The Downwind Run
All sailors look forward to the downwind run of their voyage, as it usually means a time to sit back and reflect. As I look back, it is hard to believe it’s all coming to an end, only to be renewed again in the new year. Our committees are actively planning for 2018, which if it’s anything like this year, will be filled with activities, giving all of us something to enjoy. I want to acknowledge and thank each of our tireless volunteer committee members for their hard work. As your commodore, both Lynn and I have seen, and come to better appreciate, your efforts that allow all of us to enjoy our club to its fullest. While there are too many volunteers to acknowledge each one of you, I will attempt to highlight some.
Our Activities Committee, headed by Kristy Parr and ably assisted by Kari Konapelsky, made sure we were all kept busy with one event after the other, starting New Year’s Eve; with each successive event enjoying record attendance. Our Cruise Committee, run by Laurie and Rear Commodore Steve Moffett, had us traveling to Santa Barbara, the Channel Islands, Catalina, a staycation at BCYC and finally, Dana Point this month. The Food and Beverage Committee, chaired by Director Rhonda Tolar, amazed us with Signature Dinners, Sunday Night Suppers and the famous Taco Tuesdays. While all this was going on, Rhonda was busy co-chairing The Gala Committee with Ramsey Johansson and Kari Konapelsky.
Staff Commodore Ted O’Connor ensured our facilities were all maintained in proper fashion as House Committee chair with many welcome upgrades. Working with the Juniors, Derek Johansson, Ramsey Johansson and Lisa Mayol, in their various roles, made sure our juniors continue to be the envy of West Coast yacht clubs. Camp Corinthian was a rousing success and The Gala exceeded expectations. Las Commodoras President Bobbi Silvey and her team hosted many events, and I wish to express our special thanks for their gift to the club — the new street-side signage. With Lori Curtin at the helm, the Ship’s Store merchandise was most excellent.
The Traditions Committee, headed by EB Barden, provided the impetus to make the nightly flag lowering ceremony an expected tradition, and reintroduced our Officer of the Deck to name just a few of their accomplishments. Sail Fleet Captain Bill McNamara and his volunteers hosted more than 100 sailboat races, both in the ocean and the harbor. The Membership Committee, chaired by Teri leigh, is an integral part of our club — as their mandate is to find new members — and made sure our club membership is vibrant and thriving. Showboat, a long-standing BCYC tradition, orchestrated by Nancy Bryant and Joan Delaney, was a truly remarkable event. Bill Long, press relations chair, made sure BCYC accomplishments were widely publicized.
The success of BCYC is due in large part to the unwavering commitment of our volunteers and their able leaders. ALL members are invited to be part of a committee, as your help is always needed and appreciated.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make life by what we give.” – Sir Winston Churchill –