This was just the day to spend a few hours at the boat show. An early start was a guarantee to beat the crowds. One of my first stops was to have a look at our booth, and my impression was very positive. Visually we are very upbeat and fresh, and what took me by surprise right away was the loop of video images that make us look like a very exciting club. Thanks must go to the members that put that presentation together. As you all know, Fantome is a soft spot in the hearts of Vicki and I and so we had no inclination to spend a lot of time kicking the bumpers of the new crop of cruisers and racing yachts. After the boat show, I had a meeting with Ed McCormack, Kim Chapman and the Vice Commodore of Land. Ed has taken on the responsibility of chairman of the new Land Planning Committee. The object is to look at our changing needs as we organize the different stages of hauling, storing and stepping the masts. As Ed has been a member of the NYC for so many years he is a great fit to head this important committee. This is an area that is dear to many of our members, and I am sure he is open to ideas and will appreciate volunteer participation as the process gets under way. As the countdown to our trip in Antarctica comes down to the final days, we know that many of you are escaping winter on sailing trips in warm southern waters. We wish you all safe sailing. And for those hearty folks hitting the slopes, we wish you endless powder!