The 2018 Commodore’s Cruise was terrific. The BCYC contingent enjoyed stops in Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Cruising north on the Rhine River, we savored the history, beautiful scenery and, of course, great food and beverages. This truly was an opportunity to see the world in eight days! Dee and I thank everyone with whom we shared this wonderful adventure.

Camp Corinthian, the elite BCYC Junior Summer Sailing Program, has begun. With Junior Sailing Director Cameron MacClaren at the helm, almost 100 juniors are learning swimming, boat handling and knot tying, as well as participating in top-level sailboat racing throughout Southern California. This six-week program ends in early August with sailors participating in the INSA Junior Sabot Nationals, where BCYC sailors have done very well in the past. This truly is one of the best sailing programs on the West Coast due to the efforts of Cameron and his team of talented and dedicated coaches.

The mid-year review meeting will take place on July 14 at 10:30 a.m. This is an opportunity to get an update about BCYC from club officers and management. It is also a chance for members to provide input and feedback. Come early to enjoy breakfast at the club.

The 60th Birthday Party promises to be an awesome affair Aug. 25. Live music, great food and wonderful camaraderie will be mixed with some pomp and ceremony. This is a party not to be missed as we celebrate the past 60 years of BCYC. Details will come to you soon, so get this party on your calendar!

The Gala 2018, supporting high achievement on the water, is the annual fundraiser benefiting The Sailing Foundation (Bahia Sail Racing Association) and BCYC. This a wonderful evening, taking place Sept. 22, will feature live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing. You have made so many great things happen with your generosity in the first two years of The Gala. Please make plans to play an important part this year. To quote Leonardo da Vinci, “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

Commodore, Jerry Shandera