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Message from the Commodore – October 2014
October 28th, 2014 @ 11:41 AM EST by Newsletter Author

Dear fellow Members,

I am writing while this sitting in the airport in Shanghai. Anne and I have been on holiday in China and have really enjoyed ourselves.  It’s a once in a lifetime vacation and a wonderful opportunity to learn about this ancient civilization.

Denys on the WallThe photo of the great wall gave me pause to wonder if they might be able to help us solve the basin wall issue “just joking” although its interesting to observe how old this wall is compared to our basin wall.

Away for Haulout

By the time you are reading this article all the boats are high and dry. Sorry I missed this years haul-out and it’s the first one I have missed in 31 years. While the China trip is a lifetime experience, I certainly have missed the camaraderie of haul out. These work parties are for me very special moments at NYC when you get to visit and work with almost every member of our club. Congratulations on a job well done.

It will soon be time for our annual general meeting; our boards of directors are diligently working away at their final portfolio reports. What a great group of people!  I have been blessed with an extraordinary and supportive group of individuals who have worked very hard at conducting the business of the National Yacht Club with diligence, commitment and dedication.  As you all know, volunteerism is a critical part of the success of our yacht club, and while the board of directors is well known to all members, we are also blessed with many other volunteers who work tirelessly at portfolios; sometimes without being recognized. Thank you all for making this club work.

By the time you read his newsletter, the nominations for your board of directors will be finalized. I encourage you to attend our AGM, on Monday December 1st. at 19:00 hours.

This meeting provides a wonderful opportunity to be kept up to date with the various operational aspects of our club. The members can vote on the selection of your Board of Directors and also debate and vote on any by-law changes and financial issues, see you there.

This is my last year serving on the NYC Board; I want to thank the members for extending me the privilege of representing our club as Commodore. There have been some challenges these past two years particularly in communicating with the various interested parties involved in the proposed Billy Bishop Airport expansion.

I really believe that our approach of communicating with all parties in a respectful manner outlining our member’s concerns has had a very positive impact on the way City Council and the Toronto Port Authority have reacted to the western gap access issue.

We clearly outlined our concerns regarding our peaceful enjoyment of our facilities; concerns regarding noise and pollution and in particular continued safe access through the western gap without changes to the marine exclusion zone.  In the final committee report they have almost quoted us word for word in describing the use of the western gap waterway. Thanks to Merilee, Neill and other board members who have assisted me on this issue

This year our VC Fleet Sandy and her committee have done an outstanding job NYC hosted two World Class Regattas once again our volunteer’s efforts were outstanding, I had the pleasure of attending opening and closing events and I was truly impressed with the degree of Corinthian spirit shown by the participants. International competitors came to me and personally thanked me for hosting these events.

I in turn wish to pass along to you our members the gratitude of the international sailors. The success of these events goes a long way towards maintaining NYC as a leader in sailing completion on Lake Ontario. This will also enhance our efforts to grow our membership; people want to be part of a vibrant Yacht Club.

Just this morning as I am writing about the success of our international regattas, I was very sad to receive the e-mail notice of the passing of long-term member Dave Thomas. Dave was the key person who organized the Shark Worlds at NYC this year. Dave had a huge passion for this event and shark sailing, in his quiet low-key manner he managed a superbly successful Regatta, I know I will miss his quick wit and kindness. Our sympathies go out to his family at this difficult time.

Kind Regards,
Denys Jones, Commodore