And the Beat Goes On
It has truly been an amazing summer at BCYC, awash with activities for everyone, from our youngest to some of the rest of us whose age we would rather not discuss.
For instance, Camp Corinthian, under the able guidance of Junior Sailing Director Cameron MacLaren and our strong team of coaches, recently completed the six-week summer sailing camp with almost 100 eager students ranging in age from five to 15. If you had the opportunity to come down to the club, you saw the amazing job done by our dedicated staff. This culminated Aug. 5, with the Junior Awards Banquet, where BCYC hosted more than 250 parents, members and children. Thank you to Ramsey Johansson and her team of volunteers. As I have said in the past, this program has been a great way to introduce young parents to our club. In addition, our Junior sailors gain experience by representing BCYC in many regattas, both locally and nationally.
September 23 is the date for The Gala. This fundraising event, held for the first time in 2016, allows BCYC to purchase much-needed items to keep our Junior Sailing program state of the art. Please make your reservations to attend this worthy event.
Our Cruise Committee chairs, Lauri and Rear Commodore Steve Moffett, have had us on the water nonstop, from adventure-cruising in the Channel Islands, to the BCYC Camp Clambake at Cat Harbor. This event has been held for years, and is a major logistical challenge since it is all inclusive, and therefore we must trek everything from the mainland. My special thanks to Director Rhonda Tolar, Natalie Tolar and Russ Grant, our cruise chairs for Clambake, for making this event so special. In addition, our staff, headed by General Manager Scott Jones, Chef Georges Rapicault, Bar Manager Shawncy Little and others made sure our every need was covered. My children, now in their 40’s, grew up with this event and now my grandchildren are doing the same. And if this is not enough, when you receive the electronic edition of the August/September Masthead, many of us will be rafted up in Newport Harbor to celebrate Labor Day. If you are around the club, please make plans to join us.
Finally, I would like to applaud our Finance Committee for their recent recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding ways in which we can significantly reduce some our financial costs. Our recently adopted Strategic Plan calls for the club to maintain a fiscally sound posture. The recommendations presented and passed by the board will substantially reduce interest costs on our debt, as well as provide a vehicle to more appropriately manage our residual cash. Many thanks to committee chair Roland Rapp, Treasurer Gary Granbery, Director Stuart Leigh, Director JR Means and Dene Stratton. Their valued input has gone a long way in helping us fulfill our Strategic Plan mandate.
“A captain who does not know where he wants to sail, there is no wind on Earth to get him there.” – Ami Ayalon –