which will be held on July 2nd.

Port Captains’ Report

by Ann Cook and Mindy Rogers, Port Co-Captains

Thanks to all members who have stepped up to host events! We cannot do this without you! Event attendees, always be sure to RSVP in the Weekly E-Blast so that we have accurate numbers to prepare enough food.

Chips, salsa, and beer were served after race days June 17th and 18th to start the Summer Racing Series.

Father’s Day Brunch was a grand day for the special men in our lives! Susan Hoffman, Joyce Hunter, Laurie McGill, Mindy Rogers, Susan Taylor and Dru Wright planned a wonderful, hearty menu of scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits with sausage gravy, fresh fruit, homemade cinnamon rolls, mimosas, and coffee. There were 78 served on Sunday, June 18th from 9:00-10:30 a.m., with all the guys receiving LCYC Father’s Day koozies.

The Jimmy Buffett Party on Saturday, June 24th, hosted by Dave and Audrey Anderson, Jose and Katherine Camareno, Robert and Lisa Crider, Carolyn Harris, and Scott and Christina Purcell, was a great success, serving 200 members and their guests.  The Jimmy Buffett/Margaritaville decorations made the event! A photo wall with fun accessories to hold and wear was enjoyed by all. A fantastic meal of cheeseburgers with all the fixings, chips, fruit, and brownies, along with John Ruiz’s tasty margaritas were served, and music by the Texas Tide played from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

 

The July 4th picnic on Tuesday will be hosted by Mindy and Don Rogers and the Katie and Don Joachim family. Hot dogs with all the fixings will be served.

Shrimp Fest on July 29th will be hosted by Jake and Dani Dempsey. Thank you!

We are always looking for galley volunteers to help host, decorate, prepare food, serve, and clean up. Let us know if you would like to be a member of the infamous “Galley Crew”! It is a terrific way to meet new members and renew old friendships!

See you on the lake or at the clubhouse.

Money Matters

by Vivian Miller, Treasurer 

Each year, a committee of members, working with the Board of Governors and the Treasurer, estimates the expenses for the subsequent year and the revenues from dues and fees that will be required to fund those expenses. The overall goal of the budgeting process is to keep the Club on a sound financial footing for both the upcoming and subsequent years.

Although many members may only notice the impact, if any, on monthly dues and fees, the budget process entails steps that begin at the most granular level possible: the expenditures for each expense category. Some of these expenses can be managed, but some, such as the cost of materials, insurance, and property taxes are outside of our control.

Your Docks and Grounds team, led by Pete Prados and John Ruiz, have been able to save the Club significant amounts by performing tasks that had previously required contractors. For example, the Corps of Engineers requires Styrofoam flotation to be replaced with encapsulated flotation. Originally, the plan was to use contractors to do this project. However, the D&G team is on track to complete this project by the end of the year, with considerable savings to the Club.

Your administrative team, led by Maggie Carty and me, have implemented several approaches to reduce the administrative costs of collecting and posting dues and fees and preparing disbursements. With the assistance of Kathy Leubner and Jordan Merson, many forms have been automated and the directory production process has been streamlined.

The volunteers who draft the Club’s budget, and the Board of Governors, who review and ultimately approve it, have the common goals of maintaining a strong financial position while meeting the needs of both current operating expenses and maintenance, repair, and replacement of the Club’s physical assets.

Docks and Grounds

by Pete Prados, Docks & Grounds Committee Chair

The staff completed replacing exposed Styrofoam flotation on the Super Dock and have started working on the Youth Dock. This will be the last major dock for flotation replacement in the marina. Approximately 70 floats will be removed and replaced with encapsulated Styrofoam. The work is challenging and will take approximately two months to complete.

We have implemented a “Lock-Out, Tag-Out” program for the marina electrical power. This is to protect divers who are in the water working on boats. If you are experiencing shore power failure in your slip, check the power panel on the Super Dock to see if there is a lock-out tag posted.

Please be reminded that the LCYC boat ramp is private and limited to members’ boats only. This does not include boats owned by other family, relatives, or friends. Membership numbers should be clearly displayed on boats and trailers.

Sea Scouts’ Second Quarter Report

submitted by Eliza Sutton, Yeoman, Ship 26 Alamo

Due to LCYC’s continued support of Sea Scout Ship 26, we accomplished a lot in the second quarter. Four of our members participated in the Memorial Day Long Distance Race with two of our boats which were also going to be used for the Texas 200, a week-long sailing event from Port Isabel to Magnolia Beach. Three scouts and four adult leaders participated in the Texas 200. Unfortunately, we had to end early because of problems on both of our boats. However, we completed over half the 200 miles, and everyone was safe, had fun, and learned a lot. We will try again next year. 

Ship 26 has been busy in other ways, as well. The majority of adults and youth in the ship who were not already CPR and First Aid certified became so. Plus, several of our scouts were awarded basic rifle NRA certification. We marched in the Battle of Flowers Parade, participated in Trash the Trash Day at Canyon Park, placed flags on soldiers’ gravestones for Memorial Day, and helped a Scouts BSA Troop with portions of their Small Boat Sailing Merit Badge. Additionally, we led a council-wide event with over 70 participants called Weekend on the Water to teach water safety and practical boating skills.

Ship 26 has also served LCYC, continuing to take LCYC recycling to the Comal County Recycling District. After the summer, we are going to improve the drop-off station. Please ensure all items are in a clear plastic bag. For more information, you can visit the Comal County Recycling District website. 

We are slowing down a little on our activities for the summer but have some exciting events coming up: a multi-day sail and continuing participation in LCYC racing. We are working with the grounds crew on developing an improvement project for LCYC and will provide more information on that soon! We truly appreciate Lake Canyon Yacht Club’s contribution to making this program the best it can be. 

     

   

   

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