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Message from the Commodore, May 2014
May 28th, 2014 @ 11:25 AM EST by admin

Commodore Denys JonesWhat a wonderful feeling, helming your boat at the perfect angle of heel, listening to the rush of water as you approach the up-wind mark, ducking the other boat on starboard tack and within seconds you have rounded and carry excellent speed through the hoisting of the spinnaker into the next leg of the course.  Spring Mid-Week racing at the NYC is back.

Thanks to the volunteers who run our race committees; without you we would not have all this fun.

Photo by Victoria Piersig

Photo by Victoria Piersig

Membership Demographics

Let’s now transition to some club business. Recently some members have expressed concern over the current membership statistics and we believe this is a normal fluctuation, defined to a degree by demographics. The addition of new members has recently improved and we feel it is very important to continue to encourage new membership.

Many yacht clubs in the area have seen a decline in the sport of sailing. We want National to be at the leading edge of developing new participants in the sport.

Expanding the Education Program

With this in mind we have decided to add to the NYC sailing educational program. This summer we will offer our members additional adult sailing programs taught by the National 1D Sailing Academy. This organization is working with the Ontario Sailing Association to offer mobile sailing school options. Their goals align perfectly with our interests in continuing to grow the NYC and have a vibrant yacht club.

Talking about sailing education brings to mind a very important issue. We currently do have some openings in our junior white sail and racing programs. Please let your friends and family know about our kids and youth sailing and racing school. My own daughter Gabrielle participated in this program and has become a very competent sailor. Some of my friends say that it’s good that I have a least one competent sailor on my boat.

What are your cruising plans for the season?

Have you established your cruise destinations?  I understand there is a possible wine tasting and theatre cruise in the planning stage. That should be a load of fun. Count me in! We will mark our calendar as I am sure our entire family would love to participate. You may also have read about the NYC’s new Regatta “Drain the Basin”. This will be an opportunity for all to participate in either a fun cruise race or a regular day of course racing. Please stay posted for future updates on this event  and other cruises.

We also have plans for another great Commodore’s Cruise to Ashbridges Bay. Last year was a blast with special appetizers and cocktail hour, Calypso music followed by a complementary dessert table. Please mark your calendar and we look forward to even more participants this year.

Sail Past on May 31st

Our next important event is our annual Sail Past on May 31st. Let’s hope we have a sunny day with a 10 knot breeze.  Hope to see you all at the Skippers meeting at 1300 hours (1:00 pm). The Blessing of the Fleet will follow and we’ll see you on the water for the Review followed by the reception.

Kind Regards
Denys Jones
Commodore National Yacht Clu,b