from Don Williams – Dock Committee Chair Well, it finally happened – as I knew it would one day. We just had our first female join the Dock Committee! I would like to welcome Christina Medland to our illustrious group! C’mon girls, don’t let Christina be the only one – join! I would also like to welcome Robert Gooding to our group as well. We now have a strong and dedicated group of members that help out when and where they can and together we are looking forward to another great season of yachting and taking care of what keeps our yachts from just floating away ... our docks. Feel free to email me if you might have an interest in becoming part of the Dock Committee. You’ll be glad that you did! And keep in mind, there are many other committees to think about joining as well. Each one helps keep the grease on the gears of this big machine we call the NYC and each one is important, necessary and adds to the overall enjoyment of our great club! We are a “self-help” yacht club which helps to keep the costs down so hopefully you can and will do your part when and wherever you can. Plus, it is a great way to meet some pro-active, positive and interesting fun members that you otherwise may not have! Get “out there!” The Dock Committee is currently busy planning the season to make this the best one yet by initiating a dock standardization policy which will keep the docks safe, neat and relatively quiet and looking its best. With the newly installed safety stations throughout the club it is almost safe (almost?) to fall off your boat or off the docks anywhere and still be near enough to a safety station and/or ladder to be helped back out or get back out on your own! We are working on covering every square meter of the docking system in this regard. We will also be policing the docks to ensure that there are no “trip hazards” from cords and hoses, bow pulpits “hanging” over the docks resulting in lost teeth or worse, noisy loose halyards and lines, inappropriate “stuff” nailed/screwed to the docks and of course any needed repairs. You can help us out on all counts by emailing me any concerns or suggestions that you may know about or notice when on the docks so that they can be addressed in a timely fashion. On another note, and in the interest of security, any loose (unlocked) ladders were rounded up and put away in a secure place. Contact the office if yours is not where you left it (unlocked.) And please label your ladders as well, with you name/member number and boat name. And you may find your (hanging) transom ladders raised so as to prevent easy access to boats. We must all be vigilant and prevent an opportunity for anyone to access the boats. Once on one boat it is only a hop, skip and jump to the next. Wouldn’t you like to return to your boat to find it exactly the way you left it in the fall?! I would think so. Also, the spring is where birds and small critters like to make a new nest/home so make sure that your through-hulls are blocked – a small rag or plug will work and/or the open end(s) on you masts are “bagged” or covered. How would you like to be a small bird or varmint and spend a lot of time building a nest/home only to get rudely awakened and ejected in a violent manner with perhaps your “new” family landing on top of you?! Finally, this is a great time of year to mentally prepare for the season by thinking about what you may need or need replacing for your dock or boat – lines, chains, snubbers, fenders/bumpers, dock pads, etc. and get them now so you are not scrambling at the last minute. Keep your dock and boat looking its best! Prices are usually better in the off-season anyway. Spring will be “springing soon” so let’s get ready!