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From the (Frozen) Moorings

IMG_3124We installed a few mooring buoys last season as a test. They were pretty popular.

  • The buoys have a number of advantages over the tires.
  • Round, to discourage the birds;
  • White non marking plastic, which does not mark the boats if bumped;
  • Much more visible, so less of a hazard if mooring at dusk or at night;
  • Sit higher out of the water, so the mooring location identification is easier to see

We left these test buoys out in the basin over the winter as we wanted to see how they held up in the ice. This was definitely a good year for the ice test! Near as we can tell, everything seems to have survived. The view from the balcony looks pretty promising.

Therefore we are going to start replacing the tires with the mooring buoys.

The plan is to replace thirty of the tires with the new mooring buoys with a swivel under each buoy so there will be fewer problems with tangled pennants.

We will start with the moorings that seem most out of place.

A very rough survey last fall suggested that a lot of the placement problem is due to extra long mooring chains. Starting there we’ll check the chain length, shorten if required, then install the swivel and buoy. If all goes well that should finish the job.

There may be some mooring locations that will require the railway wheels to be moved.

This is a much bigger job which will require the Blue Barge, a calm day, ands lots of helpers. The Blue Barge is a great crane platform but not not a very maneuverable boat. The best way to position the barge is to run lines to three strong points and warp into the right location. Hopefully we will be able to fix most or all of the locations with chain length problems without need for the BB. We will have to see what we find when pulling up the chains. If there are a lot that need the BB, we may not get all thirty in this year. Stay tuned.

Fingers crossed for warm weather.

Craig Lahmer, Moorings Committee

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Use Extreme Caution Accessing Boats with Ice Present

This winter has seen a whole lot more snow and ice than usual accumulate around our boats as they sit quietly on the hard, and it’s sticking around longer too. We all want to get at the boats to prepare for Launch, which is less than five weeks away.

A word of caution:
The ground around the cradles is very slippery! Some of the snow has turned to ice and is starting to melt. As it does, it creates large shallow pools of water that freeze again overnight, creating even more hazardous conditions.

Just this past Friday as we did a tour around the yard we were all slipping and sliding. Just when we thought it was clear we’d come across another frozen area. This is especially true along the walk beside the seawall on the basin.

For your own safety and well being please be very cautious walking around under the boats or setting up ladders while there is any sign of ice still apparent.

by Don Weston, VC Marine Operations

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Attention NYC PHRF Racers

PHRFburgee_2014Dear NYC PHRF Racers,

The organization that is responsible for administrating our PHRF racing handicaps, PHRF – LAKE ONTARIO, is implementing
changes for the 2014 racing season as follows.

PHRF-LO is implementing five changes for the 2014 racing season. The details of the changes are available on the PHRF-LO website under Sail & Handicapping Guidelines Support.

  1. Discontinuation of the +3 sec/mile 183% spinnaker grandfather credit
  2. Headsail Half Width measurement required for non-triangular headsails that sheet in front of the spreaders
  3. Spinnakers ratings will be based on sail area, changing from mid girth,  requiring symmetrical spinnaker foot measurements
  4. All new mains and existing square top mains require measurements including Main Girth Middle, Main Girth Upper and Headboard width
  5. Other adjustments include  non-standard mast, -6 sec/mile for a boat with a carbon fiber mast where the class has an aluminum mast, +6 sec/mile for a boat with an aluminum mast where the class has a carbon fiber mast, +6 sec/mile for an in mast roller fuller main where it is not standard in the class, and +6 sec/mile for any center line tacked spinnaker on a boat that does not carry a spinnaker pole or articulating bowsprit

Boats that do not race flying sail, have a triangular main and jib ( no battens in the jib and minimal roach in the main ) will have no sail plan adjustments and no new reporting requirements.

Boats that do race spinnaker and currently have a +3 sec/mile grandfather credit will lose the credit for 2014.

Owners are encouraged to have the spinnakers measured over the winter, possibly by your sailmaker, or following the instructions on the PHRF-LO website. Owners that do not supply a foot measurement will have their spinnaker sail area rated based on the foot being the same as the Max Girth measurement.

Boats that have a square top main must supply measurements if they have not already done so.

The fee for a PHRF renewal or new application has increased from $30 to $35 for the 2014 racing season. Members will see the charge on their April club invoice, due the end of April. Members that pay the PHRF fee will have their PHRF certificates validated during the first few days of May.

For inquiries or to submit sail measurements please email phrf@thenyc.com

Regards,
NYC PHRF

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Clean Marine: Don’t Dunk Your Antifreeze

Spring is rapidly approaching—a development that turns thoughts to maintenance and de-winterizing our boats. But even though it might seem like common sense to avoid, every year hundreds of boaters dispose of the antifreeze that protected their motors and holding tanks during winter’s coldest months by dumping it into Lake Ontario. Or, just as bad, into storm sewers where it drains back into the waterways.

I have gathering some facts regarding antifreeze toxicity and how to dispose of it properly.

AntiFreezeCommon Myth

“Pink or Plumber’s/RV antifreeze is safe.”

Using propylene ethyl or RV/Plumber’s antifreeze (the safer pink- or blue-colored type of antifreeze) it’s still a dangerous, toxic substance that can contribute to fish kills.

Although propylene glycol (pink, blue or clear) anti-freeze is safer, it still can be harmful to fish and other aquatic life, especially when multiple boats flush their engines and holding tanks near boat docks, which are close to the spawning grounds of many species of fish. Waste anti-freeze also can contain heavy metals or fuel from engines that can classify it as hazardous waste.

I know the majority of our members now work hard to flush and remove their engine water cooling system before launch.  Have you considered the fresh water system as well?

Anti-freeze Collection and Disposal Tips

Engine

  1. Check your bilge and clean out any oil if present with a bilge pillow or absorbent pad.
    Remove the water intake hose from the through hull or raw water filter –whichever is most convenient. Place this hose into a large bucket of fresh water or attach to a water source.
  2. Have a friend hold a bucket to catch the anti-freeze as it exits the engine beneath the water/exhaust port. Have another 5 gallon bucket ready to switch the hose when the first bucket is full if required.
  3. Turn on the water (if connected) or immerse the hose and start your engine. Collect the water and anti-freeze mix in the bucket(s), and then let the remaining water drain on the ground until the engine is up to temperature.
  4. Turn off the engine and water. Reconnect the raw water intake hose. My system involves 3 of us; 1 on the throttle, another holding the hose in the intake water bucket and a third holding the bucket under the exhaust/water discharge port. Fellow members are a good source of knowledge on a system too.
  5. Dispose of the diluted anti-freeze in the tank beside the Workshop clearly marked Antifreeze.

Freshwater Holding Tank (New!)

I have never done this but realized last year there is more antifreeze in the fresh water system than the engine! Oops.

  1. Connect a hose to the sink faucet or place a funnel with a hose attached under the faucet and place the other end into a 5 gallon bucket.
  2. Turn on the faucet and start filling the bucket.
  3. Collect the anti-freeze until the water runs clear.
  4. Dispose in the same manner as above. While this is inconvenient it is no harder than taking engine oil to the Tank. .

Sewage Holding Tank

In spring use the head as usual and pump out when needed. This anti-freeze and sewage mix will go directly to a sewage treatment plant.

Thanks for taking a little time and effort to keep our waters clean and to protect fish spawning grounds.

Contact me with any questions at ghadrill@yahoo.ca or 647-963-2124

Geoff Hadrill, Chair Environment Committee

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Fun Stuff: Mast Walking With Style

There’s a new sailing video that has recently been posted on YouTube and  it might be of interest to the membership. It’s a video of a “mast walk” where Alex Thompson walks up the 30 m high mast of a 60ft yacht while it’s sailing on an extreme heel and then dives off the top. It’s pretty spectacular! He also happens to be wearing a suit for the stunt – it’s an advert for Hugo Boss.

It’s actually a sequel of sorts to a video from two years ago where the same guy did a ‘keel walk’ on the same boat, again while it was sailing.

Submitted by Amelia Leelsma

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Ready or Not! Spring Prep Check-list

Spring Prep Check-list

Your boat, like mine, is scheduled to launch April 26 or 27. That’s less than a month from publication of this newsletter. I can’t wait, can you? The poor thing has been lying there stiff, cold, silent, alone and weather-beaten since the Fall, through what has been a miserable winter. She could sure use a bit of TLC and close personal attention before being dunked back in the lake. And if you ever want to see your cradle again, now would also be a good time to properly mark it with boat name, member number and references to which is the pointy and which is the blunt end (bow and stern are the actual words to use in case you have forgotten). Otherwise, poor cradle marking may prove very costly in the fall.

As to the boat, I offer a list below intended not for your boat but mainly for you. It’s been awhile since we had to think of such things so this is offered to help coax that boating portion of your mind out of hibernation and trigger thoughts of what you should be doing to with your boat in your situation. The list is not exhaustive nor boat specific but it should start you neurons firing. The rest is up to you. Launch will go as scheduled.

Make a List
• Make a list, check it twice and mark off what you have completed
• Review last year’s notes and logs for outstanding problems
• Add the notes and reminders you made over the winter to the list
• Create a comprehensive list that is specific to your boat and situation
• Modify the list as you progress and save it as a starter list for next year

Preparation
• Think of it as fun – or at least as leading to fun sometime later
• Remove, clean, air out, dry and store winter cover(s)
• Arrange a method of safely securing ladder for work
• Remove debris and tidy up around cradle site
• Check the boat for signs of water, bird and animal intrusion
• Clean up on deck and below and air out the boat
• Consider cleaning or washing furniture covers and curtains
• Add to your list any new problems seen, smelled or suspected as you prepare

On Deck
• Inspect for signs of leaks, excessive moisture or discoloration
• Prime, oil or rough-repaint any exposed wood – leave refinishing for later
• Lubricate blocks, winches, shackles; standing and running rigging
• Before launch, remove all loose objects and trip hazards from the deck
• Freshen canvas covers, dodgers, etc – but don’t wash out the waterproofing

Hull
• Inspect thoroughly; fill/fix any damage
• Wash – maybe with a “power” washer (but be careful of newly painted areas)
• Prepare hull, fill, fair, wax and polish
• Mask off areas to be painted
• Prepare for and renew anti-fouling
• Inspect keel attachments, chain plates, thru-hulls, drains and screens
• Inspect stuffing box; service if required
• Inspect/replace zincs
• Inspect prop and shaft for both condition and security
• Inspect struts and cutlass bearings for security and wear
• Clean out thru-hull gratings, fittings and valves
• Rig means of catching anti-freeze on engine startup
• Properly dispose of all anti-freeze, oils, fuel, paints or similar fluids
• Remove paint from face of depth sounder and speed transducer
• Now’s the time to properly install any new thru-hull or transducer

Interior
• Ventilate well, tidy and spring clean
• Clean portholes, port lights, hatches and deadlights
• Look for signs of leaks, locate and repair any found
• Remove and dispose of any damp or mildewed materials
• Clean and de-grease bilge; properly dispose of waste
• Inspect wiring for areas of chafe or loose connections
• Open up all limber holes
• Closely examine all thru-hull fittings, hoses, clamps and attachments
• Examine fuel filters for signs of water or contamination
• Replace drain plug if removed
• Lubricate and operate seacocks until action is smooth and free
• Clean out primary fresh, cooling and raw water filters
• Clean and test bilge pumps, alarms and float switches
• Thoroughly clean ice box or fridge, check operation
• Wash down all interior surfaces
• Inspect below decks area and lockers for signs of leaks, mildew or damage
• Freshen-up upholstery, curtains etc.
• Treat or replace any damaged or mildewed foam
• Remove, inspect and re-stow gear

Engine
• Ensure that the engine oil and filter have been changed; check oil level
• Inspect/renew fuel filter(s), drain any water from primary filter
• Inspect/renew air filter
• Inspect transmission fluid, change if required
• Gas: Inspect ignition harness and flame arrestor
• Gas: Carefully check forced ventilation system, hoses, vents
• Gas: Inspect/change spark plugs, points & rotor
• Diesel: Inspect fuel delivery system, drain sediment and water
• Inspect/test/change/refill coolant
• Inspect/change all drive belts – locate spare(s)
• Inspect/change raw water impeller – locate spare(s)
• Check all hoses for soft or worn spots; replace as necessary
• Check hose clamps for placement, security and corrosion
• Look for leaks, drips; trace and repair
• Clean drip trays, add oil absorbent pad
• Check engine and bilge ventilation and ventilating fan operation
• Check operation of any gas or fume alarms
• Inspect and check engine wiring for looseness and chafing
• Examine prop shaft and coupling flange; it may need in-water realignment
• Re-examine stuffing box from inside
• Check all engine mounts and attachments
• Examine engine for signs of loosening bolts, nuts, hoses or gear• Ensure that nothing is blocking exhaust or air intakes
• Be sensitive to presence of fuel odours – if present get professional help

Electrical
• Clean battery and battery terminals
• Check specific gravity
• Top up with distilled water
• Reconnect and charge, ensuring charger and batteries have adequate ventilation
• Inspect/clean alternator and starter terminals
• Check wiring for signs of looseness and chafing
• Check electrical circuits for proper operation
• Check all exterior lights that can be checked before launch
• Re-install any electronics that were removed for winter and test operation

Plumbing
• Flush potable antifreeze into disposable container(s)
• Flush tanks with fresh water (add small amount of bleach or cup of baking soda)
• Check all pumps for leaks and proper operation
• Inspect and secure all hose clamps
• Pressurize fresh water system
• Examine system for signs of leaks
• Inspect holding tank, prepare and service head(s)
• Tighten down head mounts if needed, check for leakage, freezing damage

Gear
• Inspect/repair sails and running gear
• Clean and prepare mast; remount mast attachments
• Inspect/re-tension all mast attachments
• Inspect/renew retaining pins/rings
• Inspect navigation, anchor and running lights
• Ensure that blocks run freely
• Inspect and service winches and line control devices
• Inspect/replace sheets, halyards, chafing gear
• Inspect, lubricate and service all running rigging and attachments
• Inspect standing rigging and attachments, lubricate as required
• Inspect and clean rode and anchor gear, wire shackles shut
• Locate pins or rings to lock standing rigging when raised
• Remove rust on any metal parts
• Prepare docking space or swing mooring
• Clean, prepare and attach mooring lines, lock shackles

Controls
• Inspect/lubricate control cables, levers, rods, gears
• Inspect and top-up hydraulic steering, check, adjust and lubricate others
• Inspect and adjust rudder packing gland
• Inspect, lubricate and adjust rudder mounts and attachments
• Inspect and lubricate wheel or tiller systems, attachments and fittings
• Test all controls for free and correct operation

Safety
• Inspect/check all PFDs and life jackets, confirm adequate number and condition
• Inspect fire extinguishers; condition, type, number, size, confirm adequacy
• Replenish first aid kit, note location
• Locate all safety gear – ensure compliance with all directives
• Inspect and renew flares as required, stow in safety locker
• That’s not all, but it’s a start and, hopefully, will trigger some memories of your own. May 2 is not that far away!

by David George

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Deep Freeze Has Silver Linings for Natural World

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – From a field station in northern Wisconsin, where the previous night’s low was a numbing 29 degrees below zero, climate scientist John Lenters studied computer images of ice floes on Lake Superior with delight.

It may be hard to think of this week’s deep freeze as anything but miserable, but to scientists like Lenters there are silver linings: The extreme cold may help raise low water in the Great Lakes, protect shorelines and wetlands from erosion, kill insect pests and slow the migration of invasive species.

TorontoHarbourFrozen“All around, it’s a positive thing,” Lenters, a specialist in the climate of lakes and watersheds, said Wednesday.

Ice cover on the Great Lakes has been shrinking for decades, but this year more than 60 percent of the surface is expected to freeze over at some point – an occurrence that could help the lakes rebound from a prolonged slump in water levels.

Even agriculture can benefit. Although cold weather is generally no friend to crops, some of southern Florida’s citrus fruits can use a perfectly timed cool-down, which they were getting as midweek temperatures hovered around freezing. “A good cold snap lowers the acidity in oranges and increases sugar content, sweetens the fruit,” said Frankie Hall, policy director for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. “It’s almost been a blessing.”

Scientists noted that subzero temperatures and pounding snowfalls like those that gripped much of the nation for several days are not unheard-of in the Midwest and Northeast and used to happen more frequently.

For all the misery it inflicted, the polar vortex that created the painfully frigid conditions apparently broke no all-time records in any major U.S. cities, according to Jeff Masters, meteorology director of Weather Underground.

Read the complete original article here.

by John Flesher | The Associated Press

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Dinghy Ramp and Slips

Old Dinghy Ramp

Old Dinghy Ramp

New Dinghy Ramp

The new ramp is well on the way to being here! Along with Craig Lahmer, Chair of the Mooring Committee and myself, we made a visit to the supplier today and finalized several design points for the ramp, its mounting bracket and legs. It will be delivered early in April and the final assembly will be done on site.I it will be lifted into its place for the first time during launch. The ramp will actually sit on the basin bottom on extra heavy duty leg structures and be linked to the wall with special mounting brackets. Prior to launch we will be completing several dives to position and prepare base points for the legs to stand on.

Slip Assignment Process:

Last year a change was made to the process of assigning slips to members. The assignment of a slip is one of the most important steps for a new member and so the process has been moved under the Board, specifically to the Vice Commodore Marine Operations, along with the General Manager and the Member Services Manager of the NYC. For a new member, we try to match the boat to be best available slip. For current members we accept requests for a change of location and attempt to accommodate any such request. We do have some options each year as members leave or purchase different boats.

If you would like to change the location of your boat, please submit a request, in writing, to the NYC Office. This establishes your request in priority sequence. You will be notified of the decision of the Committee.

Don Weston, VC Marine Operations

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Commodore’s Comments, March 2014

Commodore Denys JonesDear Fellow Members

Recently while visiting the National Yacht Club I have been asked “what happened to you?” I have been walking with a limp and have my arm in a cast, so here is a brief explanation. As some of you know, in addition to being an active participant in NYC activities and a keen sailor, I am a really keen ski enthusiast and every year I look to develop new tactics and share them with younger instructors at my ski school. Part of this personal development involves participating in CSIA courses and personal training seminars.

The past few weeks have been a major challenge for me. On the 26th of February, while participating in the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance level 4-instructor course I had a really bad fall… and I don’t know what happened. My helmet was cracked, I have a painful left knee, and a broken left humerus.  I can only guess that I must have hooked an edge and gone into a tree on the side of the trail. I must have lost consciousness since my only recollection is going from one flowing turn to being rescue by the ski patrol about 100 feet away from the trail. So friends, that is my story. I had an operation this past week and am on the way to complete recovery. Remember to “wear a helmet and hug your loved ones.”

Now, on to other news:

The Board and I have done our best to keep you informed about developments regarding the proposed Billy Bishop Airport expansion plans. The City Hall Executive Committee has done a great job of keeping all interested parties informed of the committee’s conclusions and recommendations to City Council. As you know, the NYC has voiced our objection very clearly regarding any changes to the current Tri-partite agreement. We have also clearly stated that the NYC must retain safe unrestricted access to the Humber Bay and the Western Gap. We note with optimism that the Committee has expressed the fundamental value of maintaining clear navigation channels. The NYC has also expressed concerns regarding excess noise and increased pollution and we encourage our members as individual citizens to express their opinions on these issues.

Please read the report from Toronto City Council staff report to the Executive Committee.

We will soon be getting our boats ready for launch

Remember to change your galvanic isolator if required as this will control potential damage to keels and rudders. Also please check your batteries. As you may know, each year we have problems with boats not starting when launched mostly due to old batteries. My understanding is that if your batteries are 4 years old its time to consider replacement.

See you at the club!

Kind regards,
Deny Jones
Commodore of the NYC

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Pelicans and Frigate Birds: How We Sailed to Cuba in 18 Days – Part I

Part 1: Ft. Lauderdale to Key West

Our first contact with the Cuban authorities was loud and insistent. “Yacht Solera! Yacht Solera, flying the Canadian flag. Report immediately!”

We jumped to attention and looked around. We were one mile off the Cuban coast with nothing in sight except a decrepit fishing boat and two languid anglers who eyed us suspiciously.

We had no idea who or where our mysterious radio contact was, but we thought we’d better comply. So we turned towards the nearest port and began a charming visit to the island of Cuba and its wonderful people.

It was the tail end of a short but eventful holiday last November that started with a telephone call from Diego Nazar Anchorena, former member of the NYC and owner of Solera, a C&C 30. Always a bit of a fidget, Diego decided to head south a couple of years ago, single-handed with occasional help from his friends.

I helped him sail across Lake Ontario, down part of the Erie Canal and then the lower half of the Hudson River into Manhattan. It was a lovely trip through some of the prettiest parts of the United States.

His last request was very different. He wanted to sail from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami, Key West and then Havana, where he planned to spend the winter. “Would you come along?” “You bet!” I said as I grabbed the first plane south.

Marathon city anchorageHow does one summarize southern Florida. Well, sailing the Atlantic Coast was much like sailing in Lake Ontario in mid-July, with two-foot waves, a hot, steady wind, funnel clouds in the distance and monster motorboats all around. It wasn’t at all difficult. We sailed the 35 miles to Miami Beach in seven hours, stopped for dinner and went looking for a good anchorage. We were chased out of Cruise Ship Alley by the U.S. Coast Guard wielding very big machine guns, so we deked around them into the Miami Yacht Club basin where we dropped anchor for the night. Out of Coast Guard sight; out of Coast Guard mind.

We ran aground twice the next morning – right in front of downtown Miami – because the dastardly U.S. authorities insist on putting their red buoys on the wrong side of the channel (Take note, sailors!). After an hour of frantic waving, we were washed into deep water by the bow wave of a monster fishing boat and off we went across Biscayne Bay.

Sailing in the Florida Keys reminded me of The Riddle of the Sands, that charming book on coastal navigation by Erskine Childers. The dredged Intracoastal Waterway twisted and turned across flat, featureless bays and through mangrove swamps, often with two-foot shoals on either side. Diego would study the chart with GPS in hand looking for the next red buoy, often two miles away, while I scanned the horizon with binoculars, making sure we were on track. We went aground, of course we did, but only four times in 200 miles, a performance we thought was pretty darned good.

The winds were lovely – strong and steady easterlies carried us south and then west at a steady six knots. We would adjust the sails every six hours or so and drop them at dusk when we were ready to anchor for the night.

The wildlife was wonderful. Frigate birds and pelicans swooped overhead. Dolphins gambolled beside us, smiling as they passed. Flying fish flashed across our bows, skimming the waves before diving into the water off our port side. We saw a family of manatees in Marathon, a father that weighed nearly as much as my boat back home with his 3,000 pound bride and their two babies. They were a charming group that loved to eat fresh lettuce and drink cold, fresh water from a garden hose, but they were nothing like any mermaid I’ve ever seen.

Speaking of wildlife, Florida natives are a class apart. Our first encounters with the local populace were the crab fishermen who tend their pots wearing facemasks, dark glasses, baseball hats pulled down low over their foreheads and full-length white coveralls. They looked like a species of Jesse James crossed with an inner-city hoodie and a Star Wars technician. But there was logic to their fashion statement. Fishermen have a huge incidence of skin cancer from the constant glare and are doing their best to stay alive.

We can’t say we enjoyed their company. They are an angry, threatening people, who have laid thousands, literally thousands, of crab pots all along the Intracoastal Waterway. If they see you coming, they roar over and drive parallel with your sailboat, daring you to hit one pot, just one. If you do, of course, you end up with a thunk, thunk, thunk as the crab line wraps around your propeller and whacks the bottom of the boat on every revolution.

The sheer number of crab pots sparks the inevitable question. Can there be any crabs left? The answer, we were told, is that fishermen can take only the left claw. Then they throw the crab back into the water and catch it again the next day and the day after that. No wonder fishermen look so frustrated.

Florida residents are a suspicious bunch, but they can be very pleasant once they discover you’re not going to mug them. There were several hundred itinerant sailors in Marathon, a huge publicly-owned marina with 225 swing moorings. Many were retired, but a large proportion pretended to be working from home. “My boss doesn’t know I have a boat,” was a familiar refrain. “He thinks I’m in Ft. Myers/ Houston/ Boston/ wherever.” That made for some interesting conversations. One guy sat on his boat working out airplane schedules for American Airlines in Dallas-Fort Worth. Another designs valves for eight-foot high sewer pipes. Dunno. He made it sound exciting. An English grandmother spends her winters scooping ice cream at the local mall and one 25-year-old adventurer gave up his job in Minneapolis and sailed his Macgregor 26 down the Mississippi River all the way to the Florida Keys. Bahamas is next, he said, or maybe England.

Many Floridians are definitely a little, um, strange. I wandered over to the local courthouse as part of my exercise routine and started chatting with a very bored security guard. It wasn’t long before he was demonstrating his handy-dandy Taser gun, especially for me. Zap zap zap. He zapped a spot on the tile floor. “They shot me with the Taser in my training routine,” he said proudly. “It was bad. I’d rather be pepper-sprayed three times than Tasered once.” He actually quantified it. Three times, not two, not four. Then he showed me his Glock 40-cal. pistol with its hollow-point dum-dum bullets. “If a guy is coming towards me with a knife, I want stopping power,” he said. Luckily, he didn’t demonstrate.

our route - key largo westAfter that conversation, we were glad to move on to points west. We paid our marina bill, loaded up with water and sailed 29 miles west to Big Pine Key where we found a secluded spot in a gorgeous, quiet bay with no highway traffic, no motorboats and no Taser-wielding security guards, just calm water, bright sun and trees in the far distance. A 50-foot yawl sat at anchor not far away. A fisherman drifted by to say hello. A sprit-sail dory swooped past to show off his rig.

But time was pressing so we raised anchor next morning and headed for Stock Island, the industrial fishing port of Key West. There’s a brand-new marina there, very posh and very empty, just waiting for the first winter season to bring some business.

A short-order shrimp cook runs a delicious food truck on the dock, right next to the fuel pumps. He spends his summers long-lining in the Labrador Current north of Newfoundland and his winters in Florida trying to get warm again. “I’m still shivering,” he said. There was a lonely young mother who lives on a catamaran with her six-year old son for weeks at a time waiting for her husband to return from his roughneck job on the oil rigs. Then there was a proud motor boater who gritted his teeth as I told him we had burned a total of $7 in gas on our 200-mile journey from Ft. Lauderdale. Ha!

I don’t have to tell you about Key West. It’s charming but crowded and very touristy. After a day wandering around the bars and gift shops, Cuba was far more appealing. So, we started the motor, tossed off the lines and headed south.

Watch for Part II: Arrival in Cuba next month

by Oliver Bertin

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Commodore’s Comments, February 2014

Dear fellow members,

I can say without a doubt the paramount thought in my mind is that we at NYC have lost some very fine members of our club in the past few months.

Over my 34 years as a senior member of NYC I have grown to know and respect many of my fellow members; sometimes we have debated with passion over an item that we have disagreed about, or we have strained muscles together to move a cradle or to place a boat in correct position in the slings at launch. Afterwards, we share a beer and celebrate our success. Like any family we have our highs and lows, but boy do we miss our friends when they finally leave us.

Now, this is not intended to be an obituary, nor is it intended to be a sad article. This is a salute to my fellow members past and present. We should celebrate the wonderful camaraderie and fellowship we enjoy at NYC. Be kind to each other, you are all special.

As your Commodore for this past season I have had many duties to perform, without doubt the most poignant moment was the casting of the wreath at our Sail Past. Eleven roses floated into Humber Bay, each representing a member and friend who had passed away in the previous year. I knew every one of those members and I found the duty humbling and emotionally charged.

Over the past few months we have said our final goodbyes to three very special members; Bob Yeates, Ian Hunter and most recently Doug Creelman. I would not consider myself qualified to write a detailed article honouring these members, however I would like to add a personal remark about each of these fine gentlemen.

Bob Yeates served twice as the Commodore of NYC. We used to tease him that he must be a glutton for punishment. Over the years, his dedication and volunteer efforts as a member and board member was incredible. Until the day he passed away he was the chair of our advisory board and during that year he helped me a great deal providing guidance and advice in my role as Commodore. I will always cherish our final journey in Sin Fin when she was towed across the harbor. I am grateful for that very special opportunity for one-on-one conversation with Bob.

Ian Hunter was a member of our club for a short time compared to some of our other members, but he was a remarkable example of a member who totally embraced our NYC volunteer program. Many of you will recall him serving hours on end as the traffic controller for Launch and Haul-out; He also worked diligently for the dock committee and regattas. Ian was a very talented single-handed sailor, as my neighbor on dock 75 I would see him sail in and out single handed with his remote control helm, I would offer to help with lines, but honestly wondered if he was just being polite accepting my help – he certainly didn’t need it. Ian was totally reliable and an absolute gentleman.

My first experience with Doug Creelman was in a protest room. He chaired the committee and I am pleased to say that this committee found in my favor, so I was happy. On another occasion, the results were not so favorable. This encouraged me to learn more about the sailing rules and I can say that this has helped me to become a better sailor. Thank you Doug for encouraging me to learn the rules.

Last Year Doug and his wife Lynne were awarded the Ontario Sailing Associations President’s Trophy for outstanding contribution to the development of sailing in Ontario. They were also awarded our NYC Race Committee Flag Award for bringing international recognition to club.

Doug’s role as a volunteer in the sailing community was huge, and we are so privileged to have had him as such a dedicated member of our yacht club.

All three of these gentlemen in their own way have contributed to making the National Yacht Club the special place we all enjoy. Let us celebrate their contribution and appreciate and remember them.  Raise a glass to them the next time you’re in.

Denys Jones
Commodore of the National Yacht Club

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The NYC in 1977

An interesting pic of the NYC in 1977.

Notice the arrangement of the swing moorings and the large number of boats moored against the seawall and the island.

Notice the old NYC clubhouse and JJ Taylor (home of the Contessa).

Those were the days before the water taxi, when men were men and they rowed out to the moorings in their eight-foot prams.

Contributed by Oliver Bertin; photos courtesy of Peter Tryfos.

NYC in 1977. Click for full size.

NYC in 1977. Click for full size.

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2014 Toronto International Boat Show Report

Frederick Peters

As with the Groundhog, Toronto’s annual boat show is a sign that surely spring must be coming soon. Yet, as with those famed rodents and their predictions, whatever those may be, no amount of free samples of varnish, free plastic trolleys with the purchase of soundproofing at a boat-show discount — or what else I have stored around the corners of the house, ready for deployment on our boat — seems to be speeding up the snow melt. As I gather my trade show finds all together for the upcoming rush outside in the cold to get ready for launch, let me reflect on this year’s NYC efforts at the boat-show and thank all those who helped.

​At some point over the last few years the club pulled together modular aluminum display gear that gets put together like Meccano does. There is a “right” way to fit together the colourful images and inspiring selling points we have on offer.

Once VC of Marketing Merilee Wright, sailing school coach Amelia, who is becoming indispensable in the winter office, Mats Norddstrom, our chief “Style Guy” for marketing materials, and I over-discussed what the panels should say, should look like and where they should go, under the ever watchful eye of Sam Glass to keep us in line, then, we were ready for the show. On the day of set-up, Sam and Amelia with Brian Mackay and Tom’s help, together we got the gear down and out the door, over to the show and looking pretty in an order and shape that made us look good. And although there were close calls, none of us got run over by the monster power-boat trailers being moved into the cavernous halls of the exhibition space. It got close once or twice.

​New this year were the fabulous new Marketing brochures and inserts designed by long-time crew member Faith Seekings. With our focus square on new members and the sailing school, we also created two landing pages for curious attendees to go to in order to learn more about our club. If you haven’t seen these new materials yet, I encourage you to take a look at them – they are located on the credenza under the stairs in the lobby.

​There was a great group of member volunteers (too many to name, but they were all great) to help make sure there were always a few people together at our booth. When a domestic water disaster hit one volunteer on the day of Ian Hunter’s funeral, I was moved by how we help each other out at our club and how easy it was to shift help around a little to make it work. On my shifts there was a few rounds bought and jokes made during some really positive interaction with potential new members. Our efforts resulted in over 50 people signing our ‘book of interest and follow up’ with over half of those interested in slips. A big thank you to each and everyone.

​I roped Oliver Bertin of Whimsy and Silvio Conte of Fire Escape to brave the icy cold of the last evening and we broke the gear down without resorting to hacksaws or hammers. Nor did we slip on the ice or drop the gear on Lakeshore. Many thanks to both of them too.

​Look out for the NYC Open House on March 27 when we encourage people we met at the show to come and see the club house, and consider signing up for a great experience at a great club.

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NYC the Good – Prohibition Era at the National

NYC THE GOOD – PROHIBITION ERA AT THE NATIONAL

The early 1900s were the days of “Toronto the Good”. The term, coined by Mayor Howland, came to reflect the values of the Lord’s Day Alliance and other religious groups. Legislation was passed to ban the rental of horses on Sundays, prohibit tobogganing, the operation of streetcars and generally restrict any activity. The various anti-vice by-laws culminated in the Lord’s Day Act of 1906.  Playgrounds were padlocked on Sundays and department stores like Eaton’s drew their curtains to guard against “sinful” window shopping.

In this setting, there was also a popular movement to ban the consumption of alcohol. The Club Executive, mindful of Toronto’s public opinion and at the urging of conservative protestant members, brought a motion to the floor of the AGM in January, 1914. Ever patriotic, Club members led the way and voted to strictly prohibit alcohol on site. Reported the Toronto World on Jan 14, 1914:

“The Annual National Yacht Club meeting was held last night and all but two officers were elected by acclamation. The treasurer’s report was very satisfactory, while the amusement committee’s was even more so. A very wise move was made by the officers, when it was embodied in the constitution that in future intoxicating liquors would be strictly prohibited in the Club.”

The rule went into effect immediately. This action was well ahead of other area yacht clubs and well ahead of provincial prohibition. Prohibition came to Ontario in 1916 with the passing of the Ontario Temperance Act. The Act banned the sale, consumption and possession of liquor and beer, causing bars and taverns to shut down overnight. The Temperance Act was initially intended as a wartime measure, but after the war in a 1919 referendum, Ontarians voted strongly to retain the law. Legal Prohibition continued until 1927 when the Temperance Act was repealed and replaced by the Liquor Licence Act. The new legislation established the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) to regulate the provincial sale of liquor.

That said NYC continued on through the 1930’s and 40’s as a dry Club. While there were incidents of members being caught running spirits across from the USA, the measure kept the membership generally dry, in theory!

With the Second World War over, members returning from overseas where liquor laws were more liberal, wanted the Club to get a license and allow members to enjoy a beverage on site. Things were finally getting a little more liberal in Toronto as well; Toronto’s first cocktail lounges were approved in 1947 although not coming in effect until about 1950. As well in 1950 all restrictive bylaws were removed and playing sports on Sundays in Toronto became legal.

In 1948, the Board began its first effort to get a Liquor License, filed an application and on March 3, 1948 the Club posted a Public Notice of Application for a Liquor License in local newspapers:

NOTICE OF APPLICATION
The Liquor License Act 1946
Licensing District Number 6
Take notice that Alexander Bow,
of the City of Toronto, in the County of York,
will make application at a Special meeting of the
Liquor License Board of Ontario
to be held at the IOOF Temple, 229 College
St., in the City of Toronto, in the County of
York, on Friday, the 19th day of March, 1948
at the hour of 10:00 o’clock in the forenoon
for the issuance of a Dining Room License
for the following premises: National Yacht
Club, foot of Bathurst St., Toronto.
Any person resident in the licensing
district may object to the application and the
grounds of objection in writing shall be filed
with R.A. Gaskin, the deputy registrar of the
licensing district, whose address is 454
University Ave., Toronto, at least ten days before
the meeting at which the application is to be heard.
DATED at Toronto this 25th day of February 1948
NATIONAL YACHT CLUB
per A. Bow, Chairman House Committee
foot of Bathurst St. Toronto

In an era when Toronto was still semi-dry, such permits remained difficult to get. The 1948 application was rejected.

At the November, 1948 Annual Meeting, Harry Howard proposed that the Club again make formal application for a Liquor License.  Harry Kimber, a Board member and General Manager for the Globe and Mail agreed to run with the file. Despite engaging legal support, the next license application was again rejected noting that unspecified additional information would be needed before a license could be approved.

NYC regattas and events continued to receive some form of negative critique, even in the press, for all that was allowed to be served was the lake water we sailed in or tea, coffee or fruit punch.

As always, it not about process or what you know; it is about whom you know. Harry Kimber often had lunch with Ontario Premier Leslie Frost. Having exhausted all regular channels, one day over lunch, Kimber suggested to the Premier it would be nice if the National could acquire a liquor license. The Premier agreed. Shortly after, surprisingly, the Liquor License Board advised the Commodore that some information had come forward and based on that “additional information” the license would be granted.

Efforts were made by the Board to have everything in place for a license to be effective April 1, 1950.  However, the City did not grant a conditional license until September. The Liquor license was extended to the Club (for a fee of $150) and the Board passed a motion that this license be picked up and used for parties and dances only until a general meeting could be held and an expression of the members obtained. Obviously, the availability of spirits at parties and dances was a success; on Sept 13, the Treasurer reported beer sales profit for two months was $1,098.

The 1950 Annual Awards banquet held Oct 20th was one of the last dry events to be hosted by the Club. No liquor was available; as always fruit punch was served for free.

At the AGM Sunday Nov 26, 1950, members moved a motion to allow the Board to sell or have sold spirituous liquors. This was still not sufficient for Liquor License Board to provide the license. The Board inspected the premises several times and were unhappy with beverages being served throughout the dining room at all hours. Finally an acceptable compromise was reached; it was agreed a curtain would be placed between the snack bar and the dining room. A space was set aside in the dining room where no beer would be served; after 8 PM members so desiring would be served on the east side of the curtain separating the snack bar from the dining room.

Bar and dining room area of former NYC Club house Circa 1980

Bar and dining room area of former NYC Club house Circa 1980


The social atmosphere greatly improved around the Club. Toronto’s anti vice laws were also removed from the books in 1950 and the tag “Toronto the Good” began to fade a few decades ago.

Harry Kimber served on NYC’s Executive for several years in the 1940′s and ’50s. He went on to become President and Publisher of the Globe and Mail, Toronto Harbour Commission Chairman and President of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International Baseball League. He passed the bar in 1966 at age 73 but was remembered with the naming of a Toronto Harbour Commission Yacht in his memory. He also awarded the Harry Kimber Globe and Mail trophy, which is presented annually to the top boat in the 8 metre classic fleet.

Next time you order a bottle of wine for your table or step up to the bar for a beer, remember that for thirty six years there was no bar and spirits were prohibited at the Club. Of all members we should be toasting, Harry Kimber should be near the top of the list!

Cheers!

Wayne Mullins – Past Commodore / Club Historian

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Remembering Doug Creelman

from Wayne Mullins

We said goodbye to Doug Creelman this month.

It was a large gathering; the hundreds in attendance packed the facility and it served as an acknowledgment of how much he was respected by our Members, sailing and professional colleagues, friends and family alike.

Professionally he was a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard University, and a University Professor (emeritus), Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto.

A member of both the National and the Royal Canadian Yacht Clubs, Doug was a founding member of NYC’s Shark fleet bringing Kokomis, Hinterhoeller Shark, #435, to the Club in 1965.  Kokomis flew the red and black burgee for almost 50 years and was sailed in World Cup, CORK, Toronto area regattas, middle-distance and club races. He and Lynne also cruised Kokomis including a voyage out of Lake Ontario and down the eastern seaboard.

In the late 1970′s and through the ’80′s Doug was navigator / tactician aboard a number of campaigns at SORC, Mackinac as well as three Newport to Bermuda races. In ’78 he navigated Magistri, the Canada Cup challenger when, with an NYC crew, they won Southern Ocean Racing Circuit Lipton Cup.

He followed his many passions to an expert level. A dedicated volunteer, ready and willing to provide his guidance and expertise unselfishly and without reservation, and with his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for sailing, he never hesitated to be involved in a positive way. He volunteered to the sailing community in numerous ways -

At National, he was on the Board of Directors in 1973-74 and continiously on the Sailing Committee for over thirty eight years; working with sixteen Rear Commodores / VC’s of Fleet. He Chaired the Club’s Protest Committee for thirty seasons and was a Protest Consultant for eight years. Recently he was an active National Old Timer member.

Doug with the Ontario Sailing President’s Trophy

He devoted countless hours to Race Management for more than two decades performing in roles of PRO, a race committee member, Judge or Umpire not just in Club or area events but in support of key regattas including the Pan Am Games, Bermuda Race Week, the Olympics regatta, NOOD, the Bacardi Cup in Miami and events as far reaching as Puerto Rico and France. He and Lynne also undertook Judge and Rules training programs across the province for over seven years

In recognition of this, a year ago Ontario Sailing Association’s Past Presidents selected Doug and Lynne to receive the OSA Presidents’ Trophy. This award is given, periodically, for outstanding contribution to the development of sailing in Ontario and each were recognized for their specific contributions.

Marks of respect came from Canada’s Cup and class sailors, Olympians, judges, race committees and Club Boards in Canada and abroad. The tributes echoed his mentorship of so many and his encouragement of others to give back to sailing by becoming a race committee member or judge.

Doug was one of a kind in service to the Club and dedication to the sport of sailing at large. Our thoughts are with Lynne as she moves forward with the next phase of her life

Peace to his noble soul….Home is the sailor….

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What You Missed On Valentine’s Day

I have just returned from a Valentine’s Day dinner at the club and I want to share the experience with you. Let’s begin with the good parts.

The setting was exquisite. The dining room was beautifully laid out and tastefully set, appropriately lit and fanned with tasteful background music provided by a small, live trio. Also in the background was arguably the best nighttime view in the city. Taken together, the setting was as nice as any I have experienced, anywhere at any time. And I’ve eaten in Bedouin tents, at the Windows on the World, when the twin towers still loomed above New York city, at the renowned seafood buffet in the Sheraton in Abu Dhabi, the Two Chickens in Bucharest and Swiss Chalet in Toronto, just to name a few.

VD Dining 1
The food was delicious. It was well prepared and beautifully presented. The soup marvelous, the entrée scrumptious and the dessert memorable. A little wine and good coffee complemented the meal and the club’s friendly and familiar staff courteously served it. It’s always nice to be recognized at a favorite restaurant and that’s even more so when it is in a dining room in which you have a vested interest, share with friends and actually cares what you think of what it offers and how it offers it.

Our dining room is a rough cut gem that’s consistently undervalued among the assets of our club. On a night like this night it can stage a dining event as good as any in the city and complement it with a spectacular view and good music, all at reasonable prices, no lineups and ample free and secure parking. The fact that all of the customers have some interest in sailing and, to some extent, are a somewhat like-minded group can be considered a plus, or a minus – that’s a personal thing – but it can contribute to interesting conversations, the making of new friends, further impressing old ones, learning a bit more about your sport or just having an all-round good time with people you know in a setting you’re familiar with.

It’s a particular asset to our social members, or to those sailors who can hang their captain hats at the door and socialize with other members. But it seems to be a less considered venue when one is contemplating an outing. It just doesn’t come up in the first few places we think of going. But it should. Especially when it puts on special events such as the Valentine’s Day Dinner my wife and I just attended.

On just this one occasion we had a wonderful dinner, in a spectacular location, and had a great time. What we did not have was any wait or lineup for a table, or a table that was in anything less than a great location, or slow or inattentive service, or rushed food, all of which characterize the situation at many of the other city venues holding a Valentine’s Day Dinner this very same evening. Ours was absolutely stress and frustration free. Yours, if you had one somewhere else, likely was not.

VD Dining 2
Now here’s the bad parts. The dining room is too seldom used. It’s not just a place to visit on the 28th of the month; you can get more value from your membership by attending a dinner event at some other time when something special is being offered, or something of interest taking place. If you are a social or crew member, in particular it is a great place to take friends or family during the off-season. They will enjoy it too, and thank you for it. Or you can use it to satisfy a baser instinct, just to impress someone with dinner at your club. Just getting through the gated entrance then driving by a long row of “yachts” should set that stage.

So here’s the thing. Do yourself a favour and make use of the club dining room, particularly during the off-season. Take full advantage of your membership access to this otherwise restricted great feature of your club. Make it your winter weekly sail.

And don’t do it alone. Bring a friend.

Or even better, bring two.

David George

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Marine Operations Update, January 2014

This is a busy group and the action does not seem to ever stop. I have been extremely fortunate to have such a significant group to lead the various portfolios to continue to provide extraordinary services to all the members of the National Yacht Club.

Here are some of the current highlights:

  • Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 10.27.05 AMIce in the NYC Basin: If you’ve been down to the club recently, you might have noticed the amount of ice covering the entire surface of both basins. Over the past couple of weeks, there have been a couple of occasions when there is no water visible on the lake! Needless to say, our docks and moorings are having a tough time coping with this extreme weather. The installed bubblers have been totally overwhelmed by the ice, with only a couple still able to maintain open water. A new model has been ordered and will be tested to see if it is able to make a difference. More on that in the months ahead./li>
  • Launch & Haulout: After many years of co-managing these activities at NYC, Karen Beaton has retired from this role. After many years of amazing service to NYC in this role, she was awarded the Addy Muerkoster award for outstanding volunteerism, along with Trevor Marks, at the New Year’s Day Levee. Tim Swift will be taking on Karen’s role starting with Launch in April. I’m pleased to have Tim join the team!
  • Moorings: The Mooring team has been busy researching various options for replacements to the old car tires that have been used for many years. Last summer, you might have noticed several different mooring buoys that were being tested. These tests are continuing over the winter. Come April, the plans are to effect the replacement of about a third of the active mooring buoys with a new unit. These units will also have swivels installed to help with the knotting of mooring lines.
  • Cranes: Right after haulout, the Committee began some long needed repairs and changes to both the White Crane as well as the Blue Crane. New controls will be now used to manage the Blue Crane and the transmission on the White Crane was overhauled. As these are very key to several parts of the sailing programs within NYC, it is very important that they function when required. This work will make that happen.
  • Pump Out: After many years of very capable service, Chad Humphries has stepped down from the Chair of this committee. In his place, Michael Kaytor will now be assuming these duties.
  • Docks: As you can imagine, not a lot happens in this area once the bridge is lifted and access to the dock area is limited. Lots of plans for the pre-launch activities in preparation for the next boating season. This is an area where many hands do make light of the work needed to be completed. If you are looking for an activity to consume some of those volunteer hours, the Dock Committee would be glad to hear from you!
  • Slip Assignments: This process is new for this year. As Chair of this group, along with the NYC General Manager and Program Manager, I will be initiating the assignment of slip for the coming year. We are starting with a clean slate so we have no requests from last season. It looks like we had a great deal of interest from the Boat Show for slips and we have several vacant as we start the process. If you want to move on to a dock, the most important step is to register your intent with the office. This establishes your position in the queue.
  • Dinghy ramp

    Dinghy ramp

    Dinghy Ramp: As I reported at the AGM, the crane staff had condemned the old ramp as being unsafe. It had lasted over 25 years and was very badly rusting in so many places that it crumbled in your hands. Following Haulout, the old ramp was cut up and removed from the concrete ramp area, making room for the creation of a new unit. More details on the replacement project will be provided elsewhere in this newsletter.

Your entire Marine Operations team continues to maintain its active role, even during the winter months. If you have any questions or comments about these points, or any other related topics, please get in touch with me. And volunteers are always welcomed to join any of these groups! We always can use extra hands. And we have fun doing it!

Don Weston,
Vice Commodore, Marine Operations

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Working the Boat Show

This year I did my first stint at our Boat Show booth and you know, it was fun. Why? Because I like talking to people about things that I love. I find landlubbers are always intrigued when I tell them I sail – it seems so out of reach to most people. They have no idea how accessible it can be at a club like National. So I love telling them my story; how I found out about it accidentally and I took the intro class, how easy (a.k.a. un-scary) it was to do by myself because of how friendly people are and things like crew bank to help. I throw in that I met amazing friends and my hubby at the NYC – it all makes for a great story!

So back to the boat show… we had several visitors; thinking about learning, planning to buy a boat one day, looking for slips, and so on. There were three of us at the booth at the busiest time and we were all deeply engaged in conversation with people just like us.

Darrel told a guy who was thinking about learning to sail and buying a boat how he himself did a lot of research and determined the NYC was the best place for him to start. He explained how he crewed for while to learn what he needed to, then did the same diligence on his first boat purchase. He told how the NYC prepared and eased him into boat ownership. Merilee talked at length to people who already owned boats about how she decided it was the best value on the lake six years ago. I talked to a couple of young women like me (or like I was when I joined ten years ago) and hopefully convinced them it’s easy and inexpensive to learn, and how friendly everyone is.

Maybe working the boat show reminds us why we love the club. Members make the best salespeople because we’re already bought-in ourselves. It’s easy to sell something you love and believe in. I’m the same way with Autoshare – they should give me commission.

by Faith Seekings

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Winter at NYC

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Zingara Places 3rd Overall in Key West

Zingara, CAN629, places 3rd overall in an international Melges 24 Class One Design Fleet in Key West Race Week. They were the only Canadian boat in the entire Key West Race Week roster to make the podium.

Full results: http://www.yachtscoring.com/media_print_3_top3.cfm

Crew:

Brian MacKay (NYC) Bow

Chris Johnston (RCYC) Trimmer

Billy Gooderham (RCYC) Tactician

Richard Reid (NYC) Helm

Congratulations to the crew and the boat!

Zingara on time KW 2014

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