Twenty Hundred Club Members,
Here we are, the first day of spring with snow in the forecast. What a difference from last year. Even with snow, the planning and prep for the spring party and 2013 sailing season is well underway. If you haven’t been to the website you are in for big and hopefully welcomed surprise. Without going into the details of how we got here. I personally can’t thank Bill Kneller enough for his efforts on the site. Between Bill and EC Helme, they kind of spearheaded this effort and in typical Navy fashion it was “damn the torpedoes full speed ahead”, Thanks guys!
Now, we’re half way thru March and of course I’m late getting the word out. But the details for the shore party are being worked out and we are pleased to announce we’ll be hosted again by the Bristol Yacht club. The date is April 6 with cocktails starting a 6:00 pm and dinner around 7:00. It’s getting pretty difficult to keep this event under the $35 per head price range and keeping it on the ‘up scale’ side of things but based on the turn out last year and all the new things happening I’m sure the event will be a great start to the season. I’ve been assured that if you buy a ticket you will get a seat and a dinner. The spring party is both the completion of the 2012 season and the start of the 2013. The prizes and trophies are in the works and hopefully will be completed on time. Please check your finish standings; we award some nice prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishes. And we’d like to hand them all out the winners at the party.
Those of you that come to the spring meeting know this is where we elect our executive board for the coming season. This year we have a terrific slate of candidates and absent nominations from the floor these volunteers will be elected. For Commodore, Greg Morash, Vice Commodore/Race Chairman, EC Helme, Rear Commodore/Social director, Wayne Morris, Secretary, Gary Venable and Peter Michaelson (shared duties) and Nick Bowen as treasurer. Please join me in wishing them a great season and by all means any one of them would welcome any volunteers to help with their efforts.
Now, back to the fun stuff. One of the biggest features of the new website is the ability to fill out documents and submit payments online. Now the drudgery of printing forms, filling them out, finding your check book an envelope and stamp have been replaced with a few mouse clicks. This is the 21st century. As this is the first year there may be a few glitches but the system has been pretty well tested so hopefully they will be minimal.
Last year we saw great race participation and addition/change of the Cuttyhunk race to a “Round the Island race was a huge success. Let’s keep it up. I hope to get even more boats on the start lines next year.
As this will be my last “Commodores letter” I’ll take this time to say it’s been a real pleasure serving the club and Thank you all very much to the many people who volunteer their time for the club. This is truly the effort we need to keep this thing moving. See you in Bristol.
Fair winds and following seas,